Emmy-Winning Ron Cephas Jones, ‘This Is Us’ actor dies at 66

The Emmy-winning actor Ron Cephas Jones, who was best known for playing William Hill on This Is Us, has passed away at the age of 66.

In a statement sent via email, Jones’ manager, Dan Spilo, stated that the actor passed away “due to a long-standing pulmonary issue.”

“Throughout the course of his career, his warmth, beauty, generosity, kindness and heart were felt by anyone who had the good fortune of knowing him,” Spilo said.

“Ron’s inner-beauty and soul was evident to the huge audience from his multi-Emmy award winning performance on This is Us. He is survived by his daughter Jasmine Cephas Jones,” the statement concluded.

Jones is most known for playing William Hill, Randall Pearson’s biological father, on the hit television series This Is Us, for which he won a guest actor Emmy in 2018 and another in 2020. He and his daughter Jasmine, 34, became the first father-daughter winners in the same year when Jasmine won her first Emmy in 2020.

Coactor Sterling K. Brown wrote on Instagram after Jones’ passing “One of the most wonderful people the world has ever seen is no longer with us. The world is a little less bright. Brother, you are loved. And you will be missed.”

The Law & Order: Organized Crime actor revealed to The New York Times in 2021 that he had been privately treated for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and had a double lung transplant at the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center in 2020, where he spent about two months as a patient.

In addition to This Is Us, the New Jersey native also acted in Mr. Robot (2015–2016), The Get Down (2016–2017), Luke Cage (2016–2018), Looking For Alaska (2019), and Truth Be Told (2019–2023).

“Ron was the best of the best – on screen, on stage, and in real life,” “This Is Us” creator Dan Fogelman said on Twitter. “My God: what an actor. I don’t think I ever changed a single take of his in a cut because everything he did was perfect.”

Before and after “This Is Us,” Jones spent the most of his career in theater. He continued to perform on Broadway even after his transplant caused him to relearn how to breathe and walk.

“My whole life has been the stage,” Jones said “The idea of not performing again seemed worse to me than death,”

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