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Tyler Perry: 'I Wouldn't be Where I Am Today Without My Faith in Jesus Christ' (Gospel Light Minute

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He is no doubt one of the most talented persons living today. He is an actor, director, playwright, entrepreneur, screenwriter, producer, author, and songwriter. He is the baddest man in entertainment. He wrote and produced many stage plays over the past two decades. In 2005, he released his first film, Diary of a Mad Black Woman. Since then he has produced other well-known plays and movies including: Madea's Family Reunion, Daddy's Little Girls, Meet the Browns, Why Did I Get Married?, I Can Do Bad All By Myself, and his latest Good Deeds. As of June 2011, his films had grossed over $500 million worldwide. Family, faith, and forgiveness are recurring themes in his movies, television shows, and books. In 2011, Forbes named him the highest paid man in entertainment, earning $130 million between May 2010 and 2011.

Growing up in an abusive home, his mother took him to church each week and it is here that he sensed a certain refuge and contentment. He says of his faith, "My faith is extremely important. I am a Christian, I am a believer, and I know had I not been a person of faith, I couldn't be here in this place, and I wouldn't be walking the path that I'm on now. And I think the greater good of the path I'm on now is to teach people to learn to forgive and move on, in a way that's done through the healing power of humor. Because of my faith in God, because of my love and my belief--everything in my life, no matter how bad, work together for my good. His name is Tyler Perry.

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