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 ...

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Crash (2005)

DepressingHeartbreakingEmotionalThought provoking

In post-Sept. 11 Los Angeles, tensions erupt when the lives of a Brentwood housewife, her district attorney husband, a Persian shopkeeper, two cops, a pair of carjackers and a Korean couple converge during a 36-hour period.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Paul Haggis
CAST:  Sandra Bullock  •  Don Cheadle  •  Matt Dillon  •  Michael Peña

In post-Sept. 11 Los Angeles, tensions erupt when the lives of a Brentwood housewife, her district attorney husband, a Persian shopkeeper, two cops, a pair of carjackers and a Korean couple converge during a 36-hour period.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Paul Haggis
CAST:  Sandra Bullock  •  Don Cheadle  •  Matt Dillon  •  Michael Peña

Dead Presidents (1995)

Thought provokingHeistTragicReal

On the streets they call cash dead presidents. And that's just what a Vietnam veteran is after when he returns home from the war only to find himself drawn into a life of crime. With the aid of his fellow vets he plans the ultimate heist -- a daring robbery of an ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Allen Hughes  •  Albert Hughes
CAST:  Larenz Tate  •  Keith David  •  Chris Tucker  •  Freddy Rodríguez

On the streets they call cash dead presidents. And that's just what a Vietnam veteran is after when he returns home from the war only to find himself drawn into a life of crime. With the aid of his fellow vets he plans the ultimate heist -- a daring robbery of an ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Allen Hughes  •  Albert Hughes
CAST:  Larenz Tate  •  Keith David  •  Chris Tucker  •  Freddy Rodríguez

Love Jones (1997)

Darius Lovehall is a young black poet in Chicago who starts dating Nina Moseley, a beautiful and talented photographer. While trying to figure out if they've got a "love thing" or are just "kicking it," they hang out with their friends, talking about love and sex. ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Theodore Witcher
CAST:  Larenz Tate  •  Nia Long  •  Isaiah Washington  •  Bill Bellamy

Darius Lovehall is a young black poet in Chicago who starts dating Nina Moseley, a beautiful and talented photographer. While trying to figure out if they've got a "love thing" or are just "kicking it," they hang out with their friends, talking about love and sex. ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Theodore Witcher
CAST:  Larenz Tate  •  Nia Long  •  Isaiah Washington  •  Bill Bellamy

Menace II Society (1993)

PowerfulTragicAction-packedFun

A young street hustler attempts to escape the rigors and temptations of the ghetto in a quest for a better life.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Allen Hughes  •  Albert Hughes
CAST:  Tyrin Turner  •  Larenz Tate  •  Glenn Plummer  •  Jada Pinkett Smith

A young street hustler attempts to escape the rigors and temptations of the ghetto in a quest for a better life.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Allen Hughes  •  Albert Hughes
CAST:  Tyrin Turner  •  Larenz Tate  •  Glenn Plummer  •  Jada Pinkett Smith

Ray (2004)

UpliftingRealTear-jerkerRomantic

Born on a sharecropping plantation in Northern Florida, Ray Charles went blind at seven. Inspired by a fiercely independent mom who insisted he make his own way, He found his calling and his gift behind a piano keyboard. Touring across the Southern musical circuit, ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Taylor Hackford
CAST:  Jamie Foxx  •  Kerry Washington  •  Regina King  •  Harry Lennix

Born on a sharecropping plantation in Northern Florida, Ray Charles went blind at seven. Inspired by a fiercely independent mom who insisted he make his own way, He found his calling and his gift behind a piano keyboard. Touring across the Southern musical circuit, ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Taylor Hackford
CAST:  Jamie Foxx  •  Kerry Washington  •  Regina King  •  Harry Lennix

The Inkwell (1994)

The Inkwell is about a 16-year-old boy coming of age on Martha's Vineyard in the summer of 1976.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Matty Rich
CAST:  Larenz Tate  •  Joe Morton  •  Suzzanne Douglas  •  Glynn Turman

The Inkwell is about a 16-year-old boy coming of age on Martha's Vineyard in the summer of 1976.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Matty Rich
CAST:  Larenz Tate  •  Joe Morton  •  Suzzanne Douglas  •  Glynn Turman

Waist Deep (2006)

An ex-convict (Tyrese) gets tangled up with a gang after his car is hijacked with his son inside.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Vondie Curtis-Hall
CAST:  Tyrese Gibson  •  Meagan Good  •  Larenz Tate  •  Henry Hunter Hall

An ex-convict (Tyrese) gets tangled up with a gang after his car is hijacked with his son inside.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Vondie Curtis-Hall
CAST:  Tyrese Gibson  •  Meagan Good  •  Larenz Tate  •  Henry Hunter Hall

