LL Cool J

LL Cool J

Highest Rated: 77% The Hard Way (1991)

Lowest Rated: Not Available

Birthday: Jan 14, 1968

Birthplace: Bay Shore, New York, USA

A true hip-hop original, LL Cool J did as much as anybody to bring rap to the mainstream in the '80s. He was born James Todd Smith in the Bay Shore section of Long Island in New York on January 14, 1968. His early life was horrific - his father shot both LL's mother and grandfather, and the young LL was the victim of child abuse. He found solace in rapping while still an adolescent, and by the time he was 16 he had gotten himself a record deal with Rick Rubin and Russell Simmons' then-new Def Jam label. Rechristened LL Cool J (Ladies Love Cool James), he released his debut single, "I Need a Beat," in 1984. The record's sales figures helped to put both LL and the label on the map. As successful as the song was, it hadn't charted, but LL's next two singles, "I Can't Live Without My Radio" and "Rock the Bells" became bona fide hits, and his 1985 debut LP, Radio, crossed over to the pop charts and went Platinum, making him one of hip hop's first real stars. His next album, 1987's Bigger and Deffer blew up even bigger, hitting No. 1 R&B and No. 3 Pop and including the hit "I Need Love," a gentle love song that expanded people's conception of rap's possibilities. The 1989 album Walking With a Panther was similarly successful, but it was 1990's Mama Said Knock You Out that really carved LL's face into hip hop's Mt. Rushmore, becoming the biggest album of his career and birthing the Gold singles "Around the Way Girl" and the title track. In the early '90s, LL inaugurated his acting sideline, which would prove as long lasting as his musical career. During this period he appeared in such films as Barrry Levinson's "Toys" (1993) and "The Hard Way," and in 1995 he began a five-season run as the star of the TV sitcom "In the House" (WB 1995-2000). Later, he starred in the procedural drama "NCIS: Los Angeles" (CBS 2009- ). Throughout his life, LL would continue to rack up hip-hop "firsts," from being the first hip-hop artist to appear on American Bandstand to becoming the first rapper honored at the Kennedy Center, the latter distinction arriving in 2017.

Highest rated movies

The Hard Way
Charlie's Angels Deep Blue Sea Last Holiday
Any Given Sunday
Halloween H20: 20 Years Later S.W.A.T.
Deliver Us From Eva

Photos

Filmography

Movies

Credit
31% 46% Grudge Match Frankie Brite (Character) $29.8M 2013
No Score Yet 26% The Deal Bobby Mason (Character) - 2008
55% 67% Last Holiday Sean Matthews (Character) $38.4M 2006
11% 55% Slow Burn Luther Pinks (Character) $1.2M 2005
13% 36% Edison Deed (Character) - 2005
24% 57% Mindhunters Gabe Jensen (as James Todd Smith aka LL Cool J) (Character) $4.5M 2004
48% 52% S.W.A.T. Deacon "Deke" Kaye (Character) $116.6M 2003
44% 76% Deliver Us From Eva Ray (Character) $17.3M 2003
3% 14% Rollerball Marcus Ridley (Character) $19.0M 2002
28% 72% Kingdom Come Ray Bud Slocumb (Character) $23.2M 2001
69% 45% Charlie's Angels Mr. Jones (Character) $125.3M 2000
52% 73% Any Given Sunday Julian Washington (Character) $75.5M 1999
39% 75% In Too Deep Dwayne Gittens/God (Character) $14.0M 1999
59% 39% Deep Blue Sea Sherman "Preacher" Dudley (Character) $73.6M 1999
52% 49% Halloween H20: 20 Years Later Ronald "Ronny" Jones (Character) $55.0M 1998
10% 62% Woo Darryl (Character) $8.1M 1998
0% 55% Caught Up Roger (Character) $6.7M 1998
No Score Yet 80% Playa' Pack Unknown (Character) - 1997
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Right to Remain Silent Charles Red Taylor (Character) - 1996
No Score Yet No Score Yet Out of Sync Jason St. Julian (Character) - 1995
No Score Yet No Score Yet Hip Hop Time Capsule - 1993 Unknown (Character) - 1993
30% 39% Toys Captain Patrick Zevo (Character) $21.3M 1992
77% 53% The Hard Way Detective Billy (Character) $24.5M 1991
26% 49% Wildcats Rapper (Character) $23.6M 1986

