Before portraying him in Ray, he spent time with Quincy Jones.
He was born in Chicago, Illinois but grew up in Bell Gardens, California.
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.
His television debut came in the Twilight Zone episode, "Night of the Meek". He made his television miniseries debut in The Women of Brewster Place. His first role as series regular was on New Attitude. The first time he is credited as a producer is on the film Love Come Down. He made his directorial debut with The Hot Spot.
He appeared on the cover of the October 1998 issue of Black Elegance.
He started the production company Tate Man Entertainment with his brothers.
He has been nominated for a Screen Actors Guild Award twice, with one win.
-He won for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture. He won for Crash.
-He was nominated for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture in 2005. He was nominated for Ray.
He voiced the character of "Buck" in the video game 187: Ride or Die.
He is married to actress Tomasina Parrott. The two have a son, Miles Xavier Tate.
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 is a fan of boxer Sugar Ray Robinson.
He is often cast in films directed by the Hughes Brothers.
His favorite film is Lady Sings the Blues. His favorite musical artist is The Notorious B.I.G. His favorite television program is The Cosby Show and Sanford and Son. His favorite book is The Measure of a Man, an autobiography by Sidney Poitier.
He is 5' 7 1/2" (1.71 m).
He has black hair and brown eyes.
He has a My Space page.
He is a frequent co-star of Clifton Powell.
He appears in R&B singer Ashanti's music video "Rain on Me" as her jealous, abusive spouse.
He made his acting debut in the feature film "Menace II Society".
He is the youngest of three siblings.
Larenz Tate is an actor, director, and producer.
[Is he bothered by being reminded in his role in Menace II Society]
Larenz Tate: I don't think so. But people identify with that thug [expletive]. It's cool, I don't have a problem with that. Menace made my career. It gave me all the opportunities, because it was the kind of film that was a phenomenon. It gave me the exposure that I needed and it let people take a look at me closely because it was such a phenomenon. So a guy like Kevin Costner may not have seen the movie Menace II Society but he damn sure knows about it and he is aware of it.
[On what he looks for in a script]
Larenz Tate: 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.
[On being a sex symbol]
Larenz Tate: 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.
[On living in Los Angeles]
Larenz Tate: There's a lot of good things about Los Angeles. I mean, once you kind of get to know people and have that open relationship and rapport with different kinds of people, you find there's a lot of people who are not from Los Angeles who are here and you get a chance to learn a lot about people, but again, the strange thing about it is we're all here but we don't know it, or we know it but we don't try to engage one another.