Some of us have seen the Madea series from black American movie producer Tyler Perry.
He has produced great award winning movies like Meet the Brown’s, Madea goes to jail and more.
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Perry was born Emmitt Perry Jr. in New Orleans, Louisiana, the son of Willie Maxine Perry (née Campbell) and Emmitt Perry Sr., a carpenter.
He has three siblings. 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. 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, Perry was moved to reveal for the first time that he had been molested by a friend’s mother at age 10; he was also molested by three men prior to this and later learned his own father had molested his friend.
A DNA test taken by Perry indicated that Emmitt Sr. was not Perry’s biological father.
While Perry did not complete high school, he earned a GED. In his early 20s, watching an episode of The Oprah Winfrey Show, he heard someone describe the sometimes therapeutic effect the act of writing can have, enabling the author to work out his or her own problems.
This comment inspired him to apply himself to a career in writing. He soon started writing a series of letters to himself, which became the basis for the musical I Know I’ve Been Changed.
Perry raised a US$5.5 million budget in part from the ticket sales of his stage productions to fund his first movie, Diary of a Mad Black Woman, which went on to gross US$50.6 million domestically, while scoring a 16% approval rating at the film review web site Rotten Tomatoes.
Perry made his directorial debut on his next film, an adaptation of Madea’s Family Reunion, and has directed all of his subsequent Madea films. On its opening weekend, February 24–26, 2006, Madea’s Family Reunion opened at number one at the box office with $30.3 million.
The film eventually grossed $65 million. Perry and his co-stars promoted the film on The Oprah Winfrey Show. As with Diary, almost all of the Madea’s earnings have been generated in the United States.
Tyler Perry (born Emmitt Perry Jr.; September 13, 1969) is an American actor, director, producer, and screenwriter. In 2011, Forbes listed him as the highest-paid man in entertainment, earning US$130 million between May 2010 and May 2011.
Below are some of his best selling movies
*Boo! A Madea Halloween
*Fall from Grace
*Diary of a mad black woman
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