TV

Credit
No Score Yet 72% NCIS: Los Angeles Special Agent Sam Hanna (Character) 2009-2021
No Score Yet 50% The Kelly Clarkson Show Guest 2020-2021
No Score Yet 10% Jimmy Kimmel Live! Guest 2012 2014-2015 2017-2019 2021
No Score Yet No Score Yet Behind the Music Self 2021
No Score Yet 65% The Late Show With Stephen Colbert Guest 2017 2019-2020
No Score Yet 0% The Talk Guest 2010-2017 2020
No Score Yet No Score Yet Entertainment Tonight Guest,
Host
2015 2017 2019-2020
No Score Yet 66% Desus & Mero Guest 2020
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Fat Joe Show Guest 2020
No Score Yet No Score Yet etalk Guest 2020
No Score Yet 54% The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon Guest 2015 2020
No Score Yet 8% The View Guest 2019
No Score Yet No Score Yet Strahan & Sara Guest 2019
100% No Score Yet AMC Visionaries: Rap Yearbook Unknown (Character) 2019
No Score Yet No Score Yet Lip Sync Battle Host 2015-2019
No Score Yet No Score Yet Story of Cool Executive Producer,
Narrator
2018
No Score Yet No Score Yet ET Canada Guest 2017
No Score Yet No Score Yet Steve Guest 2017
No Score Yet 0% The Ellen DeGeneres Show Guest 2011-2017
No Score Yet No Score Yet The $100,000 Pyramid Guest 2017
No Score Yet No Score Yet Rachael Ray Guest 2007-2009 2011 2015 2017
No Score Yet 91% American Dad Sam Hanna (Guest Voice) 2017
No Score Yet No Score Yet LIVE with Kelly Guest 2012 2017
No Score Yet 33% The Late Late Show With James Corden Guest 2015-2016
No Score Yet No Score Yet Greatest Hits Music Performer 2016
No Score Yet 87% Finding Your Roots Guest 2016
No Score Yet No Score Yet FABLife Guest 2015
No Score Yet No Score Yet Live! With Kelly and Michael Guest 2015
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Queen Latifah Show Guest 2013 2015
No Score Yet 100% The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson Guest 2013-2014
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Arsenio Hall Show Guest 2014
No Score Yet No Score Yet Steve Harvey Guest 2014
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Insider Guest 2013
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Better Show Guest 2013
No Score Yet No Score Yet Katie Guest 2013
No Score Yet No Score Yet Late Night With Jimmy Fallon Music Performer,
Guest
2010-2011 2013
No Score Yet 74% Hawaii Five-0 Unknown (Guest Star) 2012
No Score Yet No Score Yet Piers Morgan Tonight Guest 2012
No Score Yet 87% Conan Guest 2010-2011
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Early Show Music Performer,
Guest
2008 2011
No Score Yet No Score Yet Lopez Tonight Guest 2010
No Score Yet No Score Yet Live With Regis and Kelly Guest 2009
No Score Yet No Score Yet WWII Lost Films Unknown (Character) 2009
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Bonnie Hunt Show Guest 2009
No Score Yet 85% NCIS NCIS Special Agent Sam Hanna (Guest Star) 2009
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Tyra Show Guest 2008
No Score Yet No Score Yet Late Night With Conan O'Brien Guest 2008
No Score Yet 96% Sesame Street Unknown (Guest Star) 2008
78% 93% 30 Rock Ridikolus (Guest Star) 2007
90% 96% House Clarence (Guest Star) 2005
No Score Yet 100% The Daily Show With Jon Stewart Guest 1999 2002
No Score Yet No Score Yet In the House Marion Hill (Character) 1995-1999
92% 98% Oz Jiggy Walker (Guest Star) 1998
No Score Yet No Score Yet Chris Rock Show Guest 1997
No Score Yet 43% MADtv Unknown (Guest Star) 1995
No Score Yet 44% Saturday Night Live Music Performer 1987