Ice Cube

Rapper, Actor, Songwriter
As a solo artist and as a member of the influential West Coast group N. W.A., Ice Cube was a driving force that helped put gangsta rap on the map. He stood out from his peers as a great - if controversial -storyteller ... Read more »
Born: 06/14/1969 in Los Angeles, California, USA

Filmography

Actor (71)

Untitled (Universal/Ride Along Sequel) 2016 (Movie)

James Payton (Actor)

Conan 2011, 2014 - 2015 (Tv Show)

Actor

22 Jump Street 2014 (Movie)

Captain Dickson (Actor)

Jimmy Kimmel Live 2004, 2012, 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

Jimmy Kimmel Live: Game Night 2014 (Tv Show)

Guest

Ride Along 2014 (Movie)

James Payton (Actor)

The Book of Life 2014 (Movie)

Candle Maker (Voice)

Jim Rome on Showtime 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

21 Jump Street 2012 (Movie)

Captain Dickson (Actor)

Something from Nothing: The Art of Rap 2012 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Are We There Yet? 2009 - 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

Rampart 2011 (Movie)

Kyle Timkins (Actor)

The 16th Annual Critics' Choice Movie Awards 2010 - 2011 (TV Show)

Presenter

Cedric The Entertainer Presents 2002 - 2003, 2009 - 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

Criss Angel: Mindfreak 2002 - 2003, 2005 - 2006, 2009 - 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

Lottery Ticket 2010 (Movie)

Mr. Washington (Actor)

Primetime Glick 2002 - 2003, 2009 - 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Jamie Foxx Show 1995 - 1996, 2002 - 2003, 2005 - 2006, 2009 - 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

BET Hip Hop Awards 2008 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Actor

Janky Promoters 2009 (Movie)

Russell Redds (Actor)

First Sunday 2008 (Movie)

Durell (Actor)

The Longshots 2008 (Movie)

Curtis Plummer (Actor)

Are We Done Yet? 2007 (Movie)

Nick Persons (Actor)

Friday (MTV) 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Voice

Nickelodeon's 20th Annual Kids' Choice Awards 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Actor

The 2006 American Music Awards 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Actor

VH1 Hip Hop Honors 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Actor

2006 BET Awards 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

The 2nd Annual Autorox 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Host

Are We There Yet? 2005 (Movie)

Nick Persons (Actor)

Nickelodeon's 18th Annual Kids' Choice Awards 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

XXX: State of the Union 2005 (Movie)

XXX/Darius Stone (Actor)

Barbershop 2: Back in Business 2004 (Movie)

Calvin (Actor)

Playa's Guide to Scarface 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

The 2004 MTV Movie Awards 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

The 61st Annual Golden Globe Awards 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

Torque 2004 (Movie)

Trey Wallace (Actor)

VH1 Big in 2002 Awards 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

All About the Benjamins 2002 (Movie)

Bucum Jackson (Actor)

Barbershop 2002 (Movie)

Calvin Palmer (Actor)

Beef 2002 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Diary 1999 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Friday After Next 2002 (Movie)

Craig Jones (Actor)

The Bernie Mac Show 2002 (Tv Show)

Actor

John Carpenter's Ghosts Of Mars 2001 (Movie)

James 'Desolation' Williams (Actor)

MTV20: Grab the Mic -- A Hip-Hop History 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Next Friday 2000 (Movie)

Craig Jones (Actor)

The 2000 MTV Movie Awards 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

The Source Hip-Hop Music Awards 2000 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

True Life: I Am Driving While Black 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

The 26th Annual American Music Awards 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Thicker Than Water 1999 (Movie)

Slink (Actor)

Three Kings 1999 (Movie)

Staff Sargeant Chief Elgin (Actor)

12th Annual Soul Train Music Awards 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

I Got the Hook Up 1998 (Movie)

Gun Runner (Actor)

The 25th Annual American Music Awards 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

The Players Club 1998 (Movie)

Reggie (Actor)

Anaconda 1997 (Movie)

Danny Rich (Actor)

Dangerous Ground 1997 (Movie)

Vusi (Actor)

Straight From the Streets 1997 (Movie)

(Actor)

A Darker Side of Black 1995 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Friday 1995 (Movie)

Craig (Actor)

Higher Learning 1995 (Movie)

Fudge (Actor)

The Blockbuster Entertainment Awards 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

The Glass Shield 1995 (Movie)

Teddy Woods (Actor)

The Sinbad Show 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

CB4 1993 (Movie)

(cameo appearance) (Actor)

Trespass 1992 (Movie)

Savon (Actor)

Boyz N The Hood 1991 (Movie)

