Actor, writer and filmmaker Tyler Perry never attended a formal acting school. Perry, who did not start pursuing a career in writing and acting until his early 20s, dropped out of high school in the 1980s but later earned his GED.
Tyler Perry first began acting in 1992 when he starred onstage in a musical, "I Know I've Been Changed," which he wrote based on his own difficult childhood. Perry also directed the play, which he retooled and staged at various Atlanta venues for the next 15 years. Bolstered by the play's eventual success, Perry went on to develop popular characters such as Medea and to produce, write and direct a number of successful films. He continues to act in a variety of projects such as 2014's "Gone Girl."