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Who is Tyler Perry?

by Ratan Srivastava
Tyler Perry

Tyler Perry is an actor, director, producer, and screenwriter from the United States. He was named the highest-paid man in entertainment by Forbes in 2011, earning US$130 million between May 2010 and May 2011.

Perry developed the Madea persona, a strong elderly woman, and plays her. Perry’s films range in style from traditional filmmaking techniques to filmed stage presentations. Many of Tyler Perry’s theatrical plays have been converted into feature pictures.

During the 1990s and early 2000s, Perry authored and produced a number of theatre plays. Perry has created a number of television shows, the most famous of which being Tyler Perry’s House of Payne, which aired on TBS for eight seasons from June 21, 2006, to August 10, 2012.

On October 2, 2012, Perry and Oprah Winfrey’s Oprah Winfrey Network announced an exclusive multi-year relationship. Based on Perry’s prior success in this area, the relationship was primarily for the purpose of bringing written programming to OWN. Perry has written many scripted shows for the network, the most popular of which being The Haves and the Have Nots crime drama. During its 8-year run, The Haves and the Have Nots was hailed as “one of OWN’s biggest success stories with its weekly dose of soapy fun, filled with the typical betrayals, affairs, and manipulations.”

Perry has also played Admiral Barnett in Star Trek (2009), the titular character in Alex Cross (2012), Tanner Bolt in Gone Girl (2014), Baxter Stockman in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows (2016), Colin Powell in Vice (2018), Arthur in Those Who Wish Me Dead (2021), and Gus the Truck Driver in PAW Patrol: The Movie (2021).

Perry was included in Time magazine’s list of the 100 Most Influential People in the World in 2020. Perry earned the Governor’s Award from the Primetime Emmy Awards in 2020, and the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award from the Academy Awards the following year.

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