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LL Cool J

Actor | Soundtrack | Miscellaneous Crew
KNOWN FOR 
Any Given Sunday (1999) | NCIS: Los Angeles (2009– ) | Deep Blue Sea (1999)
AWARDS 
Nominated for 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 8 wins & 18 nominations More »
AKA 
James Todd Smith aka LL Cool J | L.L. Cool J | James Todd Smith
NICKNAMEs  
Uncle L, The Future of the Funk, Nickelhead, LL, G.O.A.T., Jack the Ripper, Mr. Smith
BORN 
Jan 14, 1968 (age 47)
HEIGHT 
6' 1½" (1.87m)

Filmography Filter

Television in Production (2 titles)YEAREPISODE COUNTSTATUS
  • Primary photo for The InsiderThe Insider (TV Series) Himself / Himself - NCIS: Los Angeles (2 episodes, 2014–2015), Himself (1 episode, 2012)  Less 2012–2015 3 Filming
  • Primary photo for NCIS: Los AngelesNCIS: Los Angeles (TV Series) Sam Hanna (135 episodes, 2009–2015)  Less 2009–2015 135 Filming
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Past Film & Video (52 titles)YEARBUDGETU.S. GROSS
  • Primary photo for Grudge MatchGrudge Match Frankie Brite  Less 2013 $40MM $30MM
  • Primary photo for Take ItTake It (Short) James Todd Smith  Less 2012
  • Primary photo for The Central Park FiveThe Central Park Five Performer ("Jack the Ripper")  Less 2012 $274K
  • Primary photo for Happy Feet TwoHappy Feet Two Writer ("Mama Said Knock You Out") (as J. Smith)  Less 2011 $130MM $64MM
  • Primary photo for Big Mommas: Like Father, Like SonBig Mommas: Like Father, Like Son Writer ("Mama Said Knock You Out")  Less 2011 $32MM $38MM
  • Primary photo for Casino Jack and the United States of MoneyCasino Jack and the United States of Money Performer ("MR. SMITH"), Writer ("MR. SMITH") (as James Todd Smith)  Less 2010 $176K
  • Primary photo for The DealThe Deal Bobby Mason  Less 2008
  • Primary photo for Bling: A Planet RockBling: A Planet Rock Performer ("I Need Love"), Writer ("I Need Love") (as James Todd Smith)  Less 2007 $750K
  • Primary photo for Take the LeadTake the Lead Performer ("What You Want"), Writer ("What You Want") (as J.T. Smith)  Less 2006 $30MM $35MM
  • Primary photo for Last HolidayLast Holiday Sean Matthews  Less 2006 $45MM $38MM
  • Primary photo for Slow BurnSlow Burn Luther Pinks (as James Todd Smith)  Less 2005 $16MM $1.2MM
  • Primary photo for EdisonEdison Deed  Less 2005 $25MM
  • Primary photo for Get Rich or Die Tryin'Get Rich or Die Tryin' Performer ("I Can't Live without My Radio")  Less 2005 $40MM $31MM
  • Primary photo for Coach CarterCoach Carter Soundtrack (as James Smith), Performer ("Headsprung")  Less 2005 $30MM $67MM
  • Primary photo for MindhuntersMindhunters Gabe Jensen (as James Todd Smith aka LL Cool J)  Less 2004 $27MM $4.5MM
  • Primary photo for Johnson Family VacationJohnson Family Vacation Performer ("Move Sumthin'")  Less 2004 $12MM $31MM
  • Primary photo for The Fighting TemptationsThe Fighting Temptations Soundtrack (as James Todd Smith), Performer ("Amazin'")  Less 2003 $15MM $30MM
  • Primary photo for S.W.A.T.S.W.A.T. Deacon 'Deke' Kay (as James Todd Smith aka LL Cool J)  Less 2003 $80MM $117MM
  • Primary photo for Retarded Animal BabiesRetarded Animal Babies (Video) Performer ("Mama said knock you out")  Less 2003
  • Primary photo for Cradle 2 the GraveCradle 2 the Grave Performer ("Paradise"), Writer ("Paradise") (as James Todd Smith)  Less 2003 $30MM $35MM
  • Primary photo for Deliver Us from EvaDeliver Us from Eva Raymond 'Ray' Adams (as James Todd Smith aka LL Cool J), Performer ("Paradise" (2002)), Writer ("Paradise" (2002)) (as James Todd Smith)  Less 2003 $17MM
  • Primary photo for RollerballRollerball Marcus Ridley  Less 2002 $70MM $19MM