Doughboy (Actor)

The N-Word (TV Show)

Actor
Music (53)

22 Jump Street 2014 (Movie)

("Drop Girl") (Song)

22 Jump Street 2014 (Movie)

("Drop Girl") (Song Performer)

Horrible Bosses 2 2014 (Movie)

("Straight Outta Compton") (Song)

Sex Tape 2014 (Movie)

("It Was A Good Day") (Song Performer)

21 Jump Street 2012 (Movie)

("Straight Outta Compton") (Song)

Bridesmaids 2011 (Movie)

("Natural Born Killaz") (Song)

Bridesmaids 2011 (Movie)

("Natural Born Killaz") (Song Performer)

Take Me Home Tonight 2011 (Movie)

("Straight Outta Compton") (Song)

Due Date 2010 (Movie)

("Check Ya Self 2010") (Song Performer)

Due Date 2010 (Movie)

("Check Ya Self 2010") (Song)

In Living Color 1990 - 1991, 1995 - 1996, 2002 - 2003, 2005 - 2006, 2009 - 2010 (Tv Show)

Song Performer

Generation Kill 2008 (Tv Show)

Song

Harold & Kumar Escape From Guantanamo Bay 2008 (Movie)

("Check Yo Self (Remix)") (Song Performer)

Harold & Kumar Escape From Guantanamo Bay 2008 (Movie)

("Check Yo Self (Remix)") (Song)

Street Kings 2008 (Movie)

("This Is Los Angeles") (Song)

Beerfest 2006 (Movie)

("Dr. Bombay") (Song)

Harsh Times 2006 (Movie)

("Boyz-N-The-Hood") (Song)

L.A. Riot Spectacular 2006 (Movie)

("Fuck Tha Police") (Song)

Waist Deep 2006 (Movie)

("Child Support") (Song Performer)

Waist Deep 2006 (Movie)

("Child Support") (Song)

XXX: State of the Union 2005 (Movie)

("Anybody Seen the Po Po's?") (Song Performer)

XXX: State of the Union 2005 (Movie)

("Anybody Seen the Po Po's?") (Song)

Dark Blue 2003 (Movie)

("Fuck Tha Police") (Song)

Hollywood Homicide 2003 (Movie)

("Get 'Em Up") (Vocals)

Hollywood Homicide 2003 (Movie)

("Get 'Em Up") (Song)

The Hot Chick 2002 (Movie)

("Bow Down") (Song)

How High 2001 (Movie)

("Chin Check") (Song)

Save the Last Dance 2001 (Movie)

("You Can Do It" (featuring Mack 10 & Ms Toi)) (Song Performer)

Save the Last Dance 2001 (Movie)

("You Can Do It") (Song)

Gone in 60 Seconds 2000 (Movie)

(Song)

Gone in 60 Seconds 2000 (Movie)

("Roll All Day") (Song Performer)

Next Friday 2000 (Movie)

("You Can Do It (contains 'Planet Rock')") (Song Performer)

Office Space 1999 (Movie)

("Down For Whatever (contains 'Never Had A Dream')") (Song Performer)

Office Space 1999 (Movie)

("Down For Whatever (contains 'Never Had A Dream')") (Song)

Bulworth 1998 (Movie)

(Song)

Bulworth 1998 (Movie)

("Wrong Nigga to F*** Wit") (Song Performer)

The Players Club 1998 (Movie)

("We Be Clubbin'") (Song)

The Players Club 1998 (Movie)

("Who Are You Loving") (Song Performer)

Anaconda 1997 (Movie)

("Foe Life") (Song)

Dangerous Ground 1997 (Movie)

("The World Is Mine") (Song Performer)

Dangerous Ground 1997 (Movie)

(Song)

Nothing to Lose 1997 (Movie)

songs("If I Had No Loot (contains 'Knock on Wood' & 'The Wrong Nigga to Fuck Wit')" "The Wrong Nigga To Fuck Wit") (Song)

Nothing to Lose 1997 (Movie)

("The Wrong Nigga to Fuck Wit") (Song Performer)

Set It Off 1996 (Movie)

("Bonnie and Clyde II") (Song Performer)

Menace II Society 1993 (Movie)

("Dopeman (Remix)") (Song)

Trespass 1992 (Movie)

("Trespass") (Song Performer)

Trespass 1992 (Movie)

(Song)

Boyz N The Hood 1991 (Movie)

(Song)

Boyz N The Hood 1991 (Movie)

("How to Survive in South Central") (Song Performer)

Grand Canyon 1991 (Movie)

("F*** the Police") (Song)

New Jack City 1991 (Movie)

