Larenz Tate

Larenz Tate
Born (1975-09-08) September 8, 1975 (age 48)
OccupationActor
Years active1985–present
Spouse
Tomasina Parrott
(m. 2006)
Children3

Larenz Tate (born September 8, 1975) is an American film and television actor. He is best known for his roles as O-Dog in Menace II Society, Anthony Curtis in Dead Presidents, and as Councilman Rashad Tate in Power. Tate's other films and television series include the films Love Jones, A Man Apart, Crash, Waist Deep, Ray and the television series Rush and Game of Silence.

Early life

Tate was born in Chicago, Illinois, to Peggy and Larry Tate. He is the youngest of three siblings; his two brothers, Larron and Lahmard, are also actors. The family moved to California during the early 1980s. Convinced by their parents to enter a drama program at the Inner City Cultural Center, the trio did not take the lessons seriously until classmate Malcolm-Jamal Warner's ascent to fame after being cast on the sitcom The Cosby Show. Subsequently, realizing that they could parlay their efforts into a tangible form of success, the siblings began to receive small roles and in 1985, Tate made his small-screen debut in an episode of The New Twilight Zone. Tate attended Palmdale High School, graduating in 1993.

Career

Following appearances in such television series as 21 Jump Street and The Wonder Years, Tate was cast in the television movie The Women of Brewster Place before receiving the recurring role of Steve Urkel's nemesis, Willie Fuffner, in the sitcom Family Matters. He also appeared as Curtis, a grandson of Redd Foxx's character on the CBS series The Royal Family. Foxx died of a heart attack a month after The Royal Family debuted, and a reworking with Jackée Harry as part of the cast failed to save the series.

After numerous acting roles on television, collaborative filmmaking siblings Albert and Allen Hughes approached him to star in their debut feature Menace II Society in 1993. In the film, Tate portrayed "O-Dog", a trigger-happy teenager. Frederick I. Douglass of the Baltimore Black-American opined Tate's performance in the film made it an instant classic. Tate had a regular role on the short-lived television series South Central (1994) as Andre.

Tate acted in The Inkwell (1994) as Drew. One reviewer praised his performance and called Tate a "promising" actor. However, in negative reviews Tate was seen as "overacting" and compared unfavorably to Jim Carrey. In 1995, Tate portrayed Vietnam veteran Anthony Curtis in the Hughes brothers' Dead Presidents. A film reviewer stated Tate proved he could play sympathetic characters with his performance in the film.

He took on the role of love-stricken young poet Darius in Love Jones (1997). Critic Jay Carr found Tate "engaging" in the role. Tate also played Kenny in The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air in the episode "That's No Lady, That's My Cousin", which was produced by Quincy Jones who Tate would later portray in the 2004 film Ray.

In 1997, Tate appeared as Ford Lincoln Mercury in The Postman. He played Frankie Lymon in the biopic Why Do Fools Fall in Love (1998). One critic praised Tate's dancing prowess in the film. He was the lead character, Neville, in 2000's Love Come Down.

Throughout the 2000s, Tate continued his film career. Tate portrayed Vin Diesel's drug officer partner in A Man Apart (2003), with his other film work including Biker Boyz (2003), Crash (2004), and Waist Deep (2006). Tate was featured in R&B singer Ashanti's 2003 released music video Rain on Me, where he played the jealous, abusive spouse of Ashanti. The video touched on the subject of domestic abuse. In the video game 187 Ride or Die, Tate voices the main character, Buck.

Tate portrayed Shooter Cooper in Love Monkey, which was cancelled after three episodes. He starred in seasons 4-7 of FX's Rescue Me as Bart "Black Shawn" Johnston.[citation needed] Tate appeared as Malcolm, the brother of Don Cheadle's character, in House of Lies and guest starred on an episode of The Mindy Project. Tate starred as beta tester Max in Beta Test (2016) and appeared in the 2017 film Girls Trip. Starting in 2017, Tate played Councilman Rashad Tate on Power, and continued portraying the character in sequel series Power Book II: Ghost.

Filmography

Film

Year Title Role Notes
1991 Clippers TJ TV movie
Seeds of Tragedy Cornelius TV movie
1993 Menace II Society Kevin "O-Dog" Anderson
1994 The Inkwell Drew Tate
1995 Dead Presidents Anthony Curtis
1997 Love Jones Darius Lovehall
The Postman Ford Lincoln Mercury
1998 Why Do Fools Fall in Love Frankie Lymon
2000 Love Come Down Neville Carter
2003 Biker Boyz Wood
A Man Apart Demetrius Hicks
2004 Crash Peter Waters
Ray Quincy Jones
2006 Waist Deep Lucky
2008 Blue Blood Tre TV movie
2011 Sacks West Larenz Short
Gun Hill Bird Stevens/Train Stevens TV movie
2015 White Water Terrance TV movie
2016 Beta Test Max
2017 Girls Trip Julian
Deuces Deuces
Salamander Ethan TV movie
2019 Business Ethics Zachery Cranston
2025 Michael Berry Gordy Filming

Television

Year Title Role Notes
1985 The Twilight Zone Older Brother Episode: "Night of the Meek"
1987 Hunter Sporty's Nephew Episode: "Crossfire"
Frank's Place Other Boy Episode: "Cool and the Gang: Part 1 & 2"
1988 Sonny Spoon Tim Episode: "Cheap & Chili"
Amen LeShawn Episode: "Get Em Up, Scout"
1989 21 Jump Street Young Adam Fuller Episode: "Wolly Bullies"
The Wonder Years Basketball Team Captain Episode: "Loosiers"
The Women of Brewster Place Sammy TV mini series
Matlock Street Kid #3 Episode: "The Scrooge"
1990 New Attitude Chilly D Main cast
You Take the Kids Tyrone Episode: "The Eggs & I"
1990–91 Family Matters Willie Fuffner Recurring cast: season 2
1991 The Royal Family Curtis Royal Main cast
1992 The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air Kenny Episode: "That's No Lady, That's My Cousin"
1993 Harts of the West Marcus Episode: "Cowboyz in the Hood"
1994 South Central Andre Mosely Main cast
2006 Waterfront Marcus Main cast
Love Monkey Derrick "Shooter" Cooper Main cast
2007-11 Rescue Me Bart "Black Sean" Johnston Recurring cast: seasons 4-5, main cast: seasons 6-7
2011 Justified Clinton Moss Episode: "For Blood or Money"
2013 The Mindy Project Tracy Episode: "Mindy Lahiri Is a Racist"
2013–15 House of Lies Malcolm Kaan Recurring cast: seasons 2-4
2014 Rush Alex Burke Main cast
2016 Game of Silence Shawn Cook Main cast
2017–20 Power Councilman Rashad Tate Recurring cast: season 4, main cast: seasons 5-6
2020-24 Power Book II: Ghost Recurring cast: season 1, main cast: seasons 2-4
2025 Power Book V: Influence Main cast

Video games

Year Title Role Notes
2005 187 Ride or Die Buck Voice role

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