Who would have thought that Ice-T, one of the godfathers of gangster rap in the 1980s, would go on to play a detective in one of TV’s most popular police procedural dramas? In fact, he wasn’t just any detective; he was Detective Odafin Fin Tutuola, lead detective of the Special Victims Unit of the New York Police Department, beginning with the very first episode of Law & Order: SVU back in 1999. How Ice-T Went from Gangster Rap Legend to Detective Odafin Tutuola

About Ice -T

Ice – T is an actor, musician and producer best known for his gangster rap persona as well as his starring role on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. He is also the founder of two record labels, Body Count Records and Rhyme Syndicate Records. Ice – T’s most commercially successful album to date is Body Count’s self titled debut album which was released in 1992.

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About His Role In Law & Order

In his role as detective Odafin Fin Tutuola, Ice-T is the wise, tough, and loyal boss of the Special Victims Unit. He leads a team that includes Munch (Richard Belzer), Benson (Mariska Hargitay) Stabler (Christopher Meloni), Carisi Jr. (Peter Scanavino), Rollins (Kelli Giddish), Amaro (Danny Pino) and Bayard Ellis (Jeremy Sisto). They work together to find and help those who have been victimized by sex crimes.

How Ice-T Went from Gangster Rap Legend to Detective Odafin Tutuola
How Ice-T Went from Gangster Rap Legend to Detective Odafin Tutuola

The arc of an actor

Before he was Detective Tutuola on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, Ice-T was a gangsta rapper who helped put West Coast hip hop on the map with his band Body Count. His foray into acting started when he auditioned for a part in New Jack City. He did well and had the opportunity to work with Wesley Snipes and Mario Van Peebles, but turned it down because he didn’t want to move his family across country.

The Facts Behind The Role

Ice T, born Tracy Marrow, is an iconic rapper and actor who has been on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit since 1999. He plays the role of Detective Odafin ‘Fin’ Tutuola. The show is about a special unit that investigates sex crimes in New York City. It also stars Christopher Meloni as Det. Elliot Stabler, Ice-T’s co-star for nearly 20 years; Mariska Hargitay as Det. Olivia Benson, their boss and mentor; Dann Florek as Capt. Donald Cragen; Richard Belzer as Det. John Munch; Ice-T’s brother Coco as Det.

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A Brief History Of ‘Detective Fin Tutuola’

In 1989, Ice-T released his first album, Rhyme Pays. The album was a hardcore take on the gangsta rap genre that influenced many other rappers and is considered one of the most important in the genre. It’s also what led Ice-T to Law & Order: SVU. In 1995, Ice-T teamed up with Jerry Bruckheimer Productions and Warner Brothers for the movie New Jack City. He played Nino Brown, an ambitious drug dealer who wanted to go straight but couldn’t because he had enemies out for him.

Looking Back At ‘Law And Order SVU’

Law and Order SVU, which aired on NBC for 20 seasons, is the longest running show in the Law and Order franchise. The show followed the crimes of Special Victims Unit of the New York City Police Department. Ice T played Detective Odafin ‘Fin’ Tutuola on the show since it premiered in 1999 until his departure in 2011. In 2000, he was nominated for an Emmy for Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series for his portrayal of Det. Tutuola.

How Ice-T Went from Gangster Rap Legend to Detective Odafin Tutuola
How Ice-T Went from Gangster Rap Legend to Detective Odafin Tutuola

Frequently asked questions

Who does Fin Tutuola marry?

In 2003, Ice-T married Coco Austin. The two welcomed their first child in 2007, a daughter named Chanel. In 2011, they welcomed their second daughter, Chase. And in 2016, the couple welcomed a son named Rhymen.

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Ice-T married his wife Coco Austin in 2003 and the two had their first child in 2007. They have since had two daughters together and one son who was born in 2016.

Does tutuola become sergeant?

Ice-T, a legend in the hip hop world, has done more than rap. He first became known as a rapper and then turned his talents to acting. Ice has been on Law & Order: SVU since it premiered in 1999 and is still a member of the cast today.

Is Fin still on SVU?

In the upcoming season of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, fans will see detective Fin Tutuola (played by actor and rapper Ice T) in a whole new light. The character has been with the NYPD for 30 years and is now officially retired. He’s going on vacation, so he’s not coming back this season, says showrunner Michael Chernuchin.

Are Stabler and Fin Friends?

In the 10 years that Law and Order: SVU has been on air, there have been a number of different actors playing detective. But none of them can compare to the authenticity that is portrayed by veteran rapper, actor, and activist Ice-T when he plays detective Odafin ‘Fin’ Tutuola. On the show he is usually partnered with Olivia Benson (Mariska Hargitay) and together they solve all kinds of heinous crimes.

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