Tyler Perry is one of the Hollywood figures that need little or no introduction. He is known for his adept business skills and an impeccable acting talent. If you know anyone that can switch from being a male to a humour-filled older woman, he would tell you how difficult it is. But no, Tyler has made it look as easy as being one’s self. Aside his fame and success he is known to be one of the actors that get a whooping sum in millions for an annual earning. Not one to rest on his successes, Tyler keeps striving for more.
Date of Birth: September 13, 1969
Zodiac Sign: Virgo
Just like every celebrity with a “normal” family background, the rest of his/her family are kind of left in the shadows. This is not done to spite them or anything but of course, the media is concerned only with the most popular individuals. Even when they are finally recognized, they are because of their popular sibling or parent or child not for whom they are. Let’s take a look at the other Perry that are of course not as famous as Tyler Perry.
Emmitt Perry Sr. (not biological father)
Emmitt Perry made sure Tyler had a troubled childhood experience. Whether this was intentional or not, no one really knows. Emmitt is a Carpenter and Tyler being the first son was named after him. At the age of 16, Emmitt Jr. changed his name to Tyler in an attempt to distance himself from his supposed father.
Perry stated once that the only language his father understood was beating. He beat him for everything and anything and this only grew hatred in Tyler’s heart for his father. At one time, his very traumatizing relationship with his dad pushed the most popular Perry to have suicidal thoughts. In the 2010s, the celebrity Perry took a DNA test and Voila! We found out that Emmitt Sr. was not his father after all. The search for Tyler Perry’s real father still continues…
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Willie Maxine Perry (mother)
Date of Birth: February 12, 1945
Date of Death: December 8, 2009
Zodiac Sign: Aquarius
Willie Maxine Perry (nee Campbell) raised her son Perry to be a Christian. She always took him along to church once every week. Being married to a carpenter husband, she always had her own share of work in the factory. Other than being an “assistant carpenter”, Willie worked for most of her life as a preschool teacher at the New Orleans Jewish Community Centre.
The mother of the successful Perry died at the age of 64, following an illness. While alive, she was one hell of a hardworking mother. She was ever loving and ever supportive of not just Tyler but all her kids. “I love my mother to death but one wrong thing she did was lying to me” this was Perry’s lament some years back.
After her demise, her son finally decided to confirm his suspicions that Emmitt Sr. was not his biological father. Of course, he was right to do that, which real father takes delight in abusing and inflicting pain on his own child? Willie suffered a share in this abusive marital relationship too and severally she tried to leave but to no avail.
The late Willie Maxine Perry is the inspiration behind Madea, one of the most iconic characters in Hollywood. Oh by the way, Tyler had a striking resemblance to his mum!
Yulanda Wilkins (sister)
Date of Birth: May 27
Yulanda is Perry’s oldest sister and is now married to a man named Antonio. Tyler was not the only one subjected to abuse and beatings from his father, Yulanda and their other siblings were also victims. But as always, Tyler Perry gave their troubling childhood the most voice thanks to his portfolio as a world icon.
Emmbre Perry (brother)
They say mentors are ladders the mentee climbs to reach a desired height faster. For Emmbre, Tyler is more than his mentor; He is a big brother also. When you have a business tycoon for a sibling, what are you still looking for elsewhere? The two male Perrys have worked together both off screen and on screen. Emmbre is now known to be a very talented Director.
Emmbre Perry is known for being the Producer behind: God Send Me a Man (2009), No More Games (2012), Two is Better Than One (2014) and a few other movies.
Melva Porter (sister)
Melva is the most private among the Perry siblings. No one exactly knows what’s going on with her or what she is up to. But we know that she is married since October 11, 1986 and that she lives in Greensburg, Louisiana.