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LL Cool J net worth:
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James Todd Smith, to the audience known by the stage name of LL Cool J, is a famous American rap artist, actor, record producer, as well as an enterpreneur. LL Cool J’s rise to fame began in 1985 with the release of his debut album “Radio”. Released to generally positive reviews, the album was a huge commercial success, as it sold more than 500 000 copies within the first five months of its release and was eventually certified Platinum by the RIAA with over 1 million copies sold. “Radio” significantly contributed to the rise of popularity of the new school genre, as well as LL Cool J’s public recognition. The album also spawned six singles, one of which, namely “I Can’t Live Without My Radio”, became a major hit and was featured on the soundtracks of 50 Cent’s film “Get Rich or Die Tryin’” and a video game “True Crime: New York City”. “I Can’t Live Without My Radio” became one of LL Cool J’s signifying songs, alongside “I’m Bad”, “I Need Love” and “Rock the Bells”.

LL Cool J Net Worth $100 Million

LL Cool J is also known as an actor, especially for the role of a Special Agent Sam Hanna on the police procedural and military drama series “NCIS: Los Angeles”. In 2009, LL Cool J was earning $150 000 per episode of “NCIS”.

A famous rap artist and actor, how rich is LL Cool J? In addition to his earnings per every episode of “NCIS”, in 2013 LL Cool J added $30 000 to his wealth from the sales of his most recent album titled “Authentic”. In regards to his wealth, LL Cool J’s net worth is estimated to be $100 million.

James Todd Smith was born in 1968, in Bay Shore, New York. Smith’s passion for music and rapping stems from his early teenage years, when he started recording and creating various demo tapes, which he would later send to producers and record companies in the New York area. Soon enough, James Todd Smith changed his name to LL Cool J, and under his new alias signed to the Def Jam recording label. It was with Def Jam Recordings that LL Cool J released his debut album “Radio”, and two years later came out with his second studio work “Bigger and Deffer (BAD)”. The album exceeded all expectations, and with over 3 million copies sold became LL Cool J’s best-selling album to date. Currently, LL Cool J has released thirteen albums and is working on his fourteenth project entitled “G.O.A.T. 2”.

At the peak of his rapping career, LL Cool J switched to acting. and even though he kept coming out with albums, most of his focus was shifted towards appearances on screen. LL Cool J made his film debut in 1985 in Michael Schultz’s movie “Krush Groove” with Run D.M.C. and the Beastie Boys. Since then, LL Cool J has starred in “All That”, “Charlie’s Angels” with Cameron Diaz, Lucy Liu and Drew Barrymore, “House”, “30 Rock” and many others. Currently, LL Cool J is one of the main stars in “NCIS: Los Angeles” series.


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Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
NCIS: Los Angeles 2009-2016 TV Series Sam Hanna
Grudge Match 2013 Frankie Brite
Take It 2012 Short James Todd Smith
Hawaii Five-0 2012 TV Series Sam Hanna
NCIS 2009 TV Series Sam Hanna
The Deal 2008/I Bobby Mason
The Man 2007 TV Movie Manny Baxter
30 Rock 2007 TV Series Ridikolus
Last Holiday 2006 Sean Matthews
House M.D. 2005 TV Series Clarence
Slow Burn 2005 Luther Pinks (as James Todd Smith)
Edison 2005 Deed
Mindhunters 2004 Gabe Jensen (as James Todd Smith aka LL Cool J)
S.W.A.T. 2003 Deacon 'Deke' Kay (as James Todd Smith aka LL Cool J)
Deliver Us from Eva 2003 Raymond 'Ray' Adams (as James Todd Smith aka LL Cool J)
Rollerball 2002 Marcus Ridley
Kingdom Come 2001 Ray Bud Slocumb
Charlie's Angels 2000 Mr. Jones
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno 2000 TV Series Musical Guest
Any Given Sunday 1999 Julian Washington
In Too Deep 1999 Dwayne Gittens / God
In the House 1995-1999 TV Series Marion Hill / Himself
Deep Blue Sea 1999 Preacher
Oz 1998 TV Series Jiggy Walker
Halloween H20: 20 Years Later 1998 Ronny
Woo 1998 Darryl
Caught Up 1998 Roger
B*A*P*S 1997 LL Cool J
The Right to Remain Silent 1996 TV Movie Charles Red Taylor
Out-of-Sync 1995 Jason St. Julian
The Adventures of Pete & Pete 1994 TV Series Mr. Throneberry
Toys 1992 Captain Patrick Zevo
The Hard Way 1991 Billy
Wildcats 1986 Rapper (as L.L. Cool J)

