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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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Wrote series of letters to himself about his childhood pain, which he later turned into the play "I Know I've Been Changed"; initial production he financed and directed flopped
1998:
Re-released production of "I Know I've Been Changed" at the House of Blues and later at Fox Theater; show was a hit and sold out
1999:
Released second play, a staging of Bishop T.D. Jakes' book "Woman Thou Art Loosed"
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
2000:
Staged another Jakes adaptation, Broadway Gospel show called "Behind Closed Doors"
2001:
Second independent but fifth touring project, "Diary of a Mad Black Woman"
2002:
Once again donned Madea persona for "Madea¿s Family Reunion"
2003:
Continued success with Madea persona by staging "Madea's Class Reunion ¿ The Class that had No Class!"
2004:
Portrayed life's ups and downs in debut and tour of "Meet the Browns"; first play not featuring Madea since character was introduced
2005:
Began touring "Madea Goes to Jail," once again bringing to life Madea Simmons
2005:
Adapted stage play "Diary of a Mad Black Woman" for big screen; played three roles opposite Kimberly Elise, Shemar Moore, and Cicely Tyson
2006:
Released "Madea's Family Reunion," a film adaptation of the play; featured him playing several characters
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
2007:
Wrote, directed, and starred in "Daddy's Little Girls," a reverse-"Cinderella" tale co-starring Gabrielle Union
2007:
Created TBS sitcom "Tyler Perry's House of Payne"; network ordered 100 episodes before first episode aired
2007:
Wrote, directed, produced and, co-starred with Janet Jackson and Jill Scott in "Tyler Perry's Why Did I Get Married?"
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 and directed "Tyler Perry's Madea Goes to Jail"; also co-starred with Derek Luke and Keshia Knight Pulliam
2009:
Wrote, directed, and produced film adaptation of his play "Tyler Perry's I Can Do Bad All By Myself"; once again portrayed Madea
2009:
Teamed with Oprah Winfrey to produce "Precious," a movie based on novel <i>Push</i> by Sapphire
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
2010:
Helmed film adaptation of Ntozake Shange's stage play "For Colored Girls"
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"
2012:
Played title role crime thriller "Alex Cross," based on James Patterson's novel <i>Cross</i>
2013:
Wrote and directed "Tyler Perry's Temptation"
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