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