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
|Other names||Ron C. Jones|
|Children||Jasmine Cephas Jones|
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. 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.
Jones and British-born jazz singer Kim Lesley have a daughter, American stage and screen actress Jasmine Cephas Jones.
|1994||Murder Magic||Buddy Dixon|
|1998||He Got Game||Prison Guard Bowell|
|1999||Sweet and Lowdown||Alvin|
|A Day in Black and White||N/A|
|2002||Paid in Full||Ice|
|The Ballad of Pinto Red||Earl House|
|2005||Preaching to the Choir||Pug|
|2006||Half Nelson||Mr. Dickson|
|2007||Across the Universe||Black Panther|
|2012||Watching TV with the Red Chinese||Little|
|2014||Glass Chin||Ray Ellington|
|National Theatre Live: Of Mice and Men||Crooks|
|The Holiday Calendar||Gramps|
|2019||Dolemite Is My Name||Ricco|
|1996||Law & Order||Frank Doyle||Episode: "Slave"|
|1996||New York Undercover||James Farris||Episode: "Blue Boy"|
|1997||Law & Order||Roland Books||Episode: "Entrapment"|
|1999||Double Platinum||Jean Claude||Television movie|
|2003||Word of Honor||Ramon Detonq||Television movie|
|2006||Law & Order: Criminal Intent||Reggie Banks||Episode: "Dramma Giocoso"|
|2008||A Raisin in the Sun||Willy Harris||Television movie|
|2012||NYC 22||Arthur Anson||Episode: "Schooled"|
|2013||Low Winter Sun||Reverend Lowdown||3 episodes|
|2014||The Blacklist||Dr. James Covington||Episode: "Dr. James Covington (No. 89)"|
|2015–16||Mr. Robot||Romero||8 episodes|
|2016–17||The Get Down||Winston Kipling||5 episodes|
|2016–18||Luke Cage||Bobby Fish||13 episodes|
|2016–present||This Is Us||William "Shakespeare" Hill||24 episodes|
|2019||Looking for Alaska||Dr. Hyde||Main role|
|2019||Truth Be Told||Leander "Shreve" Scoville||Main role|
Awards and nominations
|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|
- "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."
- Stanhope, Kate (April 16, 2015). "USA's 'Mr. Robot' Nabs 'Gotham,' 'Sopranos' Actors for Recurring Roles (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved July 17, 2015.