‘NCIS: Los Angles’ Star LL Cool J Congratulated as ‘Living Legend’ by Co-Star

by Suzanne Halliburton
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Yes, we agree with NCIS: Los Angeles star Caleb Castille. LL Cool J is a “living legend.”

And LL Cool J earned that living legend status last weekend when the hip hop pioneer was inducted in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, Ohio.

Castille, who portrays Devin Rountree, lauded his NCIS: Los Angeles partner after his induction.

“Listen man, Mama said knock you out was not a suggestion !!” Castille wrote on Instagram, paraphrasing one of LL Cool J’s biggest hits.

“BIG Congrats to a living LEGEND on being inducted into the ROCK & ROLL HALL OF FAME tonight! I’m beyond grateful for the opportunity to stand next to you and soak up years of wisdom/knowledge Todd. Thanks for always being a man of your word and a leader!”

LL Cool J’s Sam Hanna Is Classic NCIS: Los Angeles

LL Cool J’s real name is Todd Smith. So that’s why you saw the reference to Todd in Castille’s post. LL Cool J is a takeoff on his first name — Ladies Love Cool James. On NCIS: Los Angeles, LL Cool J plays Sam Hanna, the former Navy SEAL turned senior special agent. And Hanna is like a big brother/mentor to Rountree. Castille joined the permanent cast in 2020. Rountree moved from the FBI to LA, in part, to take care of his sister.

LL Cool J spent his early years in the music industry. He came to a star as a teenager and dominated the hip-hop scene from the late 1980s into the start of the 2000s. He branched out into acting in the mid-1990s. He’s portrayed Sam Hanna on NCIS: Los Angeles since the inception of the show in 2009. LL Cool J, Chris O’Donnell and Daniela Ruah have been in every episode of the series, which started its 13th season last month.

But LL Cool J still is relishing his weekend in Cleveland. Dr. Dre introduced him for the induction ceremony. And he sang some of his greatest hits at a post-induction concert with Eminem and Jennifer Lopez.

Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

Hip Hop Star Donated Restored 1986 Audi to Museum

TMZ reported Wednesday that the NCIS: Los Angeles star donated the red 1986 Audi 5000 to the Rock & Roll Museum. The Audi appeared on the cover of his 1987 album Bigger and Deffer (BAD). The actor/rapper had the Audi restored before he donated it. New York-based body shop Unique Rides restored the famous car.

Now, back to NCIS: Los Angeles. In the last episode, Sam found out that Howard University, his dead wife Michelle’s alma mater, created a scholarship to honor her memory. At the end of the episode, he was flying to Washington, D.C., with Callen (Chris O’Donnell) to give a speech. Rountree offered to give him tips to connect to today’s young people.

Writers called this Sunday’s episode Divided We Fall. The synopsis from CBS: “When an NCIS mission to protect a compromised undercover agent goes completely sideways, the agents are individually interrogated to find out what really happened. Also, Kilbride must make a difficult decision.”