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About David Mann
American actor, singer, and stand-up comedian, David Mann rose to widespread popularity in the 2000s, playing the role of Mr. Brown in such Tyler Perry movies as Madea's Family Reunion (2002) and Meet the Browns (2008), the latter of which was also adapted into a television series. Along with his wife Tamela Mann, he forged a multi-faceted career as one-half of an entertainment power couple known across multiple medias thanks to their film roles, gospel shows, charitable work, and television shows like the 2015 sitcom Mann & Wife, and the reality show It's a Mann's World. In 2018, he and Tamela recorded a romantic soul album together called Us Against the World.
Growing up in Fort Worth, Mann was attracted to acting at a young age and took naturally to comedic roles in school plays. He later became involved in community theater, marrying his wife, Tamela, in the late '80s and eventually rising to national attention when they teamed up with acclaimed actor and playwright Tyler Perry. In 1999, Mann was cast by Perry in the role of the nosy wise-cracking neighbor Mr. Brown in the play I Can Do Bad All by Myself. It proved to be a career-making role that led not only to recurring roles for him and Tamela in future plays, but to a film and television career as well.
Throughout the 2000s, Mann appeared as Mr. Brown in Perry plays such as Madea's Family Reunion (2002), Meet the Browns (2004), and What's Done in the Dark (2008), while simultaneously nurturing his career as a stand-up comic, and occasionally touring as a gospel vocal act with Tamela. He recorded a comedy music album in 2007 in his Leroy Brown character called Mr. Brown's Good Ol' Time Church. Meet the Browns was adapted into a film in 2008, then into a television series a year later with David and Tamela starring in both. Focusing again on music, he joined Tamela, singing on her 2010 gospel album The Master Plan before the couple reprised their roles as the Browns in 2011's Madea's Big Happy Family. Beginning in 2015, the Manns starred in their own sitcom, Mann & Wife, as well as in the docu-series, It's a Mann's World. In 2018, David & Tamela Mann recorded Us Against the World, their first proper collaborative album as a duo. ~ Timothy Monger
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