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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, 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 3 Primetime Emmys. Another 11 wins & 25 nominations. See more awards »

Known For

NCIS: Los Angeles
NCIS: Los Angeles Sam Hanna
(2009-2017)
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)

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 2009-2017 NCIS: Los Angeles (TV Series)
Sam Hanna
- Can I Get A Witness? (2017) ... Sam Hanna
- Plain Sight (2017) ... Sam Hanna
- Assets (2017) ... Sam Hanna
- Se Murio El Payaso (2017) ... Sam Hanna
- Party Crashers (2017) ... Sam Hanna
 2017 American Dad! (TV Series)
Sam Hanna
- Casino Normale (2017) ... Sam Hanna (voice)
 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 (2009) ... Sam Hanna
- Legend (2009) ... Sam Hanna
 2008/I The Deal
Bobby Mason
 2007 The Man (TV Movie)
Manny Baxter
 2007 30 Rock (TV Series)
Ridikolus
- The Source Awards (2007) ... Ridikolus
 2006 LL Cool J Feat. Jennifer Lopez: Control Myself (Video short)
LL Cool J
 2006 Last Holiday
Sean Matthews
 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)
 2003 Jennifer Lopez Feat. LL Cool J: All I Have (Video short)
LL Cool J
 2002 Rollerball
Marcus Ridley
 2001 Kingdom Come
Ray Bud Slocumb
 2000 Charlie's Angels
Mr. Jones
 2000 The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (TV Series)
Musical Guest
- Episode #8.15 (2000) ... Musical Guest
 1999 Any Given Sunday
Julian Washington
 1999 In Too Deep
Dwayne Gittens / God
 1995-1999 In the House (TV Series)
Marion Hill / Himself
- Out the House (1999) ... Marion Hill
- Guest Dad (1999) ... Marion Hill
- Cornbread, Marion and Me (1999) ... Marion Hill
- How Nana Got Her Groove Back (1999) ... Marion Hill
- There's Something About Tiffany (1999) ... Marion Hill
 1999 Deep Blue Sea
Preacher
 1998 Oz (TV Series)
Jiggy Walker
- Strange Bedfellows (1998) ... Jiggy Walker
 1998 Woo
Darryl
 1998 Caught Up
Roger
 1997 B*A*P*S
LL Cool J
 1997 Touch
LL Cool J
 1996 LL Cool J: Doin' It (Video short)
LL Cool J
 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
 1991 LL Cool J: Mama Said Knock You Out (Video short)
LL Cool J
 1986 Wildcats
Rapper (as L.L. Cool J)
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Personal Details

Other Works:

Album, "14 Shots to the Dome," Def Jam/Columbia/SME Records CK 53325, 1993. See more »

Publicity Listings:

1 Print Biography | 7 Interviews | 9 Articles | 2 Pictorials | 4 Magazine Cover Photos | See more »

Official Sites:


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:

[on "Deep Blue Sea"] The most appealing role I've ever had. It was fun, it was crazy, it was a success from the beginning, and my role kept getting bigger and bigger on that set. They actually had to reshoot the ending so I could survive because the people [in test screenings] didn't want me to die. See more »

Trivia:

In 2012, he stated that no one "should assume that I'm a Democrat a Republican]. I'm an Independent, you know?". See more »

Trademark:

Always wears a hat or a beanie when off-camera See more »

Nickname:

The Future of the Funk See more »

Star Sign:

Capricorn

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