Detective Odafin Tutuola

Played by Ice T

Actor Bio

Ice T stars as Detective Odafin "Fin" Tutuola on NBC's "Law and Order: Special Victims Unit," now in its 17th season. This is his fourth project with executive producer Dick Wolf after the 1997-98 series "Players," NBC's "Exiled: A Law & Order Movie" and several memorable guest-starring appearances on Wolf's gritty cop series "New York Undercover."

Through his music, his books and his college lecture tours (including Harvard, Princeton and Stanford), Ice T has become a cultural icon recognized the world over. Born in New Jersey, Ice T quickly learned the art of survival. As an only child whose parents died when he was very young, Ice T became involved in Los Angeles gangs before spending four years in the army. His first break came when the producers of the film "Breakin'" asked him to rap in the movie. He went on to become rap music's original gangster, selling over 10 million albums, winning a Grammy and writing songs like "Six in the Mornin'" and "New Jack Hustler."

Ice T formed the thrash metal band Body Count with close high school friend and guitarist Ernie C. Body Count's 1991 self-titled debut contained the controversial single "Cop Killer." In May 2014, Ice and his band Body Count released a new and critically acclaimed album called "Manslaughter." Last summer, Ice T and Body Count toured 17 cities in Europe, playing to an average audience of 70,000 people each night.

As his politics were grabbing headlines, Ice T's film and television career was taking off. The controversial personality secured roles in "New Jack City," "Ricochet," "Trespass" and "Johnny Mnemonic," all while building a flourishing television career. He has numerous independent and documentary film roles to his credit. He starred in the popular E! reality series "Ice Loves Coco" and recently teamed up with Coco again on the FOX daytime talk show "Ice and Coco."

As an artist, his reach has crossed from music into film and television, and interactive media. In January 2012, Ice premiered his directorial debut, "Something from Nothing: The Art of Rap" at the Sundance Film Festival. He produced "The Peacemaker," a reality show for A&E centered on gang mediator Malik Spellman, and in September 2012, the Ice T-produced documentary "Iceberg Slim: Portrait of a Pimp" premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival and was released theatrically in 2013. A passionate gamer, Ice T voiced the character of Griffin in the Xbox360 game "Gears of War 3."

As an author, Ice T wrote "The Ice Opinion" in 1994 and his widely acclaimed 2011 memoir, "Ice: A Memoir of Gangster Life and Redemption - from South Central to Hollywood." In May 2013, he published "Mirror Image," the sequel to his 2012 novel "Kings of Vice."

Ice T resides in New Jersey with his wife, Coco, and their dogs, Spartacus and Maximus.