Ron Cephas Jones

Ron Cephas Jones (born January 8, 1957) is an American actor. He is best known for his role in the drama series This Is Us (2016–2018), which earned him three consecutive Primetime Emmy Award nominations, winning one for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series in 2018. Jones has also appeared in a number of films and television series including Half Nelson (2006), Glass Chin (2014), seasons 1–2 of Mr. Robot (2015–2016), and Luke Cage (2016–2018).

Ron Cephas Jones
Jones in 2017
Born (1957-01-08) January 8, 1957
Other namesRon C. Jones
ChildrenJasmine Cephas Jones

Early life

Jones was born on January 8, 1957, in Paterson, New Jersey. He attended John F. Kennedy High School and graduated from Ramapo College.[1]


His film credits include He Got Game (1998), Sweet and Lowdown (1999), Half Nelson (2006), and Across The Universe (2007). Jones has also performed in several theatrical productions with the Steppenwolf Theatre Company in Chicago, Illinois; appeared as the title character of Shakespeare's Richard III with The Public Theater in New York City, New York, as well as other Off Broadway productions. Jones has served as an understudy or standby in several Broadway theatre productions.

In television he appeared as Reverend Lowdown in the episode "The Goat Rodeo" of the 2013 television series Low Winter Sun and he played Romero, a member of "fsociety" in the 2015 television series Mr. Robot.[2] He also appeared on season 3 of the show Banshee as Philadelphia kingpin, Mr. Frasier. He played Harlem chess master Bobby Fish in season 1 of Marvel's Luke Cage. Since 2016, Jones stars on the NBC drama series This Is Us as William Hill, the biological father of Randall Pearson (Sterling K. Brown). Jones received critical acclaim for his performance on This Is Us and received a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series in 2017 for his performance.

Jones has signed on to appear in two other television series. First, Jones will appear in the Hulu teen drama series Looking for Alaska. Secondly, Jones will appear in the Apple TV+ crime drama series Truth Be Told, opposite Octavia Spencer, Lizzy Caplan and Aaron Paul.

Personal life

Jones and British-born jazz singer Kim Lesley have a daughter, American stage and screen actress Jasmine Cephas Jones.



1994Murder MagicBuddy Dixon
1996Naked ActsJoel
1998He Got GamePrison Guard Bowell
1999Sweet and LowdownAlvin
2001Little SenegalWestley
A Day in Black and WhiteN/A
2002Paid in FullIce
2004AnonymousFrankShort film
The Ballad of Pinto RedEarl House
2005Preaching to the ChoirPug
2006Half NelsonMr. Dickson
2007Across the UniverseBlack Panther
2012Watching TV with the Red ChineseLittle
2014Glass ChinRay Ellington
National Theatre Live: Of Mice and MenCrooks
2018Dog DaysWalter
The Holiday CalendarGramps
2019Dolemite Is My NameRicco


1996Law & OrderFrank DoyleEpisode: "Slave"
1996New York UndercoverJames FarrisEpisode: "Blue Boy"
1997Law & OrderRoland BooksEpisode: "Entrapment"
1999Double PlatinumJean ClaudeTelevision movie
2003Word of HonorRamon DetonqTelevision movie
2006Law & Order: Criminal IntentReggie BanksEpisode: "Dramma Giocoso"
2008A Raisin in the SunWilly HarrisTelevision movie
2012NYC 22Arthur AnsonEpisode: "Schooled"
2013Low Winter SunReverend Lowdown3 episodes
2014The BlacklistDr. James CovingtonEpisode: "Dr. James Covington (No. 89)"
2015BansheeFrazier2 episodes
2015–16Mr. RobotRomero8 episodes
2016–17The Get DownWinston Kipling5 episodes
2016–18Luke CageBobby Fish13 episodes
2016–presentThis Is UsWilliam "Shakespeare" Hill24 episodes
2019Looking for AlaskaDr. HydeMain role
2019Truth Be ToldLeander "Shreve" ScovilleMain role

Awards and nominations

Year Award Category Nominated work Result
2017 14th Gold Derby Awards Best Drama Supporting Actor This Is Us Nominated
1st Black Reel Awards for Television Outstanding Supporting Actor, Drama Series Won
69th Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series Nominated
21st OFTA Television Awards Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series Nominated
2018 24th Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series (shared with the ensemble) Won
15th Gold Derby Awards Best Drama Guest Actor Nominated
2nd Black Reel Awards for Television Outstanding Guest Actor, Drama Series Won
70th Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series Won
2019 71st Primetime Emmy Awards Nominated

See also


  1. "How hit show This Is Us is connected to NJ — NO spoilers, scout’s honor!", WKXW, February 23, 2017. Accessed February 17, 2018. "First, the cast includes New Jersey native, Ron Cephas Jones. The Paterson native who played William (Randall's biological dad) graduated John F. Kennedy High School and then attended Ramapo College in Mahwah. Jones also has had recent roles in Mr. Robot & Luke Cage."
  2. Stanhope, Kate (April 16, 2015). "USA's 'Mr. Robot' Nabs 'Gotham,' 'Sopranos' Actors for Recurring Roles (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved July 17, 2015.
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