Professionally known as Vanilla Ice, Robert Matthew Van Winkle is the rapper behind the song “Ice Ice Baby.” He is also an actor, a television host and a construction contractor.
Ice grew up in Texas, United States and South Florida, USA. He is the son of Camilla Beth Dickerson, who was born in Lamar, Aransas County, Texas on April 30, 1944 to Odis Glenn Dickerson and Nina Margarite Dickerson.
In 1997, Ice married Laura Giaritta but they started living apart in 2011 and in October 2016, she filed for divorce, which was finalized in November 2019. Their two daughters Dustin Rain Van Winkle and KeeLee Breeze Van Winkle were born in 1998 and in 2000, respectively.
As a musician, Ice considers Rick James, Roger Troutman, Funkadelic, Egyptian Lover and Parliament as his influences. Here are 13 more facts about the “Ice Ice Baby” rapper:
- He was born in Dallas, Texas on October 31, 1967. He has never known his biological father.
- His first stepfather was William Vasil Van Winkle. Camilla and William divorced in 1971.
- He is 6’2″.
- He plays bass, drums and keyboard.
- In 1983, he wrote “Ice Ice Baby,” which was released on August 22, 1990. It was included in his major debut studio album “To the Extreme.” The lyrics of the song was based on his experiences in South Florida.
- In 1985, he won three motocross championships.
- In January 1987, he was was stabbed five times in his thigh and buttocks during a scuffle outside of City Lights, a dance club in Dallas. He stayed in the hospital for 10 days and lost four pints of blood.
- In 1991, he made his film debut by appearing as himself in “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of Ooze,” a martial arts superhero comedy film that starred Paige Turco, David Warner, Ernie Reyes Jr., François Chau, Toshishiro Obata and Mark Doerr.
- From 1991 to 1992, he dated singer, songwriter and actress Madonna Louise Ciccone, who is mononymously known as Madonna.
- He appears as a video game character in “Championship Motocross,” which was released in 2001 on PlayStation 2.
- In 2015, he played Mark Twain in “The Ridiculous 6,” a western action comedy film starring Adam Sandler, Rob Schneider, Terry Crews, Jorge Garcia, Taylor Lautner and Luke Wilson.
- With Witney Carson as his partner, he placed 10th in “Dancing with the Stars” Season 23, which aired on ABC from September 12, 2016 to November 23, 2016.
- He hosted the DIY Network reality show “The Vanilla Ice Project” from 2010 to 2019. The show showcased his expertise in home improvement and real estate flipping.