Published Fri, February 17, 2023 at 3:26 PM EST
Hip-Hop legend Ice-T has received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
In the ceremony, Law & Order creator Dick Wolf called him the "coolest guy I know" and said it was a "treat" to see his longtime friend, who he's worked with for 25 years via Law & Order: SVU, finally get his star. Ice-T plays detective Sergeant Odafin "Fin" Tutuola on the long-running series. Not only is SVU the longest-running primetime drama series of all time, but Ice-T is also the longest-running male actor in a TV series for his role.
"He is universally liked by his compatriots," Wolf said, adding that he hopes to work with him for another 25 years. SVU co-star Mariska Hargitay also spoke and expressed the same sentiment.
"It is so profoundly right that your name is now here commemorated forever in this place because there's something else that I hold sacred, and that is friendship," she said, after saying the Walk of Fame is especially special because her star is next to her mother's, actress Jayne Mansfield. "Your achievements and your artistry and your whole story runs so deep. At a time when people overuse words without thinking, you are indeed the real OG. To me, Ice, the reason you're here in my heart is because you are the OG of friendship. You are the real deal — my true blue, authentic, unshakeable friend, and I can't tell you what that means to me. You have been such a joy. You're the embodiment of loyalty. You tell the truth, you keep it real. We laugh every day, you grieve with me in times of sorrow, and you keep things in perspective. You've never failed me once. In 22 years, I've never heard Ice complain."
"Because hustlers don't complain, we figure it out," he interjected, before later adding that her speech had him "tearing up" and he didn't just wear his sunglasses to be cool.
Chuck D was also on hand to honor his friend, who he called one of Hip-Hop's greatest storytellers alongside Slick Rick. "On the music side, I don't know how many icons are they gonna put on your star, Ice?" he teased, alluding to Ice-T's accomplishments in numerous mediums. "Today is a good day, like our little brother Ice Cube said. Respect don't come easy," Chuck continued.
It was then that Ice-T pointed out that Ice Cube was actually in attendance to support his friend, and a surprised Chuck called him up to share the moment. Cube hugged Ice-T and greeted his seven-year-old daughter, before heading off stage as Chuck continued his speech.
"This man has been a friend, a leader, counsel, brother, all that," Chuck said at the end of his speech. "When my dad passed he reached out to console me... thank you, my brother."
For his part, Ice-T admitted he was touched by the support. "The way my life was going, it was like what can we come up in Hollywood and steal," he said. "Show business was out of the question. And then Hip-Hop came and I found something I could do. I told the story of the life I was living."
He went on to talk about his entrance into film and TV, and thanked his longtime friends for their loyalty. Ice’s star will be situated near the stars of music greats such as Thelonius Monk, Dizzy Gillespie, Luciano Pavarotti, Mama Cass Elliott, John Denver, Herbie Hancock.