The Emmy-winning actor Ron Cephas Jones, who was best known for portraying William Hill on This Is Us, has passed away. He was 66.
Jones’ passing was confirmed on Saturday by an agent for the actor, who said that beloved and award-winning actor Ron Cephas Jones has passed away at the age of 66 due to a long-standing pulmonary issue.
Anyone who had the good fortune to know him during his career could feel his warmth, beauty, generosity, love, and heart, according to the statement. His passion for the theater has been evident throughout his whole career, as seen by his recent Tony and Drama Desk Award-winning performance for his part in Clyde’s on Broadway. He started his career at the Nuyorican Poets Cafe.
Ron’s performance on This is Us, which won him many Emmy awards, revealed his inner beauty and soul to the large audience. His daughter, Jasmine Cephas Jones, is his only heir, the statement said.
Jones is most known for playing William Hill, Randall Pearson’s biological father, in the hit television series This Is Us, for which he won a guest actor Emmy in 2018 and another in 2020. Sterling K. Brown plays Randall Pearson. He and his daughter Jasmine, 34, became the first father-daughter winners in the same year when Jasmine won her first Emmy.
The Law & Order: Organized Crime actor, who was a patient at the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center for over two months, confessed to The New York Times in 2021 that he had discreetly fought chronic obstructive pulmonary illness.
He said in a June 2022 interview that his Tony-nominated Broadway performance in Clyde’s served as inspiration for his quick recovery.
He wouldn’t say it was a miracle, but he was really lucky. His physicians were excellent. It was still a long and painful healing process. For the rest of his life, he will be in recovery, Jones informed the source. One doesn’t start running after getting new lungs. One has to consistently work on this technique for their physique. There are medications and counseling involved.
On his penultimate day of filming, he had a health crisis that put his life in danger. He previously told in May 2022 how his co-stars and producers helped him get through it, saying: “You cats held me when I was struggling, and you didn’t let me go. You’ve been there for a very difficult part of my life. I’m a walking miracle.”
Jones said that his whole life has been the stage. He thought that not performing again would be worse than dying.
The New Jersey native also starred in This Is Us, Mr. Robot (2015–2016), The Get Down (2016–2017), Luke Cage (2016–2018), Looking For Alaska (2019), and Truth Be Told (2019–2023).
He Got Game (1998), Sweet and Lowdown (1999), Half Nelson (2006), Across the Universe (2007), Glass Chin (2014), The Holiday Calendar (2018), Dog Days (2018), and Dolemite Is My Name (2019) are a few of his filmography credits.
Jones has previously been a part of the Off-Broadway LAByrinth Theater Company in New York. One of the many theatrical parts he played was Crooks in the 2014 Broadway version of Of Mice and Men.
Jones was reportedly cast in the fourth episode of the historical anthology series Genius: MLK/X, in December. In his last credited role, he will play Elijah Muhammad, the “powerful, confident, and complicated” leader of the Nation of Island and Malcolm X’s mentor and instructor.
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