Meet NCIS: Los Angeles star LL Cool J’s family

LL Cool J has been keeping NCIS: Los Angeles fans entertained as the beloved Sam Hanna for over a decade.

But away from the show, he can be found at home in LA with his wife and two youngest daughters. Want to know more about his family? Keep reading…

LL Cool J, real name James Todd Smith, has been married to his wife Simone I. Smith since 1995. The two met when LL was a young rapper and dated for eight years before they married. In 2023 they’re set to celebrate their 28th wedding anniversary.

LL and Simone share four grown-up children together – son Najee, 31, and daughters Italia, 30, Samaria, 25, and Nina, 20


Najee, the couple’s only son, is a photographer and is the spitting image of LL. Speaking to Oprah about his famous father, he said from an early age his dad taught him he can do anything he wants if he puts his mind to it.


LL Cool J and wife Simone I. Smith

Meanwhile, the actor’s eldest daughter Italia is a certified real estate agent working in New York. She is also a mother of two, having tied the knot with her long-term boyfriend Lamar Cardinez, making LL a grandfather too!


LL Cool J and his wife and two eldest children

Samaria, LL and Simone’s third child, owns a vintage denim label in Los Angeles named Samaria Leah. Youngest sibling Nina has decided to follow in her famous dad’s footsteps and is an aspiring R&B singer.

She released her first single titled Call Me under the name Nina-Symone in 2019, and the song has since racked up over 500,000 views on YouTube.

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