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 & 40 nominations. See more awards »


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Deep Blue Sea Preacher
Mindhunters Gabe Jensen
Deliver Us from Eva Raymond 'Ray' Adams


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 2009-2022 NCIS: Los Angeles (TV Series)
Sam Hanna
- Come Together (2022) ... Sam Hanna
- Down the Rabbit Hole (2022) ... Sam Hanna
- Work & Family (2022) ... Sam Hanna
- Live Free or Die Standing (2022) ... Sam Hanna
- Hard for the Money (2022) ... Sam Hanna
 2019 Lip Sync Battle: It Takes Two (Music Video)
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 2017 American Dad! (TV Series)
Sam Hanna
- Casino Normale (2017) ... Sam Hanna (voice)
 2014 LL Cool J Feat. Mavado: The Hustler (Music Video short)
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 2013 Grudge Match
Frankie Brite
 2012 LL Cool J Feat. Joe: Take It (Music Video)
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 (Music Video)
Geography Teacher
 2010 Artists for Haiti: We Are the World 25 for Haiti (Music Video short)
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 2009 NCIS (TV Series)
Sam Hanna
- Legend: Part 2 (2009) ... Sam Hanna
- Legend: Part 1 (2009) ... Sam Hanna
 2008/I The Deal
Bobby Mason
 2007 The Man (TV Movie)
Manny Baxter
 2007 30 Rock (TV Series)
- The Source Awards (2007) ... Ridikolus
 2006 LL Cool J Feat. Jennifer Lopez: Control Myself (Music Video)
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 2006 Last Holiday
Sean Williams
 2005 House (TV Series)
- Acceptance (2005) ... Clarence
 2005 Slow Burn
Luther Pinks (as James Todd Smith)
 2005 Edison
 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 (Music Video)
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 2002 LL Cool J Feat. Amerie: Paradise (Music Video)
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 2002 Rollerball
Marcus Ridley
 2001 Missy Elliott: Get Ur Freak On (Music Video)
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 2001 Kingdom Come
Ray Bud Slocumb
 2000 Charlie's Angels
Mr. Jones
 2000 Sisqó: Thong Song (Music Video)
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 1999 Any Given Sunday
Julian Washington
 1999 LL Cool J: Shut 'Em Down (Music Video)
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 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
 1999 LL Cool J: Deepest Bluest (Shark's Fin) (Music Video)
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 1998 Dr. Dre Feat. LL Cool J: Zoom (Music Video)
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 1998 Oz (TV Series)
Jiggy Walker
- Strange Bedfellows (1998) ... Jiggy Walker
 1998 Woo
 1998 Caught Up
 1997 LL Cool J: Phenomenon (Music Video)
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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 (Music Video)
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 1996 LL Cool J: Doin' It (Music Video)
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 1996 LL Cool J Feat. Boyz II Men: Hey Lover (Music Video)
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 1996 The Right to Remain Silent (TV Movie)
Charles Red Taylor
 1995 Eyes on Hip Hop (Video)
 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 LL Cool J: Mama Said Knock You Out (Music Video)
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 1991 The Hard Way
 1990 LL Cool J: Around the Way Girl (Music Video)
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 1990 LL Cool J: The Boomin' System (Music Video)
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 1990 Kid 'n Play: Funhouse (Music Video)
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 1990 LL Cool J: Jingling Baby (Music Video)
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 1989 LL Cool J: Big Ole Butt (Music Video)
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 1989 Spirit of the Forest: Spirit of the Forest (Music Video)
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 1989 LL Cool J: I'm That Type of Guy (Music Video)
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 1989 LL Cool J: Going Back to Cali (Music Video)
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 1987 LL Cool J: I Need Love (Music Video)
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 1987 LL Cool J: I'm Bad (Music Video)
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 1986 Wildcats
Rapper (as L.L. Cool J)
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Personal Details

Other Works:

Album, "Mr. Smith," Def Jam/PolyGram Records 523 845, 1995. See more »

Publicity Listings:

1 Print Biography | 8 Interviews | 10 Articles | 2 Pictorials | 5 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


6' 3" (1.91 m)


Simone Smith  (4 children)


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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 »


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 »


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


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