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Tyler Perry turns 53: a look back(28 images)

Actor and director Tyler Perry, best known for his "Madea" saga and for starting Tyler Perry Studios, is turning 53 on Tuesday. Perry's latest film that he wrote and directed titled "A Jazzman's Blues," is coming to Netflix on September 23. Here's a look back at his life through the years.

Tyler Perry arrives at the premiere of "Diary of a Mad Black Woman" in Los Angeles on February 21, 2005. Later that year, Perry attended the United Negro College Fund's annual "An Evening of Stars" fundraiser. Photo by Francis Specker/UPI
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Perry arrives for the premiere of "Madea's Family Reunion" in Los Angeles on February 21, 2006. A few months later, the film competed for No. 1 in DVD sales. Photo by Phil McCarten/UPI
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Perry signs copies of his new book "Don't Make a Black Woman Take Off Her Earrings" in New York City on April 11, 2006. The book won Perry the Quill Award. Photo by Laura Cavanaugh/UPI
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Writer and director Perry attends the premiere of "Daddy's Little Girls" in Los Angeles on February 7, 2007. Photo by Phil McCarten/UPI
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