Tate Ellington is an actor, best known for his roles in Straight Outta Compton (2015), Sinister 2 (2015) and Remember Me (2010). 


Ellington was born on April 17, 1979 in Madison, Mississippi, the son of Deborah Cochran and James R. Ellington, who own a residential construction company. He received his high school education at the private Madison-Ridgeland Academy in Madison, where he graduated in 1997. While at MRA, he was a starting center for the school's football team for three seasons.

Upon graduation from MRA, Ellington enrolled as a double major in art and theater at the University of Mississippi, after turning down a scholarship to the Savannah College of Art and Design. He graduated from University of Mississippi with a bachelor's degree in theatre performance and was a member of the Sigma Chi fraternity.

Ellington appeared in the feature films Straight Outta Compton, based on the creation of the legendary rap group N.W.A., as well as the sequel to the blockbuster horror film Sinister. He has also completed filming the indie horror film, Belzebuth, opposite Tobin Bell from the Saw franchise.

Tate also appeared in two major recurring roles playing a friend and colleague to Mindy Kaling on the series The Mindy Project, as well as one of the leaders of Terminus in The Walking Dead. Other TV credits include Big Bang Theory, Parenthood, Castle, The Good Wife, Don't Trust the B in Apartment 23, and NCIS: Los Angeles.

Ellington's first major film role was as Robert Pattinson's best friend, Aiden, in the film Remember Me, opposite Pierce Brosnan and Chris Cooper. He also starred in the indie film, The Elephant King, which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival and garnered him a Best Actor award at the Brooklyn International Film Festival. Additional film credits include Taking Chance for HBO Films, RED, opposite Brian Cox and the independent features Northeast, Silver Tongues, Red Hook, Breaking Upwards, Descent, The Kitchen, and Ricky Gervais's The Invention of Lying.

His theater credits include The Philanthropist on Broadway opposite Matthew Broderick and Steven Weber, The Shape of Things for the Rising Sun Performance Company and the 2004 Fringe Festival-winning Dog Sees God at the SoHo Playhouse.

In 2015, Ellington was cast in the series regular role of FBI recruit Simon Asher on the ABC thriller series Quantico.