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon 2014-2016 TV Series writer - 3 episodes
Morris from America 2016 writer: "Flava In Ya Ear Remix" - as James Todd Smith
Football Focus 2016 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Lip Sync Battle TV Series performer - 2 episodes, 2015 writer - 2 episodes, 2015
Glastonbury 2015 2015 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Shameless 2015 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Jennifer Lopez: Dance Again 2014 TV Movie documentary performer: "All I Have" / writer: "All I Have" - as James Todd Smith
Top Five 2014 performer: "Doin' It" / producer: "Doin' It" / writer: "Doin' It" - as James Todd Smith
The 68th Annual Tony Awards 2014 TV Special performer: "Rock Island"
Todd's Pop Song Reviews TV Series documentary performer - 2 episodes, 2013 - 2014 writer - 2 episodes, 2013 - 2014
Brooklyn Nine-Nine TV Series performer - 1 episode, 2014 writer - 1 episode, 2014
One Hit Wonderland TV Series documentary performer - 1 episode, 2013 writer - 1 episode, 2013
Mayweather 2013 TV Movie documentary performer: "We're The Greatest"
The 55th Annual Grammy Awards 2013 TV Special performer: "Refuse to Lose", "No Sleep till Brooklyn"
Drei in einem Bett 2013 TV Movie performer: "Ain't Nobody" - uncredited
The Central Park Five 2012 Documentary performer: "Jack the Ripper"
Rap Critic Reviews 2011 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Happy Feet Two 2011 writer: "Mama Said Knock You Out" - as J. Smith
Dancing with the Stars TV Series performer - 1 episode, 2011 writer - 1 episode, 2011
Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son 2011 writer: "Mama Said Knock You Out"
Dance Central 2010 Video Game performer: "Flava In Ya Ear" / writer: "Flava In Ya Ear" - as James Smith
20 to 1 TV Series documentary performer - 1 episode, 2010 writer - 1 episode, 2010
One Tree Hill 2004-2010 TV Series performer - 2 episodes
Casino Jack and the United States of Money 2010 Documentary performer: "MR. SMITH" / writer: "MR. SMITH" - as James Todd Smith
Welcome to the 80's 2009 TV Series documentary performer - 1 episode
Entourage TV Series 1 episode, 2004 performer - 1 episode, 2009
EA Skate 2 2009 Video Game performer: "Rock The Bells"
So You Think You Can Dance Canada 2008 TV Series performer - 1 episode
So You Think You Can Dance 2008 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Everybody Hates Chris 2008 TV Series performer - 1 episode
100 Greatest Songs of the 90s 2007 TV Mini-Series documentary performer - 1 episode
Bling: A Planet Rock 2007 Documentary performer: "I Need Love" / writer: "I Need Love" - as James Todd Smith
CSI: NY TV Series writer - 1 episode, 2006 performer - 1 episode, 2004
Scarface: The World Is Yours 2006 Video Game performer: "Rock The Bells"
Take the Lead 2006 performer: "What You Want" / writer: "What You Want" - as J.T. Smith
Get Rich or Die Tryin' 2005 performer: "I Can't Live without My Radio"
Crossing Jordan 2005 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Coach Carter 2005 as James Smith, "Headsprung" / performer: "Headsprung"
The Wire TV Series performer - 1 episode, 2004 writer - 1 episode, 2004
Beef II 2004 Video documentary performer: "4, 3, 2, 1", "The Ripper Strikes Back"
Johnson Family Vacation 2004 performer: "Move Sumthin'"
The Fighting Temptations 2003 as James Todd Smith, "Amazin'" / performer: "Amazin'"
Beef 2003 Documentary performer: "Mama Said Knock You Out", "To Da Break of Dawn"
Retarded Animal Babies 2003 Video short performer: "Mama said knock you out"
Cradle 2 the Grave 2003 performer: "Paradise" / writer: "Paradise" - as James Todd Smith
Deliver Us from Eva 2003 performer: "Paradise" 2002 / writer: "Paradise" 2002 - as James Todd Smith
Pro BMX 2 2002 Video Game performer: "Rock the Bells" / writer: "Rock the Bells"
Summer Catch 2001 writer: "Going Back to Cali" - as James Smith
Scratch 2001 Documentary performer: "Get Down", "Rock the Bells" / writer: "Get Down" - as James Smith / writer: "Rock the Bells" - as James Todd Smith
Maze 2000 writer: "I Need Love" - as James Todd Smith
Soul Food 2000 TV Series performer: "I Wish Remix" / writer: "I Wish Remix"
Any Given Sunday 1999 performer: "SHUT 'EM DOWN" / writer: "SHUT 'EM DOWN" - as James Todd Smith
Deep Blue Sea 1999 performer: "Deepest Bluest Shark's Fin", "Say What" / writer: "Deepest Bluest Shark's Fin", "Say What" - as James Todd Smith
Bulworth 1998 performer: "Zoom" / writer: "Zoom"
Daria 1997-1998 TV Series performer - 2 episodes
How to Be a Player 1997 performer: "6 Minutes of Pleasure" / writer: "6 Minutes of Pleasure" - as J.T. Smith
Kenan & Kel 1997 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Space Jam 1996 performer: "Hit 'Em High The Monstars' Anthem" / writer: "Hit 'Em High The Monstars' Anthem" - as Todd Smith
Beavis and Butt-Head Do America 1996 lyrics: "Ain't Nobody" - as J.T. Smith / performer: "Ain't Nobody"
Street Fighter 1994 lyrics: "Life As..." / performer: "Life As..." / writer: - as J.T. Smith / writer: "Life As..."
New York Undercover 1994 TV Series 1 episode
CB4 1993 performer: "I Need Love" / writer: "I Need Love" - as James Todd Smith
Bébé's Kids 1992 "Mama Said Knock You Out"
Class Act 1992 performer: "Boomin' System" - as L.L. Cool J / writer: "Boomin' System" - as James Todd Smith
Encino Man 1992 lyrics: "Mama Said Knock You Out" - as James Todd Smith / music: "Mama Said Knock You Out" - as James Todd Smith
Gladiator 1992 performer: "Mama Said Knock You Out" - as L.L. Cool J. / writer: "Mama Said Knock You Out" - as James Todd Smith
MTV Video Music Awards 1991 1991 TV Special performer: "Mama Said Knock You Out" / writer: "Mama Said Knock You Out"
Strictly Business 1991 performer: "Strictly Business" - as L.L. Cool J / writer: "Strictly Business" - as L.L. Cool J
The Hard Way 1991 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
In Living Color TV Series performer - 1 episode, 1990 writer - 1 episode, 1990
House Party 1990 lyrics: "To Da Break of Dawn" / performer: "To Da Break of Dawn"
Less Than Zero 1987 performer: "Going Back To Cali" - as L.L. Cool J / writer: "Going Back To Cali" - as James Todd Smith
Wildcats 1986 performer: "Football Rap" - as L.L. Cool J / writer: "Football Rap" - as James Todd Smith
Krush Groove 1985 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

