Tyler Perrys Proteges, Minions..? All The Suckas He Made Relevant Again!!

Tasha Smith

Before starring in Tyler Perry’s Why Did I Get Married?, actress Tasha Smith had minor roles in films like ATL and HBO’s critically acclaimed miniseries, “The Corner,” but it was her role in Perry’s 2007 film as the loud-mouth wife Angela that catapulted Smith into superstardom. The actress has since starred in the film’s sequel and is now starring in Perry’s new sitcom, “Tyler Perry’s For Better or Worse,” where she’s reprising her role as Angela

Michael Jai White

Since landing his breakout role as the star of 1997’s Spawn, actor Michael Jai White struggled to make his way back onto the Hollywood radar, landing only minor roles in minor action films. But, like Smith,White found himself back at the top of the box office with a starring role in Why Did I Get Married, as Angela’s frustrated husband, Marcus. White also starred in Why Did I Get Married Too? and is now starring in “Tyler Perry’s For Better or Worse.”

Janet Jackson

Following the slow demise of her music career after her disastrous Nipplegate scandal at the 2004 Super Bowl, Janet Jackson was in severe need of a career revival. And luckily for the pope diva, in walked Tyler Perry who cast her in the lead role of the box-office hit Why Did I Get Married? With Perry’s help, Janet reignited her acting career and subsequently starred in his films Why Did I Get Married Too? andFor Colored Girls.

Lance Gross

Before linking up with Tyler Perry in 2007, actor Lance Gross was working as a video model for singers like Kelis, Mariah Carey and Rihanna. But once Perry cast him in his film Meet the Browns and the TV series “Tyler Perry’s House of Payne,” Lance went from unknown video model to household name and is now one of black Hollywood’s hottest celebrities

Allen Payne

After attaining success in the 90s with films like Jason’s Lyric and New Jack City, actor Allen Payne seemed to fall off the face of the earth in the 00s. It wasn’t until Perry cast him in his “Tyler Perry’s House of Payne” series that Allen, once again, found success in the TV and film industry

Cicely Tyson

It goes without saying that Cicely Tyson is a legendary actress with a respectable catalogue of work. But the TV and film vet had seemingly passed her acting prime until Perry cast her in Diary of a Mad Black Woman. Cicely has since starred in two other Perry films as will as the critically acclaimed film The Help.

Malik Yoba

Since his days on the 90s cop drama “New York Undercover,” fans of Malik Yoba found it hard to find the actor on screen. But in 2007, after a nice stint on the sitcom “Girlfriends,” Malik found himself back in the industry spotlight after being cast opposite Janet Jackson in Perry’s Why Did I Get Married? and its follow up, Why Did I Get Married Too?

Kimberly Elise

After landing a breakout role in the highly popular film Set It Off, Kimberly Elise found herself gaining critical respect and acclaim as a supporting actress in films like BelovedJohn Q and The Manchurian Candidate. But it was her starring role in Perry’s first theatrical release, Diary of a Mad Black Woman, that proved that Kimberly could carry a film as the lead actress. Kimberly has since starred in Perry’sFor Colored Girls as well.

Jill Scott

We all knew Jill Scott was a stellar singer, but we didn’t know just how a great of an actress she could be until she gave an outstanding performance as the overweight and emotionally abused wife Sheila in Why Did I Get Married? Jill has since starred in the short-lived HBO series “The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency” and Why Did I Get Married Too

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