Larenz Tate is an American actor whose career began in the mid-1980s. He next made guest appearances on Hunter and 21 Jump Street. During the ’90s, he starred as Curtis Royal on the CBS sitcom The Royal Family. He also had performances in the films Menace II Society, The Inkwell, Dead Presidents and The Postman. He later played Frankie Lymon in the film Why Do Fools Fall in Love. In the 2000s, he had notable works in the movies Biker Boyz, Crash, as well as portrayed Quincy Jones in the movie Ray. From 2007 to 2011, he became further known for starring as Bart “Black Shawn” Johnston on Rescue Me. He next played Malcolm Kaan on House of Lies. As of 2017, he plays Councilman Tate on the Starz series Power.