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Tyler Perry to receive Hollywood Walk of Fame honor, days before opening new studio


Tyler Perry is seeing stars.

The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce announced that it will honor actor and comedian Perry with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, in the category of Motion Pictures on Oct. 1.

The filmmaker’s latest achievement will take place days before the grand opening of the new Atlanta-based Tyler Perry Studios on Oct. 5.

“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," said Ana Martinez, producer of the Hollywood Walk of Fame. "We are proud to honor him for his work and perseverance and welcome our newest Walk of Famer!”

Guest speakers for the event have yet to be announced but it will be no surprise if the likes of media mogul Oprah Winfrey and actresses Taraji P. Henson, Viola Davis and Cicely Tyson show up for Perry —who reinvented his life to go from homelessness to achieve major success as urban theater impresario and a Hollywood powerhouse.

And maybe Madea will be there, too.

Among Perry’s many accomplishments — as an actor, writer, producer, director and studio owner — include his first feature film, 2005’s “Diary of a Mad Black Woman,” which introduced his character Madea Simmons, to the mainstream. The plus-sized, pistol packing, potty mouthed caricature, which Perry portrays, appeared in 10 additional films and has been the subject of a cartoon and a New York Times best-selling book, after becoming a hit on the Chitlin’ Circuit.

In addition to portraying Madea onscreen, he's also appeared in movies like “Star Trek,” “Gone Girl,” “Mr. Deeds” and 2018’s “Vice,” in which he starred as former Secretary of State Colin Powell.

Perry will be the 2,675th celebrity to receive a star.