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Profile of Tyler Perry on Famous Like Me

Name: Tyler Perry  
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Date of Birth: 13th September 1969
Place of Birth: New Orleans, Louisiana, USA
Profession: Writer
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Tyler Perry

Tyler Perry (born September 13, 1969 in New Orleans, Louisiana) is an African American playwright and actor, whose work plays primarily to African American audiences. Having started writing plays at age 18, Perry created a successful touring theater company, videos of whose performances were sold on DVD. As of March 2005, the plays had grossed over $75 million in ticket and DVD sales. His third movie, Diary of a Mad Black Woman, became an unexpected hit, prompting widespread discussion among industry watchers about whether middle-class African Americans were simply not being addressed by mainstream Hollywood movies.

The nickname "Madea" of his running character Mabel "Madea" Simmons (a female character played by Perry himself) comes from a Southern African American contraction of the words "mother dear." Madea was modeled after an aunt of Perry's who lives in Houston.


  • Madea's Family Reunion (2002)
  • Madea's Class Reunion (2003)
  • I Can Do Bad All By Myself
  • Meet the Browns
  • Diary of a Mad Black Woman The Movie (2005)
  • Madea Goes to Jail
  • Madea Meets the Browns

External Links

  • Official Website
  • Biography
  • Unofficial Fansite

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