Ice-T Receiving One Of The Highest Acting Honors
Ice-T will be given the highest Hollywood honor with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on February 17.
The world-famous rapper and Hollywood icon Ice-T will receive a star on the prestigious Hollywood Walk of Fame. According to Movieweb, the Law & Order: Special Victims Unit actor will have his name added to the Walk of Fame on February 17.
The star reacted to the news on Instagram. Ice-T reflected on what a “trip” it was to go from being arrested in Hollywood as a young man to receiving the highest honor Tinseltown offers. The rapper-turned-actor’s ceremony will include an appearance from the father of the Law & Order TV empire, Dick Wolf, and Public Enemy’s Chuck D.
Ice-T was born Tracy Lauren Marrow and first rose to fame as a rapper in the 1980s. In the ’90s, Ice-T formed the heavy metal/rap hybrid Body Count, which released one of the most controversial songs of all time, 1992’s “Cop Killer.” The single drew the ire of then-president George Bush and birthed several debates about First Amendment rights.
Ironically, Ice-T’s first breakout acting role would be as a cop in the Mario Van Peebles film New Jack City. Ice-T followed up that role with a string of supporting roles, including two 1995 cult classics Tank Girl (where he played a mutant Kangaroo named Saint) and pre-Matrix Keanu Reeves cyberpunk romp, Johnny Mnemonic.
In 2000, Ice-T landed the role that most people associate him with, Law & Order: Special Victim Unit‘s Odafin “Fin” Tutuola. As Tutuola, Ice-T appeared in over 456 episodes of SVU, the second most episodes of anyone in the Law & Order family, trailing only Mariska Hargitay. SVU is currently in its 24th season, and Ice-T has no plans to leave the show soon.
“Every year I just hope for the next season, can we get a nice 25, a nice quarter, I think so,” the actor has been quoted as saying. It’s a far cry from the four episodes the actor was initially contracted for almost a quarter of a century ago. The actor makes no secret that as long as the audience is “still digging it” he will continue his role as Fin on SVU indefinitely.
When Ice-T receives his star this month, he will be joining a list of Hollywood legends. The Walk of Fame boasts such iconic names as Steve McQueen, Sidney Poitier, and even fellow Law & Order alum Mariska Hargitay. And Ice-T won’t be the only double threat on the Walk of Fame either.
The New York Undercover star will be joining fellow rappers/actors 50 Cent and LL Cool J, both of whom have stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. One thing that will make Ice-T stand out from the other actors on the Walk is his past endeavors before turning to the entertainment industry. It’s a real possibility that Ice-T may be the only reformed bank robber and pimp ever to get a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Knowing Ice-T, who has always been open about his past and makes no bones about the way he …er… made his bones, the star wouldn’t have it any other way.