I pride myself on being able to pay the billsPerry denies owing $200,000 for work Jan 25, 2009
Lionsgate has shared and nurtured my creative vision in a way that no other studio could matchTyler Perry inks new deal with Lionsgate Jul 24, 2008
With TBS and Fox committed to 100 episodes of my series, I can concentrate on telling great stories and producing the best series possible'House of Payne' distributed to TBS, Fox Aug 23, 2006
I want them to know that for every act of evil that a few people will throw at you, there are millions more who will do something kind for themTyler Perry sending camp kids to resort Jul 21, 2009
It's very important to me to make movies that audiences can relate to, and I can't think of a more relatable subject than familyLionsgate to distribute 11th Perry film Apr 28, 2010
Tyler Perry (born Emmitt Perry, Jr.; September 13, 1969) is an American actor, director, playwright, screenwriter, producer, author, and songwriter. Perry wrote and produced many stage plays in the South during the 1990s and early 2000s. In 2005, he released his first film, Diary of a Mad Black Woman. In 2009, Perry was ranked by Forbes magazine as the sixth highest-paid man in Hollywood. As of June 2011, Perry's films had grossed over $500 million worldwide.
Perry was born in New Orleans, Louisiana, as Emmitt Perry, Jr. His family consisted of three siblings, his mother, Willie Maxine Perry (née Campbell), and his father, Emmitt Perry, Sr., a carpenter. Perry once said of his father, "his only answer to everything was to beat it out of you." As a child, Perry once went so far as to attempt suicide in an effort to escape his father's beatings. In contrast to his father, his mother took him to church each week, where he sensed a certain refuge and contentment. At age 16, he had his first name legally changed from Emmitt to Tyler in an effort to distance himself from his father.
Many years later, after seeing the film Precious, he was moved to relate for the first time accounts of being molested by a friend's mother at age 10; he was also molested by three men previous to this, and later found out his own father had molested a friend.