Sunday, June 12, 2011

Ice Love Coco: Don't miss the series premiere June 12 10:30/9:30c

Through his music, his books (The Ice OpinionIce: A Memoir of Gangster Life and Redemption--from South Central to Hollywood), and his lecture tours of America's prisons, high schools, libraries and colleges (including Harvard, Princeton and Stanford), Ice-T has become an influential spokesman for America's youth, regardless of color.
Born in New Jersey, Ice-T learned the art of survival quickly. 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 in the entertainment world 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, writing songs like "Six in the Mornin" and "New Jack Hustler."
Ice-T formed Rhyme Syndicate Records in 1989 and released a string of groundbreaking West Coast rap records. He subsequently 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." Body Count was the most critically acclaimed act on the highly successful 1991 Lollapalooza tour and continued to tour worldwide.
As his politics were grabbing headlines, Ice-T's film and television career was taking off. The controversial personality secured roles in New Jack CityRicochetTrespass and Johnny Mnemonic, all while building a flourishing television career. He has numerous independent and documentary film roles to his credit, as well.
Ice-T currently stars in NBC's Law & Order: Special Victims Unit as Detective Odafin Tutuola for his ninth 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. Ice also created and produces for A&E the original real-life series The Peacemaker, following gang mediator Malik Spellman as he oversees tense moments of mediation between rival gangs.
Ice-T is poised to take on interactive media next: He is the voice of Griffin in the upcoming Gears of War 3 game releasing in September.
And of course, he's married to multihyphenate and force of nature Coco.

Glamour and fitness model, actress, dancer and fashion designer... the list of accomplishments bringing Coco fame is long and varied, but topped, perhaps, by her title of wife of Ice-T.
Born Nicole Marrow in Palos Verdes, California, Coco is the oldest of three children born to actor parents who met on the set of Bonanza. As a child, her brother would mispronounce her name, saying "Cole Cole" or "Co-co" in place of "Nicole" and the nickname stuck.
At 10, the family moved to Albuquerque where Coco grew up as a tomboy, riding quads and playing football. She began dancing (jazz, tap and ballet) at six years old and was introduced to the stage early on by her mother.
At 18, Coco began specializing in swimsuit, lingerie and fitness modeling for calendars, catalogs and videos, and soon won the 1998 Miss Ujena contest in Mexico.
In 2001, Coco got invited to a party at the Playboy mansion and met Hugh Hefner which led to her working events and parties at the mansion. She then went on to appear in films, including Southwest BabesDesert Rose and The Dirty Monks.
In September of 2006 Coco shot the DVD for her 2007 Exotics calendar, which took in nearly a million dollars in sales and led to her landing more than 50 covers of national men's magazine publications. She now even has her own quarterly called Coco, featuring, well, everything Coco.
Following in Ice-T's path, Coco made a 2007 guest appearance on NBC's Law & Order Special Victims Unit (SVU), and in 2009, she began assembling a team of professionals for her newest business venture, "Licious" apparel, designed for woman with curves.
In September, Coco will add "author" to her list of achievements, as she releases her book entitled Angel.

This one-year-old bulldog is Coco and Ice's pride and joy. And with a full name "Spartacus The Supermodel," is it any wonder he nearly steals every scene he's in, without even trying?
Though tight with his entire pack, Spartacus is definitely something of a momma's boy, and with a momma like Coco, can you blame him? The guy's a big, if somewhat sloppy, kisser and, like most one-year olds, enjoys passing gas and eating things he shouldn't. He's got a mean snore, too.
And heads up, all you single canine ladies: Spartacus has never seen the business end of a scalpel,so he's all dude, and very available.

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