- Full Name: Tracy Lauren Marrow
- Born: February 16, 1958
- Place of Birth: Newark, New Jersey
- Occupation: Rapper, Actor, Producer, Author
- Marital Status: Married
Ice T’s Net Worth History
Tracy Marrow’s first attempts to earn money were criminal. Even after four years in the U.S. Army, he was associated with the Crips gang in Los Angeles. However, he continued to look for legitimate sources of income, including minor parts in movies and featured roles on several music recordings, in the 1980s. His first three albums for Sire, a Warner Bros. record label, were “certified gold” successes; his 1991 album, “O.G. (Original Gangster),” is considered a founding work of gangsta rap. After many minor parts in movies and TV shows, he became a recurring cast member on a TV series in 1995 and a permanent cast member on “Law & Order” in 2000. He is the author of four books and a featured performer on twenty-nine record albums. According to Wikipedia, he was nominated for Grammy Awards twice and won once, has appeared in eighty movies and fifty-three TV shows, is a voice in six video games, and has produced thirteen movies.
About Ice T
Tracy Marrow was given his stage name as a teenager, when he recited parts of a memoir by Iceberg Slim aloud to friends who hailed him with “Give us some more of that Ice, T.” He had moved to Los Angeles to live with relatives after losing both parents. As a teenager in Los Angeles, the future Ice T hung out with the Crips and “hustled” in various illegal activities. His military service and work in the movie and music industries show that he was not unwilling to work so much as impatient to earn more money faster than he could earn it by honest work alone.
Although the titles of some of his raps and albums reflect Ice T’s delinquent past, he never claimed any personal experience with violent crime. He has stated that the reaction to his rock song “Cop Killer” was a form of racist censorship: “Arnold Schwarzenegger blew away dozens of cops as ‘The Terminator.’ I don’t hear anybody complaining about that.” (In fact, when Schwarzenegger moved from movies to politics, many people complained about his violent movies.) Ice T has, however, mentioned some firsthand experience in bank robbery.
His first film appearance was in 1984, with a minor part in Breakin’ that included vocals on the sound track for that film, which he later described as “wack.” More impressive parts in more successful movies like New Jack City (1991), Ricochet (1991), Trespass (1992), Who’s the Man (1993), Surviving the Game (1994), and Stealth Fighter (1999) came after his undisputed success as a rapper.
His first three music albums, all “certified gold,” were “Rhyme Pays,” “Power,” and “The Iceberg: Freedom of Speech…Just Watch What You Say.” After “O.G.,” other notable commercial successes were “Home Invasion,” “VI: Return of the Real,” “The Seventh Deadly Sin,” and “Gangsta Rap.” He announced the forthcoming release of another album in 2012, but “Manslaughter” was actually released in 2014.
Ice T is famous for having expressed attitudes toward women that women–to understate the case–do not appreciate. He is the acknowledged unmarried father of at least two women’s children. However, in 2001 he married Nicole “Coco” Austin; in 2011 the couple participated in a reality show called “Ice Loves Coco.” They are still married and, as of July 2015, are expecting a child.