Perry dropped out of high school, but he eventually earned a general equivalency diploma, or GED, later.
Trying to find his way professionally, he held a series of unfulfilling jobs before discovering his true passion.
Perry's plays continued to make a successful leap to the big screen.
He took on the leading role in (2006), which he also directed and produced, which scored well with movie goers bringing in more than $63 million.
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