  • Primary photo for Summer CatchSummer Catch Writer ("Going Back to Cali") (as James Smith)  Less 2001 $34MM $20MM
  • Primary photo for Kingdom ComeKingdom Come Ray Bud Slocumb  Less 2001 $7MM $23MM
  • Primary photo for ScratchScratch Performer ("Get Down", "Rock the Bells"), Writer ("Get Down") (as James Smith), Writer ("Rock the Bells") (as James Todd Smith)  Less 2001
  • Primary photo for Charlie's AngelsCharlie's Angels Mr. Jones  Less 2000 $92MM $125MM
  • Primary photo for MazeMaze Writer ("I Need Love") (as James Todd Smith)  Less 2000 $17K
  • Primary photo for Any Given SundayAny Given Sunday Julian Washington, Performer ("SHUT 'EM DOWN"), Writer ("SHUT 'EM DOWN") (as James Todd Smith)  Less 1999 $55MM $76MM
  • Primary photo for In Too DeepIn Too Deep Dwayne Gittens / God  Less 1999 $7MM $14MM
  • Primary photo for Deep Blue SeaDeep Blue Sea Preacher, Performer ("Deepest Bluest (Shark's Fin)", "Say What"), Writer ("Deepest Bluest (Shark's Fin)", "Say What") (as James Todd Smith)  Less 1999 $78MM $74MM
  • Primary photo for Halloween H20: 20 Years LaterHalloween H20: 20 Years Later Ronny  Less 1998 $17MM $55MM
  • Primary photo for BulworthBulworth Performer ("Zoom"), Writer ("Zoom")  Less 1998 $30MM $27MM
  • Primary photo for WooWoo Darryl  Less 1998 $13MM $8MM
  • Primary photo for Caught UpCaught Up Roger  Less 1998 $6.7MM
  • Primary photo for How to Be a PlayerHow to Be a Player Performer ("6 Minutes of Pleasure"), Writer ("6 Minutes of Pleasure") (as J.T. Smith)  Less 1997 $14MM
  • Primary photo for B*A*P*SB*A*P*S LL Cool J  Less 1997 $7.2MM
  • Primary photo for Beavis and Butt-Head Do AmericaBeavis and Butt-Head Do America Performer ("Ain't Nobody")  Less 1996 $12MM $63MM
  • Primary photo for Space JamSpace Jam Performer ("Hit 'Em High (The Monstars' Anthem)"), Writer ("Hit 'Em High (The Monstars' Anthem)") (as Todd Smith)  Less 1996 $80MM $90MM
  • Primary photo for Out-of-SyncOut-of-Sync Jason St. Julian  Less 1995 $1.5MM
  • Primary photo for Street FighterStreet Fighter Lyrics ("Life As..."), Performer ("Life As..."), Writer ( ) (as J.T. Smith), Writer ("Life As...")  Less 1994 $35MM $33MM
  • Primary photo for CB4CB4 Performer ("I Need Love"), Writer ("I Need Love") (as James Todd Smith)  Less 1993 $18MM
  • Primary photo for ToysToys Captain Patrick Zevo  Less 1992 $21MM
  • Primary photo for Bébé's KidsBébé's Kids Soundtrack  Less 1992 $8.4MM
  • Primary photo for Class ActClass Act Performer ("Boomin' System") (as L.L. Cool J), Writer ("Boomin' System") (as James Todd Smith)  Less 1992 $7.5MM $13MM
  • Primary photo for Encino ManEncino Man Lyrics ("Mama Said Knock You Out") (as James Todd Smith), Music ("Mama Said Knock You Out") (as James Todd Smith)  Less 1992 $7MM $41MM
  • Primary photo for GladiatorGladiator Performer ("Mama Said Knock You Out") (as L.L. Cool J.), Writer ("Mama Said Knock You Out") (as James Todd Smith)  Less 1992 $9.2MM
  • Primary photo for Strictly BusinessStrictly Business Performer ("Strictly Business") (as L.L. Cool J), Writer ("Strictly Business") (as L.L. Cool J)  Less 1991 $7.7MM
  • Primary photo for The Hard WayThe Hard Way Detective Billy, NYPD, Performer ("Momma Said Knock You Out", "Murdergram (Live at Rapmania)") (as L L Cool J), Producer ("Momma Said Knock You Out") (as L L Cool J), Writer ("Momma Said Knock You Out", "Murdergram (Live at Rapmania)") (as J.T. Smith)  Less 1991 $26MM
  • Primary photo for House PartyHouse Party Lyrics ("To Da Break of Dawn"), Performer ("To Da Break of Dawn")  Less 1990 $2.5MM $26MM
  • Primary photo for Less Than ZeroLess Than Zero Performer ("Going Back To Cali") (as L.L. Cool J), Writer ("Going Back To Cali") (as James Todd Smith)  Less 1987 $12MM
