Ice-T was born in Newark, New Jersey, and moved to Los Angeles, California. After graduating from high school he served in the United States Army for four years. He began his career as a rapper in the 1980s and was signed to Sire Records in 1987. He's since sold more than ten million records. Ice-T formally began his acting career in the film New Jack City. He has played Detective Odafin "Fin" Tutuola on the NBC police drama Law & Order: Special Victims Unit since 2000. Ice-T currently resides in North Bergen, New Jersey, with his wife, Nicole "Coco" Marrow.