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African American Actor – Larenz Tate

Larenz Tate, born September 8, 1975 in Chicago, Illinois, is an African American actor. He has starred in movies such as Menace II Society, The Inkwell, A Man Apart and Dead Presidents. He is the youngest of the three Tate Brothers.


In a relatively short span of time, Larenz Tate has earned a reputation as one of the most promising young actors in Hollywood. He has been noted for his fine performances, including a Best Actor NAACP Image Award nomination for his role in Theodore Witcher’s “Love Jones”. Tate starred opposite Nia Long in this love story which won the Audience Award for Best Film at the 1997 Sundance Film Festival. Tate also received the Best Actor Award in 1999 at the Acapulco Black Film Festival for his portrayal as the 1950’s doo wop singer Frankie Lymon in “Why Do Fools Fall in Love.” The Warner Bros. film also starred Halle Berry, Lela Rochon, and Vivica A. Fox.

Larenz made his feature film debut in the Allen and Albert Hughes drama “Menace II Society”, followed by starring roles in the “Inkwell”, “Dead Presidents”, Ashanti’s “Rain On Me” music video and appearing in the critically acclaimed “Ray” starring Jamie Foxx.


Tate’s aspirations go beyond being in front of the camera to producing behind the scenes. He now adds Executive Producer to his credits for the Independent feature film “Love Come Down” which stars Tate and R & B singer Deborah Cox.

Larenz along with brothers Lahmard & Larron Tate wrote, produced, directed, and financed their indie comedy “The Hot Spot” straight to DVD through Xenon Pictures.

Ray (2004/I) …. Quincy Jones
Crash (2004) …. Peter Waters
A Man Apart (2003) …. Demetrius Hicks