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Also Known As: Tracy Marrow, Ice-T, Ice T Died:
Born: February 16, 1958 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Newark, New Jersey, USA Profession: actor, rapper, author, lecturer

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Too hot and strong for some tastes, this rapper-rocker and actor has been steeped in controversy while thriving in his entertainment career. While condemned in some circles as a "gangsta" rapper promoting anti-social attitudes and actions, Ice-T has lectured at colleges around the country, appeared in public service specials, and created two L.A.-based youth intervention programs. He received his greatest notoriety with the song "Cop Killer," recorded with his "thrash metal" band Body Count. Police pressure groups were so offended that Sire Records, a Warners-owned recording label, removed the cut from subsequent pressings of the album. Convincingly fierce yet strikingly handsome, the light-brown-complected rapper was a natural for movies. He appeared in ten films from 1984-1994, mostly in small roles and cameos set in the world of hip-hop (e.g., "Breakin'" 1984; "Rappin'" 1985; "CB4" 1993; "Who's the Man?" 1993). He proved charismatic and credibly hard-boiled in "New Jack City" (1991), his first film as a lead, playing a street-wise cop. His reputed past as a L.A. gang member lent authority to his portrayals of the sympathetic gang leader friend of Denzel Washington in "Ricochet" (1991) and the...

Too hot and strong for some tastes, this rapper-rocker and actor has been steeped in controversy while thriving in his entertainment career. While condemned in some circles as a "gangsta" rapper promoting anti-social attitudes and actions, Ice-T has lectured at colleges around the country, appeared in public service specials, and created two L.A.-based youth intervention programs. He received his greatest notoriety with the song "Cop Killer," recorded with his "thrash metal" band Body Count. Police pressure groups were so offended that Sire Records, a Warners-owned recording label, removed the cut from subsequent pressings of the album.

Convincingly fierce yet strikingly handsome, the light-brown-complected rapper was a natural for movies. He appeared in ten films from 1984-1994, mostly in small roles and cameos set in the world of hip-hop (e.g., "Breakin'" 1984; "Rappin'" 1985; "CB4" 1993; "Who's the Man?" 1993). He proved charismatic and credibly hard-boiled in "New Jack City" (1991), his first film as a lead, playing a street-wise cop. His reputed past as a L.A. gang member lent authority to his portrayals of the sympathetic gang leader friend of Denzel Washington in "Ricochet" (1991) and the coolly authoritative gangster King James opposite a comparably formidable Ice Cube in Walter Hill's outstanding "Trespass" (1992). Ice-T also starred as a homeless man hunted for sport in Ernest Dickerson's action feature "Surviving the Game" (1994). The following year found Ice-T in colorful supporting roles in the sci-fi outings "Tank Girl" and "Johnny Mnemonic." The former, generally deemed a post-apocalyptic mess, had him playing an angry mutant (apparently half-man/half-kangaroo) while the latter presented him as the leader of a gang of technological scavengers. Segueing to acting on the small screen, Ice-T offered a memorable portrayal of crazed drug lord Danny-Up on several episodes of Fox's hip(hop) crime drama "New York Undercover" (1995-96). In the fall of 1997, he had one of the leads in the Dick Wolf-produced NBC drama "Players."

Ice-T got an ironic break when the former "Cop Killer" singer was cast as a policeman on the successful series "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" in 2000. He continued to appear in films as well, appearing in the Abel Ferrara drama "R Xmas" as well the comedy "3000 Miles to Graceland." in 2001. In 2002, he costarred in the independent film "Tracks" and also had several telvision projects in the works while continuing his weekly role on "SVU."

