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Name: Robert Beck  
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Date of Birth: 1st August 1970
Place of Birth: Chiswick, London, England, UK
Profession: Actor
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Iceberg Slim is the pen name of Robert Beck (August 4, 1918 – April 28, 1992), an African American writer.

Born into abject poverty, Beck quickly drifted into criminality, and became a pimp in the brutal Chicago underworld. He became rich as a pimp. It was during his third prison stay, a 10 month prison sentence in solitary confinement at the Cook County House of Corrections that he finally decided to "square up", and turn to writing.

Beck's first work, Pimp was published in 1969 and was quickly categorised as being typical of the black 'revolutionary' literature then being created; however, Beck's vision was considerably bleaker than most other black writers of the time. His work tended to be based on his personal experiences in the criminal underworld, and revealed a world of seemingly bottomless brutality and viciousness.

His other novels include Doom Fox, Trick Baby (1973), Mama Black Widow, The Naked Soul of Iceberg Slim, Long White Con, Airtight Willie and Me and Death Wish.

Iceberg Slim was an important influence on hip-hop artists and rappers such as Ice-T, who adopted his name in part from reading the author.

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