Why Do Fools Fall In Love (1998)

In the mid-80s, three women (each with an attorney) arrive at the office of New York entertainment manager, Morris Levy. One is an L.A. singer, formerly of the Platters; one is a petty thief from Philly; one teaches school in a small Georgia town. Each claims to be ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Gregory Nava
CAST:  Vivica A. Fox  •  Lela Rochon  •  Halle Berry  •  Larenz Tate

In the mid-80s, three women (each with an attorney) arrive at the office of New York entertainment manager, Morris Levy. One is an L.A. singer, formerly of the Platters; one is a petty thief from Philly; one teaches school in a small Georgia town. Each claims to be ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Gregory Nava
CAST:  Vivica A. Fox  •  Lela Rochon  •  Halle Berry  •  Larenz Tate

A Man Apart (2003)

When Vetter's wife is killed in a botched hit organized by Diablo, he seeks revenge against those responsible. But in the process, Vetter and Hicks have to fight their way up the chain to get to Diablo but it's easier said than done when all Vetter can focus on is ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  F. Gary Gray
CAST:  Vin Diesel  •  Larenz Tate  •  Timothy Olyphant  •  Geno Silva

When Vetter's wife is killed in a botched hit organized by Diablo, he seeks revenge against those responsible. But in the process, Vetter and Hicks have to fight their way up the chain to get to Diablo but it's easier said than done when all Vetter can focus on is ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  F. Gary Gray
CAST:  Vin Diesel  •  Larenz Tate  •  Timothy Olyphant  •  Geno Silva

Biker Boyz (2003)

A mythic motorcycle tale of father and son", this is the story of Manuel Galloway, also known as "the King of Cali", the president of a motorcycle club whose members are all African-American men, mostly white-collar workers who exchange their suits and ties at ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Reggie Rock Bythewood
CAST:  Laurence Fishburne  •  Derek Luke  •  Orlando Jones  •  Djimon Hounsou

A mythic motorcycle tale of father and son", this is the story of Manuel Galloway, also known as "the King of Cali", the president of a motorcycle club whose members are all African-American men, mostly white-collar workers who exchange their suits and ties at ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Reggie Rock Bythewood
CAST:  Laurence Fishburne  •  Derek Luke  •  Orlando Jones  •  Djimon Hounsou

Gun Hill (2014)

Gun Hill is a BET Premiere Cinema original film produced and directed by Reggie Rock Bythewood (Biker Boyz, Daddy's Girl, New York Undercover, Get on the Bus). The film stars Larenz Tate as Bird Stevens – a con who assumes the identity of his twin brother, Trane, a ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Reggie Rock Bythewood
CAST:  Larenz Tate  •  Tawny Cypress  •  Emayatzy Corinealdi  •  Hisham Tawfiq

Gun Hill is a BET Premiere Cinema original film produced and directed by Reggie Rock Bythewood (Biker Boyz, Daddy's Girl, New York Undercover, Get on the Bus). The film stars Larenz Tate as Bird Stevens – a con who assumes the identity of his twin brother, Trane, a ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Reggie Rock Bythewood
CAST:  Larenz Tate  •  Tawny Cypress  •  Emayatzy Corinealdi  •  Hisham Tawfiq

The Hot Spot (2005)

Robbyn and her luscious band of lascivious babes plan a big heist at a party hosted by Krunch, Robbyn's ex-boyfriend turned rap star who dumped her when he hit it big. TK and Benny, a couple of gatecrashers, are the unwitting foils; this dim-witted duo just wants ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Larenz Tate
CAST:  Derrick Tate  •  Madd Marv  •  Troy Irving  •  Jayme Vanegas

Robbyn and her luscious band of lascivious babes plan a big heist at a party hosted by Krunch, Robbyn's ex-boyfriend turned rap star who dumped her when he hit it big. TK and Benny, a couple of gatecrashers, are the unwitting foils; this dim-witted duo just wants ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Larenz Tate
CAST:  Derrick Tate  •  Madd Marv  •  Troy Irving  •  Jayme Vanegas

Unity (2015)

Despite the advent of science, literature, technology, philosophy, religion, and so on -- none of these has assuaged humankind from killing one another, the animals, and nature. UNITY is a film about why we can't seem to get along, even after thousands and ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Shaun Monson
CAST:  Jessica Chastain  •  Zoe Saldaña  •  Lena Headey  •  Amanda Seyfried

Despite the advent of science, literature, technology, philosophy, religion, and so on -- none of these has assuaged humankind from killing one another, the animals, and nature. UNITY is a film about why we can't seem to get along, even after thousands and ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Shaun Monson
CAST:  Jessica Chastain  •  Zoe Saldaña  •  Lena Headey  •  Amanda Seyfried

