Tyler Perry Honored With Star on Hollywood Walk of Fame

Film maker Tyler Perry received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

The actor, director, and writer was honored on October 1 with a star in the Motion Pictures category, the New York Daily News reported. Actors like Kerry Washington, Idris Elba, and Crystal Fox were in attendance when Perry received the award, as well as cast members from his shows “The Oval,” “Sistas,” “The Haves and Have Nots,” and many others, according to a statement from the Hollywood Walk of Fame website.

“Tyler Perry is a force in the entertainment world. Coming from a world of poverty and pushing his way to the top– his creative work has been an inspiration for many people. We are proud to honor him for his work and perseverance and welcome our newest Walk of Famer!” said Ana Martinez, Producer of the Hollywood Walk of Fame, in a statement.

Perry dedicated his speech to the “underdogs,” speaking about his struggle to build his career and how his faith helped him achieve his goals.

"I want you to walk past this star in particular and know that I've been there," he said, according to BET. "I've been struggling, I've been out, broke, homeless. I've been through all of those things, but there was a perseverance, a tremendous faith in God, and this hope that allowed me to keep going."

"So, if you're looking at all of these stars," Perry added, "I'm sure everybody has a story here who's been immortalized here, but this one in particular is for the underdogs. This one in particular is for the ones who want to do it their way. This one in particular is for those who want to bring as many people through the door with them as they can."

Perry rose to fame in 2000 after portraying Madea — a tough, elderly Black woman — in his play I Can Do Bad All By Myself. After achieving success with Madea, he centered several plays on the character — Madea's Family Reunion (2002), Madea's Class Reunion (2003) and Madea Goes To Jail (2005), according to Perry’s website.

In 2005, Perry’s first feature film debut was Diary of a Mad Black Woman, which opened as number one at the box office across the nation, according to the Hollywood Walk of Fame website. By 2007, Perry moved to television with the release of his TBS series “House of Payne,” which became the highest-rated first-run syndicated cable show of all time. His second television show, “Meet the Browns,” holds the record as the second highest debut on cable.

Perry joined forces with Oprah Winfrey in 2012 to bring scripted programming to her cable network OWN. The filmmaker first launched the half-hour sitcom “Love Thy Neighbor” and in 2013, debuted his hour-long drama, “The Haves and The Have Nots.” OWN also premiered a House of Payne spinoff series called The Paynes on its networks in 2018. Currently, Perry is working with BET to launch his two new drama series “The Oval” and “Sistas,” which are both set to premiere on October 23.

Perry also hosted the grand opening of the Tyler Perry Studios, a 330-acre studio, on October 5, The Guardian reported. The $250 million studio, where big films like Madea and Marvel’s Black Panther were filmed, is the only major film studio in the US owned by an African American, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

"When I came here in 1992, I came with a dream," Perry said in an interview with WBNS before the event. "I'm looking at everything I've dreamed and more to come to pass. It just reminds me. I just thought this was the Promised Land and that sign reminded me of that every time I pass it. The studio is a reminder as well."

Perry told the news station he purchased the land in 2015, which is south of Atlanta, Georgia and located on the former army base Fort McPherson.

"I gave them the absolute best," he told the news station. "I built the absolute best I could. We perform and run this place like a top. We have excellent service and everything you would expect to have in a major film television studio. People are glad to shoot here. A lot of them want to return because of the way we handled it."

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Maria Perez is a breaking news writer for The North Star. She has an M.A. in Urban Reporting from the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism. She has been published in various venues, including Newsweek,Juvenile Justice Information Exchange, City Limits, and local newspapers like The Wave and The Home Reporter.