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Birthday: Sep 08, 1975
Place of Birth: Chicago, Illinois, USA

Larenz Tate

Larenz Tate (born September 8, 1975) is an American film and television actor. Tate was born on the west side of Chicago, Illinois. He is the youngest of three siblings whose family moved to California when he was nine years old. 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 series. 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 family comedy series Family Matters (1989). He was also a cast member on the CBS series The Royal Family, starring Redd Foxx and Della Reese, which ended prematurely when Redd Foxx suddenly died. In the video game 187 Ride or Die, Tate voices the main character, Buck. Following numerous small-screen roles, offers began pouring in for Tate, and in late 1992, collaborative filmmaking siblings Albert and Allen Hughes approached him to star in their debut feature Menace II Society. A jarring vision of inner-city desperation and decay, the film found Tate channeling his substantial energy into creating "O-Dog", a trigger-happy teenager. Following up with the little-seen but often-praised television series South Central, Tate would later appear in the family comedy-drama The Inkwell (1994) before re-teaming with the Hughes brothers for Dead Presidents (1995) and taking on the role of a love-stricken young poet in the romantic drama Love Jones (1997). Larenz Tate also played the role of Kenny in The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air in the episode "That's no Lady That's my Cousin". There followed roles in The Postman (as the automotively monikered Ford Lincoln Mercury), the Frankie Lymon biopic Why Do Fools Fall in Love (1998, with Tate as Lymon), and 2000's Love Come Down. Though a big theatrical release had eluded Tate for the first few years of the millennial turnover, Tate would soon turn up opposite Laurence Fishburne in the high-octane but critically derided Biker Boyz (2003), A Man Apart (2003), Crash (2004), as music legend Quincy Jones in Ray (2004), and Waist Deep (2006). Larenz was also 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. He can be seen in the latest season of FX Network's Rescue Me. Tate is married to Tomasina 'Geneva' Parrott. They have two sons together named Myles and Zander.

Filmography
Movie Cast Year
Crash Peter Waters 2005
Ray Quincy Jones 2004
Dead Presidents Anthony Curtis 1995
A Man Apart Demetrius Hicks 2003
Menace II Society Kevin 'O-Dog' 1993
Love Jones Darius Lovehall 1997
Waist Deep Lucky 2006
The Postman Ford Lincoln Mercury 1997
Why Do Fools Fall In Love Frankie Lymon 1998
Love Come Down Neville Carter 2000
The Inkwell Drew Tate 1994
Seeds of Tragedy Cornelius 1991
Gun Hill Bird Stevens 2014
Unity Narrator (voice) 2015
Bill Bellamy's Ladies Night Out Comedy Tour Himself 2013
Beta Test Max 2016
Girls Trip Julian Stevens 2017
Deuces Deuces 2017
White Water Terrance 2015
Business Ethics Zachery Cranston 2020
Biker Boyz Wood 2003
Gangsta Vision: Making ‘Menace 2 Society’ 2009
The Women of Brewster Place Sammy 1989
Los Angeles Plays Itself Frankie Lymon in Why Do Fools Fall In Love (archive footage) 2004
Michael Berry Gordy 2025
Series Cast Year
The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air Kenny 1990
Family Matters 1989
Rescue Me Bart 'Black Shawn' Johnston 2004
Love Monkey Shooter Cooper 2006
The Wonder Years Basketball Team Captain 1988
The Royal Family Curtis Royal 1991
South Central Andre Mosely 1994
The Twilight Zone 1985
Matlock 1986
Hunter Sporty's Nephew 1984
Game of Silence Shawn Polk 2016
Power Rashad Tate 2014
Rush Dr. Alex Burke 2014
21 Jump Street Young Adam Fuller 1987
Power Book II: Ghost Councilman Tate 2020
New Attitude Chilly D 1990
Hell's Kitchen Self - Restaurant Patron 2005
The Mindy Project Tracy 2012
Beat Shazam Self 2017
The Jennifer Hudson Show 2022
Justified Clinton Moss 2010
Sherri Self - Guest 2022
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