In contrast to his father, his mother took him to church each week, where he sensed a certain refuge and contentment. This comment inspired him to apply himself to a career in writing.
He soon started writing a series of letters to himself, which became the basis for the musical I Know I've Been Changed. The musical initially received a "less than stellar" reception and was a financial failure.
In , at age 28, he succeeded in retooling the play and restaging it in Atlanta, first at the House of Blues , then at the Fox Theatre. Perry continued to create new stage productions, touring with them on the so-called " Chitlin' Circuit " now also known as the "urban theater circuit"   and developing a large, devoted following among African-American audiences.
Perry and his co-stars promoted the film on The Oprah Winfrey Show. As with Diary, almost all of the Madea's earnings have been generated in the United States. It is loosely based on his play of the same name. Filming began March 5, , in Whistler, British Columbia , a resort town north of Vancouver , then moved to Atlanta, where Perry had opened his own studio. This was Perry's seventh film with Lionsgate Entertainment.
At the request of director J. This was his first film appearance outside of his own projects. This was Perry's eighth film and it also made number one at the box office. Good Deeds is a romantic drama film written, directed by, and starring Perry. The film was released on February 24, It is the tenth of eleven films that Perry directed and appears in. Perry released his thirteenth film, Temptation: Confessions of a Marriage Counselor based on his play of the same name on March 29, Williams , and Kim Kardashian.
Out of the Shadows. The film was released on October 21, A sequel, Boo 2! A Madea Halloween , was released in October Perry, alongside Oprah Winfrey , lent his voice in his first computer-animated film, called The Star , which is based on the Nativity of Jesus. Developed by Sony Pictures Animation , the film was released on November 17, The series followed an African-American household of three generations. The show demonstrated the family members' serious, true-to-life struggles with faith and love.
The show ran in the spring of as a show pilot. After receiving high ratings, House of Payne entered broadcast syndication. Reruns were played through December before the second season began.
Perry also wrote, directed and produced the sitcom Meet the Browns , which premiered on TBS on January 7, and ended on November 18, The partnership was largely for the purposes of bringing scripted television to the OWN, Perry having had previous success in this department. The record-breaking episode brought in 3. The hour-long drama series premiered on September 9, Viacom will also have distribution rights to short video content and a first look at film concepts.