Acclaimed Emmy-winning actor Ron Cephas Jones, best known for his portrayal of William on NBC’s “This Is Us,” has passed away at age 66, according to People magazine.
Jones, who was honored twice with the Best Guest Actor in a Drama Series Emmy for his role on “This Is Us,” succumbed to complications from a “long-standing pulmonary issue,” shared his representative to Yahoo Entertainment.
The statement expressed, “Throughout his illustrious career, Ron’s warmth, magnanimity, and immense talent were palpable to those fortunate enough to know him. His journey began at the Nuyorican Poets Cafe and he maintained an enduring passion for the stage, as evidenced by his Tony-nominated and Drama Desk Award-winning role in Clyde’s on Broadway. Ron’s profound impact on audiences, particularly through his celebrated performance on ‘This Is Us,’ will forever be remembered. He leaves behind his daughter, Jasmine Cephas Jones.”
Beyond “This Is Us,” Jones’s compelling presence graced shows such as “Mr. Robot,” “Looking for Alaska,” “Truth Be Told,” and “Law & Order: Organized Crime,” and films including “Dolemite is My Name” and “The Holiday Calendar.”
In 2020, the actor underwent a double lung transplant, battling chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Reflecting on this challenging period in a 2021 interview with The New York Times, Jones admitted his initial hesitation about the procedure, fearing the potential need for lifelong oxygen assistance. He candidly shared, “I was in total denial… The mere thought of never performing again felt worse than death.”
On X, previously known as Twitter, admirers of Jones’s work poured out their grief. One user wrote, “Such a profound loss. Every role Ron Cephas Jones embraced became unforgettable, especially as William in ‘This Is Us’. He will always be cherished. Rest in Peace.” Another added, “Jones’ portrayal of William Hill was truly transformative. His legacy will undoubtedly live on.”