Whether in a film or on television, Larenz Tate has managed to stay true to his personal mission of striving for excellence. He has continually impressed audiences and critics alike with his down-to-earth presence and relatable demeanor in his various roles. Born and raised on the West Side of Chicago, Tate is recognized as an actor, writer and activist– recently adding producer and director to his list of accomplishments.
Larenz made his silver screen debut in Allen and Albert Hughes’ cult classic film, MENACE II SOCIETY, where his ground breaking role as the unforgettable, O-DOG, allowed him to be recognized as one of Hollywood’s most promising young actors. He would later team up with the Hughes brother once again for the gritty crime drama DEAD PRESIDENTS.
Tate would later star in another fan favorite, LOVE JONES, opposite Nia Long. His feature film credits include INKWELL, WHY DO FOOLS FALL IN LOVE, A MAN APART, WAIST DEEP, BIKER BOYZ among others. Tate co-starred in the three-time Academy Award-winning film CRASH, as well as the film RAY, opposite Jamie Foxx and Kerry Washington.
His television credits include starring roles on RUSH, RESCUE ME, and the BET original movie GUNHILL. Tate reoccured on the hit series HOUSE OF LIES with Don Cheadle. As well as starred in GAME OF SILENCE for NBC Universal.
Recently, Larenz and Laurence Fishburne joined forces as producers and stars of the highly anticipated 10 part audio-drama series BRONZEVILLE, streaming in 2017.
Tate’s production company TateMen Entertainment also partnered with Queen Latifah’s Flava Unit, for the feature crime-drama DUECES, where he stars as the self-titled role opposite Meagan Goode.
Currently, Larenz toplines the dark comedy BUSINESS ETHICS, where he and his partners serve as executive producers.
Tate also stars as Julian in Will Packer’s upcoming film GIRL TRIP, with an all-star lineup that includes Jada Pinkett Smith, Queen Latifah, Regina Hall and Netflix’s Luke Cage actor Mike Colter. The film is directed by Malcolm D. Lee.
Tate’s main personal interest is The Tate Bros Foundation, a non-profit organization that he and his brothers, LaRon and Lahmard, created to assist and help raise awareness of children living with Sickle Cell Anemia, as well as advocates for education. He also is mentor and former spokesperson for BLOOM, a social initiative that helps at risk youth.
He lives in Los Angeles with his wife and three children.