The Ultimate Tyler Perry Quiz

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4 Min Quiz

Where was Tyler Perry born?

Tyler Perry was born into poverty on September 13, 1969 in New Orleans, Louisiana.

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What character is Tyler Perry most famous for creating?

Tyler Perry created and plays the character of Madea, a tough old woman based on Perry's aunt.

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Who prompted Tyler Perry to keep a diary of his daily thoughts and experiences?

Oprah Winfrey encouraged Perry to keep a diary, which prompted him to write a series of soul-searching letters to himself.

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What was the name of Tyler Perry's 1992 musical?

Perry's series of letters inspired the musical, "I Know I’ve Been Changed." The musical cost Tyler all of his money and nearly sent him back into poverty.

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How did Tyler Perry's luck change in 1998?

In 1998, a promoter booked "I Know I’ve Been Changed" for a limited run at a local church-turned-theater. This time it was a huge hit and eventually played at Atlanta’s Fox Theatre.

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When did Tyler Perry’s first feature film, "Diary of a Mad Black Woman," debut?

"Diary of a Mad Black Woman" debuted at No. 1 nationwide in 2005.

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What 2012 movie did Tyler Perry star in with Matthew Fox and Rachel Nichols?

Perry starred in the Rob Cohen-directed "Alex Cross."

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In 2006, what two awards did Tyler Perry's debut book, "Don’t Make A Black Woman Take Off Her Earrings: Madea’s Uninhibited Commentaries On Life And Love," receive?

Perry's debut book, which was "written" by his character Madea, was a New York Times nonfiction bestseller and won Quill Book Awards for both "Humor" and "Book of the Year."

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What 2014 box office hit did Tyler Perry play opposite Ben Affleck?

Perry received rave reviews for his performance in David Fincher’s box office hit, "Gone Girl."

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How many stage plays has Tyler Perry written, produced and directed in his career to date?

Perry has written, produced and directed 20 plays to date, starring in 11 of those.

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What award did Tyler Perry receive for his role as Tanner Bolt in "Gone Girl?"

Perry won the African-American Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role as Tanner Bolt in "Gone Girl."

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In mid-2015, Tyler Perry bought what property to become the future home of Tyler Perry Studios?

In October 2015, Perry announced he purchased Fort McPherson Army Base just south of Atlanta to become the new home of Tyler Perry Studios.

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What network does Tyler Perry produce his four series, "For Better Or Worse," "The Haves And Have Nots," "Love Thy Neighbor" and "If Loving You Is Wrong," for?

Perry's four series: "For Better Or Worse," "The Haves And Have Nots," "Love Thy Neighbor" and "If Loving You Is Wrong," are all produced for the OWN network.

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In case you're in the market for an estate, Tyler Perry has one listed for sale for $25 million in what city?

Perry, who calls Atlanta home, is selling his Atlanta estate, which sits on 17 acres along the Chattahoochee River.

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What is the name of Tyler Perry's television drama set in Savannah, Georgia?

"The Haves and the Have Nots" is Perry's television drama about the Cryer family and the hired help who work in their mansion in Savannah, Georgia.

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In September 2015, what milestone did Tyler Perry's drama "The Haves And The Have Nots hit?"

The season finale of The Haves And The Have Nots hit its most-watched episode ever with 3.7 million and its highest demo rating ever.

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What live musical event is Tyler Perry hosting on Fox on March 20, 2016?

Perry will host "The Passion," a two-hour live musical that tells the story of the last hours of Jesus. The show will feature a cast of top entertainers and music arranged by producer Adam Anders.

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Which of Tyler Perry's stage plays was the first to introduce his famous character Madea?

Perry's character Madea — the gun-toting, sharp-tongue grandmother — first appeared in his 2000 play, "I Can Do Bad All by Myself." Perry played the eccentric character himself while in drag.

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Tyler Perry's debut film, "Diary of a Mad Black Woman," was a box office hit. How much did the movie gross opening weekend?

Perry's debut film grossed more than $21 million on its opening weekend and eventually more than $50 million.

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Which of Tyler Perry's television series has Madea NOT appeared in?

Madea has made cameos on Perry’s series "House of Payne" and its spinoff, "Meet the Browns," but not (yet anyway) on "The Haves and the Have Nots."

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Tyler Perry and his longtime girlfriend Gelila Bekele had their first child together in December of 2014. What is his name?

The couple's first son is named Aman Tyler.

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What was Tyler Perry's birth name?

Tyler Perry was born Emmitt Perry Jr. in New Orleans, Louisiana. At 16, he changed his first name to Tyler to disassociate himself from his abusive father.

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Tyler Perry's second stage play, "Woman Thou Art Loosed," is based on a book written by whom?

"Woman, Thou Art Loosed" is written by evangelist T.D. Jakes.

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What Hollywood star has NOT appeared in a Tyler Perry film?

Whoopi Goldberg and Sophia Vergara have both worked with Perry on two films, but Academy Award winner Octavia Spencer has never appeared in any of his projects.

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What famed film director, producer, writer and actor has referred to Tyler Perry's projects as "coonery" and "buffoonery?"

Over the years, Spike Lee has had some harsh words to say about Perry’s shows, including "Meet the Browns" and "House of Payne."

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How many years did "House of Payne" run on TBS?

Tyler Perry's "House of Payne" aired on TBS from June 21, 2006, to August 10, 2012.

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"House of Payne" has aired more episodes than any other television series with a predominantly African-American cast, surpassing what show(s)?

"House of Payne" has aired 254 episodes, more than any other series with a predominantly African-American cast, including "The Jeffersons" and "The Cosby Show."

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What is Madea's full name?

If you said Mabel "Madea" Simmons, you're right.

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What is the name of Tyler Perry's 2015 animated comedy film directed by Frank Marino and written by Matt Fleckenstein starring Perry as the voice of Madea?

"Madea's Tough Love" is a direct-to-video animated film that was released on January 20, 2015.

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You might know he's friends with Oprah and created the hilarious character Madea. But what else do know about superstar Tyler Perry?

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