Acclaimed actor Ron Cephas Jones, best known for his portrayal of William Hill in the hit TV series "This Is Us," has passed away at the age of 66.
The cause of his death was attributed to a long-standing pulmonary issue, as confirmed by the actor's representative. The statement released by the representative highlighted Jones' warmth, beauty, generosity, kindness, and heart, which touched everyone who had the privilege of knowing him.
Born in Paterson, New Jersey, Jones initially aspired to study jazz but later shifted his focus to acting during his college years. Before embarking on his acting journey, he spent several years driving a bus in Los Angeles. His acting career on screen began later in life, with notable TV appearances in series such as "Law & Order," "NYPD Blue," "The Blacklist," "Mr. Robot," and "Luke Cage." He also made his mark in films, including "Half Nelson," "Across The Universe," "Venom," and "Dolemite Is My Name."
However, it was his role as William Brown in "This Is Us" that garnered him significant acclaim. In the series, he portrayed the biological father of Randall, played by Sterling K. Brown, who reconnects with his son years after giving him up for adoption.
Sterling K. Brown, who shared a close on-screen bond with Cephas Jones, paid tribute to the late actor via Instagram. In real life, Cephas Jones is survived by his daughter, Jasmine Cephas Jones, known for her roles in "Blindspotting" and the stage production of "Hamilton."