Larenz Tate Biography

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Birth Name: Larenz Tate
Born: 09/08/1975
Birth Place: Chicago, Illinois, USA

Tate gained considerable attention the year before with his showy feature debut in the Hughes Brothers' explosive "Menace II Society" (1993), delivering a profoundly disturbing performance as O-Dog, a murderously nihilistic gun-toting teen. Tate displayed a kinder, gentler side in Matty Rich's "The Inkwell" (1994) as a socially maladept young man coping with intraracial class conflict and his own budding sexuality. He reteamed with the Hughes Brothers for "Dead Presidents" (1995) to play an embittered and disillusioned Vietnam vet who turns to bank robbery in the early 1970s. Tate demonstrated his screen charisma as the slick and smooth pop singer Frankie Lymon in the 1998 biopic "Why Do Fools Fall in Love?"

Tate went on to produce and star (along with Debra Cox and Martin Cummins) in the independent feature "Love Come Down." In "Love Come Down," Tate portrays a black comedian who struggles with his relationship with his brother, who is white. In 2003, Tate, along with Laurence Fishburne and Derek Luke, co-starred in in the motorcyle drama "Biker Boyz," then appeared opposite Vin Diesel in director F. Gary Gray's action-drama "A Man Apart" (2003), and took on the crucial role of music master Qunicy Jones in the heralded Ray Charles biopic "Ray" (2004). He then has an alternately charming and heartbreaking turn in the racially charged, multi-plot drama "Crash" (2005) as a seemingly clear-headed and sweet-natured L.A. youth who also happens to be a carjacker.

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