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L.L. Cool J was born James Todd Smith on January 14, 1968, in Bay Shore, Long Island, New York, the son of Ondrea Griffith and James Louis Smith, Jr. 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 ... See full bio »

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Nominated for 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 10 wins & 20 nominations. See more awards »

Known For

NCIS: Los Angeles
NCIS: Los Angeles Sam Hanna
(2009-2016)
Any Given Sunday
Any Given Sunday Julian Washington
(1999)
Deep Blue Sea
Deep Blue Sea Preacher
(1999)
S.W.A.T.
S.W.A.T. Deacon 'Deke' Kay
(2003)

Filmography

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 2013 Grudge Match
Frankie Brite
 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 (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
Billy
 1986 Wildcats
Rapper (as L.L. Cool J)
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Other Works:

On his second Rap album "BAD" (Bigger And Deffer), the first single "I'm Bad" samples the opening theme song from the TV show, "SWAT". (1993) L.L. co-starred in the adaptation of the TV show. See more »

Publicity Listings:

1 Print Biography | 7 Interviews | 9 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:

Hip-hop can be limiting and I refuse to accept limits. I've been training as an actor for six years. Nobody goes to acting school for six years. I mean, the college course is only four years! I absolutely trained. My acting coach is from the Stanislavsky school. It's real - I act. See more »

Trivia:

When Anne Hathaway was a guest on Lip Sync Battle (2015), she said she wanted to hug Cool J. See more »

Trademark:

Always wears a hat when off-camera

Nickname:

The Future of the Funk See more »

Star Sign:

Capricorn

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