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Ron Cephas Jones

Ron Cephas Jones
Ron Cephas Jones 3.jpg
Jones in 2017
Born (1957-01-08) January 8, 1957 (age 62)
Other namesRon C. Jones
ChildrenJasmine 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).

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.



Year Title Role Notes
1994 Murder Magic Buddy Dixon
1996 Naked Acts Joel
1998 He Got Game Prison Guard Bowell
1999 Sweet and Lowdown Alvin
2001 Little Senegal Westley
A Day in Black and White N/A
2002 Paid in Full Ice
2004 Anonymous Frank Short film
The Ballad of Pinto Red Earl House
2005 Preaching to the Choir Pug
2006 Half Nelson Mr. Dickson
2007 Across the Universe Black Panther
2010 Ashes Floyd
2012 Watching TV with the Red Chinese Little
2013 Titus Titus
2014 Glass Chin Ray Ellington
National Theatre Live: Of Mice and Men Crooks
2018 Dog Days Walter
Venom Jack Uncredited
The Holiday Calendar Gramps
2019 Dolemite Is My Name Ricco


Year Title Role Notes
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 Banshee Frazier 2 episodes
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

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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