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25 Things You Don’t Know About Me: LL Cool J

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LL Cool J, 43, (the season finale of NCIS: Los Angeles airs on CBS May 17 at 9 p.m.) shares the 25 things you don't know about him with Us Weekly.

1. I could spend hours in the Louvre in Paris.

2. I sold my ownership in Def Jam Records 15 years ago. A little early!

3. I'm almost fluent in Spanish, and I speak some Arabic.

4. Bruce Lee inspired me to act.

5. I stay up late reading.

6. My first film appearance was as an extra in 1985's Krush Groove.

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7. I cofounded to help aspiring artists connect with each other.

8. My favorite concerts ever were the launch of U2's recent tour in Barcelona and the Run-DMC Raising Hell tour.

9. I used to do doughnuts in my Porsche.

10. I love ice cream!

11. iPads are cool, but I still prefer a physical book.

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12. My favorite works of art are the Coronation of Napoleon by Jacques-Louis David and the portrait of me by Kehinde Wiley at the Smithsonian.

13. When I was a paperboy, a guy took a paper from me, then drove off. I quit the next week.

14. Some of my family is from Barbados.

15. My wife has a high-end luxury jewelry line called Simone I. Smith. It's hot!

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16. It's important to give the people you don't need the same respect you give to those you do.

17. I was filming 12 to 16 hours a day while writing my fitness book LL Cool J's Platinum 360 Diet and Lifetstyle.

18. I'm a huge boxing fan! I'd skip my birthday party for a super fight.

19. I share positive messages on Twitter @LLCOOLJ.

20. I spend 30 minutes every morning getting centered.

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21. My favorite soda is ginger ale.

22. I love Gendarme cologne.

23. My shoe size is 14/15.

24. My favorite color combination is red and black.

25. My daughter Nina has a bearded dragon. I fell in love with him. Now he's my pet.

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