Tyler Perry: Born September 13, 1969
Famed director and acclaimed actor Tyler Perry was born in New Orleans, Louisiana. His birth name was Emmitt Perry Jr, but he had his name legally changed as a teenager to distance himself from his father, who he’d described as abusive. In 1990, Perry moved to Atlanta, Georgia with the hopes of becoming a playwright and director. Though his first creative venture, I Know I’ve Been Changed, was deemed a critical and financial failure, Perry continued writing, producing, and directing plays before finally releasing his first film in 2005, Diary Of A Mad Black Woman. Perry has gone on to produce, write, and direct a number of films, and not only appears in front of the camera in his own films but in other blockbusters as well.