LL Cool J

Highest Rated: 80% The Show (1995)
Birthday: Jan 14, 1968
Birthplace: Bay Shore, Long Island, New York, USA
Innovative rap music superstar LL Cool J made the successful transition to actor/musician in the 1990s, with several major films and a TV series to his credit. Born James Todd Smith in Queens, LL Cool J established himself as one of the major figures in rap music in the 1980s and '90s; he made his movie debut as himself in the 1985 rap movie Krush Groove. Although LL Cool J also appeared as himself in B.A.P.S. (1998), his 1990s movie career revealed that he had the acting chops to go with his musical talent. Following roles in the light-hearted cop movie The Hard Way (1991) and the ill-fated fantasy Toys (1992), LL Cool J spent four seasons as one of the stars of the primetime TV sitcom In the House (1995-1999). During his years on TV, LL Cool J also showed his dramatic versatility in the romantic comedy Woo (1998), crime dramas Caught Up (1998) and In Too Deep (1999), and horror sequel Halloween: H20 (1998). After starring as potential shark bait in the mutant mako actioner Deep Blue Sea (1999), he finished the decade by winning critical kudos as an immodest football player in Oliver Stone's sports drama Any Given Sunday (1999). Hit former career in music all but forgotten, LL Cool J would give action films a shot with Charlie's Angels (2000) and Rollerball (2002) before living up to his real life reputation as a ladies man in the comedy Deliver Us from Eva. Starring as the stud wrangled into taming Gabrielle Union's shrew Eva, LL Cool J notched his first romantic comedy lead and took another step away from his musical past by billing himself under his real name. Following the less than stellar Eva, LL Cool J added his voice to the animated Rugrats Go Wild (2003). Further bolstering his action movie credits (and returning to his street moniker), LL Cool J then joined the multicultural cast of Samuel L. Jackson's elite police squad in the summer popcorn movie S.W.A.T. (2003). Later, the rapper-turned-actor's role as Sam Hanna in a two-part 2009 episode of NCIS led to regular work on the spin-off series NCIS: Los Angeles, as well as a crossover appearance as the same character in the 2010 Hawaii Five-O revival.

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

CREDIT
No Score Yet Stevie Wonder: Songs in the Key of Life - An All-Star Grammy Salute Actor 2015
31% Grudge Match BJ $14.9M 2013
No Score Yet We Will Always Love You: A Grammy Salute to Whitney Houston Actor 2012
No Score Yet The Deal Bobby Mason 2008
No Score Yet LL Cool J - The Boomin' System Actor 2008
12% Slow Burn Luther Pinks $1.2M 2007
No Score Yet Russell Simmons Presents: Hip Hop Laws of Success Actor 2006
0% Edison (Edison Force) Deed 2006
56% Last Holiday Sean Matthews $38.4M 2006
No Score Yet Island Def Jam Recording Presents: #1 Spot Actor 2005
24% Mindhunters Gabe Jensen 2005
47% S.W.A.T. Deacon `Deke' Kaye $116.7M 2003
40% Rugrats Go Wild Piki $39.5M 2003
44% Deliver Us From Eva Ray $17.4M 2003
3% Rollerball Marcus Ridley $18.9M 2002
28% Kingdom Come Ray Bud Slocumb $22.6M 2001
No Score Yet Rapmania: The Roots of Rap Actor 2000
68% Charlie's Angels Mr. Jones $124.5M 2000
No Score Yet Roots of Rap Actor 2000
52% Any Given Sunday Julian `J-Man' Washington 1999
36% In Too Deep Duane Keith `God' Gittens 1999
59% Deep Blue Sea Sherman `Preacher' Dudley 1999
52% Halloween H20 Ronnie 1998
10% Woo Darryl 1998
0% Caught Up Roger 1998
16% B.A.P.S. Himself 1997
60% Rhyme & Reason Actor 1997
33% Touch Himself 1997
No Score Yet Playa' Pack Actor 1997
80% The Show Actor 1995
No Score Yet Out of Sync Jason 1995
No Score Yet The Right To Remain Silent Actor 1995
No Score Yet Hip Hop Time Capsule - 1993 Actor 1993
30% Toys Patrick Zevo 1992
74% The Hard Way Billy 1991
18% Wildcats Rapper 1986
43% Krush Groove Himself 1985

TV

CREDIT
100% Shangri-La
2019
Guest
  • 2019
No Score Yet Lip Sync Battle
2015
Host
  • 2019
  • 2018
  • 2017
  • 2016
  • 2015
No Score Yet NCIS: Los Angeles
2009
Sam Hanna
  • 2019
  • 2018
  • 2017
  • 2016
  • 2015
  • 2014
  • 2013
  • 2012
  • 2011
  • 2010
  • 2009
  • 2004
No Score Yet Jimmy Kimmel Live
2003
Guest
  • 2018
  • 2017
  • 2015
  • 2014
  • 2012
No Score Yet In the House
1995-1999
Marion Hill
  • 2018
  • 1999
  • 1998
  • 1997
  • 1996
  • 1995
No Score Yet Martha & Snoop's Potluck Dinner Party
2016
Guest
  • 2017
  • 2016
No Score Yet Rachael Ray
2015
Guest
  • 2017
  • 2016
No Score Yet The $100,000 Pyramid
2016
Guest
  • 2017
  • 2016
No Score Yet The Late Show With Stephen Colbert
2015
Guest
  • 2017
  • 2016
No Score Yet CBS This Morning
2012
Guest
  • 2017
  • 2015
  • 2014
No Score Yet The Talk
2010
Guest
  • 2017
  • 2016
  • 2015
  • 2014
  • 2013
  • 2012
  • 2011
No Score Yet Finding Your Roots With Henry Louis Gates Jr.
2012
Appearing
  • 2016
No Score Yet The Fight Game With Jim Lampley
2012
Guest
  • 2016
No Score Yet Close Up With the Hollywood Reporter
2015
Panelist
  • 2016
  • 2015
No Score Yet The Late Late Show With James Corden
2015
Guest
  • 2016
  • 2015
No Score Yet Sunday Morning
2011-2018
Appearing
  • 2015
No Score Yet The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon
2014
Guest
  • 2015
No Score Yet The Ellen DeGeneres Show
2003
Guest
  • 2015
  • 2014
  • 2012
  • 2011
  • 2010
No Score Yet Foo Fighters: Sonic Highways
2014
Appearing
  • 2014
No Score Yet The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson
2005-2014
Guest
  • 2013
No Score Yet The View
1997
Guest
  • 2013
No Score Yet Late Night With Jimmy Fallon
2009-2014
Performer Guest
  • 2013
  • 2010
No Score Yet The Tonight Show With Jay Leno
1992-2014
Performer Guest
  • 2013
  • 2000
No Score Yet Hawaii Five-0
2010
Sam Hanna
  • 2012
No Score Yet Last Call With Carson Daly
2007
Guest
  • 2011
No Score Yet Conan
2010
Guest
  • 2011
  • 2010
No Score Yet NCIS
2003
Sam Hanna
  • 2009
  • 2004
No Score Yet Project Runway
2004
Judge
  • 2008
No Score Yet So You Think You Can Dance
2005
Performer
  • 2008
81% 30 Rock
2006-2013
Ridikolus
  • 2007
91% House
2004-2012
Clarence Clarence Martell
  • 2005
No Score Yet MADtv
1995-2009
Guest
  • 2003
No Score Yet All That
1995-2005
Performer
  • 1998
No Score Yet The Chris Rock Show
1997-2000
Guest
  • 1997
No Score Yet Saturday Night Live
1975
Performer Musical Guest
  • 1987

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