Emmy Winner Ron Cephas Jones Dies at 66 : Actor Ron Cephas Jones, known for his Emmy-winning role in “This Is Us,” has died at 66, according to his manager, Dan Spilo. Lung issues caused his death.Jones is a seasoned stage actor praised for his role in “This Is Us.” He won Emmys in 2018 and 2020 for best guest actress in a drama series. He was also nominated for two more awards. His co-star, Sterling K. Brown, expressed his sadness on Instagram, saying, “The world is a bit dimmer now.” We love you, bro. We’ll miss you.Jones’s character was crucial in the show’s early seasons and remained significant throughout all six seasons due to the storytelling.
The “This Is Us” author, Dan Fogelman, praised Jones’ skills on X (formerly Twitter), saying, “Ron was the best of the best.” I always kept his takes in a cut because everything he did was great.
Jones was influential in both stage and TV. He returned to Broadway despite having a double lung transplant in 2020 due to chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. In a 2021 interview, he expressed his love for acting, stating, “My life is the stage.” He also mentioned having breathing issues while working on “This Is Us” and said not performing again was worse than death.He advanced theater. Jones won a 2022 Drama Desk Award for “Clyde’s.” He was also Tony Award nominated.
Jones was born in Paterson, NJ. While at Ramapo College, his path to the arts changed. He initially wanted to study music but switched to theater in his second year. Before his New York theater career, he traveled nationwide for years and drove a bus in Southern California.
In the 1980s, he joined the Nuyorican Poets Café in New York, a hub for poetry, hip-hop, and the performing arts. This was a major turning point in his career. His breakthrough was in 1994 with Cheryl West’s “Holiday Heart.”
Jones worked hard on the theater stage for decades. Shakespeare’s “Richard III” at The Public Theater and Steppenwolf Theatre Company in Chicago are two of his most famous roles. Outside theater, he guest starred on TV shows like “Mr. Robot,” “Luke Cage,” and “Lisey’s Story.”
In movies, he worked with actors in films like “Half Nelson” with Ryan Gosling and “Dolemite Is My Name” with Eddie Murphy.Jones has made a mark in entertainment. His daughter, Jasmine, is his only remaining family.