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LL Cool J

Born James Todd Smith on Long Island, New York, LL Cool J is a nickname that stands for "Ladies Love Cool James." LL Cool J signed to fledgling hip-hop label Def Jam Records in 1984. After a string of hits—included on albums like Bigger and Deffer, Walking with a Panther, Mama Said Knock You Out, 14 Shots to the Dome, and Mr. Smith—LL turned to acting, appearing in movies like BAPS, Halloween H2O and Any Given Sunday. In 2009, he began his run on the popular investigative series NCIS: Los Angeles. LL Cool J married wife Simone in 1995, and they have four children together.

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Superfan (2023)
Guest starring as LL Cool J
  • Episode 1x01: LL Cool J (Aug 9, 2023) [Special Guest Star]
The Breakfast Club on BET (2023)
Guest starring as LL Cool J
America in Black (2023)
Guest starring as LL Cool J
The Jennifer Hudson Show (2022)
Guest starring as LL Cool J
NCIS: Hawaiʻi (2021)
Guest starring as Special Agent Sam Hanna (12 episodes)
The Kelly Clarkson Show (2019)
Guest starring as LL Cool J (2 episodes)
Today with Hoda & Jenna (2019)
Guest starring as LL Cool J
Lip Sync Battle Shorties (2017)
Guest starring as LL Cool J
Martha & Snoop's Potluck Party Challenge (2016)
Guest starring as LL Cool J
Greatest Hits (2016)
Guest starring as LL Cool J
The Daily Show with Trevor Noah (2015)
Guest starring as LL Cool J
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert (2015)
Guest starring as LL Cool J (3 episodes)
Lip Sync Battle (2015)
Starring as Host (95 episodes)
The Late Late Show with James Corden (2015)
Guest starring as LL Cool J (3 episodes)
Hot Ones (2015)
Guest starring as LL Cool J
iHeart Radio Music Awards (2014)
Starring as Host
Guest starring as LL Cool J
Late Night with Seth Meyers (2014)
Guest starring as LL Cool J
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon (2014)
Guest starring as LL Cool J (2 episodes)
The Arsenio Hall Show (2013)
Guest starring as LL Cool J
Live! with Kelly (2011)
Guest starring as LL Cool J
The Talk (2010)
Guest starring as LL Cool J (2 episodes)
Hawaii Five-0 (2010)
Guest starring as Special Agent Sam Hanna
  • Episode 2x21: Pa Make Loa (Apr 30, 2012) [Special Guest Star]
NCIS: Los Angeles (2009)
Starring as Special Agent Sam Hanna (318 episodes)
Watch What Happens Live (2009)
Guest starring as LL Cool J
Macy's 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular (2007)
Guest starring as LL Cool J
30 Rock (2006)
Guest starring as Ridikolus
American Dad! (2005)
Guest starring as Sam Hanna
House (2004)
Guest starring as Clarence
The Graham Norton Effect (2004)
Guest starring as LL Cool J
NY Graham Norton (2004)
Guest starring as LL Cool J
NCIS (2003)
Guest starring as Special Agent Sam Hanna (3 episodes)
The Ellen DeGeneres Show (2003)
Guest starring as LL Cool J (5 episodes)
Jimmy Kimmel Live (2003)
Guest starring as LL Cool J (2 episodes)
E! News (2002)
Guest starring as LL Cool J
A Home for the Holidays (1999)
Starring as Host (2 episodes)
The Daily Show with Jon Stewart (1999)
Guest starring as LL Cool J
  • Episode 1999-08-24: LL Cool J (Aug 24, 1999)
Oz (1997)
Guest starring as Jiggy Walker
Clive Anderson All Talk (1996)
Guest starring as LL Cool J
The Daily Show with Craig Kilborn (1996)
Guest starring as LL Cool J
  • Episode 1998-08-12: LL Cool J (Aug 12, 1998)
The Frank Skinner Show (1995)
Guest starring as LL Cool J
In the House (1995)
Starring as Marion Hill (76 episodes)
All That (1994)
Guest starring as LL Cool J (2 episodes)
Extra (1994)
Guest starring as LL Cool J
The Late Show with David Letterman (1993)
Guest starring as LL Cool J (3 episodes)
Billboard Music Awards (1990)
Starring as Host
The Word (1990)
Guest starring as LL Cool J
Showtime at the Apollo (1987)
Guest starring as Guest
Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards (1987)
Starring as Co-Host
Guest starring as LL Cool J
Soul Train Music Awards (1987)
Guest starring as Co-Host
MTV Video Music Awards (1984)
Starring as Host
Guest starring as LL Cool J
Kennedy Center Honors (1978)
Guest starring as Host
Saturday Night Live (1975)
Guest starring as LL Cool J
American Music Awards (1974)
Starring as Host
Grammy Awards (1959)
Starring as Host (5 episodes)
Oscars (1953)
Guest starring as LL Cool J
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