("Straight Outta Compton") (Song)

The Freshman 1990 (Movie)

("Straight Outta Compton") (Song)

Without You I'm Nothing 1990 (Movie)

("Compton's N the House/100% Diss (Remix)") (Song)
Producer (20)

Untitled (Universal/Ride Along Sequel) 2016 (Movie)

(Producer)

Straight Outta Compton 2015 (Movie)

(Producer)

Ride Along 2014 (Movie)

(Producer)

Lottery Ticket 2010 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Janky Promoters 2009 (Movie)

(Producer)

First Sunday 2008 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Longshots 2008 (Movie)

(Producer)

Are We Done Yet? 2007 (Movie)

(Producer)

Friday (MTV) 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Barbershop 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Black. White. 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Are We There Yet? 2005 (Movie)

(Producer)

Beauty Shop 2005 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Barbershop 2: Back in Business 2004 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

All About the Benjamins 2002 (Movie)

(Producer)

Friday After Next 2002 (Movie)

(Producer)

Next Friday 2000 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Players Club 1998 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Dangerous Ground 1997 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Friday 1995 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)
Writer (10)

Janky Promoters 2009 (Movie)

(spec) (Screenplay)

Friday (MTV) 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Source Material

All About the Benjamins 2002 (Movie)

(Rewrite) (Screenplay)

Friday After Next 2002 (Movie)

(from characters) (Source Material)

Friday After Next 2002 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Next Friday 2000 (Movie)

(Characters as Source Material)

Next Friday 2000 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Players Club 1998 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Friday 1995 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Friday: The Animated Series (TV Show)

Writer
Director (2)

30 for 30 2010 (Tv Show)

Director

The Players Club 1998 (Movie)

(Director)

Biography

As a solo artist and as a member of the influential West Coast group N. W.A., Ice Cube was a driving force that helped put gangsta rap on the map. He stood out from his peers as a great - if controversial -storyteller with a tremendous presence onstage. It was only a matter of time before filmmakers recognized his potential. Much as Ice Cube made his mark representing the tough streets of South Los Angeles in his music, his early film appearances likewise cast him as familiar characters from the 'hood. He showed great screen promise with his debut in John Singleton's Academy Award-nominated "Boyz 'n the Hood" (1991) and built up an acting resume with a string of thugs before taking the helm as a screenwriter and producer of the successful "Friday" film franchise, including "Friday," (1995) "Next Friday" (2000) and "Friday After Next" (2002). From that more lighthearted take on urban life, Ice Cube stretched his range with an acclaimed performance in David O. Russell's war film "Three Kings" (1999). Despite the unruly image of his continued musical output, Ice Cube was able carve out a different onscreen persona, breaking through to the mainstream with the hugely successful "Barber Shop" (2002) franchise and family films "Are We There Yet?" (2005) and "The Longshots" (2008), earning the respect of fans and critics alike, proving this former rapper had the versatility to take on any part Hollywood asked of him.

Relationships

Del Tha Funkee Homosapien Song Performer

Cousin

Darrel

Son

Shareef

Son

Karima

Daughter

Deja

Daughter

Hosea Jackson

Father
Works at the University of California, Los Angeles

Doris Jackson

Mother
Works at the University of California, Los Angeles

O’Shea Jackson Jr. Production Assistant

Son

Kimberly Woodruff

Wife
Married in 1992

EDUCATION

Hawthorne Christian School

Los Angeles , California

Phoenix Institute of Technology

Phoenix , Arizona 1987 - 1988

Taft High School

Woodland Hills , California

Milestones

2012

Cast opposite Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill in the big screen reboot of "21 Jump Street," based on the Fox police drama

2012

Cast in the crime drama "Rampart" opposite Woody Harrelson

2010

Co-starred opposite Bow Wow in the comedy feature "Lottery Ticket"

2010

Produced and acted in the small screen adaptation of his movie "Are We There Yet?," starring Terry Crews

2008

Co-starred opposite Keke Palmer in the Fred Durst-directed sports comedy "The Longshots"

2007

Starred in the comedy sequel "Are We Done Yet?"

2005

Cast as a a playboy bachelor trying to impress a woman (Nia Long) through her kids in "Are We There Yet?"

2005

Played an ex-criminal who joined the National Security Agency in "XXX: State of the Union"

2005

Teamed with filmmaker RJ Cutler to create the six-part FX documentary series titled "Black. White."

