Ron Cephas Jones, the revered and award-winning actor known for his portrayal in NBC's "This Is Us," has passed away at age 66. His representative confirmed the sad news to Fox News Digital, noting that the cause of his death was a "long-standing pulmonary issue." Over the years, Jones' talent illuminated the screen.
Recognized for his role as William Hill, Randall Pearson's biological father on "This Is Us," Jones was not only central to the narrative but also to viewers' hearts. This role was but a glimpse of his expansive career; he made memorable appearances in shows like "Mr.
Robot," "The Get Down," and "Marvel's Luke Cage." Additionally, his filmography is decorated with performances in acclaimed films such as "Dolemite Is My Name" and "Glass Chin."
Jones' Illustrious Artistic Journey
Jones began his journey in the arts at the renowned Nuyorican Poets Cafe.
His affinity for stage was evident when he recently garnered both a Tony nomination and a Drama Desk Award for "Clyde's" on Broadway. With two Primetime Emmy Awards under his belt for "This Is Us," Jones shared an unforgettable moment in 2020.
Both he and his daughter, Jasmine Cephas Jones, were honored with Emmys, marking a historic father-daughter win. Reflecting on this, Jones had said, "Winning another Emmy is icing on the cake, but to see my daughter move into this place where she’s earned an Emmy… it’s beyond words." The impact of Jones' departure has resonated deeply within the entertainment community.
Sterling K. Brown, who played his son Randall on "This Is Us," penned a heart-wrenching tribute, calling Jones' departure a moment where "life imitated art." Mandy Moore, playing Rebecca Pearson, remembered him as "pure magic," a sentiment echoed by many others in the industry.
Despite his illustrious career, Jones faced health challenges. In 2020, he underwent a double-lung transplant, and yet his passion for the arts remained undiminished. In an interview in 2022, he confided his fears about never returning to the stage post-surgery, making his return in "Clyde's" all the more triumphant.
Jones often drew from his life experiences to breathe authenticity into his roles. His gratitude for life, love for his daughter Jasmine, and his profound impact on both co-stars and fans have left an indelible mark. As the tributes pour in, one thing is clear: Ron Cephas Jones' legacy will continue to inspire and touch hearts for years to come.