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LL Cool J

James Todd Smith better known as LL Cool J (acronym for Ladies Love Cool James) is an American rapper and actor. He has released twelve studio albums and two greatest hits compilations, with his final album being 2008's Exit 13, the last for 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 St.Albans,   While LL Cool J 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 BlueSea. 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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Jan 14, 1968 In Long Island
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the series Today 1952-01-14
Latest Project:
Movie One World: Together at Home 2020-04-18
Known For
Poster of Grudge Match
Poster of So You Think You Can Dance
Poster of House
Poster of American Idol
Movie One World: Together at Home Himself 2020-04-18
Movie Q85: A Musical Celebration for Quincy Jones 2018-12-09
Series The Man 2016
Series Lip Sync Battle Himself - Host 2015-04-02
Movie Lennon or McCartney Himself (archive footage) 2014-12-12
Movie The Beatles: The Night That Changed America - A Grammy Salute Himself 2014-02-09
Movie Grudge Match Frankie Brite 2013-12-25
Series Hawaii Five-0 Unknown 2010-09-20
Series WWII in HD 2009-11-15
Movie How Bruce Lee Changed the World Himself 2009-05-17
Movie DJ Cinema Presents: Masterpiece Theater Blend Dvd 2009-03-19
Series NCIS: Los Angeles Sam Hanna 2009-09-22
Movie The Deal Bobby Mason 2008-11-20
Movie ShowBusiness: The Road to Broadway 2007-04-19
Movie Last Holiday Sean Matthews 2006-01-13
Series 30 Rock Unknown 2006-10-11
Series The Tyra Banks Show Unknown 2005-09-12
Series So You Think You Can Dance Unknown 2005-07-20
Movie Edison Officer Rafe Deed 2005-07-29
Movie Slow Burn Luther Pinks 2005-09-12
Movie Mindhunters Gabe Jensen 2004-05-07
Series House Unknown 2004-11-16
Movie Deliver Us from Eva Ray Adams 2003-02-07
Series Jimmy Kimmel Live! Unknown 2003-01-26
Movie Beef Himself (archive footage) 2003-08-03
Series Spike TV VGA Video Game Awards 2003-12-04
Series NCIS Unknown 2003-09-23
Series The Ellen DeGeneres Show Unknown 2003-09-08
Movie S.W.A.T. Deacon 'Deke' Kay 2003-08-08
Movie It's Black Entertainment Himself (archive footage) 2002-02-08
Movie Rollerball Marcus Ridley 2002-02-08
Series American Idol Unknown 2002-06-11
Movie Kingdom Come Ray Bud Slocumb 2001-04-11
Series 106 & Park Unknown 2000-09-11
Movie Charlie's Angels Mr. Jones 2000-11-02
Movie Deep Blue Sea Sherman 'Preacher' Dudley 1999-07-28
Movie In Too Deep Dwayne Gittens / God 1999-08-25
Movie Rapmania: The Roots of Rap 1999-10-31
Movie Any Given Sunday Julian Washington 1999-12-16
Movie Caught Up Roger 1998-02-27
Movie Woo Darryl 1998-05-08
Movie Halloween H20: 20 Years Later Ronald 'Ronny' Jones 1998-08-05
Movie B.A.P.S. Himself 1997-03-28
Movie Touch Himself 1997-02-14
Series The View Unknown 1997-08-11
Series Oz Unknown 1997-07-12
Movie The Right to Remain Silent Charles Red Taylor 1996-01-07
Series The Daily Show with Trevor Noah Unknown 1996-07-22
Series In the House 1995-04-10
Movie Out-of-Sync Jason St. Julian 1995-06-04
Series The Frank Skinner Show Unknown 1995-09-10
Series MADtv Unknown 1995-10-14
Series Late Night with Conan O'Brien Unknown 1993-09-13
Movie Toys Captain Patrick Zevo 1992-12-18
Movie The Hard Way Billy 1991-03-08
Movie Simply Mad About the Mouse himself 1991-07-15
Series MTV Unplugged Unknown 1989-11-26
Movie Big Fun in the Big Town Himself 1986-06-06
Movie Wildcats Rapper 1986-02-14
Movie Krush Groove Himself 1985-10-25
Series Today Unknown 1952-01-14