Tyler Perry began his career by performing at a community theater. He made his big-screen debut with the 2005 American romantic comedy-drama film ‘Diary of a Mad Black Woman.’ Perry was also the writer and producer of the film and raised a part of its budget through ticket sales of his stage shows. While the movie was panned by critics, it was a major success at the box office, managing to gross US$50.6 million on a US$5.5 million budget. The following year, he released ‘Madea's Family Reunion,’ which was a sequel to the ‘Diary of a Mad Black Woman.’ The film marked the directorial debut of Perry and was a massive commercial success.
In 2007, Perry started his sitcom television series ‘Tyler Perry's House of Payne.’ The show amassed considerable popularity and ran for eight seasons, from June 2006 to August 2012. In 2020, the show was revived on BET (Black Entertainment Television) and is currently running its 9th season. In October 2012, Perry struck an exclusive multi-year partnership with Oprah Winfrey and her Oprah Winfrey Network. He created several series for the network, including the popular crime drama series ‘The Haves and the Have Nots’ (2013-2021). In 2019, Perry launched 2 television series, Sistas’ and ‘The Oval.’ Both series premiered on BET and are currently running their third season. The following year, he came out with 4 new television series named ‘Young Dylan,’ ‘Ruthless,’ ‘Bruh,’ and ‘Assisted Living.’
Apart from television, Perry has also appeared in films, most of which are written, produced, and directed by him. Some of his popular work includes ‘Why Did I Get Married?’ (2007), ‘The Family That Preys’ (2008), ‘Why Did I Get Married Too?’ (2010), ‘A Madea Christmas’ (2013), ‘Boo! A Madea Halloween’ (2016), and ‘A Madea Family Funeral’ (2019).
Tyler Perry will be next seen in the upcoming comedy film ‘A Madea Homecoming.’ The film will see its release in 2022.