The brainchild of actor, filmmaker, and playwright Tyler Perry , Madea is the fast-talking, no-nonsense-having grandmother, who has a thing for colorful frocks and even more colorful language. But it was the juxtaposition between her tendency to take the law into her own hands and her nurturing side that compelled fans to head out to Perry's shows in droves. By the time Madea made her big screen debut in , Perry's alter ego had become a household name. However, after years of donning the character's gray wig, printed mumus, a cigarette in his right hand and a pistol in the other, Perry decided that in , Madea, the self-proclaimed "thug," would have her final curtain call. Why would he abandon the character after 11 installments of the Madea films?
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Tyler Perry, Son, Wife, Net Worth, House, Gay, Baby, Married, Height, Bio
The list of multi-talented Americans will not be complete without the name of Tyler Perry on such a list. For film and entertainment lovers as a whole, the name does ring a bell — if not several bells. Tyler Perry is an American actor, comedian, filmmaker, author, composer, and composer specializing in the gospel genre.
But before he could create his most famous character, Madea , Perry had to overcome a childhood marked by abuse, trauma and depression—and eventually forgive the man who caused that pain, his father. In the newest issue of PEOPLE, the writer, director, actor and producer, 50, opens up about surviving his brutal childhood and how his determination, faith and creativity led him to success. Emmitt, says Tyler, was an abusive alcoholic who once beat Tyler so severely with a vacuum cord that it ripped the skin off his back. Emmitt Perry could not be reached for comment.