From The Mic To On-Screen: Celebrity Singers Turned Actors

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LL Cool J

James Todd Smith proved the ladies loved him with his Adidas suits, gold rope chains and fuzzy Kangols in the ’80s. LL Cool J released his first single I Need A Beat in 1984 and the hard-spitting lyrics immediately won fans over. LL’s first album Radio went gold in just five months and a rap legend was born. Early on in his rap career, the Queens native performed his first hit in the 1985 cult classic film Krush Groove and after sharing some screen time with Robin Williams in Toys, snagged his own sitcom, In The House. He also capitalized on his growing popularity by starring in films like Halloween H20 and Deep Blue Sea. When LL flexed his muscles in the action-packed movie S.W.A.T. it was the perfect preparation for his current role as Special Agent Sam Hanna in NCIS: Los Angeles.

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