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LL Cool J



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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Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Stevie Wonder: Songs in the Key of Life - An All-Star Grammy Salute
  • Actor
2015
29% Grudge Match
  • BJ
2013
No Score Yet We Will Always Love You: A Grammy Salute to Whitney Houston
  • Actor
2012
No Score Yet BLOK TV 2
  • Actor
2009
No Score Yet The Deal
  • Bobby Mason
2008
No Score Yet LL Cool J - Baby (Feat. The Dream)
  • Actor
2008
No Score Yet LL Cool J - Father
  • Actor
2008
No Score Yet LL Cool J - Big Ole Butt
  • Actor
2008
No Score Yet JJ Cool J - Back Seat
  • Actor
2008
No Score Yet LL Cool J. - 4, 3, 2, 1
  • Actor
2008
No Score Yet LL Cool J - The Boomin' System
  • Actor
2008
No Score Yet LL Cool J - One Shot At Love
  • Actor
2008
No Score Yet LL. Cool J - Rocking With The G.O.A.T.
  • Actor
2008
No Score Yet LL Cool J - I'm Bad
  • Actor
2008
12% Slow Burn
  • Luther Pinks
2007
No Score Yet Russell Simmons Presents: Hip Hop Laws of Success
  • Actor
2006
0% Edison (Edison Force)
  • Deed
2006
55% Last Holiday
  • Sean Matthews
2006
No Score Yet Hip Hop Laws of Success
  • Actor
2006
No Score Yet Island Def Jam Recording Presents: #1 Spot
  • Actor
2005
25% Mindhunters
  • Gabe Jensen
2005
No Score Yet MC
  • Actor
2004
48% S.W.A.T.
  • Deacon `Deke' Kaye
2003
41% Rugrats Go Wild
  • Piki
2003
44% Deliver Us From Eva
  • Ray
2003
3% Rollerball
  • Marcus Ridley
2002
28% Kingdom Come
  • Ray Bud Slocumb
2001
No Score Yet Making of What's Going On
  • Actor
2001
No Score Yet Rapmania: The Roots of Rap
  • Actor
2000
68% Charlie's Angels
  • Mr. Jones
2000
No Score Yet Roots of Rap
  • Actor
2000
51% Any Given Sunday
  • Julian `J-Man' Washington
1999
36% In Too Deep
  • Duane Keith `God' Gittens
1999
57% Deep Blue Sea
  • Sherman `Preacher' Dudley
1999
51% Halloween H2O
  • Ronnie
1998
10% Woo
  • Darryl
1998
0% Caught Up
  • Roger
1998
No Score Yet Major League Beat
  • Actor
1998
13% 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
26% Toys
  • Patrick Zevo
1992
74% The Hard Way
  • Billy
1991
No Score Yet L.L. Cool J - Future of the Funk
  • Actor
1991
13% Wildcats
  • Rapper
1986
43% Krush Groove
  • Himself
1985

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT
No Score Yet NCIS
2003
  • Sam Hanna
No Score Yet Project Runway
2004-2016
  • Judge
No Score Yet The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson
2005-2014
  • Guest
No Score Yet So You Think You Can Dance
2005
  • Performer
No Score Yet CBS This Morning
2012
  • Guest
No Score Yet Finding Your Roots With Henry Louis Gates Jr.
2012
  • Appearing
No Score Yet The Talk
2010
  • Guest
No Score Yet Jimmy Kimmel Live
2003
  • Guest
No Score Yet The Tonight Show With Jay Leno
2014
  • Guest
  • Performer
No Score Yet Hawaii Five-0
2010
  • Sam Hanna
No Score Yet The View
1997
  • Guest
No Score Yet Late Night With Jimmy Fallon
2009-2014
  • Guest
  • Performer
No Score Yet The Late Late Show With James Corden
2015
  • Guest
No Score Yet House
2004-2012
  • Clarence Clarence Martell
No Score Yet Last Call With Carson Daly
2007
  • Guest
No Score Yet MADtv
1995-2009
  • Guest
No Score Yet The Fight Game With Jim Lampley
2012
  • Guest
No Score Yet NCIS: Los Angeles
2009
  • Sam Hanna
No Score Yet Foo Fighters: Sonic Highways
2014
  • Appearing
No Score Yet The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon
2014
  • Guest
81% 30 Rock
2006-2013
  • Ridikolus
No Score Yet Conan
2010
  • Guest
No Score Yet Saturday Night Live
1975
  • Musical Guest
No Score Yet Sunday Morning
2011
  • Appearing

Quotes from LL Cool J's Characters