Date of birth : 1958-02-16
Date of death : -
Birthplace : Newark, New Jersey, U.S.
Nationality : American
Category : Arts and Entertainment
Last modified : 2011-08-26
Ice-T is an American musician and actor.
He was born Tracy Marrow in Newark, New Jersey and moved to the Crenshaw district of Los Angeles when he was in the 7th grade. After graduating from high school he served in the United States Army for four years. He began his career as a rapper in the 1980s and was signed to Sire Records in 1987, when he released his debut album Rhyme Pays. The next year, he founded the record label Rhyme Syndicate Records (named after his collective of fellow hip hop artists called the Rhyme Syndicate) and released another album, Power.
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.
1987: Rhyme Pays
1989: The Iceberg/Freedom of Speech...Just Watch What You Say
1991: O.G. Original Gangster
1993: Home Invasion
1996: VI - Return of the Real
1999: The Seventh Deadly Sin
2006: Gangsta Rap
1991 New Jack City Scotty Appleton Won: MTV Movie Award for Best Breakthrough Performance
1999 Sonic Impact Agent Taja
The Wrecking Crew Menace
The Heist C-Note
Frezno Smooth DJ Superfly
Judgement Day Matthew Reese Video
Urban Menace Narrator
Stealth Fighter Owen Turner Also executive producer
Final Voyage Josef
Jacob Two Two Meets the Hooded Fang Justice Rough, The Judge
2008 A Family Underground Himself Direct-to-DVD Documentary
2009 Good Hair
2010 Santorini Blue Dr. Lewis post-production
The Other Guys Narrator
2011 Shady Talez
View the full website biography of Ice-T.