Who would celebrate one of your greatest moments in life? NCIS: Los Angeles star LL Cool J chose his mother.
The rapper/hip hop artist, who was born James Todd Smith, was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame over Halloween weekend. He’s still relishing the moment and sharing photos from his lifetime achievement.
Earlier this week, LL Cool J posted a photo of his mother. The two were walking the red carpet at a Hall of Fame event and he was kissing her on the forehead. He captioned the photo “Thanks Ma.”
LL Cool J’s mother and maternal grandparents raised him in Queens, N.Y. The NCIS: Los Angeles star credits his grandparents for giving him his love for music. His granddad also was a musician, specializing in jazz.
The rapper turned actor did an episode of Finding Your Roots on PBS in 2016. Through that show, he and his mother found out that his grandparents adopted her. But they’d never told her she wasn’t their birth child.
Show host Henry Louis Gates Jr. described how LL Cool J’s mom, Ondrea, was adopted in 1947. A DNA trail uncovered that Ondrea and her son were related to boxer John Henry Lewis, who was the world light heavyweight champion from 1935-38.
LL Cool J now is 53. He’s been married for 26 years and has four kids.
Sam Hanna Loves His Kids on NCIS: Los Angeles
Now, back to NCIS: Los Angeles. LL Cool J plays Sam Hanna, an agent whose two children are young adults. In the new NCIS: Los Angeles intro, Sam is saluting a jet flying above him. That happened in the season 12 finale when Sam’s son was going through military flight training.
Sam talked about his family in Sunday’s episode called Divided We Fall. He and Callen (Chris O’Donnell) picked up a CIA operative named Laura Song. Her identity could be compromised, so Kilbride had two of his best agents take Laura to a secured apartment building. While in the apartment, Laura revealed that she’d worked with both Kilbride (Gerald McRaney) and Hetty (Linda Hunt). In fact, Kilbride discovered her when she was a young sailor in the Navy. Song’s dad was Chinese, her mother was American. So Song worked with the CIA and spied on the Chinese Navy.
She told Sam that she had a daughter, who was a freshman at USC. Sam revealed his wife, a former CIA agent, had died.
The NCIS: Los Angeles episode revealed early on that Song was killed. The rest of the hour told the how’s and why’s. It turns out that only Kilbride knew why Song really was in custody. Song was a double agent. The Chinese weren’t coming to kill her, they were trying to extract her from NCIS: Los Angeles custody. Kilbride killed her as she was trying to flee the building. But the agents, including Sam, never knew she was a traitor.
NCIS: Los Angeles returns with a new episode, Nov. 21.