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Meet Tyler Perry, The Multitalented Film Mogul

Anthony Adams

Oct. 08, 2019

Watching a Tyler Perry movie or play gives you a feeling of pure positive energy. How it radiates from this one man makes you wonder where all that raw creative energy comes from.
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Tyler recently launched his $250 million recording studio, the Tyler Perry Studios, located in Atlanta. This facility is one of the largest in the US and is the only film studio of that magnitude fully owned by a black man.
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Let's find out how it all began.
Tyler Perry was born Emmitt Perry Jr. on September 13, 1969, in New Orleans, to parents Emmitt Perry Sr. and Willie Maxine Perry. He later changed his name to Tyler Perry due to altercations with his father (whom Tyler later discovered was not his biological father).
His extremely difficult and abusive childhood did contribute to his phenomenal success. He said he strived so hard to be successful as a means of "running away from poverty."
He was also driven to work so hard because he wanted to take care of his mother, who was a preschool teacher in a Jewish Community Center. During those difficult years, Tyler's mother battled with diabetes and breast cancer. When his plays finally began to be successful, Tyler told his mother to retire from her job. According to him, this was the greatest miracle and most memorable thing in his life.
At the age of 19, he had written his first play titled 'I Know I've Been Changed'. He was motivated to write memoirs of his struggles into a play after watching an episode of Oprah Winfrey's talk show, where she said that writing one's difficult experiences could lead to breakthroughs in life.
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Four years later, he saved up $12,000 and started his first drama. The musical lasted for one weekend pulling in just 30 people. It was a flop.
All that is history now because from that point onwards, he has become $600million richer.
The successful iconic Madea character is Tyler Perry's most successful franchise spanning over a decade of Madea movies such as Madea's Big Happy Family (2011), Madea's Witness Protection (2012), A Madea Christmas (2014), the animated Madea’s Tough Love and Boo! A Madea Halloween (2016).
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Tyler announced he was retiring the streetwise grandma, with a final release of the series in 2019 titled A Madea Family Funeral.
Tyler has been involved with so many other TV series, movies and plays.
Adding icing to his cake are his highly successful books. He wrote the 2006 best-selling book, Don't Make a Black Woman Take Off Her Earring winning for himself two Quill Awards: Book of the Year and Best in Humor.
He wrote a second book, Higher Is Waiting (2017). Several other books about him such as his biography are also on bookshelves.
When asked what motivates him now with all that success, Tyler Perry simply answers: My son, Anan Perry motivates me and brings me the greatest joy!
We heartily congratulate Tyler Perry, his successes are indeed well-deserved.
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