For Better Or Worse: 10 Challenges Tyler Perry Conquered On His Climb To Success

5 Posted by - January 14, 2023 - LATEST POSTS

It’s no secret that Tyler Perry  endured many challenges on his climb to success. Despite his troubled childhood, he has accomplished what many only dream of. His story is one that is inspiring and is proof that where you come from does not determine where you’re going.  Tyler has built and entertainment empire in spite of the fact that…

  1. Perry was born Emmitt Perry, Jr. but, at age 16,  changed his name to distance himself from his dad.
  2. According to CNN, Tyler Perry was verbally abused and violently beaten by his father, Emmitt Perry Sr., until age 19.
  3. Tyler Perry’s mother tried to save him and his sister by  driving them to California, but his father reported the car stolen, and the family went to jail until he picked them up.
  4. In Us Magazine interview, Tyler Perry said his father “came home, mad at the world. He was drunk, as he was most of the time. He got the vacuum cleaner extension cord and trapped me in a room and beat me until the skin was coming off my back.”
  5. His grandmother tried to to rid him of his allergies by giving him “a bath in ammonia.”
  6. Perry attempted suicide twice and later was homeless.
  7. He was molested by a friend’s mother at age 10; he was also molested by three men prior to this, and later learned his own father had molested his friend.
  8. A DNA test Perry recently took confirmed that Emmitt Sr. is not Perry’s biological father.
  9. While Perry did not complete high school, he earned a GED
  10. At age 22, he financed his first play, I Know I’ve Been Changed, by using his $12,000 life savings.





  • Elizabeth Pittman July 24, 2019 - 7:49 am

    You’re an awesome man.

  • Daria Bryan July 26, 2019 - 8:07 am

    I am touched by the level of determination and belief in yourself that you were able to maintain through the difficult times which persisted for so many years. Most are not able to endure and feel isolated with no help in sight. You are truly blessed by God.

    • Marjorie newman July 27, 2019 - 1:20 pm

      So grateful for your talent and creativity, you enrich America in a imeasurable way. Thank you for sticking around this old sad planet. We are so very lucky you are here. God bless your ?.

      • Brenda Niebel October 2, 2020 - 9:46 am

        I’m very sad, he went thru so very many changes, as we all do. His love, for God, kept him strong, i just hold this song, very dear and near to my heart, He walks with me, and he talks with me, when i feel all alone, in this world. Stay strong, and focused. Suicide, is cowerdly, in the good book. You have this, my friend, you have the strength, to walk thru life, with your head held high. Sincerely, Brenda in MI.

  • Chrisvonne July 26, 2019 - 2:06 pm

    You are a warrior for the Light. May It continue to pave a way for you out of the Darkness and illuminate your path.

  • Ron mack July 10, 2020 - 12:49 pm

    I’m using your story to inspire my students. That’s a lot to overcome. So proud of you. You inspire me

  • Raneika Harris Kinner January 23, 2021 - 6:42 pm

    I luv u T.P. …m

  • Rayonna Edwards February 2, 2021 - 8:54 am

    Mmm… to much