• African-Dominican
• Born in Hollis, Queens, New York City USA in 1970
• American nationality
• Actor, producer, director, and songwriter
• Has 11 acting credits, one writing credit, 16 directing credits and 5 producing credits
• Wrote soundtracks for movies and TV series including "Rush Hour" (1998) and "The Fast and the Furious" (2001)
• Formerly ran record label Murder, Inc. and now runs The Inc.
• Featured in documentaries and talk-shows
• Was once married and has two children (rumored to have three)
• Social media star with over 700,000 followers
• Has traveled to over 50 countries
• Net worth estimated at over $14 million

What is Irv Gotti’s ethnicity?

Irving Domingo ‘Irv’ Lorenzo Jr. was born in Hollis, Queens, New York City USA, on 26 June 1970 – his zodiac sign is Cancer, he holds American nationality and his ethnicity is African-Dominican. He’s an actor, producer, director, and songwriter, who’s probably known best for having produced hit songs for Jennifer Lopez, Ja Rule and Ashanti, amongst other famous singers and musicians.

Early life and education

Irv was raised in Hollis alongside his seven older siblings by their parents, who prefer to be left out of media.

He became familiar with music at a very early age, mostly because of his siblings’ influence, as they were listening to something most of the time, while they also had different tastes.

Irv thus grew up listening to rap, rock and jazz amongst other genres, and he eventually became interested in making music himself. He attended a local high school at which he was into numerous activities – all but his professor’s teachings – and upon matriculating in 1988, Irv chose to focus on his career rather than on pursuing a college degree.

Career as an actor

Irv has 11 acting credits most of which are his appearances in music videos. He made his debut appearance in the 1995 biographical film “Eyes on Hip Hop”, and the following years saw him appear in various music videos by Ashanti. In 2017, he appeared in three episodes of the drama series “Tales”, while his most recent appearance has been in the 2019 short music video “Fat Joe & Dre: Deep”.

Writing, producing and directing credits

Irv has a single writing credit: he wrote 11 episodes of the series “Tales” between 2017 and 2019.

He has 16 directing credits, all of which are the music videos of popular artists such as “Ashanti: Baby” in 2002, “Ashanti, Ja Rule, Charli Baltimore & Hussein Fatal: Rain on Me (Remix)” in 2003, and most recently in 2019, “Fat Joe & Dre: Deep”.

Irv has five producing credits. He made his debut with the 2001 music video “Jennifer Lopez: I’m Real – Remix”, followed by the 2002 “Jennifer Lopez Feat. Ja Rule: Ain’t It Funny, Remix”. His three other credits are eight episodes of the reality show “Gotti’s Way”, 13 episodes of the musical series “Growing Up Hip Hop: New York”, and 17 episodes of the series “Tales”.

Movie and TV series soundtrack writer

Irv’s also known for having written soundtracks for movies, many of which have become very popular. He made his writing debut with the song “Can I Get a…” for the 1998 action crime comedy movie “Rush Hour”, while a couple of his following songs were written for the 1998 crime film “Belly”, the 1999 episode “The Lawndale File” of the animated comedy series “Daria”, and the comedy movie “Next Friday”.

In 2000, he wrote the song “Charli” for the hit musical comedy film “Bamboozled”, which won one of the 11 awards it was nominated for, and in 2001, Irv wrote the songs “Furious”, “Race Against Time Part 2” and “Pov City Anthem” for the hit action thriller movie “The Fast and the Furious” which starred Vin Diesel and the late Paul Walker.

The year 2002 saw him write the song “Put It On Me” for the hit comedy film “Ali G Indahouse”, written by Sacha Baron Cohen who also starred in it, and in 2004, Irv produced the song “Touch My Body” for the musical comedy film “Bride & Prejudice”. A couple of his following songs were for the 2005 crime film “Havoc”, the 2005 episode “Top 24: Group 4” of the musical game-show “Idols”, and the 2008 documentary film “More Than a Game”.

In 2009, Irv wrote the song “Down 4 U” for the critically acclaimed drama movie “Fish Tank”, written and directed by Andrea Arnold, and which starred Katie Jarvis, Kierston Wareing and Michael Fassbender. It follows the life of a 15 year-old girl after her mother comes home with a new boyfriend; it won 21 of the 50 awards it was nominated for.

Irv Gotti

Three of Irv’s most recent works have been for the 2014 documentary movie “Jennifer Lopez: Dance Again”, the 2015 episode “Sex and Violence” of the comedy series “Chewing Gum”, and the 2016 action crime thriller movie “Collide”.

Other works and appearances

Irv’s also known for his record label which he first called Murder, Inc., motivated by the eponymous crime group. The idea was that the crime group ‘put out hits for murder’, and he wanted to put out ‘hit’ records. In 2003, the police raided the label’s offices, claiming that they were laundering money for Kenneth ‘Supreme’ McGriff, a New York City drug lord. Irv and his brother Christopher ran the label together, and were acquitted of all charges on 2 December 2005. Following these events, Irv changed the label’s name to The Inc.

He has been featured in various documentaries, such as the 2002 video “Slip N’ Slide: All Star Weekend”, the 2003 series “Intimate Portrait”, and the 2004 mini-series “And You Don’t Stop: 30 Years of Hip-Hop”.

Irv has made a guest appearance in many talk-shows, such as “The Real”, “Celebrity Page” and “The Wendy Williams Show”.

Wife and kids

Irv was once married to Debbie Lorenzo who’s a hat designer and a traveler. She gave birth to their two children and then sometime in the late 2010s, Debbie apparently caught Irv cheating on her with the famous American singer-songwriter Ashanti. This led to their divorce, but Irv has defended himself by stating that he and Debbie were already separated at that point; he denied that he slept with Ashanti.

He has also been in a relationship with the American actress and singer Christina Milan, as well as with the actress Trinidad Mann; both relationships lasted for only a couple of months.

There are rumors circulating the internet that Irv has a third child with a non-celebrity woman, but this hasn’t been confirmed.

As of March 2021, he appears to be single, was once married and has two children (rumored to have three).

Hobbies and other interests

Irv’s a social media star, as his Instagram account is followed by more than 700,000 people, while he’s uploaded over 4,300 pictures, most of which have been taken during his everyday life.

He loves to travel, and his career has made it possible for him to go all around the world while taking his work with him – Irv has apparently been to more than 50 countries.

He likes to see tattoos on other people’s bodies, but doesn’t have any on his own.

Irv’s a dog-lover, but hasn’t had a pet since his teenage years as he wouldn’t have time to take proper care of it.

In his spare time, he enjoys watching movies starring his favorite actors Al Pacino, the late Marlon Brando and Robert De Niro, – his favorite films are the trilogy “The Godfather”, “Sleepers” and “Scarface”.

Age, height and net worth

Irv’s 50 years old. He has short black hair and brown eyes, his height is 6ft (1.83m) and he weighs around 185lbs (85kgs).

As of March 2021, his net worth has been estimated at over $14 million.


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