Tyler Perry (born Emmitt Perry, Jr.; September 13, 1969) is an American actor, director, screen writer and playwright, producer, author, and songwriter. Perry wrote and produced many stage plays during the 1990s and early 2000s. He is known for creating, and performing in drag, the character Mabel 'Madea' Simmons. He has created many feature films, starting with Diary of a Mad Black Woman, in 2005, featuring Madea. In 2011, Forbes named him the highest paid man in entertainment, earning $130 million between May 2010 and 2011. Perry was born in New Orleans, Louisiana, as Emmitt Perry, Jr. His family consisted of three siblings, his mother, Willie Maxine Perry (ne Campbell), and his father, Emmitt Perry, Sr., a carpenter. Perry once said his father's '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.
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