Ice-T celebrates a milestone with Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
Ice-T as Fin Tutuola on Legislation & Order: Particular Victims Unit. Pic credit score: NBC

Ice-T is celebrating a milestone for any actor. 

The Law & Order: Special Victims star is noting how, with over 400 episodes below his belt, he’s now the longest-running male actor in TV historical past. 

The actor is now in his twenty third season as Detective Fin Tutuloa and is exhibiting no indicators of ever leaving the present. 

The actor famous the achievement at Heidi Klum’s Halloween get together and the way he’s pleased with making such a landmark second for tv. 

The rapper and mogul additionally talked about it with Seth Meyers, together with joking on why he plans to stick with the present so long as he can. 

Whereas his phrases could also be light-hearted, Ice-T is clearly pleased with making it thus far with Legislation & Order: Particular Victims Unit and hoping to stick with the present for a very long time to come back. 

Ice-T on his superb file in tv

It’s fairly uncommon for an actor to have the ability to play the identical function for over 20 years in a prime-time tv sequence. 

The file for U.S. sequence had been set by James Arness, who performed the function of Marshall Matt Dillion in Gunsmoke for 20 years. Kelsey Grammer matched him as Fraiser Crane, who went from Cheers to his personal spin-off. 

The ultimate scene of the Season 2 premiere of Legislation & Order: Particular Victims Unit again in 2000 had Ice-T debuting as Detective Odafin “Fin” Tutuola. 

Recognized on the time as a hip-hop star and film actor, Ice-T has been with the sequence ever since. Thus, 23 seasons later, he now holds the file for the longest-running male TV star in primetime historical past.

Whereas Christopher Meloni did debut as Elliot Stabler a yr sooner than Fin, the actor took an eleven-year break from the function earlier than returning for Law & Order: Organized Crime.

Attending Heidi Klum’s annual Halloween bash, Ice-T talked to Entertainment Tonight on how honored he felt whereas mentioning that Mariska Hargitay is a yr forward of him as Olivia Benson. 

“Mariska beat me however she’s an actress. You’ve gotta be on the present that stays on the longest — (Legislation and Order) is the longest-running present, so to get that title it’s important to be on — it’s all consecutive. There are those that have acted approach longer than me, however to be on one present constantly for that lengthy — it has by no means been performed.”

Ice-T had already famous the achievement on his Twitter feed with the road “don’t inform me what can’t be performed.”

Followers don’t have to fret about Fin leaving anytime quickly, as Ice-T has made it clear he’ll be sticking round for some time. 

Ice-T on why he’s caught with Legislation & Order: Particular Victims Unit

Throughout a visitor look on Late Evening With Seth Meyers to advertise his new autobiography Break up Choice, Ice-T shared why he’s stayed with the present so lengthy.

He admitted he was a bit not sure when he began as he wasn’t used to an everyday TV sequence function. Nonetheless, one factor obtained him connected quick: The cash.

“Once I obtained on the present, I used to be doing motion pictures and stuff, so I didn’t find out about residuals. Then my accountant confirmed me this quantity after a yr and I’m like, ‘what’s that quantity?’ And she or he mentioned that’s residuals…So I noticed that quantity and I went from ‘I don’t understand how lengthy I’ll be on this present’ to ‘I shall be on this present till they throw my black a— out on the road.’”

Ice-T added that the Legislation & Order actors typically joke that the well-known “chung-chung” sound impact is nicknamed “the Dick Wolf money register.”

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The actor additionally spoke on how extra individuals acknowledge him from the present and don’t even find out about his music profession. 

After citing that the actors don’t see the present earlier than it airs, Ice-T joked about some followers speaking about watching episodes a number of occasions and his response being, “We’d want to research you. It’s type of a darkish present.”

Whereas he could joke about it, it’s clear how a lot taking part in Fin means to Ice-T and that Legislation & Order: Particular Victims Unit followers can count on him to proceed it for a very long time to come back.

Legislation & Order: Particular Victims Unit Season 24 airs Thursdays at 9/8c on NBC.

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