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 Crossed the Line (2014)
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 6th Family, The (2010)
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 Ghettophysics (2010)
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 Good Hair (2009)
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 Fuck (2005)
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Born in Newark, New Jersey
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Moved to Los Angeles after death of parents (when Ice-T was a teenager)
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Spent four years as a gang member in South Central Los Angeles in the 1970s
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Wrote rhymes for Los Angeles street gangs
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Served four years as a Ranger in the US Army
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Became professional rapper in the 1980s
1984:
Debut feature appearance, "Breakin'"
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Started his own rap label, Rhyme Syndicate
1987:
Released debut album, "Rhyme Pays," featuring cuts including "I'm Your Pusher" and the theme from the feature "Colors"
1988:
Released second album, "Power"
1989:
Released third album, "The Iceberg/Freedom of Speech...Just Watch What You Say"
1990:
TV debut performing own material ("The Planet Raps Back"), "Time Warner Presents the Earth Day Special"
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Released fourth album, "Original Gangster"
1991:
Feature acting debut, "New Jack City"
1991:
Appeared on the "Lollapalooza" concert tour
1992:
Released his fifth album, "Body Count," recorded with his hard-core band of the same name; controversial cut, "Cop Killer," pulled from subsequent pressings by Warners
1993:
Recording contract with Sire Records cancelled
1994:
Released the album "Home Invasion" on his own label
1995:
Played the recurring role of drug kingpin Danny-Up on Fox's crime drama "New York Undercover"
1995:
Made a cameo appearance in "Mr. Payback," an interactive "cinematic game" played in specially equipped theaters
1995:
Portrayed himself in "Why Colors?" a Showtime comedy short about the absurdity of gang warfare
1997:
Starred in NBC drama series "Players"
2000:
Joined the cast of the NBC drama series "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit"
2001:
Appeared in action comedy "3000 Miles to Graceland"
2002:
Hosted his own television show on TLC, called "Beyond Tough"; featured people with real life dangerous jobs
2006:
Hosted the VH1 reality series "Ice-T's Rap School"
2008:
Produced and narrated the documentary "25 to Life: Ice T Presents," about California's "Three Strikes and You're Out" law
2009:
Appeared on the Chris Rock-produced documentary "Good Hair"
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Education

Crenshaw High School: Los Angeles , California -

Notes

"He is a man of mystery. 'The more facts they have, the more they can act like they know you.' he says of the media. He won't reveal his real name, but he says his moniker was given at Crenshaw High School. 'My first name began with 'T' and Ice-T is a way of saying 'Cool T.'" --From USA Today, April 15, 1994.

Ice-T will only admit to being thirtysomething. He jokes that he'll only give his real age in court.

"Ice's current crowd, it turns out, is not all that different from the gang he ran with a decade ago. The reasoning seems to be that if you can't trust a guy who backed you up in a successful armed robbery, who can you trust? But it goes even deeper than that. 'This business called show business is a perfect transition for a criminal," Ice maintains. 'Everybody in this business is doing some kind of rip-off or scam. I did a recording deal with a guy once, and he said, 'Hey, Ice, you got a lot of spunk. Did you go to business college?' I said, 'No, man, I learned what I know from selling hand grenades in alleys.'' His homeboys get a big kick out of that, and keep right on laughing as Ice-T adds, 'Explosives, showbiz ... It's all the same thing.'" --From "From Rap to Riches" by Michael Kaplan, Movieline, 1991.

In August 2002, aspiring actress Linda Marie Sanchez filed a paternity suit against Ice-T asking for 17 percent of his adjusted gross income for the care of her 9-month old son Kevin. Ice-T denied he was the child's father.

"Everything I've ever wanted to do in life, I've done it. I wanted to be a rapper - did it. Movies, did it. Be on television, did it. Did it, had it, bought it, wrecked it." --Ice-T to People, August 19, 2002

Companions close complete companion listing

wife:
Darlene Marrow. Together since c. 1985; split in 2000.
companion:
Linda Marie Sanchez. Board of education clerk. Sanchez and Ice-T dated for 5 months; mother of Kevin Ice Marrow; Sanchez requested 17 percent of Ice-T's annual income for child support. Ice-T requested and was granted a DNA test. Test latered proved that Ice-T was the father. He was ordered to pay $4,000 a month for temporary support for the child.
companion:
Nicole "Coco" Austin. Swimsuit model. Dating as of August 2002.

Family close complete family listing

daughter:
Letesha Marrow. Born c. 1977.
son:
Tracy Marrow Jr. Born c. 1992.
son:
Kevin Ice Marrow. Born c. 2001.

Bibliography close complete biography

"The Ice Opinion" St. Martin's Press

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