Where Are They Now? The Cast of 'Menace II Society'

The movie, starring Jada Pinkett-Smith and Larenz Tate, hit theaters 30 years ago today.


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With the rise of "hood films" in the early '90s, Allen and Albert Hughes debuted this gritty look inside the life of a Watts, California, teenager. This unflinching look at navigating a brutal existence of drug dealing and gun violence became a box-office hit. On the 30th anniversary of this classic, here's a snapshot of the cast today. (Photo: New Line Cinema)

Tyrin Turner - Tyrin Turner landed his breakout role playing Caine, a teenager whose life is drawn to the hustle of the streets. It seemed after his noteworthy performance, Turner's career was about to take off. But the young actor would only win bit parts (usually playing a street type) in below-the-radar films like Panther and Belly. He also starred in straight-to-DVD street flicks like Crime Partners. He went on to star alongside Tyrese in the action flick Free Agent in 2009. Since then, he's been pretty much under the radar, only reemerging to appear in the music video for Snoop Dogg's 2013 track "Tired of Running." Lately, Tyrin's appeared in a few projects including 2016's Meet the Blacks and Saints & Sinners. He is set to star in the 2017 films Free Agents and All-Star Weekend.(Photo: Rick Davis / Splash News)

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Tyrin Turner landed his breakout role playing Caine, a teenager whose life is drawn to the hustle of the streets. After his noteworthy performance, he landed roles in films like Panther and Belly. In 2020, he appeared in Fatale, which starred Michael Ealy and Hillary Swank. He also plays Rico in the Meet the Blacks franchise. (Photo: Rick Davis / Splash News)

Larenz Tate on who he’d like to direct music videos for:  - “I would love to work with Rihanna and Maxwell. I’m a fan of Miguel and Florence and the Machine. I like to tell stories, so if people are interested in doing narratives, it would be great to rock with them.”  (Photo: Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)

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Playing Caine's fatalistic homeboy, O-Dog, turned Larenz Tate into a bonafide film star. The Chicago-born actor continued churning memorable performances in classic films like Dead Presidents, Love Jones and Ray. Tate has never stopped working. In 2017, he joined the cast of Power as Councilman Tate and reprised the role in Power Book II: Ghost. Larenz!(Photo: Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)

Jada Pinkett-Smith - In the role of around-the-way girl Ronnie, Jada Pinkett-Smith was convincing as a girl looking to escape the insanity of the ghetto. After marrying Will Smith in 1997, Jada became a Hollywood power player both as an actress and as a producer. She went on to star in her own series, Hawthorne. Though short-lived, the series managed to get the actress noticed even more. She soon after landed the role of Fish Mooney in the dark Batman-themed series Gotham in 2014. That same year, she also lent her voice to The Penguins of Madagascar, the fourth installment of the animated franchise. She starred in the 2015 film Magic Mike XXL and starred in 2016's Girls Trip.  She is currently making waves with her Facebook talk show Red Table Talk.(Photo: Johns PKI/Splash News)

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Jada Pinkett-Smith played Ronnie, a girl looking to escape the insanity of her neighborhood. After marrying Will Smith in 1997, Jada became a Hollywood power player both as an actress and as a producer. Her Facebook talk show Red Table Talk was a massive success but was recently canceled. Fans are eagerly awaiting to see her in the sequel to 2017's Girls Trip. (Photo: Johns PKI/Splash News)

Samuel L. Jackson - The part of lawyer Kadar Lewis, who tries to help Khaila regain custody of her child, went to Samuel L. Jackson. The Oscar-nominated powerhouse is known as Hollywood's hardest working actor, averaging at least five films per year. Recently, Jackson has starred as Nick Fury in the latest Avengers franchise, and can currently be seen in Kong: Skull Island. (Photo: Michael Kovac/WireImage)

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Samuel L. Jackson played Caine's street-hustling dad. After garnering a breakthrough part in Pulp Fiction, Jackson became a Hollywood A-Lister and one of the hardest-working actors in show business. He's starred in many box office smashes, including the Star Wars and Marvel franchises.


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While Bill Duke was memorable as the detective in Menace, he will forever be known as Abdullah from the classic 1976 comedy Car Wash. Although Duke has maintained a notable acting career over the past four decades, he is equally known for his directing work, helming such films as Hoodlum, Deep Cover and Deacons of Defense. In 2021, he played Curtis in BET's The Oval. (Photo: Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)

Charles Dutton: January 30 - The House M.D. star turns 62. (Photo:  Jemal Countess/Getty Images)

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Charles Dutton was cast as a school teacher and militant dad Mr. Butler. The former prison inmate turned actor hit it big while starring in the title role for the successful TV sitcom Roc. Dutton has turned in many stellar performances for TV shows, including The Sopranos, The L Word and Law & Order: L.A. He starred in the 2015 HBO film Bessie alongside Queen Latifah. Dutton was last seen in the 2016 short, Veneration. (Photo: Jemal Countess/Getty Images)

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Too $hort - Hip-hop music icon Too $hort played gun/drug dealer Lew-Loc. Although his bit part wasn't a stretch from the street-centric persona he's portrayed on any of his hit LPs, Too $hort's acting career never took off. But, in 2012, he managed to become a mini reality TV star when he and his girlfriend were featured on Couples Therapy. In 2018, he released his twentieth, solo studio album The Pimp Tape. (Photo: Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

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Hip-hop music icon Too $hort played gun/drug dealer Lew-Loc. However, the west coast hip hop icon returned to music. He has released a slew of albums and fans are eagerly awaiting Sir Too Short, his 22nd album. (Photo: Jason Merritt/Getty Images)


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Quincy Jones III, the son of music producing legend Quincy Jones, scored the original music for Menace. QD3, as he's known, has been equally accomplished as a documentary producer, heading critically hailed docs like the Beef franchise, Tupac: Thug Angel and The Freshest Kids, which gives an in-depth history of break-dancing. In 2011, he released a second Tupac doc titled Tupac Shakur: Thug Angel 2. This year, he was the executive producer fo Dear Mama: The Saga of Afeni and Tupac Shakur, which is currently on Hulu. (Photo: Matt Carr/Getty Images)

Albert and Allen Hughes - Born in the Motor City, you may have seen their work but didn't know who directed the films. Their debut film, Menace II Society, premiered at the Cannes Film Festival in 1993. Their third film, American Pimp, premiered at Sundance in 1999.  (Photo: Henry S. Dziekan III/Getty Images) 

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Menace II Society marked the directorial debut of brothers Allen and Albert Hughes. The two went on to helm other films such as Dead Presidents and the Denzel Washington-led Book of Eli. This year, Allen Hughes was the director of Dear Mama: The Saga of Afeni and Tupac Shakur. Albert Hughes is currently in production for the television mini-series The Continental: From the World of John Wick. (Photo: Henry S. Dziekan III/Getty Images