Title: Actor, producer, director and writer
Born: September 13, 1969, New Orleans, Louisiana
Education: High school GED
Early Marker: Creation in 2000 of his stock charter Madea, a "God-fearing, gun-toting, pot-smoking, loudmouthed grandmother" who triggered a series of plays and provided a springboard for Perry's film and TV career.
Big Idea: Expanding the Perry production and performance franchise beyond funny and inspirational stories of faith and perseverance among African-Americans that has made him one of the highest-paid people in the entertainment industry.
Wave of the Future: Inspirational entertainment, media fragmentation