Miscellaneous

Miscellaneous

TitleYearStatusCharacter
In the House 1997-1999 TV Series executive consultant - 28 episodes

Producer

Producer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Lip Sync Battle 2015 TV Series producer - 3 episodes
The Grammy Nominations Concert Live!: Countdown to Music's Biggest Night 2009 TV Special producer
The Man 2007 TV Movie producer

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Countdown To: Mindless Behavior 2011 TV Movie very special thanks
HBO First Look 1999 TV Series documentary special thanks - 1 episode

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Friday Night with Jonathan Ross 2010 TV Series Himself
Today 2006-2010 TV Series Himself
The Electric Company 2010 TV Series Himself
41st NAACP Image Awards 2010 TV Special Himself
Vancouver 2010: XXI Olympic Winter Games 2010 TV Mini-Series Himself - We Are The World 25 For Haiti
The 52nd Annual Grammy Awards 2010 TV Special Himself
The Grammy's Style Studio 2010 TV Series Himself
The 36th Annual People's Choice Awards 2010 TV Special Himself
The Grammy Nominations Concert Live!: Countdown to Music's Biggest Night 2009 TV Special Himself - Host
WWII in HD 2009 TV Mini-Series documentary Shelby Westbrook
The Bonnie Hunt Show 2009 TV Series Himself
Late Show with David Letterman 1995-2009 TV Series Himself
The Early Show 2009 TV Series Himself
The 61st Primetime Emmy Awards 2009 TV Special Himself - Presenter: Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series and Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series
The Shooter Series: Vol. 1 2009 Video Himself
Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List 2009 TV Series Himself
How Bruce Lee Changed the World 2009 TV Movie documentary Himself
Fashion Police 2009 TV Series Himself - Host
The 51st Annual Grammy Awards 2009 TV Special Himself - Presenter
Spike TV VGA Video Game Awards 2008 TV Special Himself
50 Cent: The Money and the Power 2008 TV Series Himself
BET News 2008 TV Series Himself
Martha 2008 TV Series Himself
BET Hip Hop Awards 2008 2008 TV Special Himself
Project Runway 2008 TV Series Himself - Guest Judge
MTV Video Music Awards 2008 2008 TV Special Himself
Tavis Smiley 2006-2008 TV Series Himself
So You Think You Can Dance 2008 TV Series Himself - Musical Guest
BET Awards 2008 2008 TV Special Himself - Presenter
Ryan Cameron: Uncensored 2008 TV Series Himself
Super Bowl XLII 2008 TV Special Himself
Movies Rock 2007 TV Movie Himself
J.A.M. Awards & Concert 2007 TV Special Himself
BET Hip-Hop Awards 2007 TV Special Himself
4th Annual VH1 Hip-Hop Honors 2007 TV Movie Himself
Fashion Rocks 2007 TV Movie Himself
Fashion News Live 2005-2007 TV Series Himself
BET Awards 2007 2007 TV Special Himself
ShowBusiness: The Road to Broadway 2007 Documentary Himself
38th NAACP Image Awards 2007 TV Special Himself - Host
The Montel Williams Show 2007 TV Series Himself
The Tyra Banks Show 2006-2007 TV Series Himself
The 33rd Annual People's Choice Awards 2007 TV Special documentary Himself
Late Night with Conan O'Brien 1995-2007 TV Series Himself
106 & Park Top 10 Live 2006 TV Series Himself - 'Control Myself' Live
Biography 2006 TV Series documentary Himself
MTV Video Music Awards 2006 2006 TV Special Himself - Presenter
T.D. Jakes Presents MegaFest: Let It Flow 2006 TV Movie Himself
Absolute Power: The Making of Edison Force 2006 Video short Himself
E! True Hollywood Story 2006 TV Series documentary Himself
2006 MTV Movie Awards 2006 TV Special Himself
Top of the Pops 2004-2006 TV Series Himself
The 2005 Billboard Music Awards 2005 TV Special Himself
25 Strong: The BET Silver Anniversary Special 2005 TV Special Himself / Performer
2nd Annual VH1 Hip-Hop Honors 2005 TV Movie Himself - Honoree
The Tony Danza Show 2005 TV Series Himself
Out of Africa: Heroes and Icons 2005 TV Movie documentary Himself
The Best of Keith Sweat: Make You Sweat 2005 Video Himself (segment "Why Me Baby?")
American Idol 2005 TV Series Himself - Guest Judge
The British Comedy Awards 2004 2004 TV Special Himself - Pre-Recorded Footage
MADtv 1995-2004 TV Series Himself / Himself - Host
The 2nd Annual Vibe Awards 2004 TV Special Himself - Co-Host
American Casino 2004 TV Series documentary Himself - Performer
BET Comedy Awards 2004 TV Special Himself
The Graham Norton Effect 2004 TV Series Himself
World B Boy Championship 2004 TV Series Himself
4th Annual BET Awards 2004 TV Special Himself
The 58th Annual Tony Awards 2004 TV Special Himself - Presenter: Best Original Score
Brit Awards 2004 2004 TV Movie documentary Himself
The Orange British Academy Film Awards 2004 TV Movie documentary Himself
Richard & Judy 2004 TV Series Himself
NY Graham Norton 2004 TV Series Himself
2004 Trumpet Awards 2004 TV Special Himself
The Best Damn Sports Show Period 2004 TV Series
Vibe Awards 2003 TV Special Himself
S.W.A.T.: TV's Original Super Cops 2003 Video short Himself
The Kennedy Center Honors: A Celebration of the Performing Arts 2003 TV Special Himself
Jennifer Lopez: The Reel Me 2003 Video Himself (segment "All I Have")
Tinseltown TV 2003 TV Series Himself
HBO First Look 1999-2003 TV Series documentary Himself
Behind the Scenes of 'Deliver Us from Eva' 2003 Video documentary short Himself
Hip Hop Uncensored Vol. 1: Newrock Stars 2003 Video Himself
The 17th Annual Soul Train Music Awards 2003 TV Special Himself
50 Sexiest Video Moments 2003 TV Movie documentary Himself
VH1/Vogue Fashion Awards 2002 TV Special Himself
VH1 Big in 2002 Awards 2002 TV Special Himself
MOBO Awards 2002 2002 TV Special Himself - Presenter
The Frank Skinner Show 2002 TV Series Himself
2nd Annual BET Awards 2002 TV Movie documentary Himself
Hype Williams: The Videos, Vol. 1 2002 Video Himself (segments "Flava in Ya Ear Remix" and "Doin' It")
The Daily Show 1998-2002 TV Series Himself
The Rosie O'Donnell Show 1996-2002 TV Series Himself
WWE Smackdown! 2002 TV Series Himself
Say It Loud: A Celebration of Black Music in America 2001 TV Mini-Series documentary Himself
