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Overview (2)

Born in Chicago, Illinois, USA
Height 5' 9¼" (1.76 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Larenz Tate was born on the west side of Chicago to Larry and Peggy Tate, the youngest of three brothers. His brothers are actors Larron Tate and Lahmard J. Tate. In 1984, Larenz and his family moved to California. It was while living in California that Larenz's parents got him and his brothers involved in a drama program at the Inner City Cultural Center. At first, the boys were interested just to meet girls. However, when they saw classmate Malcolm-Jamal Warner get cast in the role of "Theo Huxtable" on The Cosby Show (1984), they began to take it more seriously. From then on, the brothers began getting other small roles. Larenz's career first took off in a Christmas episode of The Twilight Zone (1985), after which roles began pouring in. He has gone on to star in both television series and movies.

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Spouse (1)

Tomasina Parrott (30 November 2006 - present) ( 4 children)

Trivia (28)

Youngest brother of actors Lahmard J. Tate and Larron Tate.
Frequent co-star of Clifton Powell.
Has played real-life music legends Frankie Lymon and Quincy Jones.
Larenz and his brothers Larron Tate, a writer-producer, and Lahmard J. Tate, an actor, have formed a production company of their own, "Tate Men Entertainment".
Son, Miles Xavier, was born in the week of 1-7 August, he weighed 7lbs, 2 oz, and he was 19 inches long
Lives in Calabasas, California.
He is the co-founder of The Tate Bros. Foundation with his brothers. The non-profit organization was created to help provide funds for children living with the disease sickle cell anemia.
He appeared on the cover of the October 1998 issue of Black Elegance.
His favorite book is "The Measure of a Man," an autobiography by Sidney Poitier.
He began acting in plays at the Inner City Cultural Center in Los Angeles at the age of 10. His classmate was Malcolm-Jamal Warner.
He was born in Chicago, Illinois, but grew up in Bell Gardens, California.
Before portraying him in Ray (2004), he spent time with Quincy Jones.
His favorite television programs are The Cosby Show (1984) and Sanford and Son (1972).
His favorite musical artist is The Notorious B.I.G..
His favorite film is Lady Sings the Blues (1972).
He is often cast in films directed by the Hughes Brothers (Allen Hughes and Albert Hughes).
He is a fan of boxer Sugar Ray Robinson.
Expecting second child with wife, Tomasina Parrott, in late 2008.
Appeared in the July 2006 issue of sister 2 sister magazine.
One of his favorite movies is Scarface (1983).
His favorite hip-hop song is "juicy" by The Notorious B.I.G..
Good friends with Ludacris, and Tyrese Gibson.
Currently filming Blue Blood (2008). [January 2008]
Turned down the role of Dre in Brown Sugar (2002).
Turned down the role of Harper in The Best Man (1999).
Cousin of Barton Fitzpatrick.
Has four sons.
Friends with Omari Hardwick.

Personal Quotes (2)

It's interesting, because I've never seen myself as a sex symbol. It's actually kind of cool that women have taken to me. Because now I have a whole different demographic when it comes to the audiences. I have women who come out and support my movies and that is a huge demographic for me, which is great because some actors don't have a female base at all.
What I look for in a script is the plot point and whether they're strong, obviously, or not, whether the characters are rich or not, and if I can do justice to the character or not. Some movies you look at and the script is so bad that no one can do anything with the script. I mean, that's probably why Denzel Washington turns down so much. It's like why go through all of the ups and downs of trying to have a phenomenal performance when the movie is just bad all around?

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