Vanilla Ice - Updated Feb 2024

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Vanilla Ice

Vanilla Ice is a famous American rapper, actor, record producer, and television host. Vanilla Ice was a DJ, breakdancer, and Motocross rider before he began rapping.

Early Life

Vanilla Ice was born on October 31, 1967. Currently, he is 55 years old and his sun sign is Scorpio. His full birth name is Robert Matthew Van Winkle.

His place of birth is in South Dallas and was raised in Texas and South Florida, USA. Moreover, he took his stepfather’s surname at the time of his birth. Therefore, he was born in Dallas, Texas, on October 31, 1967.

He went to the R. L. Turner High School. This personality dropped out of high school after having studied for a very brief period. Ice fell in love with hip-hop as a youth and began breakdancing with a theatre troupe in his teens.

After that, he started participating in informal rap battles at parties. Moreover, he is a motorcycle enthusiast and won multiple motorcycle racing championships before becoming a professional rapper.

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Caption: Vanilla Ice clicking a picture with his awards. Source: Euronews


In 1987, he opened for rap legend Sir Mix-a-Lot on his Stop the Violence Tour, which launched him into the major rap leagues. In 1989, Ice recorded his most iconic single “Ice Ice Baby”. He released his first studio album “To The Extreme” the same year and it became the best-selling hip-hop album of all time. He also released his debut album, Hooked, in the same year on Ichiban Records.

Similarly, in 1991, he appeared in the movie “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of the Ooze”. Moreover, in 1993, he took a break from music activities. Ice returned to motocross racing and began competing on jet skis. Then, he continued his music career in the late 1990s, releasing his third studio album. In the early 2000s, he collaborated with American rap rock duo Insane Clown Posse and appeared on different reality television shows.


Likewise, Ice became increasingly involved in real estate projects in the early 2010s, and began his home renovation show in 2009. He published a book about success in the real estate business in 2011. This personality continued his acting career with a leading role in Adlam Sandler’s “That’s My Boy” (2011) and appeared in the live stage pantomime “Peter Pan”. Therefore, in 1998, he returned with his next album, “Hard To Swallow”. There’s even a rap-metal version of “Ice Ice Baby”, called “Too Cold”.

Although the album only sold 100K copies, it was well-received by fans and earned his almost renewed respect. Similarly, this was followed by “Bi-Polar”, “Platinum Underground”, and “WTF”, which combined rap-rock, nu-metal, and hip-hop music with other genres, including country and reggae. More recently, he has enjoyed his biggest mainstream resurgence, hosting the series The Vanilla Ice Project (2010) and recording his debut single with Jedward, “Under Pressure (Ice Ice Baby)”, a mashup of the two songs.

Ice would also return to cinema in Adam Sandler’s comedy That’s My Boy (2012). Moreover, at the 2011 Gathering of the Juggalos, it was announced that Ice had signed with Psychopathic Records. Additionally, he competed on season 23 of Dancing with the Stars in 2016 and was partnered with professional dancer Witney Carson. However, they were eliminated on October 4, 2016.

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Caption: Vanilla Ice while performing on the stage. Source: Fox

Brand Endorsements

Ice has done endorsement work for Nike and has appeared in several print ads for the iconic sports footwear and apparel brand. This personality has also appeared in television commercials for the following brands including Coca-Cola, Kraft Macaroni and Cheese, Ice Breakers Duo breath mints, Castle Lite Beer, and more.

Relationship Status

Ice dated Madonna for 8 months between 1991-1992. He married Laura Giaritta in 1997 and they have two daughters, Dusti Rain and KeeLee Breeze. In 2016, Ice’s wife, Laura filed for divorce, claiming that the marriage was “irretrievably broken”. Moreover, his third child with his new wife was born in 2018.

Body Measurements

This personality stands at a height of 5 feet 11 inches and weighs around 76 kilos. He has a pair of blue eyes and his hair is dark brown in color. Nothing more about his body stats is available on the internet.

Social Media

His YouTube channel has earned over 675K subscribers. Similarly, he has gained over 515K followers on his ‘@vanillaiceofficial’ Instagram account. His ‘@vanillaice’ Twitter account has amassed over 324.5K followers. Moreover, his Facebook account has earned over 745K followers.

Net Worth 2023

This multi-talented personality’s net worth is estimated to be $12 million as of 2023.