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Lahmard Tate | Biography

Quick Information

  • Full Name Lahmard J. Tate
  • Occupation Actor, Producer, Writer
  • Nationality American
  • Birthplace Chicago, Illinois, USA
  • Birth Date Jan 07, 1970
  • Age 51 Years, 9 Months
  • Siblings Larron Tate, Larenz Tate
Producer of 'Bronzeville' Podcast

Lahmard Tate | Biography

Got His First Break At the Age of 17 in the Television Series 'Hill Street'

Lahmard J. Tate started acting at a young age. At just 17, he got his first break into the mainstream when he got a role in the 1987 TV series 'Hill Street,' the decade's well-known crime drama. In the same year, he appeared in a minor role in the film 'Barfly.' Soon after, Tate started getting minor roles and small appearances in different films and series. He appeared in the 1990 films 'Across the Tracks' and 'Night of the Cyclone.' Tate also had a role in the 1994 erotic-romantic drama 'Jason's Lyric.' He also had TV appearances on shows like The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, Street Justice, and Roc. 


Lahmard Tate is an actor best known for his role in Barbershop and Don't Be a Menace and Rocky Balboa.

Who Is Lahmard Tate?

Lahmard Tate is an American actor, writer, and producer. He is prominently recognized for playing the role of Billy in the 2002 movie Barbershop. He also played the role of Ashtray's (Shawn Wayans) father in the 1996 comedy Don't Be a Menace to South Central While Drinking Your Juice in the Hood

Tate has appeared in over 30 films and TV series in a career spanning over three decades. Tate has been involved in the movie business since the late 80s. His first mainstream role was in 1987 in the TV series Hill Street Blues. He was only 17 then. 

Other projects Tate has appeared in include Unsolved: The Murders of Tupac and the Notorious BIG (2018), Method & Red (2004), Moesha (2000-2001), All American (2019-2020), etc. In addition to acting, he's also provided his voice for several video game characters, including Crysis (2007) and Spider-Man 3 (2007).

Early Age & Family

Lahmard J. Tate was born on 7 January 1970 in Chicago, Illinois. He has two brothers, Larron Tate and Larenz Tate, both of whom are actors and producers. Tate moved to California from Chicago with his brothers and his parents Larry and Peggy Tate in 1984 when he was only 14. His parents then enrolled him and his brothers at the Inner City Cultural Center in a drama program.

Initially, Tate and his brothers were intrigued to meet young girls at the center. But they approached it more seriously after seeing their classmates Malcolm-Jamal Warner was cast as "Theo Huxtable" on the 1984 sitcom The Cosby Show. From that point on, the siblings started getting many minor roles.

Career & Movies

Lahmard J. Tate started acting at a young age. At just 17, he got his first break into the mainstream when he got a role in the 1987 TV series Hill Street, the decade's well-known crime drama. In the same year, he appeared in a minor role in the film Barfly.

Soon after, Tate started getting minor roles and small appearances in different films and series. He appeared in the 1990 films Across the Tracks and Night of the Cyclone. Tate also had a role in the 1994 erotic-romantic drama Jason's Lyric, starring Allen Payne, Jada Pinkett Smith, Forest Whitaker, and Eddie Griffin. He also had TV appearances on shows like The Fresh Prince of Bel-AirStreet Justice, and Roc

However, it was during the '90s; he started getting more prominent roles in more notable movies. He was one of the stars of Panther in 1995. It was the first-ever feature film to recount the narrative of the Black Panther Party, a Black Power political party formed by Huey P. Newton and Bobby Seale. The following year, the actor appeared in the movie Don't Be a Menace to South Central While Drinking Your Juice in the Hood, switching from political drama to comedy. The film, which was a parody of contemporary American movies, became a box office success.

As Tate's career took off, he frequently worked in notable films, series, and sitcoms with famous faces. Tate appeared in a few episodes of the 1996 sitcom Moesha as Jerome, starring Brandy Norwood. It was his first prominent role on TV. In 2002, he was a part of yet another successful black comedy film, Barbershop, featuring Ice Cube, Cedric the Entertainer, Michael Ealy, and Eve. 

Tate was then cast as 'X-Cell' in the 2006 film Rocky Balboa alongside Sylvester Stallone. His other remarkable TV role includes 'Lil' Bit' in Fox's Method and Red (2004) and his portrayal of 'Duane Keith "Keefe D" Davis' in the USA Network true-crime series Unsolved: The Murders of Tupac and The Notorious BIG (2018).

Most recently, Tate has gone back to taking up more serious roles. He had a recurring role in the 2018 CW drama All Americanas Flip Williamswhich was inspired by the life of an acclaimed American football player Spencer Paysinger. Tate also appeared alongside his brother Larenz in the Starz Network's Power and Power Book II: Ghost as Kamaal Tate.

Producing With His Brothers

Apart from acting, Lahmard Tate is also a producer. With siblings Larenz Tate and Larron Tate, they have a production house called TateMen Entertainment, a developing multi-media organization focused on offering substance for films, TV, and computerized stages. To date, TateMen projects have produced films like Business EthicsDeuces, and Beta Test. 

Tate has also produced and starred as 'Cordell' in the 2019 romantic-comedy Back To the Goode Life for BET Network alongside Larron Tate.

'Bronzeville'

Furthermore, Tate is the producer of Bronzeville, a scripted audio series/podcast featuring his brother Larenz Tate, Laurence Fishburne, and Tika Sumpter. According to Apple Podcasts, "Bronzeville chronicles the lives of players in the lottery games while illuminating the self-sustainability of the community's African-American residents." Academy Award and BAFTA nominee Josh Olson is the writer of the Bronzeville, and the second season was released on 9 March 2021.

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