Intimate Portrait 2001 TV Series documentary Himself
Missy 'Misdemeanor' Elliott: Hits of Miss E... The Videos, Volume 1 2001 Video documentary short Himself (segment "Get Ur Freak On")
2001 Blockbuster Entertainment Awards 2001 TV Special Himself
Dennis Miller Live 1998-2001 TV Series Himself
Babyface: A Collection of Hit Videos 2001 Video Himself (segment "This Is For The Lover The In You" (
The Challenge 2001 TV Series Himself
The 28th Annual American Music Awards 2001 TV Special Himself - Co-host
The 2000 Billboard Music Awards 2000 TV Special Himself
The Source Hip-Hop Music Awards 2000 2000 TV Special Himself
Making the Video 1999-2000 TV Series documentary Himself
Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards 2000 2000 TV Special Himself
The 72nd Annual Academy Awards 2000 TV Special Himself
14th Annual Soul Train Music Awards 2000 TV Special Himself - Presenter
Sisqo: Thong Song 2000 Short Himself
The 57th Annual Golden Globe Awards 2000 TV Special Himself - Presenter: Best Original Score
MTV Europe Music Awards 1999 1999 TV Special Himself
Clive Anderson All Talk 1999 TV Series Himself
The Richard Blackwood Show 1999 TV Series Himself
1999 Blockbuster Entertainment Awards 1999 TV Special Himself
1999 Essence Awards 1999 TV Special Himself
When Sharks Attack! 1999 TV Short documentary Himself
29th NAACP Image Awards 1998 TV Special Himself
The 40th Annual Grammy Awards 1998 TV Special Himself
The Howard Stern Radio Show 1998 TV Series Himself
The 1997 Billboard Music Awards 1997 TV Special Himself
MTV Europe Music Awards 1997 1997 TV Special Himself - Performer
The Chris Rock Show 1997 TV Series Himself
10th Anniversary Essence Awards 1997 TV Special Himself
Howard Stern 1997 TV Series Himself
The 39th Annual Grammy Awards 1997 TV Special Himself
Touch 1997 Himself
MTV Video Music Awards 1997 1997 TV Special Himself - Video Vanguard Award Recipient
The Big Help 1996 TV Movie Himself
MTV Video Music Awards 1996 1996 TV Special Himself - Musical Guest
It's Hot in Here: UPN Fall Preview 1996 TV Movie documentary Himself
The 22nd Annual People's Choice Awards 1996 TV Special Himself - Presenter: Favorite New Television Comedy Series
The 23rd Annual American Music Awards 1996 TV Special Himself
1996 Billboard Music Awards 1996 TV Special Himself
Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade 1995 TV Movie Himself
Lauren Hutton and... 1995 TV Series Himself
Wheel of Fortune 1995 TV Series Himself - Celebrity Contestant
Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards '95 1995 TV Special Himself
AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Jack Nicholson 1994 TV Special Himself - Audience Member
Freaks, Nerds & Weirdos 1994 TV Movie Himself
1993 MTV Movie Awards 1993 TV Special Himself - Presenter
Soul Train Comedy Awards 1993 TV Special Himself - Performer
Soul Train 1986-1993 TV Series documentary Himself / Himself - Guest
Late Night with David Letterman 1990-1993 TV Series Himself / Himself - Guest
The 7th Annual Soul Train Music Awards 1993 TV Special Himself - Presenter
The 35th Annual Grammy Awards 1993 TV Special Himself
The Arsenio Hall Show 1989-1993 TV Series Himself
An American Reunion: The People's Inaugural Celebration 1993 TV Movie Himself
Comic Relief V 1992 TV Special Himself
The 1992 Billboard Music Awards 1992 TV Special Himself
The 34th Annual Grammy Awards 1992 TV Special Himself - Performer
Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards '92 1992 TV Special Himself
The 19th Annual American Music Awards 1992 TV Special Himself
The Talk 2010-2016 TV Series Himself - Guest / Himself / Himself - Guest Co-Host
MTV Video Music Awards 1991 1991 TV Special Himself
The Late Late Show with James Corden 2015-2016 TV Series Himself
Simply Mad About the Mouse 1991 Himself
Entertainment Tonight 2009-2016 TV Series Himself / Himself - NCIS: Los Angeles / Himself - Grammy Award Host / ...
In Living Color 1991 TV Series Himself - Musical Guest
Extra 2014-2016 TV Series Himself / Himself - NCIS: Los Angeles
1991 Billboard Music Awards 1991 TV Special Himself
Ellen: The Ellen DeGeneres Show 2004-2016 TV Series Himself / Himself - Guest
Desperately Seeking Roger 1991 TV Movie documentary Himself
Lip Sync Battle 2015-2016 TV Series Himself - Host
Unplugged 1991 TV Series documentary Himself
NCIS: Los Angeles - Season 7: Celebrating 150 2016 Video short Himself
Ebony/Jet Showcase 1987-1991 TV Series Himself
NCIS: Los Angeles - Season 7: Getting Personal 2016 Video short Himself
The 5th Annual Soul Train Music Awards 1991 TV Special Himself - Performer
NCIS: Los Angeles - Season 7: Hot Property 2016 Video short Himself
The 33rd Annual Grammy Awards 1991 TV Special Himself
NCIS: Los Angeles - Season 7: Into Africa 2016 Video short Himself
Showtime at the Apollo 1987-1991 TV Series Himself / Himself - Musical Guest / Host
NCIS: Los Angeles - Season 7: What's in a Name? 2016 Video short Himself
The 18th Annual American Music Awards 1991 TV Special Himself
Close Up with the Hollywood Reporter 2016 TV Series Himself
The Word 1990 TV Series Himself
VH1 Hip Hop Honors: All Hail the Queens 2016 TV Movie Himself
Rapmania: The Roots of Rap 1990 TV Movie documentary Himself
Greatest Hits 2016 TV Series Himself
Saturday Morning Videos 1990 TV Series Himself - Host
The Fight Game with Jim Lampley 2016 TV Series Himself
The More You Know 1989 TV Series Himself
Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr. 2016 TV Series documentary Himself
New American Bandstand 1965 1986-1989 TV Series Himself
The 58th Annual Grammy Awards 2016 TV Movie Himself - Host
The 3rd Annual Soul Train Music Awards 1989 TV Special Himself - Presenter
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon 2015-2016 TV Series Himself - 'Going Back to Cali' / Himself
The 2nd Annual Soul Train Music Awards 1988 TV Special Himself
The Insider 2014-2016 TV Series Himself / Himself - NCIS: Los Angeles
The 15th Annual American Music Awards 1988 TV Special Himself - Performer
