Larenz Tate

Cheers to Justified for turning Larenz Tate back into a Menace II Society.

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The charismatic actor first broke out as teenage gangsta O-Dog in the Hughes Brothers' 1993 inner-city saga. Since then, he's mostly played nice guys in movies like Love Jones and on TV series like FX's Rescue Me. The cable net's top-notch crime drama let Tate cross over to the wrong side of the law as a violent convict who flees a halfway house — and who happens to be the ex-brother-in-law of Deputy U.S. Marshal Rachel Brooks (Erica Tazel). She teams with Raylan Givens (Timothy Olyphant) to track him down.

Tate's character wasn't all bad — he wanted to reunite with his 12-year-old son and deliver a long-overdue birthday gift, a Furby knockoff. Well-directed by John Dahl (The Last Seduction), the episode, "For Blood or Money," was a standout hour not just for Tate but also the often-underutilized Tazel. As good as he is, Olyphant isn't the only Justified star who deserves a tip of the hat.

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