Tyler Perry Net Worth, Height, Bio, Facts

Tyler Perry Biography
  • Name: Tyler Perry
  • Age: 48 years old
  • Height: 6ft 5in (196 cm)
  • Occupation: Actor
  • Net Worth: US $600 Million
  • Status: Alive

Tyler Perry is an American actor, director, writer and producer. He’s also a comedian and author. He’s best known for creating and portraying the fictional character Mabel “Madea” Simmons. His film credits include I Can Do Bad All By Myself (2000), Alex Cross (2012), Gone Girl (2014) and Boo 2! A Madea Halloween (2017). He created and starred in the series ‘House of Payne’ and ‘The Haves and the Have Nots’. Perry was born Emmitt Perry Jr. on September 13, 1969 in New Orleans, Louisiana. He’s one of four children. His mother, Willie Maxine, died in 2009 at age 64. She was a preschool teacher. Perry suffered years of abuse at the hands of his father. He dropped out of high school and completed his GED. He legally changed his first name to Tyler at the age of 16. This was done in an effort to disassociate himself from his father.

Perry drew early inspiration from an episode of The Oprah Winfrey Show. This led him to write a series of letter to himself, which became the basis for his first musical ‘I Know I’ve Been Changed’. He worked several odd jobs to raise enough money for the play’s first staging. I Know I’ve Been Changed premiered at an Atlanta theater in 1992. It was a financial failure at first. However, Perry persisted and over the next six years he rewrote the musical and made it into a masterpiece. The play achieved critical acclaim and commercial success in 1998. Perry’s second play ‘I Can Do Bad All By Myself’ premiered in 1999. It introduced the fictional character Madea. He followed up with ‘Diary of a Mad Black Woman’ and ‘Madea’s ‘Family Reunion’.

Perry starred as “Madea” in his film debut, Diary of a Mad Black Woman (2005). He also served as a writer and producer. The film was directed by Darren Grant and stars Kimberly Elise and Steve Harris. It made $50 million at the box office. The role of Madea has been reprised numerous times, including Meet the Browns (2008), Madea Goes to Jail (2009), A Madea Christmas (2013) and Boo! A Madea Halloween (2016). Perry starred as “Terry Bob” opposite Janet Jackson in Why Did I Get Married? (2007). He had prominent roles in The Family That Preys (2008) with Alfre Woodard, Good Deeds (2012) with Thandie Newton, Alex Cross (2012) with Matthew Fox, and Gone Girl (2014) with Ben Affleck. He voiced “Cyrus the camel” for the animated film The Star (2017).

In 2006, Perry launched his own film production studio ‘Tyler Perry Studios’. He’s since created and starred in a number of films, television shows and plays. His first television series was the TBS sitcom ‘House of Payne’. The show ran for 8 seasons from June 2006 to August 2012. His next big project was the crime-drama/soap-opera ‘The Haves and the Have Nots’. It premiered on the Oprah Winfrey Network in March 2013. The main cast include Tika Sumpter, Crystal Fox, Renee Lawless and Tyler Lepley. Perry’s television credits also include Meet the Browns, For Better or Worse, Love Thy Neighbor, If Loving You Is Wrong, and Too Close to Home.

Perry’s best-selling book, Don’t Make a Black Woman Take Off Her Earrings: Madea’s Uninhibited Commentaries on Love and Life, was published in April 2006. It spent a total of 12 weeks atop the New York Times Best Seller list. It was voted book of the year at the 2006 Quill Awards.

Tyler Perry’s net worth is estimated at $600 million. He was dubbed the highest paid male in entertainment in 2011 with a salary of $130 million. He now makes upwards of $80 million per year. In May 2016, his Buckhead, Atlanta, estate was sold for a reported $17.5 million. Perry stands 6ft 5in tall and he’s of African-American descent. He began a relationship with Ethiopian model ‘Gelila Bekele’ in 2009. The couple welcomed a son, Aman, in November 2014. The family currently resides in Atlanta, Georgia.

Tyler Perry Bio, Net Worth, Facts
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Tyler Perry Age, Birthday, Salary, Wiki

  • Birth Name: Emmitt Perry Jr.
  • Birthday: September 13, 1969
  • How Old : Age: 48 years old
  • Place of Birth: New Orleans, Louisiana, United States
  • Zodiac Sign: Virgo
  • How Tall : Height: 6ft 5in (196 cm)
  • Occupation: Actor, Filmmaker, Comedian, Author
  • Years Active: 1992-present
  • Net Worth & Salary: US $600 Million
  • Partner(s): Gelila Bekele
  • Death-O-Meter: Alive

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