Sinatra 100: An All-Star Grammy Concert 2015 TV Movie Himself - Presenter
Remote Control 1988 TV Series Himself
FabLife 2015 TV Series Himself
Saturday Night Live 1987 TV Series Himself - Musical Guest
Jimmy Kimmel Live! 2004-2015 TV Series Himself / Himself - NCIS: Los Angeles
Diana Ross: Red Hot Rhythm and Blues 1987 TV Special Himself
E! Live from the Red Carpet 2015 TV Series Himself
The 1st Annual Soul Train Music Awards 1987 TV Special Himself - Performer
The 67th Primetime Emmy Awards 2015 TV Special Himself - Presenter: Outstanding Variety Talk Series
Big Fun in the Big Town 1986 TV Movie documentary Himself
NCIS: Los Angeles - Season 6: Too Close for Comfort 2015 Video short Himself
Krush Groove 1985 Himself
NCIS: Los Angeles - Season 6: Yippee Ki-Yay 2015 Short Himself
Guys Choice Awards 2015 2015 TV Movie Himself
Rachael Ray 2007-2015 TV Series Himself
CBS This Morning 2015 TV Series Himself
Live with Kelly and Michael 2009-2015 TV Series Himself / Himself - Guest
WrestleMania 2015 TV Movie Himself
WWE Raw 2014-2015 TV Series Himself
The Queen Latifah Show 2013-2015 TV Series Himself / Himself - Guest
Stevie Wonder Songs in the Key of Life an All Star Grammy Salute 2015 TV Movie Himself - Host
CBS News Sunday Morning 2015 TV Series documentary Himself
The 57th Annual Grammy Awards 2015 TV Special Himself - Host
How to Make a Man 2014 TV Special documentary Himself
NCIS: Los Angeles: Season 5 - Crafting Afghanistan 2014 Video documentary short Himself
NCIS: Los Angeles: Season 5 - Happy 100th 2014 Video documentary short Himself
NCIS: Los Angeles: Season 5 - The Write Staff 2014 Video documentary short Himself
NCIS: Los Angeles: Season 5 - Unexpected Developments 2014 Video documentary short Himself
The 68th Annual Tony Awards 2014 TV Special Himself - Performer
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson 2007-2014 TV Series Himself - Guest / Himself
E! News 2014 TV Series Himself
Nickelodeon Kids Choice Awards 2014 2014 TV Special Himself
Steve Harvey 2014 TV Series Himself
The Arsenio Hall Show 2014 TV Series Himself - Guest
The Night That Changed America: A Grammy Salute to the Beatles 2014 TV Special Himself - Host
The 56th Annual Grammy Awards 2014 TV Special Himself - Host
The 40th Annual People's Choice Awards 2014 TV Special Himself
CBS Cares 2009-2014 TV Series Himself
Katie 2013 TV Series Himself
Keep the Faith 2013 Documentary Himself
The 65th Primetime Emmy Awards 2013 TV Special Himself - Presenter: Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series
NCIS: Los Angeles: Season 4 - Chris at the Helm 2013 Video short Himself
NCIS: Los Angeles: Season 4 - Some Assembly Required 2013 Video short Himself
NCIS: Los Angeles: Season 4 - Sound Off 2013 Video short Himself
NCIS: Los Angeles: Season 4 - Un4Gettable: Season Four of NCIS: Los Angeles 2013 Video short Himself
2013 Do Something Awards 2013 TV Special Himself - Honoree
Behind the Music 2000-2013 TV Series documentary Himself
Stars on Sports 2013 TV Movie Himself
Better 2013 TV Series Himself - Guest
SXSW Flashback 2013 2013 TV Movie Himself
The View 2006-2013 TV Series Himself / Himself - Guest
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon 2010-2013 TV Series Himself
Piers Morgan Tonight 2012-2013 TV Series Himself
Mayweather 2013 TV Movie documentary Narrator (voice)
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno 1996-2013 TV Series Himself
48th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards 2013 TV Special Himself
Big Morning Buzz Live 2012-2013 TV Series Himself
The 55th Annual Grammy Awards 2013 TV Special Himself - Host
44th NAACP Image Awards 2013 TV Movie documentary Himself
Oprah's Next Chapter 2013 TV Series Himself
The 39th Annual People's Choice Awards 2013 TV Special Himself - Presenter
GRAMMY Nominations Concert Live: Countdown to Music's Biggest Night 2012 TV Movie Himself - Host
We Will Always Love You: A Grammy Salute to Whitney Houston 2012 TV Movie documentary Himself
I Heart Radio Music Festival 2012 TV Movie documentary Himself
2012 Primetime Creative Arts Emmys 2012 TV Movie Himself - Presenter
NCIS: Los Angeles - Season 3: Aligning the Stars 2012 Video short Himself
NCIS: Los Angeles - Season 3: Carmageddon 2012 Video short Himself
NCIS: Los Angeles - Season 3: Investigating Season 3 2012 Video short Himself
NCIS: Los Angeles - Season 3: Surf and Turf 2012 Video short Himself
Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmern 2012 TV Series Himself
SGNL by Sony 2012 TV Series Himself
The 2012 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony 2012 TV Movie Himself - Presenter
47th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards 2012 TV Special Himself
Ali 70 from Las Vegas 2012 TV Movie Himself
43rd NAACP Image Awards 2012 TV Special Himself
The 54th Annual Grammy Awards 2012 TV Special Himself - Host
Spike TV VGA Video Game Awards 2011 TV Special Himself
The GRAMMY Nominations Concert Live! - Countdown to Music's Biggest Night 2011 TV Special
Conan 2010-2011 TV Series Himself - Guest / Himself
Rove LA 2011 TV Series Himself
2011 BET Hip Hop Awards 2011 TV Special Himself
The 63rd Primetime Emmy Awards 2011 TV Special Himself
Last Call with Carson Daly 2002-2011 TV Series Himself / Himself - Guest
42nd NAACP Image Awards 2011 TV Special Himself
The 53rd Annual Grammy Awards 2011 TV Special Himself - Presenter
17th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards 2011 TV Special Himself
The 68th Annual Golden Globe Awards 2011 TV Special Himself - Presenter: Best Actress in a Television Series - Drama
The 4th Annual CNN Heroes: An All-Star Tribute 2010 TV Movie documentary Himself - Presenter
The 62nd Primetime Emmy Awards 2010 TV Special Himself - Co-Presenter: Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series
TV One Night Only: Live from the Essence Music Festival 2010 TV Movie Himself
Teen Choice Awards 2010 2010 TV Special Himself - Presenter
Alex Zane's GuestList 2010 TV Series Himself

