Tyler Perry
Kwaku Alston
United States
2018

Tyler Perry Studios

Tyler
Perry

Film Director

Perry rose to the heights via an unlikely route: building his empire through movies, TV shows and stage plays featuring predominantly African-American casts and unapologetically Christian themes. The multi-hyphenate mogul has become one of the most successful entertainers ever through the tireless extension of his bulletproof brand, even providing programming for OWN. And while he has polarized critics with outlandish characters like Madea, the tough-talking, gun-toting grandma he portrays in drag, Perry has been a trailblazer, with opportunities for minority actors and creatives on a scale all but unmatched in the industry. As an actor, he is a head-turner as well, showing up in “Gone Girl” and playing Colin Powell in Adam McKay’s upcoming Dick Cheney bio-comedy-drama “Vice.”

Career

  • DIARY OF A MAD BLACK WOMAN
  • GONE GIRL
  • THE HAVES AND THE HAVE NOTS

Variety Honors

  • 2017 Variety500 Honoree
  • Comedy Impact
  • Showrunners Impact
  • TV Producers Impact
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Tyler Perry to Keynote NATPE's 'Living the Dream' Career Event in January

Tyler Perry to Keynote NATPE's 'Living the Dream' Career Event in January

Tyler Perry is set to keynote a daylong career event aimed at students and young adults to presented by NATPE, the NAACP and National Hispanic Foundation for the Arts on the Martin Luther King Jr. Day holiday."Living the Dream: A Career in Content" will be held Jan. 21 at Miami's Fontainebleau Hotel, one day before the start of NATPE's annual programming conference at the hotel. NATPE will invite students from Miami-area colleges and high schools to attend.The focus will be...

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