LL Cool J

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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.

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

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