  • Primary photo for WildcatsWildcats Rapper (as L.L. Cool J), Performer ("Football Rap") (as L.L. Cool J), Writer ("Football Rap") (as James Todd Smith)  Less 1986 $26MM
  • Primary photo for Krush GrooveKrush Groove Himself, Performer ("I Can't Live Without My Radio"), Writer ("Can You Rock It Like This") (as J.T. Smith), Writer ("I Can't Live Without My Radio") (as James Todd Smith)  Less 1985 $3MM
Past Television (40 titles)YEAREPISODE COUNT
  • Primary photo for Jennifer Lopez: Dance AgainJennifer Lopez: Dance Again (TV Movie) Performer ("All I Have"), Writer ("All I Have") (as James Todd Smith)  Less 2014
  • Primary photo for The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy FallonThe Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon (TV Series) Writer ("I'm Bad") (1 episode, 2014)  Less 2014 1
    • Justin Timberlake (Feb 21, 2014) Writer ("I'm Bad") (uncredited)  Less
  • Primary photo for Brooklyn Nine-NineBrooklyn Nine-Nine (TV Series) Writer ("Mama Said Knock You Out") (1 episode, 2014), Performer ("Mama Said Knock You Out") (1 episode, 2014)  Less 2014 1
    • Pontiac Bandit (Jan 7, 2014) Performer ("Mama Said Knock You Out") (uncredited), Writer ("Mama Said Knock You Out") (uncredited)  Less
  • Primary photo for CBS CaresCBS Cares (TV Series) Himself (2 episodes, 2009–2010), Actor (1 episode, 2014)  Less 2009–2014 3
  • Primary photo for 2013 Do Something Awards2013 Do Something Awards (TV Movie) Honoree  Less 2013
  • Primary photo for MayweatherMayweather (TV Movie) Narrator (voice), Performer ("We're The Greatest")  Less 2013
  • Primary photo for The Tonight Show with Jay LenoThe Tonight Show with Jay Leno (TV Series) Himself (5 episodes, 1996–2013), Himself - At Kings Game / Musical Guest (2 episodes, 2000–2012)  Less 1996–2013 7
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  • Primary photo for The 55th Annual Grammy AwardsThe 55th Annual Grammy Awards (TV Special) Himself - Host, Performer ("Refuse to Lose", "No Sleep till Brooklyn")  Less 2013
  • Primary photo for Drei in einem BettDrei in einem Bett (TV Movie) Performer ("Ain't Nobody") (uncredited)  Less 2013
  • Primary photo for Hawaii Five-0Hawaii Five-0 (TV Series) Sam Hanna (1 episode, 2012)  Less 2012 1
  • Primary photo for Countdown To: Mindless BehaviorCountdown To: Mindless Behavior (TV Movie) Very Special Thanks  Less 2011
  • Primary photo for Dancing with the StarsDancing with the Stars (TV Series) Writer ("Mama Said Knock You Out") (1 episode, 2011), Performer ("Mama Said Knock You Out") (1 episode, 2011)  Less 2011 1
    • Episode #11.6 (Jun 12, 2011) Performer ("Mama Said Knock You Out") (uncredited), Writer ("Mama Said Knock You Out") (uncredited)  Less
  • Primary photo for 20 to 120 to 1 (TV Series) Writer ("Mama Said Knock You Out") (1 episode, 2010), Performer ("Mama Said Knock You Out") (1 episode, 2010)  Less 2010 1
    • Greatest Sports Movies of All Time (Jun 16, 2010) Performer ("Mama Said Knock You Out") (uncredited), Writer ("Mama Said Knock You Out") (uncredited)  Less
  • Primary photo for One Tree HillOne Tree Hill (TV Series) Performer ("Mama Said Knock You Out') (1 episode, 2010), Performer ("Headsprung") (1 episode, 2004)  Less 2004–2010 2
    • Weeks Go by Like Days (Jan 18, 2010) Performer ("Mama Said Knock You Out') (uncredited)  Less
    • Truth Doesn't Make a Noise (Sep 28, 2004) Performer ("Headsprung") (uncredited)  Less
  • Primary photo for The Grammy Nominations Concert Live!: Countdown to Music's Biggest NightThe Grammy Nominations Concert Live!: Countdown to Music's Biggest Night (TV Special) Himself - Host, Producer  Less 2009
