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Ice-T Biography

  • Profession: Actor
  • Born: Feb 16, 1958
  • Died: Jan 1, 0001
  • Birth Name: Tracy Marrow

Often cited as the founding father of gangsta rap, Ice-T has also crafted a successful film career from his hardened street persona. Despite the fact that his early roles stuck closely to his public image as a thuggish West Coast pimp, T has since proved both his versatility and his sense of humor by appearing as everything from a mutant kangaroo ([[Feature~V134610~Tank Girl~tankgirl]] [1995]) to, in a surprisingly effective about-face, a police officer ([[Feature~V34906~New Jack City~newjackcity]] [1991]). Born Tracy Marrow in Newark, NJ, in 1958 and later adapting his better-known persona as a tribute to pimp-turned-author [[Performer~P316957~Iceberg Slim~icebergslim]], T was sent at age 12 to live in Califorina with an aunt after his father died of a heart attack (his mother had died four year earlier, also of a heart attack). Ice-T soon began to develop an obsession with rap music, and after serving a two-year stint in the Army, he began recording and appeared in the films [[Feature~V7002~Breakin'~breakin]] and [[Feature~V7003~Breakin' 2: Electric Boogaloo~breakin2:electricboogaloo]] (both 1984). Following a near death auto accident in 1986, T devoted his life to music and released his debut album, {^Rhyme Pays}, the following year.

T gained positive accolades for his first major film role in 1991's [[Feature~V34906~New Jack City~newjackcity]], in which he played a dedicated police officer, and the irony was not lost on fans the following year when he caused a stir with a song entitled "Cop Killer." After sticking close to the streets in [[Feature~V41321~Ricochet~ricochet]] (1991), [[Feature~V50934~Trespass~trespass]] (1992), and [[Feature~V131188~Surviving the Game~survivingthegame]] (1994), T took a sci-fi detour with [[Feature~V134610~Tank Girl~tankgirl]] and [[Feature~V134727~Johnny Mnemonic~johnnymnemonic]] (both 1995). Generally appearing in straight-to-video schlock from the mid-'90s on, Ice-T could be seen as a naval pilot in [[Feature~V181145~Stealth Fighter~stealthfighter]] (1999) and stealing a magic flute from a vengeful green meanie in [[Feature~V186528~Leprechaun in the Hood~leprechauninthehood]] (2000). Though his appearances in such films grew nearly too frequent to count, T occasionally appeared in such theatrical releases as [[Feature~V235370~3000 Miles to Graceland~3000milestograceland]] and [[Performer~P89631~Abel Ferrara~abelferrara]]'s [[Feature~V246162~'R Xmas~rxmas]] (both 2001). After offering curious insight into the life of a pimp in the documentary [[Feature~V210051~Pimps Up, Ho's Down~pimpsuphosdown]], T continued to expound on the life of a hustler in Pimpin' 101 (2003). He also took on a recurring role on the [[Feature~V242082~Law & Order~laworder[tvseries]]] spin-off [[Feature~V181329~Law & Order: Special Victims Unit~laworder:specialvictimsunit[tvseries]]] and later joined the cast as a regular in the show's second season, soon becoming a popular fixture on prime time TV. T would also enjoy success on the reality circuit, starring in the candid reality show Ice Loves Coco with his wife, Nicole "Coco" Austin. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi