‘Law & Order: SVU’ Star Mariska Hargitay Explains Ice-T’s ‘Philosopher King’ Nickname

by Quentin Blount

When you think of Ice-T from Law & Order: SVU, what is the first thing you think of? According to co-star Mariska Hargitay, philosophy is high up on that list.

Everyone knows and loves Mariska Hargitay as Olivia Benson from Law & Order: SVU. She has starred on the Law & Order spinoff since 1999 and has quickly become a fan favorite. SVU is still running to this day. When Season 23 finishes up, the iconic show will have reached an incredible milestone — they will hit their 500th episode.

Meanwhile, one of Hargitay’s well-known co-stars on Law & Order: SVU is none other than Ice-T. He plays Odafin “Fin” Tutuola — a sergeant in the New York City Police Department’s Special Victims Unit. And saying that Ice-T is well known may very well perhaps be an understatement. He has appeared in 456 episodes of the show, which is only behind Hargitay.

However, Ice-T is more than just one of the most successful actors of all time. He is also a rapper, a songwriter, and a producer. And if you ask Mariska Hargitay, she will tell you that he is also known as the Philosopher King. She sat down with TV Insider back in 2018 to explain as much.

“He goes on his philosopher rants,” Hargitay said. “Everyone gathers around because the way he breaks everything down is clear and simple. He takes all the complex and whiny stuff out of it, like, ‘Here’s the deal.’ And in 19 years, I’ve never seen him in a bad mood or raise his voice.”

‘Law & Order: SVU’ Star Has His Own Philosophy Lectures

Well, as Mariska Hargitay told us, they don’t call Ice-T the Philosophy King for nothing. Evidently, he is known to give out free life advice all the time on the set of Law & Order: SVU. But since then he has also been giving philosophy lectures online that anyone can access.

“Philosophy lectures… I’ve been doing ’em for years,” Ice-T tweeted back in 2018. “If you have a story and life experiences it’s always helpful to share with others.”

Law & Order: SVU fans were quick to comment on Ice-T’s lectures at the time.

“True,” one fan replied. “Something you are going through or have gone through can always speak to another person. Always be that voice that helps others.”

And with the star actor and rapper able to connect to a wide cultural audience, he certainly has a special platform to make a positive impact on people’s lives.

“I’ve seen a lot of your lectures on YouTube,” another person commented. “Informative, funny, and thoughtful. Whether it’s young hip-hop fans, prisoners, college kids, or corporate people, you’re able to connect with people and give a voice to people that had been marginalized and demonized by society.”