Tyler Perry, who is probably currently busy with the upcoming release of the Tyler Perry’s A Madea Family Funeral, is definitely not your average writer, producer, and director. He is best known for creating and performing the Madea character. Through his works and influence, he eventually gained a spot in the Forbes list back in 2011 as the highest paid man in entertainment.

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Who is Tyler Perry?

Perry, born to Emmitt Perry, Sr. and Willie Maxine Campbell, grew up in New Orleans. Perry’s mother was a church-goer and an epitome of a devout mother. On the other hand, his father, who was a carpenter, was abusive, leading to a strained relationship with Perry. As a result of this kind of family environment, Tyler Perry suffered from a bout of depression during his teenage years.

Before he became the successful him that we know of today, Perry was an office worker. It was only when he got inspired by a discussion on the healing powers of writing, via The Oprah Winfrey Show, that he started to make use of his writing gift. He started by writing all his bad experiences, which later got developed into a play.

His Road to Success

Although the play is not bad in and of itself, he failed to attract his audience during the first release. It may be attributed to the fact that he wasn’t famous yet back then. In fact, he has received reviews saying that this show was “less than stellar.” It became a financial failure, which pushed him to the brink of bankruptcy.

The events that followed his first failure is the cliche road in movies. He went broke and did odd jobs before he eventually obtained a second chance. This time, he did not waste the second chance given to him. He was able to draw in investors with his successful comeback.

Through the years, he has established success as a writer, director, and producer. Some of the box office works he has written, directed, and/or produced include Diary of a Mad Black Woman, Madea’s Family Reunion, Why Did I Get Married?, and Meet the Browns to name a few.

From the broke guy who used to live in his car, Tyler Perry is now a successful celebrity in Hollywood. His net worth is now estimated to be at 800 million USD.