Love Come Down (2000)

Two brothers in their early 20s, one black, one white, each the other's keeper since their family was torn apart by a decade old tragedy. Neville is a comedian struggling with his comedy, and his brother, Matthew, is a boxer consumed with the pleasure and pain of ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Clement Virgo
CAST:  Larenz Tate  •  Martin Cummins  •  Rainbow Sun Francks  •  Barbara Williams

Two brothers in their early 20s, one black, one white, each the other's keeper since their family was torn apart by a decade old tragedy. Neville is a comedian struggling with his comedy, and his brother, Matthew, is a boxer consumed with the pleasure and pain of ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Clement Virgo
CAST:  Larenz Tate  •  Martin Cummins  •  Rainbow Sun Francks  •  Barbara Williams

The Postman (1997)

In 2013 there are no highways, no I-ways, no dreams of a better tomorrow, only scattered survivors across what was once the Unites States. Into this apocalyptic wasteland comes an enigmatic drifter with a mule, a knack for Shakespeare and something yet ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Kevin Costner
CAST:  Kevin Costner  •  Will Patton  •  Olivia Williams  •  Larenz Tate

In 2013 there are no highways, no I-ways, no dreams of a better tomorrow, only scattered survivors across what was once the Unites States. Into this apocalyptic wasteland comes an enigmatic drifter with a mule, a knack for Shakespeare and something yet ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Kevin Costner
CAST:  Kevin Costner  •  Will Patton  •  Olivia Williams  •  Larenz Tate

Beta Test (2016)

While testing the latest first person shooter from global game developer, Sentinel, video game champion Max Troy discovers the events happening within the game are being reflected in the real world. He soon determines that the game's protagonist is real-life Orson ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Nicholas Gyeney
CAST:  Manu Bennett  •  Larenz Tate  •  Linden Ashby  •  Kevon Stover

While testing the latest first person shooter from global game developer, Sentinel, video game champion Max Troy discovers the events happening within the game are being reflected in the real world. He soon determines that the game's protagonist is real-life Orson ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Nicholas Gyeney
CAST:  Manu Bennett  •  Larenz Tate  •  Linden Ashby  •  Kevon Stover

White Water (2015)

White Water is the story of a 7 year-old black kid in segregated 1963 Opelika, Alabama who becomes obsessed with the desire to taste the water from the "white's only" drinking fountain and sets out on a quest to do the unthinkable: drink from it.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Rusty Cundieff
CAST:  Sharon Leal  •  Barry Shabaka Henley  •  Larenz Tate  •  Storm Reid

White Water is the story of a 7 year-old black kid in segregated 1963 Opelika, Alabama who becomes obsessed with the desire to taste the water from the "white's only" drinking fountain and sets out on a quest to do the unthinkable: drink from it.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Rusty Cundieff
CAST:  Sharon Leal  •  Barry Shabaka Henley  •  Larenz Tate  •  Storm Reid

Bill Bellamy's Ladies Night Out Comedy Tour (2013)

Bill Bellamy's groundbreaking comedy tour brings together some of today's hottest male comics on showcase for the ladies of America. Featuring comics Ali Siddiq, Jay Reid and D'Lai.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Scott L. Montoya
CAST:  Bill Bellamy  •  Larenz Tate  •  Chris Gattling  •  Ralph Porter

Bill Bellamy's groundbreaking comedy tour brings together some of today's hottest male comics on showcase for the ladies of America. Featuring comics Ali Siddiq, Jay Reid and D'Lai.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Scott L. Montoya
CAST:  Bill Bellamy  •  Larenz Tate  •  Chris Gattling  •  Ralph Porter

Girls Trip (2017)

Four girlfriends take a trip to New Orleans for an annual festival and, along the way, rediscover their wild sides and strengthen the bonds of sisterhood.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Malcolm D. Lee
CAST:  Regina Hall  •  Queen Latifah  •  Jada Pinkett Smith  •  Tiffany Haddish

Four girlfriends take a trip to New Orleans for an annual festival and, along the way, rediscover their wild sides and strengthen the bonds of sisterhood.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Malcolm D. Lee
CAST:  Regina Hall  •  Queen Latifah  •  Jada Pinkett Smith  •  Tiffany Haddish

Deuces (2017)

Assigned to go undercover to take down an impenetrable crime ring, a detective finds himself falling under the sway of it's enigmatic leader.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jamal Hill
CAST:  Larenz Tate  •  Meagan Good  •  Rotimi  •  Rick Gonzalez

Assigned to go undercover to take down an impenetrable crime ring, a detective finds himself falling under the sway of it's enigmatic leader.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jamal Hill
CAST:  Larenz Tate  •  Meagan Good  •  Rotimi  •  Rick Gonzalez
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