Was that Ice T or Ice Cube? Which one plays on “Law and Order?” Didn’t he do “Mama Said Knock You Out?”
These are questions, in no particular order, that I ask Mr. Sally J on a regular basis. He doesn’t understand how I can confuse three thoroughly different men, with different claims to fame, and who bear little physical resemblance to each other. I always counter back that at one point, he didn’t know that the numbers on football jerseys weren’t random. So there.
Which got me thinking, I can’t really be the only person who has trouble sorting stars. Was that Meryl Streep or Glenn Close? Robert DeNiro or Al Pacino? Hillary Swank or Jennifer Garner?
With the help of IMDB.com, I made a handy chart of the three men in question. I’ll be referring to it often.
Known As: Ice T
Given Name: Tracey Marrow
Year Born: 1958
Music Career: Known for “Cop Killer” (among other things, for the irony, read below)
Film/TV Career: Plays a Detective on “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit”
IMDB Bio: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0001384/
Known As: Ice Cube
Given Name: O’Shea Jackson
Year Born: 1969
Music Career: Singer/Songwriter in N.W.A.
Film/TV Career: Played in the movie Boyz n the Hood, written & directed other films
IMDB Bio http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0001084/
Known As: LL Cool J
Given Name: James Todd Smith
Year Born: 1968
Music Career: Iconic line in “Mama Say Knock You Out” is “Don’t call it a comeback, I been here for years.” Has been with Def Jam records since 1985
Film/TV Career: Played in “NCIS: Los Angeles,” and in the movie Any Given Sunday
IMDB Bio: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0005112/bio
So there you have it–Mr. Sally J is right, I should be able to keep these three straight. What celebs do you confuse on a regular basis?