(born Emmitt Perry, Jr.
; September 13, 1969) is an American actor, director, playwright, screenwriter, producer, author, and songwriter. Perry wrote and produced many stage plays in the South
during the 1990s and early 2000s. In 2005, he released his first film, Diary of a Mad Black Woman
. In 2009, Perry was ranked by Forbes
magazine as the sixth highest-paid man in Hollywood.
Perry was born in New Orleans, Louisiana, as Emmitt Perry, Jr.
His family consisted of three siblings, his mother, Willie Maxine Perry (née Campbell), and his father, Emmitt Perry, Sr., a carpenter.
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