You can’t count the success stories in the world’s show business without mentioning Tyler Perry. Since the American actor, playwright, producer, director and gospel songwriter first received the Helen Hayes Award for Excellence in Theater, he has accumulated numerous accolades acknowledging his exceptional imprints on the entertainment industry.
While it’s common to find people telling tales about how hardworking Tyler is and striving to decide which of his work is his biggest hit, the actor believes his accomplishments have nothing to do with work. To him, his biggest success is living above his terrible experiences, the things that would have destroyed him and claimed his life.
Tyler Perry Age and Full Bio
Tyler Perry was born Emmitt Perry Jr. on September 13, 1969, in New Orleans, Louisiana. Tyler’s life has served as an inspiration to many people. As a child, Perry was physically abused by his step-father and sexually abused by people who were supposed to protect him. In a bid to shield him from the pain, his mother took him to a church where he learned to find solace in God.
In his 20s, while watching Oprah Winfrey’s show he discovered that he could channel his pain into words. Perry began to write as a way of letting out. He started by writing short stories, which he later turned into stage plays. The plays soon became very popular and attracted an audience of 35,000 weekly. Before he even got to Hollywood, he sold tickets worth over $100 million for his plays. He also sold videos and merchandise related to his plays worth $30 million.
Tyler has done very well for himself by not only overcoming his dark past but also turning his story into wealth. Perry is indeed an example of one who has used life’s curveballs to chart a path in his life. He could’ve given up after his first play, “I know I’ve Been Changed” flopped dismally. He did a lot of saving to stage the play, hoping it would be his push into the limelight. Tyler didn’t get the attention of the public as only a handful of people showed up to see the play. But as fate would have it, the same play became a big deal six years later. After this came several of Tyler plays which rocked the world of theatre.
If Tyler Perry was admired for the inspirational plays he wrote, he was adored when his TBS series “House of Payne” overwhelmed television audience in 2007. It didn’t surprise anyone when it became the most-rated first-run syndicated cable show of all time; everyone saw it coming.
Perry is best known for his drag character, Madea. Interestingly, Madea wasn’t intended to be the lead character. When the lead actress did not show up, there had to be a quick change of roles. Tyler Perry also writes songs, especially in the gospel genre.
Tyler Perry Net Worth, Film & TV Shows Earnings
Perry makes between $100 million and $150 million annually. As of December 2013, he was the only filmmaker who had 5 films open at number one at the box office in 5 years. He has 13 prominent films which have garnered over $600 million at the box office. Interestingly, the production cost of each film was $10 million. Perry writes, directs, and produces all his films. This way, he makes maximal profits. Between 2010 and 2011, he made $130 million. He made $15 million from the movie ‘Gone Girl’.
Perry moved his TV Empire to Oprah Winfrey’s OWN network. He launched 2 new shows, “The Have and the Have Nots” and “Love thy Neighbor”. His other TV shows include “Tyler Perry’s House of Payne” which ran for 8 seasons. He has made over $200 million from his TV shows.
As of the time of this report, it is believed that the worth of Tyler’s wealth is $600 million.
Tyler Perry House, Cars
It was in May 2016 that Tyler Perry’s Atlanta mansion set real-estate record as the most expensive house ever sold in Atlanta. The house which was listed in June 2015 at the asking price of $25 million sold for $17.5 million.
According to reports, the filmmaker intends to buy Fort McPherson, a 475-acre former Army base in Atlanta at $75 million. He plans to build a movie studio, a shopping area as well as an office building on the land.
Perry’s Avec Chateau home is worth $10.7 million, his Los Angeles mansion $13.75 million, and Dean Gardens $7.6 million. He owns a private island, White Bay Cay Island worth $350 million. He also owns a Gulf Stream private jet worth $65.5 million.
Tyler Perry owns a number of luxurious cars; a Range Rover worth $85,000, a Rolls-Royce Ghost worth $266,000 and a Bentley GT Sports Coupe worth $238,000.
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Is Tyler Perry Married And Does He Have A Son?
As it has commonly been assumed that Tyler Perry is married, many have been left wondering who his wife is. Well, Tyler to the best of our knowledge isn’t married to anyone. Nonetheless, he’s been having a romantic relationship with Gelila Bekele, an Ethiopian model.
- Tyler Perry and Gelila Bekele
Though little is known about the affair between Tyler Perry and Gelila Bekele, it is a widely held view that they started dating in 2009. Hardly can anyone tell what attracted the lovers to each other. But, as Bekele is often described as a humanitarian and social activist, we have assumed that their interest in each other was evoked by their regard for promoting human welfare. Tyler won 2017’s People’s Choice Award for Favorite Humanitarian.
Tyler and Gelila have a son they named Aman Tyler Perry. The couple welcomed Aman on the 30th day of November 2014.