  • Primary photo for Late Show with David LettermanLate Show with David Letterman (TV Series) Himself (3 episodes, 1999–2009), Himself - Visits the Superbowl (1 episode, 2009)  Less 1999–2009 4
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  • Primary photo for Welcome to the 80'sWelcome to the 80's (TV Series) Himself (1 episode, 2009), Performer ("I Need Love" (uncredited), "Jingling Baby") (1 episode, 2009)  Less 2009 1
    • Rap, Breakdance und Graffiti (Aug 18, 2009) Himself (archive footage), Performer ("I Need Love" (uncredited), "Jingling Baby")  Less
  • Primary photo for EntourageEntourage (TV Series) Soundtrack (1 episode, 2004), Performer ("Loungin") (1 episode, 2009)  Less 2004–2009 2
    • Amongst Friends (Jul 19, 2009) Performer ("Loungin") (uncredited)  Less
    • Talk Show (Aug 1, 2004) Soundtrack (uncredited)  Less
  • Primary photo for NCIS: Naval Criminal Investigative ServiceNCIS: Naval Criminal Investigative Service (TV Series) Sam Hanna (2 episodes, 2009)  Less 2009 2
  • Primary photo for So You Think You Can Dance CanadaSo You Think You Can Dance Canada (TV Series) Performer ("Mama Said Knock You Out") (1 episode, 2008)  Less 2008 1
    • Top 10 (Nov 12, 2008) Performer ("Mama Said Knock You Out")  Less
  • Primary photo for So You Think You Can DanceSo You Think You Can Dance (TV Series) Himself - Musical Guest (1 episode, 2008), Performer ("Baby") (1 episode, 2008)  Less 2008 1
  • Primary photo for Everybody Hates ChrisEverybody Hates Chris (TV Series) Performer ("Rock the Bells (Original Version)") (1 episode, 2008)  Less 2008 1
    • Everybody Hates Being Cool (Apr 27, 2008) Performer ("Rock the Bells (Original Version)")  Less
  • Primary photo for 30 Rock30 Rock (TV Series) Ridikolus (1 episode, 2007)  Less 2007 1
  • Primary photo for The ManThe Man (TV Movie) Manny Baxter, Producer  Less 2007
  • Primary photo for CSI: NYCSI: NY (TV Series) Writer ("U and Dat") (1 episode, 2006), Performer ("Headsprung") (1 episode, 2004)  Less 2004–2006 2
    • Hung Out to Dry (Oct 11, 2006) Writer ("U and Dat") (as James Smith)  Less
    • Grand Master (Oct 27, 2004) Performer ("Headsprung")  Less
  • Primary photo for House M.D.House M.D. (TV Series) Clarence (1 episode, 2005)  Less 2005 1
  • Primary photo for Crossing JordanCrossing Jordan (TV Series) Performer ("Headsprung") (1 episode, 2005)  Less 2005 1
    • Family Affair (Jan 30, 2005) Performer ("Headsprung") (uncredited)  Less
  • Primary photo for The WireThe Wire (TV Series) Writer ("Headsprung") (1 episode, 2004), Performer ("Headsprung") (1 episode, 2004)  Less 2004 1
    • Back Burners (Nov 7, 2004) Performer ("Headsprung") (uncredited), Writer ("Headsprung") (uncredited)  Less
  • Primary photo for Soul FoodSoul Food (TV Series) Performer ("I Wish (Remix)"), Writer ("I Wish (Remix)")  Less 2000–2004
  • Primary photo for HBO First LookHBO First Look (TV Series) Himself (2 episodes, 1999–2003), Special Thanks (1 episode, 1999)  Less 1999–2003 2
  • Primary photo for Dennis Miller LiveDennis Miller Live (TV Series) Himself (2 episodes, 1998–2001), Himself (1 episode, 1998)  Less 1998–2001 3
  • Primary photo for In the HouseIn the House (TV Series) Marion Hill / Himself (76 episodes, 1995–1999), Executive Consultant (28 episodes, 1997–1999)  Less 1995–1999 76
    • Out House (Aug 11, 1999) Marion Hill, Executive Consultant  Less
    • Guest Dad (Aug 10, 1999) Marion Hill, Executive Consultant  Less
    • Cornbread, Marion and Me (Aug 6, 1999) Marion Hill, Executive Consultant  Less
