This New Orleans native has had a stellar decade plus and showing no signs of letting up. The screen adaptation of his stageplay, Diary of a Mad Black Woman was the #1 box office movie, starring Kimberly Elise, Shemar Moore, Steve Harris, Cicely Tyson, and of course Tyler Perry, who plays three roles. This movie won five of seven awards nominated for the 2005 BET Comedy Awards and Tyler's performance was nominated for MTV's 2005 "Breakthrough Performance Male" Award. In 2005 Perry filmed his second movie, (one of his stageplays), Madea's Family Reunion starring Blair Underwood, Boris Kodjoe, Maya Angelou and Cicely Tyson. Released in February of 2006, it stayed at the top of the box office for two weeks!
Tyler Perry and his talents as a playwright, director, producer and actor extraordinaire have taken urban theater and film to another level. His legacy encounters mega sellout performances throughout the country. The current live stage production, Madea Goes to Jail, has broken box office records across the country. He was nominated for the prestigious Helen Hayes Award for excellence in theater as well as numerous other awards. Perry, the author of ten major stage plays and two movies has embraced many lives with laughter and spirituality.
In 1992, inspired by Oprah to write it down, he wrote a series of letters to himself in an effort to find catharses for his own childhood pain. Perry chose the stage life as the vehicle. Looking back through his illustrious career thus far, Perry ingeniously created the 68 year-old character Mabel "Madea" Simmons. In 1997, his first theatrical production, I Know I've Been Changed gave urban theater its facelift. It was followed by Woman, Thou Art Loosed; and Behind Closed Doors both collaborated with Bishop T.D. Jakes; In 2000, he wrote I Can Do Bad All By Myself,/i> and introduced "Madea"; Diary of a Mad Black Woman; Family Reunion; and Class Reunion, all starred Tyler Perry as "Madea". Two of his projects, Why Did I Get Married with Grammy Award winner Kelly Price and Meet the Browns have toured successfully without him while Tyler focused on new ventures. In December 2004, Tyler wrote and produced Madea's Christmas Play for Trinity Broadcasting Network, which netted the highest ratings for the local broadcast and 3rd highest in the network’s history!
Throughout the past six years, Perry has successfully turned his plays into award-winning films, with other recent additions such as his romantic drama, Good Deeds. Tyler is currently working on a film adaptation of the play, The Marriage Counselor.
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