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Tyler Perry is the writer, director, and executive producer of TBS's comedy, "Tyler Perry's House of Payne." He is also the writer, director, producer of "Madea's Witness Protection," in which he stars as Madea.

Tyler Perry's inspirational journey from the hard streets of New Orleans to the heights of Hollywood's A-list is the stuff of American legend. Born into poverty and raised in a household scarred by abuse, Tyler fought from a young age to find the strength, faith and perseverance that would later form the foundations of his much-acclaimed plays, films, books and shows.

It was a simple piece of advice from Oprah Winfrey that set Tyler's career in motion. Encouraged to keep a diary of his daily thoughts and experiences, he began writing a series of soul-searching letters to himself. The letters, full of pain and in time, forgiveness, became a healing catharsis. His writing inspired a musical, "I Know I've Been Changed," and in 1992 Tyler gathered his life's savings and set off for Atlanta in hopes of staging it for sold out crowds. He spent all the money but the people never came, and Tyler once again came face to face with the poverty that had plagued his youth. He spent months sleeping in seedy motels and his car but his faith — in God and, in turn, himself — only got stronger. He forged a powerful relationship with the church, and kept writing. In 1998 his perseverance paid off and a promoter booked "I Know I've Been Changed" for a limited run at a local church-turned-theatre. This time, the community came out in droves, and soon the musical moved to Atlanta's prestigious Fox Theatre. Tyler Perry never looked back.

And so began an incredible run of thirteen plays in as many years, including "Woman Thou Art Loosed!," a celebrated collaboration with the prominent Dallas pastor T.D. Jakes.

In the year 2000, "I Can Do Bad All By Myself" marked the first appearance of the now-legendary Madea. The God-fearing, gun-toting, pot-smoking, loud-mouthed grandmother, Madea, was played by Perry himself. Madea was such a resounding success, she soon spawned a series of plays — "Madea's Family Reunion" (2002), "Madea's Class Reunion" (2003) and "Madea Goes to Jail" (2005) — and set the stage for Tyler's jump to the big screen.

In early 2005, Tyler's first feature film, "Diary of a Mad Black Woman," debuted at #1 nationwide. His ensuing films "Madea's Family Reunion," " Daddy's Little Girls," "Why Did I Get Married?," " Meet the Browns," "The Family That Preys," "I Can Do Bad All by Myself" and "Why Did I Get Married Too?" have all met with massive critical and commercial success, delighting audiences across America and around the world.

2006 saw the publication of Tyler's first book, "Don't Make a Black Woman Take Off Her Earrings: Madea's Uninhibited Commentaries on Life and Love," which shot to the top of the New York Times nonfiction bestseller list and remained there for eight weeks. It went on to claim Quill Book Awards for both "Humor" and "Book of the Year" (an unheard-of feat for a first-time author), and spread Perry's unique brand of inspirational entertainment to a devoted new audience.

It is a brand that is quickly becoming an empire. In 2007, Tyler expanded his reach to television with the TBS series "House of Payne," the highest-rated first-run syndicated cable show of all time, which went into syndication after only a year. His follow up effort, "Meet the Browns," was the second highest debut ever on cable — after "House of Payne."

Not one to rest on success, Tyler Perry and his 300 Atlanta-based employees have been hard at work. His latest film, "Madea's Big Happy Family," hit the big screen in April 2011 to wide success. "For Colored Girls," based on Ntozake Shange's 1975 play "For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow Is Enuf," was released in November 2010 and featured an all-star cast including Janet Jackson, Whoopi Goldberg, Thandi Newton, and Kerry Washington. Perry also helped release Academy Award-nominated "Precious," a movie based on the novel "Push" by Sapphire, in conjunction with his 34th Street Films banner, Oprah Winfrey's Harpo Films and Lionsgate. He can currently be seen in the lead role in "Good Deeds," and played the title character in the recently wrapped Rob Cohen film "I, Alex Cross." Perry directed the upcoming Lionsgate drama based on his stage play of the same name, "The Marriage Counselor."

In the fall of 2008, Perry opened his 200,000 square foot Studio in Atlanta, situated on the former Delta Airlines campus of more than 30 acres. The Studio consists of 5 sound stages, a post production facility, a pond, a back lot, a 400-seat theater, a private screening room, and designated areas for entertaining and hosting events.

But listen to Perry and you'll hear a man who hasn't forgotten about the people that have helped him reach the top of a mountain he could once only dream of climbing. He has been intimately involved in civil rights cases, including the trial of the Jena 6 in his home state of Louisiana. He has donated generously to charities that focus on helping the homeless, such as Feeding America, Covenant House, Hosea Feed the Hungry, Project Adventure, and Perry Place — a 20-home community that Tyler built for survivors of Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans. In July 2009, Tyler sponsored a trip to Walt Disney World for 65 children after learning that a suburban swim club had turned them away because of the color of their skin. Tyler Perry has also built 2 churches and has donated generously to the NAACP. In January 2010, Perry pledged $1,000,000 via The Tyler Perry Foundation to help rebuild the lives of those affected by the recent earthquakes in Haiti.

Perry practices what he preaches, and what he preaches has endeared him to millions of fans drawn by that unique blend of spiritual hope and down-home humor that continues to shape his inspiring life story and extraordinary body of work.

'Awards Chatter' Podcast Tyler Perry ('Boo! A Madea Halloween')
Box Office: 'Jack Reacher: Never Go Back' Dominates 'Ouija 2,' 'Madea Halloween' on Thursday Night
'Boo! A Madea Halloween': Film Review
What to Watch: A Guide to Easter-Themed Shows and Specials
Netflix to Stream 'The Passion' Music Special Outside U.S. After Fox Live TV Broadcast
Tyler Perry Talks Calling the Shots and Leaving a Legacy
Produced By: Tyler Perry Says He's 'Not the Person to Ask About Racism' in Hollywood
OWN's Tyler Perry Dramas Deliver Net's Most Watched Night Ever
Tyler Perry Had No Idea Who One of the Best Directors in the World Was
Box Office: Mr. Peabody & Sherman Tops Need for Speed


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Age: 47 years old
Birthday: September 14, 1969
Height: 6' 5"
Full Name / Real Name: Emmitt Perry Jr.
Birthplace: New Orleans, LA

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TBS's Premiere of Tyler Perry's House of Payne Moves in with Ad-supported Cable's Top Sitcom Telecast of All Time — TBS spins the numbers for Wednesday, June 6. Read more...

alexzandria says:
i looveee all yyoouurr movies i watch every last one of them i like the part when you said if you dont have my money by the in of the month the popo go be knocking at your door
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