is an American actor, comedian, filmmaker, writer, and songwriter, specializing in the gospel genre.
Perry wrote and produced many stage plays during the 1990s and early 2000s.
Perry has also created several television shows, his most successful of which is Tyler Perry's House of Payne, a show that ran for eight seasons on TBS from June 21, 2006, to August 10, 2012.
On October 2, 2012, Perry struck an exclusive multi-year partnership with Oprah Winfrey and her Oprah Winfrey Network.
As a child, Perry once went so far as to attempt suicide in an effort to escape his father's beatings.
Hopefully the Akil's don't allow the writers from "The Game" to touch this show. And Gabrielle doesn't play the same character in every movie.
Sure, we're used to seeing her play cocky, confident and beautiful characters, but she's also played different characters like in "Something The Lord Made" and others. What she's said is that Hollywood has type-cast her in roles like the "Bring It On" role and won't even allow her to read for more challenging roles.
But the courtship is given charm, dignity, and winning quirk by Union and Elba.
How rare to find genuinely likeable stars—most comedies these days have to overcompensate with sugar to balance out the crass, even hostile personas.