death – Obituary News : Beloved Emmy-Winning Actor Ron Cephas Jones Passes Away at 66
In a heartbreaking loss for the entertainment industry, Ron Cephas Jones, renowned for his exceptional performances on the hit NBC drama “This Is Us,” has died at the age of 66. The actor’s manager, Dan Spilo, confirmed the news of his passing, stating that Jones succumbed to a long-standing pulmonary issue. Known for his warmth, beauty, generosity, kindness, and remarkable talent, Jones left an indelible mark on the hearts of those fortunate enough to know him. He is survived by his daughter, Jasmine Cephas Jones.
Jones soared to fame through his portrayal of William Hill, a recovering drug addict battling terminal cancer who reunites with his biological son, Randall Pearson, masterfully played by Sterling K. Brown. His extraordinary talent was recognized by the Television Academy, earning him four consecutive Emmy nominations for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series from 2017 to 2020. The actor clinched the prestigious award in 2018 and 2020, solidifying his status as one of the industry’s finest.
Remarkably, in the same year Jones claimed his second Emmy, his daughter Jasmine Cephas Jones secured her own Emmy for her outstanding performance in the Quibi series “FreeRayshawn.” This made them the first father-daughter duo to simultaneously win Emmys, an extraordinary achievement that highlighted their exceptional talent and shared passion for the craft.
Jones showcased his versatility through various roles in both television and film. He graced the small screen in popular shows such as “Mr. Robot,” “The Get Down,” and “Luke Cage,” captivating audiences with his remarkable range. On the big screen, Jones left an indelible mark with his appearances in notable films like “Half Nelson,” “Across the Universe,” “Dog Days,” and “Dolemite Is My Name.”
Beyond his on-screen accomplishments, Jones also thrived as a stage actor, stunning audiences both on and off Broadway. His remarkable talent earned him a Tony Award nomination in 2022 for his exceptional portrayal of Montrellous in the acclaimed play “Clyde’s.”
In a candid interview with The New York Times in 2021, Jones opened up about his health struggles. He revealed that he underwent a double-lung transplant at the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center in May 2020 due to chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. The actor fought a harrowing battle, spending nearly two months as a patient, dependent on a ventilator. Jones had to relearn basic functions such as breathing, eating, and walking, showcasing immense resilience and determination.
The news of Jones’ passing has left his colleagues and friends devastated. Sterling K. Brown, his on-screen son in “This Is Us,” paid tribute to the late actor, expressing his deep sorrow. Brown shared heartfelt words, stating, “Life imitated art today, and one of the most wonderful people the world has ever seen is no longer with us. [Jones] has passed away, and the world is a little less bright. Brother, you are loved. And you will be missed. Keep them laughing in the next phase of existence, and I’ll see you when I get there.”
Mandy Moore, another co-star from “This Is Us,” also shared her profound grief. Moore cherished the privilege of working with Jones on the transformative journey of the show, describing him as pure magic both as an artist and as a human being. She expressed her eternal gratitude for the cherished moments they shared and vowed to treasure them forever.
Jones’ impact on the entertainment industry will forever be remembered. As fans mourn the loss of a remarkable talent, his legacy as an extraordinary actor, father, and human being will continue to inspire generations to come.
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