Larenz Tate

Larenz Tate


9/8/1975, Chicago, Illinois

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Larenz Tate


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Larenz Tate was born on September 8, 1975 on the westside of Chicago to Larry and Peggy Tate. Larenz is the youngest of three brothers. His other brothers are actors Larron and Lahmard Tate. In 1984, Larenz and his family moved to California. It was while living in…more


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    • [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.