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Also Known As: James Todd Smith, Ll Cool J Died:
Born: January 14, 1968 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Queens, New York, USA Profession: rapper, actor, songwriter

Biography CLOSE THE FULL BIOGRAPHY

Grammy winner LL Cool J established himself as one of the first real hip-hop superstars before enjoying two decades of steady musical output and a lucrative side business as a film and television actor. After he helped put fledgling Def Jam Records on the map with his 1984 hit "I Need A Beat," Cool J managed to remain a relevant recording artist throughout his career, parlaying his street smart persona and gym-rat physique into success in action-oriented films like "S.W.A.T." (2003) and the football blockbuster "Any Given Sunday" (1999). Cool J's off-the-cuff wit and smooth charm also found a home in big screen romantic comedies like "Last Holiday" (2006) starring Queen Latifah, and on his own primetime sitcom, "In the House" (NBC, 1995-96; UPN, 1996-98). When Cool J was cast alongside Chris O'Donnell on the successful procedural, "NCIS: Los Angeles" (CBS, 2009- ), his acting career advanced to a new level of mainstream recognition. While Cool J's crossover appeal cost him some street cred among the East Coast b-boy scene, the hip-hop artist was still selling half a million records a pop and attracting audiences 25 years after many of his flash-in-the pan competitors had long since disappeared from...

Grammy winner LL Cool J established himself as one of the first real hip-hop superstars before enjoying two decades of steady musical output and a lucrative side business as a film and television actor. After he helped put fledgling Def Jam Records on the map with his 1984 hit "I Need A Beat," Cool J managed to remain a relevant recording artist throughout his career, parlaying his street smart persona and gym-rat physique into success in action-oriented films like "S.W.A.T." (2003) and the football blockbuster "Any Given Sunday" (1999). Cool J's off-the-cuff wit and smooth charm also found a home in big screen romantic comedies like "Last Holiday" (2006) starring Queen Latifah, and on his own primetime sitcom, "In the House" (NBC, 1995-96; UPN, 1996-98). When Cool J was cast alongside Chris O'Donnell on the successful procedural, "NCIS: Los Angeles" (CBS, 2009- ), his acting career advanced to a new level of mainstream recognition. While Cool J's crossover appeal cost him some street cred among the East Coast b-boy scene, the hip-hop artist was still selling half a million records a pop and attracting audiences 25 years after many of his flash-in-the pan competitors had long since disappeared from the public eye.

Filmographyclose complete filmography

CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Grudge Match (2013)
2.
 Deal, The (2008)
3.
 Last Holiday (2006)
4.
 Mindhunters (2005) Cast
5.
 Edison (2005)
6.
 Deliver Us from Eva (2003) Ray
7.
 S.W.A.T. (2003) Deacon 'Deke' Kaye
8.
 Rollerball (2002) Marcus Ridley
9.
 KINGDOM COME (2001) Ray Bud Slocumb
10.
 Charlie's Angels (2000) Mister Jones
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Milestones close milestones

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Began producing and creating demos at age 16
1985:
Released first single "I Need a Beat" with Def Jam Records
1985:
Released debut album <i>Radio</i> to critical acclaim
1985:
Appeared as himself in the film "Krush Groove"
1987:
Made early TV appearance singing on a Diana Ross special
1987:
Released second album <i>Bigger and Deffer</i>
1990:
Released highly successful fourth album <i>Mama Said Knock You Out</i>
1991:
Made acting debut in the film "The Hard Way"; also featured his hit song "Mama Said Knock You Out"
1992:
Co-starred opposite Robin Williams in Barry Levinson's "Toys"
1993:
Formed own record label, P.O.G. (Power of God); signed multi-album deal with Def Records
1995:
Starred in Debbie Allen's feature directorial debut "Out of Sync"
1995:
Played a former professional football player on the sitcom "In the House" (NBC, 1995-96; UPN, 1996-99)
1995:
Released his successful sixth album <i>Mr. Smith</i>
1998:
Featured in the horror sequel "Halloween H20: 20 Years Later"
1999:
Won plaudits for his effective turn as an evil drug dealer in "In Too Deep"
1999:
Co-starred as a football player in Oliver Stone's "Any Given Sunday"
2000:
Released the album <i>G.O.A.T.</i>, which stood for the "Greatest Of All Time"
2000:
Appeared as Mr. Jones in the big screen remake of "Charlie's Angels"
2001:
Cast as one of the leads in the ensemble feature "Kingdom Come"
2002:
Co-starred in the remake of "Rollerball"
2003:
First lead role, playing a a womanizer who meets his match in the comedy feature "Deliver Us From Eva"
2003:
Cast alongside Samuel L. Jackson, Colin Farrell and Michelle Rodriguez in the action thriller "S.W.A.T."
2004:
Released tenth studio album <i>The DEFinition</i>; earned a Grammy nomination for Best Rap Album
2005:
Co-starred with Val Kilmer in Renny Harlin's psychological thriller "Mindhunters"
2005:
Co-starred in the thriller "Edison"
2006:
Played Queen Latifah's love interest in the comedy "Last Holiday"
2007:
Co-starred as a gang leader opposite Ray Liotta in "Slow Burn"
2008:
Released final album under the Def Jam label <i>Exit 13</i>
2009:
Cast as Special Agent Sam Hanna on the CBS spin-off series "NCIS: Los Angeles"
2011:
Nominated for the 2011 Teen Choice Award for Choice TV Actor: Action Adventure
2012:
Hosted the 2012 Grammy Awards ceremony
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Education

Hillcrest High School: Queens , New York -

Notes

LL Cool J means "Ladies Love Cool James"

LL Cool J has a room in his home in which his more than 2,000 hats are stored.

LL Cool J has devoted resources to a foundation. At one time, he was involved with Camp Cool J, which provided thousands of inner-city youths the chance to spend the summer away from their urban homes, but since the late 1990s, that project has been on hiatus.

"No matter what happens, I keep my integrity. I don't dance around in chicken suits." --LL Cool J quoted in Us, April 1996.

"I'm not a joker. I'm not going to do the Sambo, tap-dancing thing. I don't want to be depicted in a stereotypical way. The [producers] are going to have to come up with some intellectual comedy for me." --LL Cool J in the New York Post, April 10, 1995.

"I'm not going to have maniac kids 20 years from now that are coming out of the clubs in Hollywood with sunglasses on, jumping into a [BMW] 325 convertible, and they're nuts." --LL Cool J in Us, April 1996.

"[I] Wish they could take my longevity and bottle it."-LL Cool J People November 4, 2002

" I wasted a lot of money in my life. I would buy houses, the jewelry and lots of cars. So many cars you wouldn't believe it. I'd buy Mercedes-Benzes and cut off the roofs because they didn't come in a convertible. I bought Porches in cash. BMW's. Then I started figuring out that I needed to manage my money- LL Cool J on how he became interested in playing the markets GQ February 2003

Companions close complete companion listing

companion:
Kidada Jones. Actor, model. Daughter of Quincy Jones.
wife:
Simone Smith. Had an on and off relationship since the late 1980s; married 1995 while pregnant with their third child.

Family close complete family listing

father:
James Smith. Entrepreneur. Divorced from Ondrea Smith in 1972.
mother:
Ondrea Smith. Pharmacist. Divorced from James Smith in 1972.
son:
Najee Smith. Born c. 1989.
daughter:
Italia Smith. Born c. 1991.
daughter:
Sameria Smith. Born c. 1995.
daughter:
Nina Simone Smith. Born 2000.
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Bibliography close complete biography

"I Make My Own Rules" St. Martin's Press

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