LL Cool J

Actor / Songwriter | * 01/14/1968 (52) | Long Island
James Todd Smith (born January 14, 1968), better known by his stage name LL Cool J (short for Ladies Love Cool James), is an American rapper, record producer, actor, author, and entrepreneur from Queens, New York. With the breakthrough success of his hit single "I Need a Beat" and the Radio LP, LL Cool J became an early hip-hop act to achieve mainstream success along with Kurtis Blow and Run-D.M.C. LL Cool J has released 13 studio albums and two greatest hits compilations. His twelfth album Exit 13 (2008), was his last for his long-tenured deal with Def Jam Recordings. LL Cool J appeared in numerous films, including In Too Deep, Any Given Sunday, S.W.A.T., Deep Blue Sea, Mindhunters, and Edison. He currently plays NCIS Special Agent Sam Hanna in the C... ()
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James Todd Smith better known as LL Cool J (acronym for Ladies Love Cool James) is an American rapper and actor. He has released thirteen studio albums and two greatest hits compilations; his newest album is 2013's Authentic, following 2008's Exit 13, which completed his record deal with Def Jam Recordings. He has appeared in numerous films, and stars as NCIS Special Agent Sam Hanna on the CBS crime drama television series NCIS: Los Angeles. He was born on January 14, 1968 in Bay Shore, New York. While LL first appeared as a rapper in the movie Krush Groove (performing "I Can't Live Without My Radio"), his first acting part was a small role in a high school football movie called Wildcats. He continued to work in movies from then until 1995 when he landed his own television sitcom, In the House. In 1998 he had a role in the film Halloween H20. In 1999's Deep Blue Sea. Later that year, he had a starring role in Any Given Sunday, in which he played Julian Washington, the talented but selfish running back on the dysfunctional Miami Sharks. Since then, LL Cool J has appeared in a variety of films, such as the 2002 remake of Rollerball, Deliver Us from Eva, and S.W.A.T. In 2005, he returned to television in a guest starring role on the Fox medical drama House. He also appeared as Queen Latifah's love interest in the 2006 movie Last Holiday. He also guest starred on 30 Rock in the 2007 episode "The Source Awards" as the hip hop producer Ridiculous. Next he appeared in Sesame Street 's 39th season where he introduced the word of the day, "Unanimous” and performing "The Addition Expedition" in episode 4172 (Sept. 30, 2008). As of 2011, LL Cool J is a series regular on the CBS police procedural NCIS: Los Angeles, a spin-off of NCIS.   He lives in Long Island, New York, with his wife and four children.

Most frequent genres for this person: Comedies | Drama | Crime

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Awards & Nominations for LL Cool J

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Movies with LL Cool J as Actor(38)

as Himself (archive footage)2014 Lennon or McCartney
as Frankie Brite2013 Grudge Match
as Narrator2013 Mayweather
as Bobby Mason2008 The Deal
as Sean Matthews2006 Last Holiday
as Officer Rafe Deed2005 Edison
as Luther Pinks2005 Slow Burn
as Gabe Jensen2004 Mindhunters
as Deacon 'Deke' Kay2003 S.W.A.T.
as Himself (archive footage)2003 Beef
as Raymond 'Ray' Adams2003 Deliver Us from Eva
as Himself (archive footage)2002 It's Black Entertainment
as Marcus Ridley2002 Rollerball
as Ray Bud Slocumb2001 Kingdom Come
as Mr. Jones2000 Charlie's Angels
as Julian Washington1999 Any Given Sunday
as Dwayne Gittens / God1999 In Too Deep
as Sherman 'Preacher' Dudley1999 Deep Blue Sea
as Darryl1998 Woo
as Roger1998 Caught Up
as Ronald 'Ronny' Jones1998 Halloween H20: 20 Years Later
as himself1997 Touch
as himself1997 B.A.P.S.
as Charles Red Taylor1996 The Right to Remain Silent
as Jason St. Julian1995 Out-of-Sync
as Captain Patrick Zevo1992 Toys
as Billy1991 The Hard Way
as Rapper1986 Wildcats
as himself1985 Krush Groove

TV Shows/Series with LL Cool J as Actor(31)

Additional Information

Full Name: James Todd Smith
Born: Sunday, 01/14 1968 (January) in Queens (current age: 52 years + 321 days)
Zodiac sign: Capricorn (Chinese zodiac sign: Monkey)
Record Label: Def Jam Recordings, 429 Records
Other names for LL Cool J (nicknames, foreign languages etc.):
"L.L. Cool J"
"James Todd Smith"
LL Cool J frequently works together with these people:
Jamie Foxx (13x, Actor)
Alec Baldwin (12x, Actor)
Queen Latifah (12x, Actress)
Tyra Banks (12x, Actress)
Martin Short (10x, Actor)
Wanda Sykes (10x, Actress)
Sean Hayes (10x, Actor)
Tori Spelling (10x, Actress)
Paula Abdul (10x, Actress)
Mary J. Blige (10x, Actress)
Randy Jackson (10x, Actor)
Matt Schichter (6x, Crew)
WatchPlayStream ID: PEOPLE:8999, Added: 05/06/2018, Last updated: 11/11/2020