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Eighties 2016 TV Mini-Series documentary Himself
Entertainment Tonight 2014-2016 TV Series Himself / Himself - Guest Co-Host / Himself - NCIS: Los Angeles
Extra 2015-2016 TV Series Himself
Home & Family 2015 TV Series Himself
Live with Kelly and Michael 2015 TV Series Himself
Inside Edition 2015 TV Series documentary Himself
Lennon or McCartney 2014 Documentary short Himself
Hippocrates: Diary of a French Doctor 2014 Clarence
The Channel 101 Experience 2012 Documentary Himself (uncredited)
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno 2012 TV Series Himself - At Kings Game
The Insider 2012 TV Series Himself
The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien 2009 TV Series Himself
Welcome to the 80's 2009 TV Series documentary Himself
E! True Hollywood Story 2009 TV Series documentary
Late Show with David Letterman 2009 TV Series Himself - Visits the Superbowl
MythBusters 2008 TV Series documentary Sherman 'Preacher' Dudley
Beef 4 2007 Video documentary Himself
106 & Park Top 10 Live 2007 TV Series Himself - 106 and Bowl Video
Video on Trial 2006 TV Series Himself
100 Greatest Teen Stars 2006 TV Mini-Series Himself
Driven 2006 TV Series documentary Himself
Favouritism 2005 TV Series Himself
And You Don't Stop: 30 Years of Hip-Hop 2004 TV Mini-Series documentary Himself
Beef II 2004 Video documentary Himself - Recording Artist
Beef 2003 Documentary Himself
It's Black Entertainment 2002 TV Special documentary Himself
Angelic Effects 2000 Video documentary short Mr. Jones (uncredited)
Dennis Miller Live 1998 TV Series Himself
Dangerous: The Short Films 1993 Video Himself
The American Music Awards 20th Anniversary Special 1993 TV Special Himself

