The This Is Us household is mourning the lack of Ron Cephas Jones. The actor, who performed William Hill within the hit collection, has died on the age of 66, his consultant confirmed to HollywoodLife on August 19. Ron’s consultant revealed that the actor died “because of a long-standing pulmonary difficulty.” The actor obtained a double lung transplant in 2020 after an ongoing battle with persistent obstructive pulmonary illness.
Following the information of his passing, Sterling Ok. Brown penned a heartfelt message about his onscreen dad. This Is Us creator Dan Fogelman additionally paid tribute to the actor. See their messages beneath:
Sterling Ok. Brown
“Life imitated artwork right now, and some of the great individuals the world has ever seen is now not with us. @cephasjaz has handed away, and the world is rather less vibrant,” Sterling wrote on Instagram. “Brother, you might be liked. And you can be missed. Maintain them laughing within the subsequent section of existence, and I’ll see you after I get there.”
Ron and Sterling cast one of many biggest onscreen father-son bonds as William and Randall on This Is Us. William was Randall’s organic father, who got here into Randall’s world later in life. William grew to become a beloved member of the Pearson household. The character handed away in season 1, however he nonetheless had a distinguished recurring position all through the remainder of the present’s run. He gained two Emmys for Excellent Visitor Actor in a Drama Sequence for his efficiency within the NBC collection.
Mandy Moore performed Pearson matriarch Rebecca Pearson throughout the 6-season run of This Is Us. Following the information of Ron’s dying, Mandy shared a photograph of her embracing Ron in a scene from the season 6 penultimate episode “The Practice.” Her Instagram message learn:
“Attending to know and work with Ron on the wild experience of This Is Us was the best gift- he was pure magic as a human and an artist… I’ll treasure the entire moments perpetually. Regardless that he wasn’t round set as a lot as all of us wished, he was such an intrinsic a part of the material of the present, it’s like he was all the time there. I’ll always remember how particular it was to movie this specific episode and welcome him again to say a correct goodbye to our TIU household and the entire expertise. I’m simply so unhappy. My ideas and love are with Jasmine and his household and pals. Love you, @cephasjaz.”
Chrissy Metz, who performed Randall’s sister Kate Pearson, wrote a touching message about Ron. “Ron, thanks for brightening each room you walked into. I’ll always remember and have been modified by your variety coronary heart, superb spirit, immeasurable expertise and exquisite smile,” Chrissy’s Instagram message learn.
She continued, “Could your transition be full of sunshine and peace. Sending all of my like to Jasmine & his family members throughout this time .
You’re really the good cat.”
Chris Sullivan starred as Kate’s love, Toby, within the NBC collection. Chris mourned the lack of the actor in a heartbreaking publish.
“I can not imagine he’s gone! It doesn’t appear doable. He was such a beneficiant and compassionate coronary heart. I’m so grateful for the time we spent collectively. #RIPRCJ,” Chris captioned a photograph of him and Ron on Instagram.
The This Is Us creator reacted to the information of Ron’s dying by way of Twitter (a.ok.a. X). Dan known as Ron’s passing a “huge loss.” He continued, “Ron was the perfect of the perfect – on display screen, on stage, and in actual life. The good. The best grasp and snigger. And my God: what an actor. I don’t suppose I ever modified a single take of his in a reduce… as a result of every thing he did was good…”
I first obtained to know Ron in the beginning of This Is Us, a magical time when it felt like we have been all being shot out of a cannon. He was all the time regular, all the time grateful – even because the insanity swirled round us.
He liked actors.
He LOVED his daughter.
And we liked him. All of Us.
— Dan Fogelman (@Dan_Fogelman) August 20, 2023
Dan adopted with one other tweet: “I first obtained to know Ron in the beginning of This Is Us, a magical time when it felt like we have been all being shot out of a cannon. He was all the time regular, all the time grateful – even because the insanity swirled round us. He liked actors. He LOVED his daughter. And we liked him. All of Us.”