Tyler Perry

by ethnic on June 17, 2010

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Birth Name: Emmitt Perry, Jr.

Place of Birth: New Orleans, Louisiana, U.S.

Date of Birth: September 13, 1969

Ethnicity: African-American

Tyler Perry is an American actor, comedian, filmmaker, writer, and director. He is also a songwriter in the gospel genre. He is known for his character, Mabel Simmons (popularly known as Madea).

Tyler’s mother was named Willie Maxine (Campbell). Tyler has stated that as an adult, he discovered, using a DNA test, that the man he thought was his biological father, Emmitt Perry, Sr., was not his biological father.

Tyler has a son with his partner, Ethiopian model and social activist Gelila Bekele.

Sources: Obituaries of Tyler’s mother – http://obits.theadvocate.com

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Dstmnstr February 7, 2016 at 7:59 am


He was the son of Emmitt Perry Sr. and Willie Maxine Campbell, but Emmitt Sr. is not Tyler Perry’s biological father, his is this link that shows proof that Emmitt Sr. and Tyler Perry that they are not related biologically – http://madamenoire.com/411046/tyler-perry-father/.

I’ve been researching more about Tyler Perry’s family and I’ve found a couple of websites that has his mom in it, Willie’s obituary (http://m.legacy.com/obituaries/theadvocate/obituary.aspx?n=willie-maxine-campbell-perry&pid=137150585&referrer=0&preview=false) and Willie’s burial (http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GSln=Perry&GSfn=Willie&GSmn=Maxine&GSbyrel=all&GSdyrel=all&GSob=n&GRid=45266742&df=all&).


fuzzybear44 September 13, 2015 at 11:19 am

Wasn’t. Tyler supposed to be Creole? Although like every Creole I know myself included, we just say we ‘re black

cwm85 September 13, 2015 at 9:48 pm

He doesn’t look creole at all. He looks mostly African with some European admixture. Not a lot tho.

fuzzybear44 September 13, 2015 at 10:02 pm


Please tell me what a Creole is supposed to look like? Since that is my ancestry, I would really like to know

fuzzybear44 September 14, 2015 at 11:50 pm


Here you are talking about me . Yet you make a comment that he’s to African looking to be a creole, as if you knew anything about the culture or it’s people, which it’s obvious you don’t

M July 27, 2015 at 5:29 pm

At least he’s admitting he’s just Black. So many self hating Black people in the entertainment world want to be anything but Black!

LucarioCooper September 12, 2015 at 6:45 pm

Usually, the people who are has something else in them.

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