The Truth About Tyler Perry's Tragic Childhood
Tyler Perry is perhaps best known for his iconic character, Madea. The sassy, rambunctious grandmother and star of the Madea movie series was Perry's creation and was also played by the 51-year-old actor. But while Perry's countless Madea movies may be the hallmark of his career, he's created a fortune doing much more than just that. The actor is also a producer, screenwriter, and director and has dabbled in television series as well as plays and other movies. And his Atlanta-based Tyler Perry Studios is rewriting what it means to create and consume movies. All in all, Perry's empire has earned him a net worth of approximately $800 million and even landed him in the history books as the first Black person to individually receive the prestigious Emmy Governors Award.
But behind his wildly successful career — one that has made Perry one of the industry's highest-paid men, according to Forbes – is also a tragic backstory.