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2016 Star on the Walk of Fame Walk of Fame Recording On January 21, 2016. At 6901 Hollywood Blvd.
2014 Image Award Image Awards Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series NCIS: Los Angeles (2009)
2013 Image Award Image Awards Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series NCIS: Los Angeles (2009)
2013 Teen Choice Award Teen Choice Awards Choice TV Actor: Action NCIS: Los Angeles (2009)
2012 Image Award Image Awards Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series NCIS: Los Angeles (2009)
2011 Image Award Image Awards Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series NCIS: Los Angeles (2009)
2004 BET Comedy Award BET Comedy Awards Outstanding Lead Actor in a Box Office Movie Deliver Us from Eva (2003)
2003 ShoWest Award ShoWest Convention, USA Male Star of Tomorrow
2000 Blockbuster Entertainment Award Blockbuster Entertainment Awards Favorite Supporting Actor - Action Deep Blue Sea (1999)
1997 Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award MTV Video Music Awards (VMA)

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2016 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Structured Reality Program Lip Sync Battle (2015) · Casey Patterson (executive producer)
· Jay Peterson (executive producer)
· John Krasinski (executive producer)
· Stephen Merchant (executive producer)
· Leah Culton (co-executive producer)
2016 Image Award Image Awards Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series NCIS: Los Angeles (2009)
2015 Image Award Image Awards Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series NCIS: Los Angeles (2009)
2014 Prism Award Prism Awards Male Performance in a Drama Series Multi-Episode Storyline NCIS: Los Angeles (2009)
2012 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Special Class Programs The 54th Annual Grammy Awards (2012) · Ken Ehrlich (executive producer)
2012 Teen Choice Award Teen Choice Awards Choice TV Actor: Action NCIS: Los Angeles (2009)
2011 Teen Choice Award Teen Choice Awards Choice TV Actor: Action NCIS: Los Angeles (2009)
2010 Image Award Image Awards Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series NCIS: Los Angeles (2009)
2010 Teen Choice Award Teen Choice Awards Choice TV Actor: Action NCIS: Los Angeles (2009)
2006 Teen Choice Award Teen Choice Awards Movies - Choice Liplock Last Holiday (2006) · Queen Latifah
2005 Grammy Grammy Awards Best Rap Album For the album "The DEFinition."
2005 Teen Choice Award Teen Choice Awards Choice Rap Artist in a Movie Mindhunters (2004)
2004 Black Reel Black Reel Awards Film: Best Actor Deliver Us from Eva (2003)
2004 Black Reel Black Reel Awards Best Song Deliver Us from Eva (2003) · Amerie (Writer, Performer)
· 50 Cent (Writer)
· Samuel Barnes (Writer)
· Jean Claude Olivier (Writer)
· Allan Wayne Felder (Writer)
· Kenneth Burke (Writer)
· Norma Jean Wright (Writer)
2004 Grammy Grammy Awards Best Rap/Sung Collaboration · Marc Dorsey
2000 Image Award Image Awards Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture Deep Blue Sea (1999)
1999 Blockbuster Entertainment Award Blockbuster Entertainment Awards Favorite Supporting Actor - Horror Halloween H20: 20 Years Later (1998)
1998 Image Award Image Awards Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series In the House (1995)
1997 Grammy Grammy Awards Best Rap Album For the album "Mr. Smith."
1997 Image Award Image Awards Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series In the House (1995)
1997 Blimp Award Kids' Choice Awards, USA Favorite Television Actor In the House (1995)
1996 Image Award Image Awards Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series In the House (1995)

TitleSalary
NCIS: Los Angeles (2009) $150,000 /episode (2009-10)
Rollerball (2002) $1,000,000

