As of April 2015, Tyler Perry is best know for his role as the feisty elderly woman Madea in the film series of the same name. However, Perry has also stared in other films such as "Star Trek," "Gone Girl" and "Alex Cross."
Perry is not only an actor, but he is also a director and writer. However, he tends to do a mix of all three in his movies, often writing, directed and acting in the same film. For example, Perry directed and starred in "Good Deeds" and "The Family that Preys," as he has done with many of the Madea films.
Tyler Perry has been playing the role of Madea since 2005 with the release of "Diary of a Mad Black Woman." Other films in which Perry plays Madea include "Madea's Family Reunion" (2006), "I Can Do Bad All by Myself" (2009) and "Madea's Witness Protection" (2012). He also plays other male roles in these same films. In addition to the silver screen, Perry has directed various TV series, including "If Loving You Is Wrong," "For Better or Worse" and "House of Payne."
Tyler Perry first entered the industry as a playwright, with a play entitled "I Know I've Been Changed." Its initial showing was a flop, which left Perry broke. However, he stuck with the play and eventually put it back on the stage after six years. The play was a sell-out and spurred much subsequent success. It was only after Perry's success in the theater circuit that he received the budget for his first feature length film "Diary of a Mad Black Woman."