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  • Primary photo for OzOz (TV Series) Jiggy Walker (1 episode, 1998)  Less 1998 1
  • Primary photo for DariaDaria (TV Series) Performer ("Going Back to Cali") (1 episode, 1997), Performer ("4,3,2,1") (1 episode, 1998)  Less 1997–1998 2
    • Arts 'n' Crass (Feb 16, 1998) Performer ("4,3,2,1")  Less
    • Road Worrier (Jul 7, 1997) Performer ("Going Back to Cali")  Less
  • Primary photo for Kenan & KelKenan & Kel (TV Series) Performer ("Mama Said Knock You Out") (1 episode, 1997)  Less 1997 1
    • Baggin' Saggin' Kel (Jan 4, 1997) Performer ("Mama Said Knock You Out")  Less
  • Primary photo for The Right to Remain SilentThe Right to Remain Silent (TV Movie) Charles Red Taylor  Less 1996
  • Primary photo for The Adventures of Pete & PeteThe Adventures of Pete & Pete (TV Series) Mr. Throneberry (1 episode, 1994)  Less 1994 1
    • Sick Day (Dec 4, 1994) Mr. Throneberry  Less
  • Primary photo for New York UndercoverNew York Undercover (TV Series) Soundtrack (1 episode, 1994)  Less 1994 1
    • School Ties (Sep 8, 1994) Soundtrack (uncredited)  Less
  • Primary photo for MTV Video Music Awards 1991MTV Video Music Awards 1991 (TV Movie) Himself, Performer ("Mama Said Knock You Out"), Writer ("Mama Said Knock You Out")  Less 1991
  • Primary photo for Lip Sync BattleLip Sync Battle (TV Series) Himself - Host, Producer  Less 2015– 
Self (242 titles)YEARBUDGETU.S. GROSS
Archive Footage (16 titles)YEARBUDGETU.S. GROSS
  • Primary photo for Lennon or McCartneyLennon or McCartney (Short) Himself (archive footage)  Less 2014
  • Primary photo for The Channel 101 ExperienceThe Channel 101 Experience Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)  Less 2012
  • Primary photo for The Tonight Show with Conan O'BrienThe Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien (TV Series) Himself (1 episode, 2009)  Less 2009
    • Episode #1.91 (Oct 28, 2009) Himself (archive footage)  Less
  • Primary photo for MythBustersMythBusters (TV Series) Sherman 'Preacher' Dudley (1 episode, 2008)  Less 2008
    • Phonebook Friction (Sep 10, 2008) Sherman 'Preacher' Dudley (archive footage)  Less
  • Primary photo for Beef 4Beef 4 (Video) Himself (archive footage)  Less 2007
  • Primary photo for Video on TrialVideo on Trial (TV Series) Himself (1 episode, 2006)  Less 2006
    • Episode #2.12 (Dec 17, 2006) Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)  Less
  • Primary photo for DrivenDriven (TV Series) Himself (1 episode, 2006)  Less 2006
    • LL Cool J (2006) Himself (archive footage)  Less
  • Primary photo for FavouritismFavouritism (TV Series) Himself (1 episode, 2005)  Less 2005
  • Primary photo for Beef IIBeef II (Video) Himself - Recording Artist (archive footage)  Less 2004
  • Primary photo for BeefBeef Himself (archive footage)  Less 2003
  • Primary photo for It's Black EntertainmentIt's Black Entertainment (TV Special) Himself (archive footage)  Less 2002
  • Primary photo for Angelic EffectsAngelic Effects (Video) Mr. Jones (archive footage) (uncredited)  Less 2000
  • Primary photo for The American Music Awards 20th Anniversary SpecialThe American Music Awards 20th Anniversary Special (TV Movie) Himself (archive footage)  Less 1993
  • Primary photo for Dangerous: The Short FilmsDangerous: The Short Films (Video) Himself (archive footage)  Less 1993
  • Primary photo for 100 Greatest Teen Stars100 Greatest Teen Stars (TV Mini-series) Himself  Less 2006– 
  • Primary photo for And You Don't Stop: 30 Years of Hip-HopAnd You Don't Stop: 30 Years of Hip-Hop (TV Mini-series) Himself  Less 2004–  $2MM
Other (2 titles)YEARBUDGETU.S. GROSS

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