Renowned actors Octavia Spencer and Sterling K Brown, who had previously worked alongside Ron Cephas Jones, expressed their heartfelt tributes following his passing at the age of 66.
Jones, an accomplished stage actor and a two-time Emmy Award winner for his role in the TV series This Is Us, succumbed to a long-standing pulmonary issue.
His manager, Dan Spilo, shared a statement with US media outlets, praising Jones for his warmth, beauty, generosity, kindness, and heart that left an indelible mark on those fortunate enough to know him.
Jones had faced health challenges, undergoing a double lung transplant in 2020 due to chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.
After nearly two months in a Los Angeles hospital, Jones persevered and continued his career.
A Legacy on “This Is Us” and Beyond
Jones garnered widespread acclaim for his portrayal of William “Shakespeare” Hill on the hit show This Is Us.
The character’s redemption and renewed life through his connection with the Pearson family resonated deeply with audiences.
Sterling K Brown, who portrayed Randall Pearson, paid a touching tribute on Instagram, noting that Jones’ passing felt like life imitating art.
Octavia Spencer, who shared the screen with Jones on Truth Be Told, expressed her heartbreak at losing an incredibly talented actor and a kind-hearted individual.
She remembered every day on set with Jones as a good day.
Jones’ impact extended beyond the screen.
He was recognized for his exceptional acting prowess and his ability to dissect scenes. His legacy will undoubtedly serve as an inspiration to aspiring actors.
Fond Farewells and Heartfelt Memories
Ron Cephas Jones played an integral role in the early seasons of This Is Us, earning him an Emmy for best guest actor in a drama series in 2018 and 2020.
Fellow cast members shared their grief and fond memories.
Mandy Moore, who played Rebecca Pearson, described working with Jones on the show as a gift.
She emphasized his magical presence as both a human being and an artist.
Chrissy Metz, who portrayed Kate Pearson, thanked Jones for brightening every room with his kind heart and immeasurable talent.
Dan Fogelman, the creator of This Is Us, hailed Jones as an exceptional talent both on screen and on stage.
He praised Jones’ authenticity and highlighted his remarkable acting abilities, noting that every take Jones delivered was perfect.
A Storied Career and Lasting Legacy
Beyond his work on This Is Us, Jones enjoyed a prolific career in theatre and screen.
He made guest appearances on notable TV shows like Mr. Robot, Marvel’s Luke Cage, and Lisey’s Story.
His film roles included appearances in Half Nelson (2006) alongside Ryan Gosling and Dolemite Is My Name (2019) with Eddie Murphy. Jones returned to Broadway even after his lung transplant, showcasing his enduring passion for the craft.
Ron Cephas Jones is survived by his daughter, Jasmine Cephas Jones, leaving behind a legacy of exceptional talent, kindness, and unforgettable performances.Share on Facebook «||» Share on Twitter «||» Share on Reddit «||» Share on LinkedIn