‘Law & Order: SVU’ Star Ice-T Isn’t Sure if He’s a Legend

by Joe Rutland
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“Law & Order: SVU” star Ice-T isn’t quite sure if he is a legend. He even talks about the topic when it’s brought up during an interview.

“I don’t know if you know you’re a legend,” Ice-T said in a 2013 interview with VICE. “It’s kinda like something people have to tell you.”

Ice-T, who plays Sergeant Odafin “Fin” Tutuola on “Law & Order: SVU,” said, “It’s like a girl who says she looks good—it doesn’t really count. People have to say she looks good.”

‘Law & Order: SVU’ Star Says ‘Legend’ Needs Stories That Could Be True, False

“I think to be a ‘legend,’ you really have to span a few generations,” Ice-T said. “There have to be stories about you that could be true and could be false. You become immortalized in folk legendry.”

He offers up an example to the interviewer for VICE.

“Like, ‘I heard about the time Ice-T killed seven people!’ All these crazy stories,” Ice-T, who has been on “Law & Order: SVU” for 21 of its 22 seasons, said. “Some of ’em are true, some of ’em are not. But I don’t know.”

Ice-T did say it feels good.

“A lot of people love to say, ‘Ice don’t get enough respect,'” he said. “But the only way I could get more respect would be if people carried me around. I get it. I get what I deserve.”

Hip-Hop Music Scene Was First Place Ice-T Made His Name

The actor first made his mark in the hip-hop music scene and released his debut album in 1987 titled “Rhyme Pays.” He’s also co-founded heavy metal band Body Count back in 1991. Ice-T had his first major acting role in the 1991 film “New Jack City.”

He has played “Fin” since 2000 on the Dick Wolf-created “Law & Order: SVU.” Only star Mariska Hargitay, who plays Sergeant Olivia Benson, has been on the show longer.

Ice-T and his wife, Coco Austin, had their own reality show, “Ice Loves Coco,” on TV between 2011-13 on “E!”. Besides his “SVU” gig, Ice-T also hosts the true-crime documentary show “In Ice Cold Blood” on the Oxygen channel.

Obviously, his TV work has gotten him a lot of notoriety. But Ice-T remains committed to his music career, too, and has been going out performing live concerts in 2021. Like other musical acts, he didn’t do many live concerts at all during 2020 because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

His body of work on the hip-hop scene, along with the acting work in movies and on TV, make Ice-T a household name. He may not be sure about “legend” status just yet. But people all over the world know his name and a little about his background.