The passing of Ron Cephas Jones, a beloved co-star on the hit NBC show "This Is Us," has left both the entertainment industry and fans mourning the loss of a talented and compassionate actor. Jones, who portrayed the character William Hill, the biological father of Randall Pearson, captivated audiences with his exceptional performance throughout the show's six-year run.
Sterling K. Brown, who played Randall, took to Instagram to express his sorrow, sharing a poignant photo of himself and Jones in their on-screen father-son roles. Brown's heartfelt caption began, "Life imitated art today, and one of the most wonderful people the world has ever seen is no longer with us." He fondly remembered Jones, aka @cephasjaz, as a cherished brother, conveying his love and deep sense of loss.
Mandy Moore, who portrayed Rebecca Pearson, the matriarch of the family, paid homage to Jones as both an extraordinary human being and a remarkable artist. She shared a touching Instagram post featuring a photo from the show's finale scene, where her character shared a poignant moment with William.
Moore referred to Jones as "pure magic" and expressed her intention to forever treasure the moments they shared on set.
Wilson's Heartfelt Tribute to Ron Cephas Jones
Susan Kelechi Wilson, who portrayed Beth Pearson, Randall's wife, honored Jones with a heartfelt Instagram post filled with photos of their time together on the set of "This Is Us." She reflected on the immediate connection she felt with him and sent condolences to his daughter Jasmine.
Wilson described Jones as a friend who had an unyielding love for acting, art, and life, emphasizing his deep bond with his daughter. Chrissy Metz, known for her role as Kate Pearson, created a collage of photos on Instagram as a tribute to Jones.
She thanked him for his kindness, spirit, talent, and smile, which had left an indelible impact on her life. Metz affectionately referred to him as "truly the coolest cat." The show's writer, Dan Fogelman, also paid tribute, recognizing Jones's exceptional talent and perfect performances.
Fogelman lauded Jones as "the best of the best" and shared that he rarely needed to make any edits to his scenes due to Jones's impeccable acting. Ron Cephas Jones's death was attributed to a long-standing pulmonary issue, as confirmed by his representative.
Despite his departure, Jones's legacy lives on through his multi-Emmy award-winning portrayal on "This Is Us." He is survived by his daughter, Jasmine Cephas Jones, who undoubtedly shared a special bond with her father. In the wake of Jones's passing, the outpouring of heartfelt tributes from fellow actors and colleagues underscores the profound impact he had on both the entertainment industry and the lives of those he touched.
His talent, warmth, and genuine spirit will be remembered and cherished by all who had the privilege of working with him.