Actor Ron Cephas Jones, 66, of ‘This Is Us’ fame, passes away.

By | August 21, 2023



death – Obituary News : Ron Cephas Jones, a beloved and award-winning actor known for his role on the hit NBC television drama “This Is Us,” has sadly passed away at the age of 66. The news of his death was confirmed by his manager, Dan Spilo, who revealed that the actor died due to a long-standing pulmonary issue.

Throughout his successful career, Ron Cephas Jones touched the hearts of many with his warmth, beauty, generosity, kindness, and incredible talent. His inner beauty and soul were evident to the huge audience who admired his multi-Emmy award-winning performance on “This Is Us.” Ron will be deeply missed by all who had the good fortune of knowing him. He leaves behind his daughter, Jasmine Cephas Jones, who is also an accomplished actress.

Jones was widely recognized for his portrayal of William Hill, a recovering drug addict with terminal cancer, who reconnects with his biological son, Randall Pearson, played by Sterling K. Brown. The actor received four consecutive Emmy nominations from 2017 to 2020 for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series, winning the prestigious award in 2018 and 2020. In the same year, his daughter Jasmine Cephas Jones also won an Emmy for her outstanding performance in the Quibi series “#FreeRayshawn,” making them the first father-daughter pair to achieve this honor in the same year.

In addition to his remarkable work on “This Is Us,” Ron Cephas Jones showcased his talent in various other television shows and movies. He appeared in popular series such as “Mr. Robot,” “The Get Down,” and “Luke Cage.” On the big screen, he left a lasting impression with his performances in films such as “Half Nelson,” “Across the Universe,” “Dog Days,” and “Dolemite Is My Name.” Moreover, Jones had a successful career as a stage actor, both on and off Broadway, and received a Tony Award nomination in 2022 for his portrayal of Montrellous in the play “Clyde’s.”

In an interview with The New York Times in 2021, Jones revealed that he had undergone a life-saving double-lung transplant at the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center in May 2020. The actor had been struggling with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and had spent nearly two months as a patient. He faced numerous challenges during his recovery, including being on and off a ventilator and having to relearn essential functions such as breathing, eating, and walking.

Upon hearing the news of Ron Cephas Jones’ passing, his co-star Sterling K. Brown paid tribute to the actor. Brown expressed his grief, stating that life imitated art as the world lost one of the most wonderful people it had ever seen. He emphasized the love and admiration he had for Jones and expressed how much he would be missed. Brown ended his tribute by wishing Jones to keep them laughing in the next phase of existence and promised to reunite with him someday.


Mandy Moore, another co-star from “This Is Us,” also shared her heartfelt sentiments about working with Ron Cephas Jones. She described the experience as the greatest gift and expressed her admiration for the actor’s pure magic as both a human being and an artist. Moore cherished every moment spent with Jones and declared that those memories would be treasured forever.

Ron Cephas Jones’ passing leaves a significant void in the entertainment industry, with his talent, kindness, and beautiful soul leaving an indelible mark on all who had the privilege of knowing him. His legacy will continue to inspire and touch the hearts of many, reminding us of the profound impact that one person can have on the world.

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