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Tyler Perry (born Emmitt Perry Jr.; September 13, 1969) is an American actor and comedian. In 2011, Forbes listed him as the highest paid man in entertainment; he earned $130 million USD between May 2010 and 2011.Perry created and performs the Madea character, a tough elderly black woman. Perry also creates films, some produced as live recordings of stage plays, and others filmed using full sets and locations with full editing. Perry is estimated to have earned around US$75 million by 2008. Many of Perry's stage-play films have been subsequently adapted as films.