LL Cool J



Place of birth:

Long Island:


James Todd Smith better known as LL Cool J (acronym for Ladies Love Cool James) is an American rapper and actor. He has released thirteen studio albums and two greatest hits compilations; his newest album is 2013's Authentic, following 2008's Exit 13, which completed his record deal with Def Jam Recordings. He has appeared in numerous films, and stars as NCIS Special Agent Sam Hanna on the CBS crime drama television series NCIS: Los Angeles. He was born on January 14, 1968 in Bay Shore, New York. While LL first appeared as a rapper in the movie Krush Groove (performing "I Can't Live Without My Radio"), his first acting part was a small role in a high school football movie called Wildcats. He continued to work in movies from then until 1995 when he landed his own television sitcom, In the House. In 1998 he had a role in the film Halloween H20. In 1999's Deep Blue Sea. Later that year, he had a starring role in Any Given Sunday, in which he played Julian Washington, the talented but selfish running back on the dysfunctional Miami Sharks. Since then, LL Cool J has appeared in a variety of films, such as the 2002 remake of Rollerball, Deliver Us from Eva, and S.W.A.T. In 2005, he returned to television in a guest starring role on the Fox medical drama House. He also appeared as Queen Latifah's love interest in the 2006 movie Last Holiday. He also guest starred on 30 Rock in the 2007 episode "The Source Awards" as the hip hop producer Ridiculous. Next he appeared in Sesame Street 's 39th season where he introduced the word of the day, "Unanimous” and performing "The Addition Expedition" in episode 4172 (Sept. 30, 2008). As of 2011, LL Cool J is a series regular on the CBS police procedural NCIS: Los Angeles, a spin-off of NCIS.   He lives in Long Island, New York, with his wife and four children.

Film Credits

A Home for the Holidays: The 20th Anniversary (2018)
as Hosted
MVP: Most Valuable Performer (2018)
The 40th Annual Kennedy Center Honors (2017)
Sinatra 100: An All-Star Grammy Concert (2015)
Lennon or McCartney (2014)
as Himself (archive footage)
Grudge Match (2013)
as Frankie Brite
Mayweather (2013)
as Narrator
How Bruce Lee Changed the World (2009)
as Himself
DJ Cinema Presents: Masterpiece Theater Blend Dvd (2009)
The Deal (2008)
as Bobby Mason
ShowBusiness: The Road to Broadway (2007)
Last Holiday (2006)
as Sean Matthews
Slow Burn (2005)
as Luther Pinks
Edison (2005)
as Officer Rafe Deed
Mindhunters (2004)
as Gabe Jensen
S.W.A.T. (2003)
as Deacon 'Deke' Kay
Beef (2003)
as Himself (archive footage)
Deliver Us from Eva (2003)
as Raymond 'Ray' Adams
It's Black Entertainment (2002)
as Himself (archive footage)
Rollerball (2002)
as Marcus Ridley
Kingdom Come (2001)
as Ray Bud Slocumb
Charlie's Angels (2000)
as Mr. Jones
Any Given Sunday (1999)
as Julian Washington
Rapmania: The Roots of Rap (1999)
In Too Deep (1999)
as Dwayne Gittens / God
Deep Blue Sea (1999)
as Sherman 'Preacher' Dudley
Halloween H20: 20 Years Later (1998)
as Ronald 'Ronny' Jones
Woo (1998)
as Darryl
Caught Up (1998)
as Roger
B.A.P.S. (1997)
as Himself
Touch (1997)
as Himself
The Right to Remain Silent (1996)
as Charles Red Taylor
Out-of-Sync (1995)
as Jason St. Julian
Toys (1992)
as Captain Patrick Zevo
Simply Mad About the Mouse (1991)
as himself
The Hard Way (1991)
as Billy
Big Fun in the Big Town (1986)
as Himself
Wildcats (1986)
as Rapper
Krush Groove (1985)
as Himself

TV Series Credits

Martha & Snoop's Potluck Dinner Party (2016)
as Himself
Greatest Hits (2016)
Close Up with The Hollywood Reporter (2015)
Lip Sync Battle (2015)
as Himself - Host
The Late Late Show with James Corden (2015)
as Himself
Hawaii Five-0 (2010)
as Sam Hanna
WWII in HD (2009)
NCIS: Los Angeles (2009)
as Sam Hanna
30 Rock (2006)
as Ridikulus
Rachael Ray (2006)
The Tyra Banks Show (2005)
So You Think You Can Dance (2005)
House (2004)
as Clarence
The Tony Danza Show (2004)
Spike TV VGA Video Game Awards (2003)
NCIS (2003)
as Sam Hanna
The Ellen DeGeneres Show (2003)
Jimmy Kimmel Live! (2003)
American Idol (2002)
106 & Park (2000)
The Early Show (1999)
Teen Choice Awards (1999)
as Himself
The View (1997)
Oz (1997)
Clive Anderson All Talk (1996)
The Daily Show with Trevor Noah (1996)
The Rosie O'Donnell Show (1996)
MADtv (1995)
The Frank Skinner Show (1995)
In the House (1995)
Late Night with Conan O'Brien (1993)
MTV Unplugged (1989)
The Grammy Awards (1959)
Today (1952)
The Man ()