Ron Cephas Jones (born January 8, 1957) is an American actor. He is finest identified for his function within the drama sequence This Is Us (2016–current), which earned him 4 consecutive Primetime Emmy Award nominations, successful twice for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series in 2018 and 2020.
Jones and British-born jazz singer Kim Lesley have a daughter, American stage and display screen actress Jasmine Cephas Jones.
Currently, Jones seems within the Hulu teen drama sequence Looking for Alaska, in addition to the Apple TV+ crime drama sequence Truth Be Told, reverse Octavia Spencer, Lizzy Caplan and Aaron Paul.
His movie credit embody He Got Game (1998), Sweet and Lowdown (1999), Half Nelson (2006), and Across The Universe (2007). In tv, he appeared as Reverend Lowdown within the episode “The Goat Rodeo” of the 2013 tv sequence Low Winter Sun and he performed Romero, a member of “fsociety” within the 2015 tv sequence Mr. Robot. He additionally appeared on season 3 of the present Banshee as Philadelphia kingpin, Mr. Frasier. He performed Harlem chess grasp Bobby Fish in season 1 of Marvel’s Luke Cage. Since 2016, Jones stars on the NBC drama sequence This Is Us as William Hill, the organic father of Randall Pearson (Sterling Okay. Brown). Jones acquired vital popularity of his efficiency on This Is Us and acquired a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series in 2018 and 2020 for his efficiency.
After returning to New York in 1985, Jones started spending time on the Nuyorican Poets Café in Manhattan’s East Village. During that point, he carried out in a play primarily based on the Billie Holiday tune Don’t Explain. His efficiency caught the eye of a casting director, which led to Jones being provided the lead function within the Tazewell Thompson manufacturing of the Cheryl West play Holiday Heart in 1994. Jones has carried out in a number of theatrical productions with the Steppenwolf Theatre Company in Chicago, Illinois; appeared because the title character of Shakespeare’s Richard III with The Public Theater in New York City, New York, in addition to different Off Broadway productions. Jones has served as an understudy or standby in a number of Broadway theatre productions. In 2014 Jones starred as Prometheus in Prometheus Bound directed by Travis Preston by way of the CalArts Center for New Performance.
Jones graduated from Ramapo in 1978, after which he moved to Los Angeles, California and drove a bus for the Southern California Rapid Transit District for the subsequent 4 years. During that point, Jones said he “fell in love, had a baby, acquired separated”. He then “traveled round”, dwelling in San Francisco, Arizona, and New Orleans earlier than returning to New York City in 1985.
Jones was born on January 8, 1957, in Paterson, New Jersey. He attended John F. Kennedy High School and graduated from Ramapo College. While at Ramapo, Jones had initially meant to review jazz below director Arnold Jones (no relation), however modified majors to theater after getting the lead in a manufacturing of Cinderella Ever After his sophomore yr.
Jones appeared in tv sequence corresponding to Mr. Robot (2015–2016), The Get Down (2016–2017), Luke Cage (2016–2018), and Truth Be Told (2019). He additionally appeared in plenty of movies, together with Half Nelson (2006), Across the Universe (2007), Glass Chin (2014), The Holiday Calendar (2018), Dog Days (2018), and Dolemite Is My Name (2019).
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