‘Diary of a Mad Black Woman’ 15 Years Later: What Is the Cast Worth Today?

Superstar Tyler Perry wrote and starred in Diary of a Mad Black Woman. What was his feature film debut in 2005 began a long and lucrative career for the filmmaker. The movie was a romantic dramedy with lots of heart that showcased the incredible talent of the cast.

Kimberly Elise brought life to the character, Helen, and Steve Harris played her philandering husband, Charles. Movie icon Cicely Tyson took on the role of Helen’s mother, Myrtle, while Shemar Moore portrayed the steelworker with a heart of gold, Orlando. And Tyler Perry pulled triple duty as Madea, Brian, and Joe. Here’s how the stars stack up today when it comes to total wealth, as estimated by Celebrity Net Worth.

Tyler Perry's 'Diary of a Mad Black Woman' cast
Tyler Perry’s ‘Diary of a Mad Black Woman’ cast | J. Vespa/WireImage for LIONSGATE

Steve Harris

TV fans may know Harris best for his role as Eugene Young in The Practice. But he has done much more over the course of his career and has maintained an estimated net worth of $500,000. Harris has landed roles in films, including The Mod Squad, Minority Report, and Takers. He has also nabbed a steady stream of guest-starring engagements on Grey’s Anatomy, Friday Night Lights, Justified, and other popular shows.

Kimberly Elise

With plenty of on-screen experience under her belt, Elise has built her wealth to about $2 million. Her breakout role in Set it Off proved her outstanding dramatic range, and she continued earning parts alongside Hollywood A-listers. Next up, the performer shared screen time with Oprah Winfrey and Thandie Newton in Beloved, based on the Toni Morrison novel. Shortly thereafter she appeared with Jamie Foxx in Bait and Denzel Washington in John Q and The Manchurian Candidate. Elise remains a fixture in entertainment and has at least two forthcoming projects.

Cicely Tyson

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Hollywood veteran, Tyson, has racked up nearly 100 credits in almost 70 years in show business. The actress has also amassed a fortune of an estimated $10 million. Some of her most memorable parts were in films, including Sounder, Bustin’ Loose, Fried Green Tomatoes, and The Help. She has also popped up in several other Tyler Perry films, such as Madea’s Family Reunion and Why Did I Get Married Too? And TV buffs will remember her key role in Alex Hayley’s Roots. Most recently, Tyson wrapped up a stint on How to Get Away with Murder opposite Viola Davis.

Shemar Moore

Soap veteran, primetime player, and movie star are all terms to describe Moore, who is worth an estimated $16 million. The entertainer’s impressive resume includes parts in Hav Plenty, The Brothers, and The Bounce Back. Plus, Moore has scored long-running gigs in small-screen hits, The Young and the Restless, Criminal Minds, and S.W.A.T., which CBS just renewed for a fourth season.

Tyler Perry

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Media mogul, Perry, is worth a whopping $600 million, according to Celebrity Net Worth. Perry began as a playwright and performer and began his Hollywood career by translating those works into feature films.

Perry writes, directs, and stars in niche movies targeted to a loyal fan base. Some of Perry’s most acclaimed projects include The Family that Preys, starring Alfre Woodard and Kathy Bates, and I Can Do Bad All By Myself, with Taraji P. Henson in the lead role.

Aside from his filmmaking career, Perry has produced a robust collection of television shows, including The Oval. And most notably, he opened a 300-plus acre production facility in Atlanta, GA, which has become the hub for many big-budget motion pictures and series, bringing Perry even more wealth.