Along with his brothers, entered a drama program at the urging of his parents, but meeting girls was the goal. When classmate Malcolm-Jamal Warner was cast as Theo Huxtable on The Cosby Show, they took the classes more seriously.
Movie debut was as an out-of-control thug in the critically praised 1993 film Menace II Society.
In 2001, along with his two brothers, created the production company Tate Men Entertainment, Inc.
Appeared in Ashanti's 2003 music video "Rain on Me."
Received a 2006 supporting actor NAACP Image Award nomination for Crash.
Movie career has included playing two musical greats: Frankie Lymon in 1998's Why Do Fools Fall in Love and Quincy Jones in 2004's Ray.
Founded the Tate Bros. Foundation with his brothers as a non-profit focused on providing funds for children with sickle-cell anemia.
2004, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture: Nominee
2005, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture: Winner
2006, Critics' Choice Awards — Best Acting Ensemble: Winner