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LL Cool J Biography

  • Profession: Actor
  • Born: Jan 14, 1968
  • Died: Jan 1, 0001

Innovative rap music superstar LL Cool J made the successful transition to actor/musician in the 1990s, with several major films and a TV series to his credit. Born [[Performer~P111906~James Todd Smith~jamestoddsmith]] in Queens, LL Cool J established himself as one of the major figures in rap music in the 1980s and '90s; he made his movie debut as himself in the 1985 rap movie [[Feature~V27744~Krush Groove~krushgroove]]. Although LL Cool J also appeared as himself in [[Feature~V154794~B.A.P.S.~baps]] (1998), his 1990s movie career revealed that he had the acting chops to go with his musical talent. Following roles in the light-hearted cop movie [[Feature~V21547~The Hard Way~thehardway]] (1991) and the ill-fated fantasy [[Feature~V79921~Toys~toys]] (1992), LL Cool J spent four seasons as one of the stars of the primetime TV sitcom [[Feature~V402116~In the House~inthehouse[tvseries]]] (1995-1999). During his years on TV, LL Cool J also showed his dramatic versatility in the romantic comedy [[Feature~V162533~Woo~woo]] (1998), crime dramas [[Feature~V160613~Caught Up~caughtup]] (1998) and [[Feature~V180405~In Too Deep~intoodeep]] (1999), and horror sequel [[Feature~V163083~Halloween: H20~halloween:h20]] (1998). After starring as potential shark bait in the mutant mako actioner [[Feature~V89070~Deep Blue Sea~thedeepbluesea]] (1999), he finished the decade by winning critical kudos as an immodest football player in [[Performer~P112907~Oliver Stone~oliverstone]]'s sports drama [[Feature~V181275~Any Given Sunday~anygivensunday]] (1999). Hit former career in music all but forgotten, LL Cool J would give action films a shot with [[Feature~V213966~Charlie's Angels~charliesangels]] (2000) and [[Feature~V259375~Rollerball~rollerball]] (2002) before living up to his real life reputation as a ladies man in the comedy [[Feature~V265384~Deliver Us from Eva~deliverusfromeva]]. Starring as the stud wrangled into taming [[Performer~P267979~Gabrielle Union~gabrielleunion]]'s shrew Eva, LL Cool J notched his first romantic comedy lead and took another step away from his musical past by billing himself under his real name. Following the less than stellar [[Feature~V265384~Eva~deliverusfromeva]], LL Cool J added his voice to the animated [[Feature~V280227~Rugrats Go Wild~rugratsgowild]] (2003). Further bolstering his action movie credits (and returning to his street moniker), LL Cool J then joined the multicultural cast of [[Performer~P34866~Samuel L. Jackson~samuelljackson]]'s elite police squad in the summer popcorn movie [[Feature~V282770~S.W.A.T.~swat]] (2003). Later, the rapper-turned-actor's role as Sam Hanna in a two-part 2009 episode of NCIS led to regular work on the spin-off series NCIS: Los Angeles, as well as a crossover appearance as the same character in the 2010 Hawaii Five-O revival. ~ Lucia Bozzola, Rovi

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