LL Cool J


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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 4 Primetime Emmys. Another 17 wins & 39 nominations. See more awards »

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Deep Blue Sea Preacher
(1999)
Mindhunters Gabe Jensen
(2004)
Deliver Us from Eva Raymond 'Ray' Adams
(2003)

Filmography

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 2009-2020 NCIS: Los Angeles (TV Series)
Sam Hanna
- Code of Conduct (2020) ... Sam Hanna
- Murder of Crows (2020) ... Sam Hanna
- Knock Down (2020) ... Sam Hanna
- Fortune Favors the Brave (2020) ... Sam Hanna
- Missing Time (2020) ... Sam Hanna
 2019 Lip Sync Battle: It Takes Two (Video short)
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 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
 2011 Mindless Behavior Feat. Diggy Simmons: Mrs. Right (Video short)
Geography Teacher
 2010 Artists for Haiti: We Are the World 25 for Haiti (Video short)
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 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)
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 2006 Last Holiday
Sean Matthews
 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' Kaye (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)
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 2002 LL Cool J feat. Amerie: Paradise (Video short)
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 2002 Rollerball
Marcus Ridley
 2001 Missy Elliott: Get Ur Freak On (Video short)
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 2001 Kingdom Come
Ray Bud Slocumb
 2000 Charlie's Angels
Mr. Jones
 2000 Sisqó: Thong Song (Video short)
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 1999 Any Given Sunday
Julian Washington
 1999 In Too Deep
Dwayne Gittens / God
 1995-1999 In the House (TV Series)
Marion Hill / Self
- 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 LL Cool J: Phenomenon (Video short)
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 1997 B*A*P*S
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 1997 Touch
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 1996 LL Cool J: Ain't Nobody (Video short)
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 1996 LL Cool J Feat. Total: Loungin (Remix) (Video short)
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 1996 LL Cool J: Doin' It (Video short)
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 1996 LL Cool J Feat. Boyz II Men: Hey Lover (Video short)
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 1996 The Right to Remain Silent (TV Movie)
Charles Red Taylor
 1995 Eyes on Hip Hop (Video)
Rapper
 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 H.E.A.L.: Heal Yourself (Video short)
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 1991 LL Cool J: Mama Said Knock You Out (Video short)
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 1991 The Hard Way
Billy
 1990 LL Cool J: Around the Way Girl (Video short)
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 1990 LL Cool J: The Boomin' System (Video short)
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 1990 Kid 'n Play: Funhouse (Video short)
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 1990 LL Cool J: Jingling Baby (Video short)
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 1989 LL Cool J: Big Ole Butt (Video short)
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 1989 Spirit of the Forest: Spirit of the Forest (Video short)
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 1989 LL Cool J: I'm That Type of Guy (Video short)
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 1987 LL Cool J: I Need Love (Video short)
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 1987 LL Cool J: I'm Bad (Video short)
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 1986 Wildcats
Rapper (as L.L. Cool J)
 1984 Video One (TV Series)
Interview, Himself (1987)
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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 | 8 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 | LL Cool J | James Todd Smith

Height:

6' 2" (1.88 m)
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Personal Quote:

Am I James Todd Smith now or LL Cool J? Pick a name baby. Pick a name and ride with it. I don't wanna abandon my identity as LL Cool J, but at the same time, I had to figure out how to let people know that I'm really serious about making these movies. You know when you do 25 or 30 movies and people are still asking you 'how does it feel making the transition?' you know you're not communicating ... See more »

Trivia:

On his second album "B.A.D." (Bigger And Deffer), his single "I'm Bad" sampled the main theme of the 70's TV show "S.W.A.T." and years later he would co-star in the movie adaptation of that show. (And in a few movie trailers for "S.W.A.T.", actually mimicking that same theme music). See more »

Trademark:

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

Nickname:

G.O.A.T. See more »

Star Sign:

Capricorn

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