LL Cool J

LL Cool J

  • Born on
    • January 14th, 1968
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.

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Acting (23 Credits)

2013Grudge Match as Frankie Brite
2009NCIS: Los Angeles as Sam Hanna
2009WWII in HD
2008The Deal as Bobby Mason
2006Last Holiday as Sean Matthews
2005Edison as DeedWatch Free
2005Slow Burn as Luther Pinks
2004Mindhunters as Gabe Jensen
2003Deliver Us from Eva as Ray Adams
2003S.W.A.T. as Deacon 'Deke' Kay
2002Rollerball as Marcus Ridley
2001Kingdom Come as Ray Bud Slocumb
2000Charlie's Angels as Mr. Jones
1999In Too Deep as Dwayne Gittens / God
1999Deep Blue Sea as Sherman 'Preacher' Dudley
1999Any Given Sunday as Julian Washington
1998Halloween H20: 20 Years Later as Ronald 'Ronny' Jones
1998Caught Up as Roger
1998Woo as Darryl
1995In the House
1992Toys as Captain Patrick Zevo
1991The Hard Way as Billy
1986Wildcats as Rapper

Himself (7 Credits)

2021Biggie: I Got a Story to Tell as Self - Hip-Hop Artist (archive footage)
2015Lip Sync Battle as Himself - Host
2009How Bruce Lee Changed the World as Himself
2003Beef as Himself (archive footage)
1997Touch as Himself
1997B*A*P*S as Himself
1985Krush Groove as Himself


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