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Former gangsta rapper Ice-T portrays Detective "Odafin Fin Tutuola" on NBC's series "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit." From musical gangsta to acclaimed author to apparel entrepreneur to movie star to TV cop, Ice-T has proven himself to be a cultural icon. He continues to reinvent himself by applying his considerable talent to almost every imaginable entertainment medium. Always ahead of the curve, Ice-T is largely credited with inventing “gangsta rap” and he has created some of the best portraits of ghetto life and gangsters as well as some of the best social commentary hip-hop has ever produced. Outspoken, intelligent and controversial, Ice-T has seen both sides of the “Law” and he brings an authentic voice to his current role on “Law & Order: SVU.” Born in Newark, New Jersey, Ice-T was orphaned at a young age and eventually became involved in Los Angeles gangs before enlisting in the U.S. Army. His first break occurred in 1984 when the producers of “Breakin’” asked him to rap in the film. He went on to become a Grammy Award-winning performer, whose outspoken hip-hop music has earned him international acclaim. He formed Rhyme Syndicate Records in 1989, released a string of groundbreaking rap records and was voted Best Male Rapper in Rolling Stone’s 1992 Readers’ Poll. He is also the author of the book, “The Ice Opinion” (St. Martin’s Press, 1994). Ice-T has continued with his feature-film career as well, having appeared in “New Jack City” (opposite Wesley Snipes), “Ricochet” (with Denzel Washington), “Johnny Mnemonic” (with Keanu Reeves), “Tank Girl” and Walter Hill’s “Trespass.” “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” marks the third project on which Ice-T has worked with executive producer Dick Wolf. He previously starred in Wolf’s 1997-98 series “Players” (which he helped develop with Wolf), the NBC movie “Exiled: A Law & Order Movie” and guest-starred in several times on Wolf’s former series “New York Undercover.” Ice-T was born on February 16, 1958, in Newark, New Jersey.