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LL Cool J


L.L. Cool J was born James Todd Smith on January 14, 1968, in Bay Shore, Long Island, New York, to Ondrea (Griffith) and James Smith. Todd, as he was called, did not have a very happy childhood. At the age of four, he saw his mother and grandfather shot by his own father. After they recovered from their injuries, his mother began to date a young ... See full bio »

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Nominated for 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 8 wins & 16 nominations. See more awards »

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 2014 CBS Cares (TV Series)
- Episode #14.1 (2014)
 2009-2014 NCIS: Los Angeles (TV Series)
Sam Hanna / Sam Hannah
- Episode #6.12 (2014) ... Sam Hanna
- Episode #6.11 (2014) ... Sam Hanna
- Traitor (2014) ... Sam Hanna
- The Grey Man (2014) ... Sam Hannah
- Leipei (2014) ... Sam Hanna
 2013 Grudge Match
Frankie Brite
 2013 2013 Do Something Awards (TV Movie)
Honoree
 2012 Take It (Short)
James Todd Smith
 2012 Hawaii Five-0 (TV Series)
Sam Hanna
- Pa Make Loa (2012) ... Sam Hanna
 2009 NCIS (TV Series)
Sam Hanna
- Legend: Part 2 (2009) ... Sam Hanna
- Legend: Part 1 (2009) ... Sam Hanna
 2007 The Man (TV Movie)
Manny Baxter
 2007 30 Rock (TV Series)
Ridikolus
 2005 House M.D. (TV Series)
Clarence
- Acceptance (2005) ... Clarence
 2005 Slow Burn
Luther Pinks (as James Todd Smith)
 2005 Edison
Deed
 2004 Mindhunters
Gabe Jensen (as James Todd Smith aka LL Cool J)
 2003 S.W.A.T.
Deacon 'Deke' Kay (as James Todd Smith aka LL Cool J)
 2003 Deliver Us from Eva
Raymond 'Ray' Adams (as James Todd Smith aka LL Cool J)
 2001 Kingdom Come
Ray Bud Slocumb
 2000 The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (TV Series)
Musical Guest
- Episode #8.15 (2000) ... Musical Guest
 1998 Oz (TV Series)
Jiggy Walker
- Strange Bedfellows (1998) ... Jiggy Walker
 1998 Woo
Darryl
 1998 Caught Up
Roger
 1996 The Right to Remain Silent (TV Movie)
Charles Red Taylor
 1995 Out-of-Sync
Jason St. Julian
 1994 The Adventures of Pete & Pete (TV Series)
Mr. Throneberry
- Sick Day (1994) ... Mr. Throneberry
 1992 Toys
Captain Patrick Zevo
 1991 The Hard Way
Detective Billy, NYPD
 1986 Wildcats
Rapper (as L.L. Cool J)
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Other Works:

On his second album, "Bigger and Deffer," from 1987, the first track, "I'm Bad," utilizes an interpolation of the theme song from the TV show S.W.A.T. (1975). Then, he would co-star in the movie adaptation of the TV show (S.W.A.T. (2003)) and even mimic the theme song in the movie itself. See more »

Publicity Listings:

1 Print Biography | 7 Interviews | 8 Articles | 2 Pictorials | 4 Magazine Cover Photos | See more »

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Alternate Names:

James Todd Smith aka LL Cool J | L.L. Cool J | James Todd Smith

Height:

6' 1½" (1.87 m)
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Personal Quote:

One thing I'm not gonna do, because I'm black, is suddenly say 'you know what, I can't play a villain!' You don't need to be the good guy to get a good message out. I'm not going to limit myself like that. I just want to play good roles and be able to touch a lot of people. See more »

Trivia:

He has played the same character (Sam Hanna) in three different series: NCIS (2003), NCIS: Los Angeles (2009) and Hawaii Five-0 (2010). See more »

Trademark:

Always wears a hat when off-camera

Nickname:

Nickelhead See more »

Star Sign:

Capricorn

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