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Also Known As: Emmitt Perry Jr. Died:
Born: September 13, 1969 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: New Orleans, Louisiana, USA Profession: actor, director, playwright

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Within a few short years, writer-director-producer-actor Tyler Perry emerged not only as one of the most recognizable names in entertainment, but as a media brand unto himself. Beginning with his first theatrical production, 1999's "I Know I've Been Changed," Perry connected with an under-represented, yet fiercely loyal fan base as he presented shows on the urban theater circuit. Adapting his plays into modestly budgeted feature films, he introduced America to boisterous matriarch Madea, a one-woman Greek chorus, in highly-profitable offerings like "Diary of a Mad Black Woman" (2005) and "Madea's Family Reunion" (2006). Perry found an equally receptive audience on television with the broad sitcom, "House of Payne" (syndicated, 2006; TBS, 2007- ) and its subsequent spin-off series. Astonishingly prolific, he churned out several non-Madea films, as well, including "Why Did I Get Married?" (2007) and "The Family That Preys" (2008). Together with his friend and inspiration, Oprah Winfrey, Perry went on to produce the heart-wrenching drama, "Precious" (2009). By the following decade, he had grown in stature to the degree that he was deemed fit to fill the great Morgan Freeman's shoes when he took on the...

Within a few short years, writer-director-producer-actor Tyler Perry emerged not only as one of the most recognizable names in entertainment, but as a media brand unto himself. Beginning with his first theatrical production, 1999's "I Know I've Been Changed," Perry connected with an under-represented, yet fiercely loyal fan base as he presented shows on the urban theater circuit. Adapting his plays into modestly budgeted feature films, he introduced America to boisterous matriarch Madea, a one-woman Greek chorus, in highly-profitable offerings like "Diary of a Mad Black Woman" (2005) and "Madea's Family Reunion" (2006). Perry found an equally receptive audience on television with the broad sitcom, "House of Payne" (syndicated, 2006; TBS, 2007- ) and its subsequent spin-off series. Astonishingly prolific, he churned out several non-Madea films, as well, including "Why Did I Get Married?" (2007) and "The Family That Preys" (2008). Together with his friend and inspiration, Oprah Winfrey, Perry went on to produce the heart-wrenching drama, "Precious" (2009). By the following decade, he had grown in stature to the degree that he was deemed fit to fill the great Morgan Freeman's shoes when he took on the role of the eponymous fictional detective in the thriller, "Alex Cross" (2012). Decried as heavy-handed morality plays populated with stereotypical caricatures by most critics and many in the African-American entertainment community, there was no denying that Perry's offerings struck a chord with a broad cross-section of audiences who saw their own families in his raucous slices of life.

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2000:
Followed with play "I Can Do Bad All By Myself," which marked first appearance as Mabel 'Madea' Simmons persona; dressed in drag for role
2001:
Second independent but fifth touring project, "Diary of a Mad Black Woman"
2003:
Continued success with Madea persona by staging "Madea's Class Reunion ¿ The Class that had No Class!"
2005:
Began touring "Madea Goes to Jail," once again bringing to life Madea Simmons
2006:
Signed deal with indie firm Debmar-Mercury to develop original TV comedy series titled "House of Payne" for first-run syndication; made occasional guest appearances
2008:
Directed adaptation of his play "Meet the Browns," (also wrote and produced) featuring Angela Bassett; reprised characters of Madea and Uncle Joe
2008:
Directed (also co-produced and starred) "The Family That Preys" with Alfre Woodard and Sanaa Lathan
2009:
Wrote, directed, and produced film adaptation of his play "Tyler Perry's I Can Do Bad All By Myself"; once again portrayed Madea
2010:
Wrote, directed, and starred in sequel "Tyler Perry's Why Did I Get Married Too?"; re-teamed with Janet Jackson, Jill Scott, and Tasha Smith
2011:
Reprised role of Madea for "Madea's Big Happy Family"; also wrote, produced, and directed
2012:
Wrote and directed drama "Good Deeds"; also starred as title character opposite Thandie Newton and Gabrielle Union
2012:
Wrote, directed, and starred in comedy "Madea's Witness Protection"
2013:
Wrote and directed "Tyler Perry's Temptation"
2014:
Appeared in "The Single Moms Club"
2016:
Was the creator of the scripted TLC drama "Too Close to Home"
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