But one of his biggest legacies involves swooping in to help the wealthy and those in need — from paying for Christmas layaways to providing a private jet for Whitney Houston’s funeral.
As the coronavirus pandemic intensified, they knew they had to move fast before the borders shut down.
“It dawned on me … we’re going to have our security removed, who knows how long lockdown is going to be. The world knows where we are; it’s not safe… We probably need to get out of here,” Harry said.
Perry offered his house in Southern California, where the couple stayed for several months with full security.
“We didn’t have a plan,” Markle told Oprah. “We needed a house and he (Tyler Perry) offered his security as well so it gave us breathing room to try to figure out what we were going to do.”
He went from being broke to a billionaire
His efforts to stage a play failed several times, leaving him broke and homeless. But he never gave up.
He’s built up a reputation with his generosity
Through it all, Perry has built a reputation as someone who rushes to the rescue of strangers and celebrities alike.
“I know it’s a hard time, a lot of people are struggling and I’m just really grateful to be able to be in a position to do this,” Perry said in a video at the time.
Over the past decade, he has spread kindness in Atlanta and beyond.
And he’s not wavered in his support of others.
“It was a call I wasn’t even going to answer. … I answered and the person on the other end said, ‘This is Tyler.’
“I said, ‘Who?’
He said, ‘This is Tyler.’
I said, ‘Tyler who?’ and he said, ‘Tyler Perry.’ At that point, I just broke down crying.”
He also played a key role during the pandemic
One of Perry’s most important roles recently was reassuring Black people to take the coronavirus shot.