#Fact
1 A hip-hop icon.
2 When Anne Hathaway was a guest on Lip Sync Battle (2015), she said she wanted to hug Cool J.
3 He was awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for Recording at 6901 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California on January 21, 2016.
4 On his second album "B.A.D." (Bigger And Deffer), his single "I'm Bad" sampled the main theme of the 70's TV show "S.W.A.T." and years later he would co-star in the movie adaptation of that show. (And in a few movie trailers for "S.W.A.T.", actually mimicking that same theme music).
5 In 2012, he stated that no one "should assume that I'm a Democrat a Republican]. I'm an Independent, you know?".
6 He has played the same character (Sam Hanna) in three different series: NCIS (2003), NCIS: Los Angeles (2009) and Hawaii Five-0 (2010).
7 On his second album "B.A.D." (Bigger And Deffer), his single "I'm Bad" sampled the main theme of the 70's TV show S.W.A.T. (1975) and, years later, he co-starred in the movie adaptation of that show.
8 Ranked #32 on VH1's 100 Sexiest Artists.
9 Ranked #5 on VH1's 50 Greatest Hip Hop Artists.
10 Homaged/satirized in Sonic Youth's song "Kool Thing" (from the 1990 album "Goo").
11 In his personal life, he goes by the name Todd.
12 Wrote and performed the first ever rap love song "I Need Love" in 1985.
13 He has been on Def Jam Records longer than any other artists from its start in 1985 to the present.
14 Appeared with Rollerball (2002) co-star Chris Klein on World Wrestling Federation programming in early 2002 to promote the film. They appeared with APA members Ron Simmons (aka Faarooq) and John Layfield (aka Bradshaw), both of whom appear in the film along with a number of other WWF Superstars.
15 The only job he had besides being an entertainer was that he was briefly a paper boy.
16 Has four children (one boy and three girls): Najee (b. 1989), Italia (b. 1990), Samaria (b. 1995), and Nina Simone (b. 2000).
17 Hosted The 28th Annual American Music Awards (2001) with Britney Spears. [2001]
18 Separated from girlfriend Simone Smith sometime after the birth of their second child.
19 Regarded as one of the most succesful rap artists of all time.
20 LL Cool J stands for "Ladies Love Cool James."
21 Almost always wears a hat, and wears one of his pant legs rolled up.

#Quote
1 [Lip Sync Battle] The freshest show on TV.
2 [Anne Hathaway] Stunning.
3 [Emily Blunt] She's got swagger. Incomparable and breathtaking.
4 [Anne Hathaway and Emily Blunt] Tonight, two of the most powerful stars of the big screen face off in a Devil Wears Prada reunion battle.
5 [on George Michael] He's very, very talented, and I'll always like Wham! I thought it was cool. "Father Figure" was something else!
6 [on "S.W.A.T."] I loved "S.W.A.T." In retrospect, I wish I could have had a bigger role in it, but I had a great time doing it, and it was a success. It was actually the coolest movie I've ever done, in terms of just a pure movie. It was the most entertaining and well done.
7 [on "Rollerball"] I felt like it was a bad movie. Wack. Terrible. That's the thing with making movies: You're always going to make some stuff you believe is bad. This was mine.
8 [on "Any Given Sunday"] It was a dream-fulfilling experience because growing up I had always wanted to be a pro football player. And if I had stayed in Long Island, I probably would have pursued it more vigorously. I actually got to run with the ball in Texas Stadium, wearing No. 33 -- and [Tony] Dorsett was the guy that I loved growing up -- and I got to play on a team and run the ball and take some real hits. It was great.
9 [on "Deep Blue Sea"] The most appealing role I've ever had. It was fun, it was crazy, it was a success from the beginning, and my role kept getting bigger and bigger on that set. They actually had to reshoot the ending so I could survive because the people [in test screenings] didn't want me to die.
10 [on Halloween H20: 20 Years Later (1998)] - Jamie Lee Curtis taught me a lot about being classy on set. Me and my guys would be there, and she would be leaving and say, "Oh, take my trailer!" I played the security guard who everybody thought was going to die, but I didn't. That brother lived! That was wonderful. I shocked the world! Then I shocked the world a year later in Deep Blue Sea (1999) and lived again.
11 [on Deep Blue Sea (1999)] - The parrot chewed my ear something crazy. I had to take my earrings out because he kept biting them like a chew toy. Also, the [animatronic] shark didn't always work on cue. I almost drowned once. The guy took his hand off the joystick [that maneuvered the shark] when they called lunch, but I had put my leg in the shark's mouth, so I was stuck under water. Luckily, they had given me a little canister with some extra oxygen. When I finally came up, I was furious.
12 I don't think you should go around talking trash about people because I think that's how you get your hat handed to you. I'm good at what I do, but I wouldn't be so bold and arrogant as to say something disrespectful about, say, Eminem. He's talented and he's good at what he does.
13 I think when you move past your fear and you go after your dreams wholeheartedly, you become free. Know what I'm saying? Move past the fear.
14 One thing I'm not gonna do, because I'm black, is suddenly say 'you know what, I can't play a villain!' You don't need to be the good guy to get a good message out. I'm not going to limit myself like that. I just want to play good roles and be able to touch a lot of people.
15 I'm happy to be black. I am what I am, I'm doing very well in my life, and I'm thankful to God for that. I am a real person that cares about his art and cares about what he's doing - I have a heart and a soul and want to touch people and give. As a black man, my hope is that I can touch more and more people all over the world of different races and different colours. And I think eventually, if I just stay on this path, we'll get there.
16 Hip-hop can be limiting and I refuse to accept limits. I've been training as an actor for six years. Nobody goes to acting school for six years. I mean, the college course is only four years! I absolutely trained. My acting coach is from the Stanislavsky school. It's real - I act.
17 Am I James Todd Smith now or LL Cool J? Pick a name baby. Pick a name and ride with it. I don't wanna abandon my identity as LL Cool J, but at the same time, I had to figure out how to let people know that I'm really serious about making these movies. You know when you do 25 or 30 movies and people are still asking you 'how does it feel making the transition?' you know you're not communicating correctly. So I just put the James Todd Smith thing there to let people know I was serious. It's not like I made it Lawrence Cool J or something!.
18 "Rollerball sucked!" - discussing one of his movies on Late Night with Conan O'Brien.
19 Keeping it real ain't about carrying a gun or smoking blunts. It's about being true to yourself and those around you.

#Trademark
1 Always wears a hat when off-camera

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