Tyler Perry

Tyler Perry

Timeline of Tyler Perry, a highly successful American filmmaker, playwright, and actor, best known for creating the character Madea in his popular comedy films. Through his unique storytelling, Perry has become a prominent figure in the entertainment industry, celebrated for his contributions to film and theater.


September 13, 1969


New Orleans, Louisiana, United States


Filmmaker, playwright, and actor


high school, but he did not complete it. He received a GED (General Educational Development) later in life.
13 September 1969

Birth of Tyler Perry in New Orleans

Tyler Perry was born as Emmitt Perry Jr. in New Orleans, Louisiana. His early years were marked by poverty and a difficult relationship with his father.

25 February 2005

First Feature Film 'Diary of a Mad Black Woman'

Tyler Perry wrote, produced, and starred in his first feature film, 'Diary of a Mad Black Woman'. The movie debuted at number one at the North American box office.

10 April 2006

The Release of his First Book

Tyler Perry released his first book, 'Don't Make a Black Woman Take Off Her Earrings: Madea's Uninhibited Commentaries on Love and Life', which went on to become a best-seller.

12 October 2006

Founding of Tyler Perry Studios

Perry opened his own television and film studio, Tyler Perry Studios, in Atlanta, establishing him as the first African-American to outright own a major film production studio.

01 October 2012

Partnership with OWN (Oprah Winfrey Network)

Perry entered a multi-year partnership with Oprah Winfrey's OWN (Oprah Winfrey Network), bringing scripted television to the network for the first time.

30 November 2014

Birth of his Child, Aman Tyler Perry

Tyler Perry became a father with the birth of his son, Aman Tyler Perry, with long-time partner Gelila Bekele.

19 September 2020

Received the Governors Award at the Emmy Awards

Perry and The Perry Foundation received the Governors Award at the 72nd Primetime Emmy Awards, recognizing his contributions to television.

11 December 2020

Presented with Humanitarian Award at the Academy Awards

Tyler Perry was presented with the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award at the 93rd Academy Awards for his charitable work and efforts to address homelessness and economic hardships.

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