JAMES TODD SMITH
aka LL COOL J (Deacon "Deke"
Kaye) is an actor, a two-time Grammy Award winner, author and NAACP Image Award
winner. He was also honored this year as
ShoWest's Male Star of Tomorrow and with Soul Train's Lifetime Achievement
Smith, under his well
known rap moniker LL Cool J, is the first rap artist to amass six consecutive
platinum-plus selling albums and six gold singles. He has recorded nine
consecutive multi-platinum albums and in 2003 released his tenth album,
"Ten," which debuted at #2. The first single from the album, "Luv
U Better," quickly rose to #1 on the hip-hop charts and his duet with
Jennifer Lopez, "All I Have," reached # 1 on the Billboard charts.
Most recently Smith
starred with Gabrielle Union in Deliver Us from Eva, a contemporary
romantic comedy from writer/director Gary Hardwick, and provided music for the
film's soundtrack as well. He also stars opposite Val Kilmer and Christian
Slater in Renny Harlin's Mindhunters, which is slated for release in
early 2004. Smith earlier starred in Harlin's action film Deep Blue Sea,
for which he received critical acclaim for his comedic role as the
"Chef." His record label, Rock the Bells, co-produced the soundtrack
for the film and he contributed two songs including the title track
"Deepest Blue." He also starred in Oliver Stone's Any Given Sunday
opposite Al Pacino, Cameron Diaz and Jamie Foxx, providing a song for that
film's soundtrack as well. His other film credits include Rollerball for
director John McTiernan, Kingdom Come opposite Jada Pinkett Smith and
Vivica A. Fox, In Too Deep, Halloween H20 and Toys. Additionally,
he starred in the sitcom "In the House."
children's book And the Winner Is ... was recently released as part of
Scholastic's exciting new series of books and CDs by today's hottest rap stars
called "Hip Kid Hop." The book tells the story of a young basketball
player who learns the importance of winning and losing gracefully. He also
penned a 1997 autobiography I
Make My Own Rules.
Smith currently lives
in New York with his wife and four children.
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