Dr. Alex Burke
played by Larenz Tate
  • Character bio
  • Actor bio

Alex (Larenz Tate) is a doctor, husband, father, and unlikely best friend to Will Rush. The two got into plenty of shenanigans in med school, but after graduation, Alex followed a more conventional path than his pill-popping pal. A family man on track to being Chair of Emergency Medicine, Alex should be buttoned up for good. Though he’s straight-laced at work and home, Alex can’t help but get swept up in Rush’s rebelliousness. The two have different ideas of what it means to be “under control.” Something that might seem like a blip on the radar for Rush is a colossal problem for Alex. And Alex will do anything for his best friend Rush, even if it could get him into trouble…

Larenz Tate stars as Dr. Alex Burke, Rush’s (Tom Ellis, “Miranda”) best friend and a determined, high-ranking physician at one of Los Angeles’ top hospitals, in USA Network’s medical drama “Rush.”

Born and raised on the West Side of Chicago, Tate is recognized as an actor, writer and activist-- recently adding producer and director to his list of accomplishments.

Tate is perhaps best known for his groundbreaking role in the cult classic “Menace II Society.”  His feature film credits include “Inkwell,” “Dead Presidents,” “Why Do Fools Fall in Love,”  “Love Jones,” “A Man Apart,” “Waist Deep” and “Biker Boyz,” among others.   Tate co-starred in the three-time Academy Award-winning film “Crash,” as well as the film “Ray” opposite Jamie Foxx and Kerry Washington.

His television credits include starring roles on “Blue Blood” and “Rescue Me,” as well as appearances on “The Wonder Years,” “Fresh Prince of Bel Air” and ”South Central.”  Most recently he appeared in a recurring arc on the hit series “House of Lies.”   This July, Tate will also star in the upcoming BET movie “Gunhill” where he plays identical twins, one a cop and the other a con.

In 2012, he made his commercial directorial debut with “Conjure Cognac,” which starred Ludacris.

Tate’s main personal interest is The Tate Bros Foundation, a non-profit organization which he and his brothers created to help assist and raise funds for children living with Sickle Cell Anemia.

He lives in Los Angeles with his wife and three children.