Ron Cephas Jones, who won two Emmy Awards for his role as William Hill on This Is Us, had died. He was 66.
The actor died “due to a long-standing pulmonary issue,” his representative confirmed in a statement to People magazine on Saturday. The Hollywood Reporter has reached out to his rep.
“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,” the statement continued. “He began his career at the Nuyorican Poets Cafe and his love for the stage was present throughout his entire career, including his recent Tony nominated and Drama Desk Award winning performance for his role in Clyde’s on Broadway.”
Born on January 8, 1957, in Paterson, New Jersey, Jones went on to pursue a career in acting. His most notable role was on This Is Us, in which he played William Hill, the biological father of Sterling K. Brown’s Randall Pearson. He starred alongside Milo Ventimiglia and Mandy Moore in the hit series. The role also scored him two Emmys, in 2018 and 2020, both for outstanding guest actor in a drama series.
Jones has starred in several other projects throughout his decades-long career in the industry, including Truth Be Told, Looking for Alaska, Lisey’s Story, Better Things, Luke Cage, Mr. Robot and The Get Down. He also made appearances on Law & Order: Organized Crime and Law & Order: Criminal Intent. As for films, hestarred in Half Nelson and Across the Universe, to name a few.
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