Ice Pick - Underworld moniker of Hawaiian mobster on the private eye
adventure MAGNUM, p.i./CBS/1980-88. Ice Pick is an ageing underworld contact for
Rick Wright (Larry Manetti), the manager of the King Kamahamaha Club. First
mentioned on "Last Page" (1982), the much-mentioned but occasionally-seen
character would first be seen on-screen in the third season episode "Past Tense"
(1982). The Ice Pick character was first played by Walter Chotzen, and later by
Elisha Cook Jr. According to Rick, 'Ice Pick' got his nickname because "he used
to sell house wares." But, his private eye friend, Thomas Magnum wasn't buying
Ice-T - The showbiz nickname of hip-hop artist Tracy Marrow (a.k.a. "Ice-T") a
popular black singer turned actor and also known as the father of the "gangsta"
rap music. In 1993, when Ice-T debuted his song "Cop Killer" on the Warner
Brothers album "Body Count," many interpreted the lyrics as a glorification of
violence in the media. When Ice-T heard that the US President "dissed" his song
he reportedly said "When the President mentions your name in anger, you KNOW the
s--t has hit the fan!" In 2000, Ice-T was hired to play the role of sex-crimes
investigator Detective Odafin "Fin" Tutuola on the police drama LAW & ORDER:
SPECIAL VICTIMS UNIT/NBC/1999+. Ice-T chose his nickname in celebration of black
pulp writer Iceberg Slim (pen name of Robert Maupin Beck III, 1918-1992), an
ex-pimp turned author whose gritty novels (like Pimp: the Story of My Life,
Airtight, Willie & Me, Death Wish, Long White Con, Mama Black Widow and Trick
Baby) focused on life in the criminal underworld. In 1998, Ice-T wrote an
introduction to Iceberg Slim's book Doom Fox (written in 1978 and unpublished
until 1998) and advised its readers:
- The life he describes is real. Attempting to believe otherwise is a denial of
- Iceberg Slim was an actual pimp who turned into one of the greatest black
writers in American history.
- The dialog will sound like another language from another planet-in the same way
the words of the Bible or Shakespeare may be hard to decode. So to all you
squares: Welcome to the Game. To all you players: Kick back, pour some
Crystal, and enjoy Doom Fox. Iceberg-rest in peace.
Idol of American Youth, The See -
MUSIC - VOCAL GROUPS: "Riders in the Sky"
Impossible Missions Forces - Secret group of elite agents (a.k.a. "the IMF")
allegedly working for the United States Government who carried out covert
operations both foreign and domestic, protecting the Free World against
subversive groups on the spy drama MISSION IMPOSSIBLE/CBS/1966-73/ABC/1988-90.
The team was first headed by Dan Briggs (Steven Hill) and later by Jim Phelps
(Peter Graves) who were responsible for coordinating and choosing agents for the
Impossible Missions. See also -
SPY GUYS and
BEGINNING & ENDING
NARRATIONS: "Mission Impossible"
Imzadi - Powerful Betazoid term that describes the enduring bond of love and
friendship shared by former lovers and friends Counselor Deanna Troi (Marina
Sirtis) and Commander William T. Riker (Jonathan Frakes) on the sci-fi adventure
STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION/SYN/1987-94. Deanna and Will were reunited on the
premier episode "Far Point Station." The novel "Imzadi" (1992) written by Peter
David explored Troi's and Riker's relationship. On page 217 Deanna enlightens
Will by telling him "the concept of Imzadi goes beyond the physical. You've had
other women physically. I know that. And even though I haven't had other men
before you, that's almost incidental. To be Imzadi is to go far deeper than
that. Don't you understand, Will? Other women may have had your body," she
smiled "but I'm the first who's ever touched your soul."
In Vitro - Term given to second class citizens of futuristic Earth (those born
without parents). Both space marine Lieutenant Cooper Hawkes (Rodney Rowland)
and Colonel McQueen (James Morrison) were called "In Vitro" by fellow troopers
on the sci-fi series SPACE: ABOVE & BEYOND/FOX/1995-96.
Incredible Hulk, The See - "The
Inquisitor, The - The unofficial title given broadcast journalist, Mike Wallace
for his in-depth, close-up interviews which probed his guest's weaknesses. Mike
Wallace earned his "put them on the spot" reputation on show's like NIGHTBEAT on
the Dumont network in the 1950s and still continues his verbal stabs on the
weekly news magazine 60 MINUTES/CBS/1968+.
Invisible Man, The - Science fiction hero seen (or should I say not seen) on the
sci-fi drama THE INVISIBLE MAN/CBS/1958-60. Based on the novel "The Invisible Man"
by H.G. Wells, this sci-fi drama starred English scientist Doctor Peter Brady
whose experiments with light refraction had rendered himself invisible. Putting
his new found ability to good use he began working with British Intelligence as
a highly effective espionage agent, thwarting the sinister organizations that
threatened the European continent. The actor playing Doctor Brady was never seen
on the series, always being concealed in bandages. Producer Ralph Smart never
released the name of the actor who played the invisible man, probably in hopes
of adding a little mystery/authenticity to the series. Later sources reveal
Johnny Scripps played the man beneath the bandages and Tim Turner provided his
voice laid in during post-production dubbing sessions. An updated version of THE
INVISIBLE MAN/NBC/1975-76 starred David McCallum as Dr. Daniel Westin, a US
Government research scientist who tried to keep his experiments of invisibility
out of the hands of the US Military. While he attempted to find an antidote for
his invisibility he worked for KLAE Corporation disguised in sophisticated
rubber disguises (a la MISSION IMPOSSIBLE). When he wanted to disappear he just
removed his synthetic rubber skin and Poof!, he was not to be seen. Another
reincarnation appeared on the Sci-Fi Channel as THE INVISIBLE MAN/SCI/2000-02
starring Vincent Ventresca as Darien Fawkes, a thief and con man sentenced to
life in prison. Fortunately, his scientist brother Kevin is working on an
invisibility project and gets his brother out of jail, if he volunteers as a
guinea pig for an invisibility project. Darien agrees and consequently an
artificial gland is inserted into his brain. The gland releases a quicksilver
solution that causes light to pass through him. The experiment does have it
problems, however. After Darien turns invisible his brain gets in touch with its
primal nature and begins to turn Darien insane. Quickly, the scientist concoct
an antidote to keep Darien in check and then use him for a variety of secret
government assignments. Darien reports to Charles Borden a.k.a. The Official
(played by Eddie Jones). TRIVIA NOTE: Jack Griffin was the name of the invisible
man in the original Wells novel. Movie actors to portray this unseen hero/menace
included Claude Rains, Vincent Price, Jon Hall, and Arthur Franz as well as
Kevin Beacon as scientist Sebastian Crane in the motion picture Hollow Man
Iowa - Nickname of Joe Dantley (Sean O'Bryan) a farm boy from Iowa on the sitcom
PIG STY/UPN/1995 who shared a Manhattan apartment with four other guys in
between working as an inner city emergency room resident physician.
Ironjaw See -
The Human Termite"
Irrepressible Ricky, The - Eric "Ricky" Nelson who played himself on the situation
THE ADVENTURES OF OZZIE & HARRIET/ABC/1952-66 was referred to as "irrepressible"
by the announcer during the opening credits of the show. This title was used to
describe his younger days when his character was filled with wisecracks and
funny one liners like "I don't mess around, boy!"
Back to Top