Larenz Tate Biography
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JUNE 21, 2014/Regal Cinemas Opry Mills
Whether in a mainstream film or cult classic hit, Larenz Tate has managed to stay true to his personal mission of striving for excellence. As an actor, writer, and activist, Tate applies that same dedication to every aspect of his life. He has continually impressed audiences and critics alike with his down-to-earth presence and relatable demeanor on film. Recently adding producer and director to his list of accomplishments, Tate has a solid foundation on what promises to be a long lasting career.
Tate got his first acting job at a young age, appearing in Christmas episode of THE TWILIGHT ZONE – THE SERIES. This appearance quickly led to guest starring roles on series such as 21 JUMP STREET, THE WONDER YEARS, and FRESH PRINCE OF BEL AIR. Shortly thereafter, Tate 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. The film led him to being cast in many other projects, including the feature comedy, THE INKWELL and Fox’s TV series, SOUTH CENTRAL. Later, Tate teamed up with the Hughes brother once again for the gritty crime drama DEAD PRESIDENTS.
Proving his acting diversity, Tate went on to star in the audience loved film LOVE JONES opposite actress Nia Long. The film went on to win the Audience Awards for Best Film at the 1997 Sundance Film Festival. Tate’s role also garnished a Best Actor nomination at the NAACP Image Awards. Within a short period of time, Tate’s dedication to his craft had led him to one of his most challenging roles as the singing lothario Frankie Lymon, in the 1998 biopic “Why Do Fools Fall in Love.” The film also starred Halle Berry, Lela Rochon, and Vivica A. Fox. The role won Tate the Acapulco Black Film Festive award for Best Actor in 1999.