2004

Reprised the role of Calvin for "Barbershop 2"

2003

Co-starred in the motorcycle feature "Torque"

2002

Featured in the ensemble comedy "Barbershop"

2002

Co-starred in "All About the Benjamins" and "Friday After Next"; both of which he also wrote and produced

2001

Acted in the sci-fi thriller "John Carpenter's Ghosts of Mars"

2000

Starred in the sequel "Next Friday"; also produced and wrote

1999

Co-starred alongside George Clooney and Mark Wahlberg in "Three Kings"

1999

Featured in the independent "Thicker Than Water"

1998

Directing debut, (also starred, wrote and produced) "The Players Club"; also produced the soundtrack

1997

Portrayed a South African searching for his missing brother in "Dangerous Ground"; also served as executive producer

1997

Co-starred in corny horror film "Anaconda"

1995

Executive produced (also starred and co-wrote with DJ Pooh) F. Gary Gray's feature "Friday"

1995

Reteamed with Singleton for college drama "Higher Learning"

1995

Played Teddy Woods in "The Glass Shield"

1994

Reunited with former N.W.A member Dr. Dre, who was now part of Death Row Records, in duet "Natural Born Killaz"

1992

Acted with fellow rapper Ice-T in Walter Hill's "Trespass"

1991

Acting debut, John Singleton's "Boyz N the Hood"; title of film taken from Ice Cube's N.W.A. single

1990

First rap song "Compton's N the House" that appeared in feature "Without You I'm Nothing"

1990

Debuted first solo album AmeriKKKa's Most Wanted; album went gold within 10 days of release

1989

Left N.W.A. over business disputes; the group continued for two unsuccessful years

1988

Teamed with Easy-E and Dr. Dre to form the rap group N.W.A.; released debut album Straight Outta Compton

1983

Began writing rap lyrics at age 14

Bonus Trivia

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Ice Cube's Web site was www.icecube.com.

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"Rap is the network newscast black people never had." – Ice Cube in the press notes for "Boyz N The Hood" (1991)

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"I think I have become a more intelligent person, a person who can look at things from different ways just because I've seen the world more. I haven't lost the anger, but I now try to understand the reasons for the anger. In the beginning, I was [lashing out] at the forces that were holding you down. Now I am trying to understand why those forces exist and what to do about them." – Ice Cube to The Los Angeles Times, April 23, 1995

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"From John Singleton, I really learned how to write. He always stressed that if you can write, write. But you have to develop your writing skills. Walter Hill ('Trespass,' 1992) taught me how to be calm on the set, especially when there's pressure. Charles Burnett ('The Glass Shield,' 1995) taught me subtle things about blocking and about not putting too much profanity in my movies. Laurence Fishburne gave me advice about acting, 'You've got to know your character, then deliver it'. Jon Voight ('Anaconda,' 1997) taught me about concentrating and making the scenes better, and never taking your position for granted." – Ice Cube quoted in The Los Angeles Times, May 21, 1997

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"John Singleton pulled me off the street and put me in a movie, because he felt a vibe. In giving someone the chance I didn't feel nervous. All they had to do was come to the audition and prove they could handle the role. And I tried to teach them as much as I could about the mechanics of acting." – Ice Cube on casting unknowns for "The Players Club" to Los Angeles Times, April 5, 1998

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"Hollywood has it sewed up. With a record, you could put it out yourself and still be on a major level. But in the movie business that road won't happen. At some point you're gonna have to attach to the machine." – Ice Cube in Premiere, April 1998

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"I didn't go to school for acting, I really get my lessons while I'm on the set. So I pick my roles carefully so that I can enhance the movies, not hurt them." – Ice Cube to Time Out New York, Jan. 6-13, 2000

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"You know, it's funny, 'cause if you asked me back in '91 would I ever be in a movie as a soldier, a U.S. soldier, I'd have said get the hell out of here. Hell no! But that's what I like about the film, we showed there were a lot of people on both sides [of the Gulf War] who really didn't want to be there." – Ice Cube on "Three Kings" to The Guardian, Feb. 25, 2000

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"Strive to be more than just the one in front of the camera. Sit back for years and make money and don't worry about using your body to survive. Ownership, control." – Ice Cube on becoming a producer and businessman, not just an actor and rapper to Los Angeles Times Magazine, March 26, 2000

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"I've established myself on one side of the camera and I'm making my way on the other side, too. I'm setting it up for the future when my name won't be on the poster. But I'm always going to be creating. I ain't going to be no 50-year-old rapper, though, but you never know." – Ice Cube quoted in Time Out New York, March 7-14, 2002

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"I've got to look at myself as an actor first, because as an actor my career is going to the place I want it to be," he says. "I still do hard-core rap. It's just my movie career has kind of overtaken my music career." – Ice Cube quoted in Premiere, May 2005

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