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Veteran actor Larenz Tate, who exploded on the scene in his now-infamous role as violent gangster O-Dog in Menace II Society, has joined the cast of the Starz hit drama, Power. Tate will not be brandishing braids and pistols in this role, this time playing an elected official on the series.

Deadline reports:

Tate will play Councilman Rashad Tate, a city councilman from Jamaica Queens.

Power follows James “Ghost” St. Patrick, a drug kingpin living a double life who in season 4 seeks to find redemption. Power returns for its fourth season this summer.

Courtney A. Kemp serves as the creator, showrunner and executive producer of Power. Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson, Mark Canton, Randall Emmett and Gary Lennon serve as executive producers.

Tate has kept busy on the scene with recent roles in FX’s Rescue Me, NBC’s Game Of Lies series which was canceled in 2016, and appeared on Showtime’s House of Lies as well.

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