The world of entertainment has lost a gem. Ron Cephas Jones, best known for playing William Hill on NBC’s hit show “This Is Us,” has passed away at 66.
The Emmy winner’s death was confirmed on Saturday, with a representative citing a long-standing pulmonary issue as the cause. Ron’s legacy extends beyond his age and even his famous roles. The statement from his representative captures it perfectly: “His warmth, beauty, generosity, kindness, and heart were felt by anyone who had the good fortune of knowing him.”
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Ron’s love for the stage began at the Nuyorican Poets Cafe, and it never faded. From there to Broadway’s “Clyde’s,” his passion was undeniable. A recent Tony nomination and a Drama Desk Award win only marked his excellence.
But it’s his role as Randall Pearson’s biological father on “This Is Us” that will remain etched in our hearts. Two Emmy wins out of four nominations speak volumes about his talent. Not to forget, he and his daughter Jasmine became the first father-daughter duo to win Emmys in the same year.
Earlier this year, Ron reflected on his return to “This Is Us.” He spoke about the beauty in endings and how they can signify a new beginning. His words now seem almost prophetic, don’t they?
Besides “This Is Us,” Ron’s talent was showcased in various TV series such as Apple+ series “Truth Be Told,” “Law & Order: Organized Crime,” “Luke Cage,” and “Mr. Robot.” His film credits were equally impressive, with appearances in “Dolemite Is My Name,” “Dog Days,” “The Holiday Calendar,” and more.
Ron’s departure leaves a void that can’t be filled. His performances were not just acts; they were pieces of his soul that he shared with us. From his infectious smile to his heartwarming monologues, Ron Cephas Jones will be deeply missed. But as the man himself said, endings can be beautiful if you accept them for what they are. Here’s to celebrating a life well-lived. Farewell, Ron.