‘NCIS: Los Angeles’ Star LL Cool J Pays Tribute to Late Military Member Father on Memorial Day

by Joe Rutland

NCIS: Los Angeles star LL Cool J took time out on Memorial Day to remember his late father in a tender tribute on Instagram.

LL Cool J, who plays Sam Hanna on the CBS crime drama, took to social media where he shared a photo of his Dad, James Nunya, in his U.S. Navy uniform. Nunya died on Sept. 26, 2012.

LL Cool J, whose real name is James Todd Smith, is a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. He was part of the Class of 2021 inductees. LL Cool J also is the first rapper to ever receive a Kennedy Center Honor. Put two Grammy Awards next to his name and, well, that’s a sweet career for the kid from Bay Shore, N.Y.

He has been a part of NCIS: Los Angeles since it debuted on CBS on Sept. 22, 2009. Hanna’s partner on the streets is G., played by Chris O’Donnell. The show has been on for 12 seasons and will return for a 13th this fall.

Two longtime characters, though, exited NCIS: Los Angeles after the 12th season ended. Eric Beale, played by Barrett Foa, and Nell Jones, played by Renée Felice Smith, closed out their time, for now, on the show.

They have moved along to work on other projects in their careers. Yet the door remains open for them to come back for appearances on NCIS: Los Angeles in the future.

‘NCIS: Los Angeles’ Fans Happy To See Hetty Lange Back On TV Screen

Fans of NCIS: Los Angeles can take a deep breath now that Hetty Lange is back in the show. Well, Linda Hunt’s character never left but Hunt didn’t feel comfortable filming for the 12th season.

In the season finale, Lange, operational manager for the Los Angeles office, made her long-awaited return after being gone.

NCIS: Los Angeles showrunner R. Scott Gemmill talked about why she was out. The network renewed the popular crime drama for a 13th season earlier in April, but fans noticed one character missing: Hetty Lange.

“As you know, Linda was away a lot more this season because of COVID and us trying to keep her safe,” Gemmill explained to TV Line.

Gemmill said any scenes with her in the show were done in Hunt’s driveway. After getting all of her COVID-19 vaccines, Hunt, 76, was able to return to the show’s set.

“She [Linda] was just so thrilled to be back on set,” Gemmill said. “The minute I saw her, she’s like, ‘Let’s talk about next season.'”

Rest easy, NCIS: Los Angeles fans. Hetty’s back behind the desk and ready to get back to business.