Ice-T

Ice-T

125 Fans
Age
57
Birthday
Feb. 16th, 1958
Born in
Newark, New Jersey, USA
Height
5' 11"

Ice-T's Main TV Roles

Show Character(s)
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit TV Show
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
The Belzer Connection TV Show
The Belzer Connection
I Love 1990's (UK) TV Show
I Love 1990's (UK)
 

Main Movie Roles

2013 - Iceberg Slim: Portrait of a Pimp
2010 - Lemmy
2010 - GhettoPhysics: Will the Real Pimps and Hos Please Stand Up?
2010 - The Other Guys
2009 - Good Hair
2009 - A Family Underground
2003 - Beef
2003 - Beef
2003 - Tupac: Resurrection
2001 - Ticker
2001 - 'R Xmas
2001 - Porn Star: The Legend of Ron Jeremy
2001 - 3000 Miles to Graceland
2000 - The Alternate
1999 - Stealth Fighter
1997 - Below Utopia
1997 - Mean Guns
1995 - Johnny Mnemonic
1995 - Tank Girl
1994 - Surviving the Game
1993 - Who's the Man?
1993 - Who's the Man?
1993 - CB4
1992 - Trespass
1991 - Ricochet
1991 - New Jack City
1984 - Breakin'

Guest TV Roles

Show Name
Characters Played
Ep Count
Himself
28
Isaac 'Ice' Gregory
18
Himself - Guest
5
Danny Up
3
Taanzi (Voiced)
2
Detective Odafin 'Fin' Tutuola
2
The Prophet
2
Ice-T
2
Himself
2
[Complete List]



BIOGRAPHY:

The legendary gangsta hip-hop emcee Ice-T was born Tracy Marrow on February 16, 1958, in Newark, New Jersey. He moved to Los Angeles, California, to live with his paternal aunt after the death of his father while he was in the sixth grade; his mother had died earlier when he was in the third grade. His aunt lived in the South Los Angeles district of Crenshaw, colloquially referred to as South Central. He became immersed in the street life of the inner-city and eventually became a member of the West Side Rollin 30s Original Harlem Crips.

In 1979, Marrow joined the Army after leaving Crenshaw High School, but his 4-year hitch was enough for him, as he was a leader, not a follower. "I didn't like total submission to a leader other than myself," he said. After ETSing from the Army in 1983, he returned to South Central with the intention of becoming a hip-hop musician. More than music, his life got caught up in street life as as a jewel thief and as a pimp. (His nomme de guerre, Ice T, is an homage to the fabled pimp and raconteur Iceberg Slim (Robert Beck (III)). He committed himself totally to his music after a 1985 car crash.

As a musician, Ice-T played a major role in the creation of the gangsta incarnation of hip-hop music and was a colossus of the West Coast hip-hop scene, despite his East Coast, greater New York, origins. Though his music displays a political consciousness, like the indictments of racism that were a hallmark of seminal hip-hop group Public Enemy, it also is nihilistic as befits a chronicler of street life. His most infamous song, the heavy metal "Cop Killer," was one of the major battle in the cultural wars of the 1990s, in which cultural conservatives enlisted the Moses of the right wing, Charlton Heston, to get Ice-T dropped from his then-label, Sire/Warner Bros.

The charismatic Ice-T has also achieved success as an actor in movies and on TV. He plays Detective Odafin Tutuola on the TV series "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (1999), which is ironic for someone famous for "Cop Killer" and his feud with the L.A.P.D. Ice-T currently resides in North Bergen, New Jersey, with his wife, Nicole Austin (I).


TRIVIA:
  • His longtime partner was Darlene Ortiz. They have one son together, Tracy Marrow Jr.
  • His feud with former LAPD chief 'Daryl Gates' (qv) was widely reported by the American press.
  • Almost didn't accept the role of Scottie in the film _New Jack City (1991)_ (qv) because he feared that if the film was a flop it would negatively effect his already hot hip-hop career. It turned out to be his breakthrough part and started him on his acting career.
  • Attended Crenshaw High School in south-central Los Angeles.
  • Although he had a large feud with the LAPD as a result from his song "Cop Killer," he, ironically, plays a cop in the popular series _"Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (1999)_ (qv).
  • He is the first hip-hop MC to perform the notorious C-Walk dance in front of cameras in the early 1980s.
  • Hip-hop artist, well known as the father of gangsta music, which spawned the careers of artists like N.W.A., 'Snoop Dogg' (qv), and the Geto Boys.
  • His song "Cop Killer," which was recorded with his heavy metal group Body Count, was the subject of a national debate on the glorification of violence in the media. After the song was removed from Body Count's self-titled debut album, and after further controversy over the artwork for the then-forthcoming "Home Invasion" album, he was dropped by Sire/Warner Bros. Records, which had released the album. The split was amicable, even though Sire had assigned the catalog number 45119 to the album. Later pressings of the self-titled Body Count album were replaced by the Ice-T solo track "Freedom of Speech (Just Watch What You Say)." "Home Invasion" was released eventually by Ice's now-defunct label, Rhyme $yndicate Records, through Priority/EMI, with the intended artwork intact.


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