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Ron Cephas-Jones, ‘This Is Us’ actor, lifeless at 66


Jones had a double lung transplant in 2020 due to power obstructive pulmonary illness and spent practically two months in a Los Angeles hospital.

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Ron Cephas Jones, a veteran stage actor who received two Emmy Awards for his function as a long-lost father who finds redemption on the NBC tv drama collection This Is Us, has died at age 66, a consultant mentioned on Saturday, August 19. Jones’ supervisor, Dan Spilo, mentioned in an emailed assertion the actor died “attributable to a long-standing pulmonary situation.” “All through the course of his profession, his heat, magnificence, generosity, kindness and coronary heart had been felt by anybody who had the great fortune of figuring out him,” Spilo mentioned.

On This Is Us, Jones performed William “Shakespeare” Hill, a organic father whose life is renewed via his relationship with the household of his son Randall Pearson, performed by Sterling Okay. Brown. “One of the crucial fantastic individuals the world has ever seen is now not with us,” Brown mentioned in an Instagram put up after Jones’ dying. “The world is rather less vibrant. Brother, you might be liked. And you may be missed.”

Jones received Emmys for finest visitor actor in a drama collection in 2018 and 2020 and was nominated for 2 extra.

“Ron was the perfect of the perfect – on-screen, on stage, and in actual life,” This Is Us creator Dan Fogelman mentioned on X (the social media website previously often called Twitter). “My God: What an actor. I don’t suppose I ever modified a single take of his in a reduce as a result of all the pieces he did was good.”

Jones spent most of his profession within the theater earlier than and after This Is Us, returning to Broadway even after his transplant pressured him to study to breathe and stroll once more. “My entire life has been the stage,” Jones mentioned in a late 2021 interview with the The New York Instances , wherein he revealed he had quietly been affected by respiratory issues since concerning the time he started on This Is Us. “The concept of not performing once more appeared worse to me than dying,” Jones mentioned.

He was nominated for a Tony Award and received a 2022 Drama Desk Award for the Broadway function of a truck-stop prepare dinner in playwright Lynn Nottage’s Clyde’s.

A local of Paterson, New Jersey, Jones graduated from close by Ramapo School, the place he had supposed to review jazz however switched to theater throughout his sophomore 12 months. He spent the late Seventies and early Eighties touring the nation, working as a bus driver in Southern California for a number of years.

Within the mid-Eighties he moved to New York, the place his profession obtained a jumpstart when he started hanging out and collaborating on the Nuyorican Poets Café, an important artistic hub for poetry, hip-hop, and the performing arts. He would spend the following a long time always within the theater, usually in Off-Broadway performs in New York, together with a title flip as Shakespeare’s “Richard III” at The Public Theater, and in roles with the Steppenwolf Theatre Firm in Chicago.



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Jones additionally had TV visitor stints on Mr. Robotic, Luke Cage and Lisey’s Story. His movie appearances included 2006’s Half Nelson with Ryan Gosling and 2019’s Dolemite Is My Identify with Eddie Murphy.

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