LL Cool J


Date Of Birth

January 14, 1968


Musician and actor LL Cool J, born James Todd Smith, was born on January 14, 1968 in New York City. He began nurturing his musical talent as part of his church choir, before deciding to submit demos to many record companies. He was subsequently picked up by DefJam Records and, after adopting his stage name (which stands for Ladies Love Cool James), released his first single, “I Need A Beat”, in 1985. Its success led him to drop out of high school and pursue a music career.

As a music artist, LL Cool J has released 12 albums from 1985 to 2008-- the last of which was Exit 13. This marked his final collaboration with with Def Jam recordings.

LL Cool J pursued acting in 1986, and went on to star in several movies and television series. In 1995, he took his first regular television role, appearing as the lead in the NBC sitcom In the House; it moved to UPN after its second season, where it continued until it was cancelled in 1999. He starred in films such as Deep Blue Sea, Charlie’s Angels, Kingdom Come, Rollerball, S.W.A.T., Last Holiday and The Deal. He also made guest appearances in House and 30 Rock. At present, he stars in the spin-off NCIS: Los Angeles as Special Agent Sam Hanna.

Place of Birth

Bay Shore, Long Island, New York, USA

Birth Name

James Todd Smith



Fun Facts

-He previously worked as a paper boy.

-LL Cool J means "Ladies Love Cool James."


2004 BET Comedy Award - Outstanding Lead Actor in a Box Office Movie for Deliver Us from Eva

2000 Blockbuster Entertainment Award - Favorite Supporting Actor - Action for Deep Blue Sea


1985 Krush Groove
1986 Wildcats
1991 The Hard Way
1992 Toys
1995 Out-of-Sync
1995–1999 In The House
1997 Touch
1998 Caught Up
1998 All That
1998 Oz
1998 Woo
1998 Caught Up
1998 Halloween H20: 20 Years Later
1999 Dee p Blue Sea
1999 Any Given Sunday
2000 Charlie's Angels
2001 Kingdom Come
2002 Rollerball
2003 Deliver Us from Eva
2003 S.W.A.T.
2004 Mindhunters
2005 Edison
2005 Slow Burn
2005 House
2006 Last Holiday
2007 The Man
2007 30 Rock
2008 The Deal
2009 WWII
2009 NCIS
2009–present NCIS: Los Angeles


Uncle L


6' 1 1/2" (1.87 m)


"Keeping it real ain't about carrying a gun or smoking blunts. It's about being true to yourself and those around you."

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