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      LL Cool J

      LL Cool J

      Highest Rated: 74% 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 poster
      The Hard Way
      Charlie's Angels poster Charlie's Angels Deep Blue Sea poster Deep Blue Sea Last Holiday poster Last Holiday Halloween H20: 20 Years Later poster Halloween H20: 20 Years Later Any Given Sunday poster
      Any Given Sunday
      S.W.A.T. poster S.W.A.T. Deliver Us From Eva poster
      Deliver Us From Eva

      Photos

      Filmography

      Movies

      Credit
      30% 46% Grudge Match Frankie Brite (Character) $29.8M 2013
      No Score Yet 27% The Deal Bobby Mason (Character) - 2008
      55% 67% Last Holiday Sean Matthews (Character) $38.4M 2006
      12% 55% Slow Burn Luther Pinks (Character) $1.2M 2005
      11% 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
      43% 76% Deliver Us From Eva Ray (Character) $17.3M 2003
      3% 14% Rollerball Marcus Ridley (Character) $19.0M 2002
      27% 72% Kingdom Come Ray Bud Slocumb (Character) $23.2M 2001
      68% 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
      60% 39% Deep Blue Sea Sherman "Preacher" Dudley (Character) $73.6M 1999
      53% 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
      29% 39% Toys Captain Patrick Zevo (Character) $21.3M 1992
      74% 52% The Hard Way Detective Billy (Character) $24.5M 1991
      26% 50% Wildcats Rapper (Character) $23.6M 1986

      TV

      Credit
      No Score Yet 69% NCIS: Los Angeles Special Agent Sam Hanna (Character) 2009-2023
      No Score Yet 83% NCIS Special Agent Sam Hanna (Guest Star) 2009 2023
      60% 80% NCIS: Hawai'i Sam Hanna (Guest Star) 2023
      No Score Yet 27% The Jennifer Hudson Show Guest 2022
      No Score Yet 59% Late Night With Seth Meyers Guest 2022
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Supreme Team Self 2022
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Come Dance With Me Executive Producer 2022
      No Score Yet 54% 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 49% The Late Show With Stephen Colbert Guest 2017 2019-2020
      No Score Yet 0% The Talk Guest 2010-2017 2020
      No Score Yet 66% Desus & Mero Guest 2020
      No Score Yet 45% The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon Guest 2015 2020
      No Score Yet 6% The View 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 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 2015 2017
      No Score Yet 90% American Dad! Sam Hanna (Guest Voice) 2017
      No Score Yet 24% 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 The GRAMMYs Host 2012-2016
      No Score Yet No Score Yet FABLife Guest 2015
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Watch What Happens Live With Andy Cohen Guest 2015
      No Score Yet 100% The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson Guest 2013-2014
      No Score Yet 20% Late Night With Jimmy Fallon Music Performer,
      Guest
      2010-2011 2013
      No Score Yet 71% Hawaii Five-0 Unknown (Guest Star) 2012
      No Score Yet 87% Conan Guest 2010-2011
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Lopez Tonight Guest 2010
      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 No Score Yet Late Night With Conan O'Brien Guest 2008
      No Score Yet 96% Sesame Street Unknown (Guest Star) 2008
      78% 92% 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% 96% Oz Jiggy Walker (Guest Star) 1998
      No Score Yet 43% MADtv Unknown (Guest Star) 1995
      No Score Yet 48% Saturday Night Live Music Performer 1987