Jones’ manager Dan Spilo said in a statement that the actor died “due to a long-standing lung issue.”
“Throughout his career, his warmth, beauty, generosity, kindness and heart were felt by all who were fortunate enough to know him,” Mr. Spilo said.
Jones underwent a double lung transplant in 2020 due to chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and spent nearly two months in a hospital in Los Angeles.
On This Is Us, Jones played William “Shakespeare” Hill, a biological father whose life is renewed through his relationship with the family of his son Randall Pearson, played by Sterling K Brown.
“One of the most wonderful people the world has ever seen is no longer with us,” Brown said in an Instagram post after Jones’ death. “The world is a little less bright. Brother, you are loved. And we will miss you.
Jones played a more central role in the show’s early seasons, but appeared in one form or another in all six seasons of the show, which featured time-based storylines that provided recurring opportunities for its cast even after their parents died. characters.
Jones won Emmys for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series in 2018 and 2020 and was nominated for two more.
“Ron was the best of the best – on screen, on stage and in real life,” This Is Us creator Dan Fogelman tweeted. “My God: what an actor. I don’t think I ever edited one of his takes in an edit because everything he did was perfect.
Jones spent most of his acting career before and after This Is Us, returning to Broadway even after his transplant forced him to relearn how to breathe and walk.
“My whole life has been on stage,” Jones said in a 2021 interview with The New York Times, in which he revealed he had been quietly suffering from respiratory issues since around the time he started This Is Us. .
“The idea of not playing anymore felt worse than death,” Jones said.
Jones has guest-starred on television in Mr Robot, Luke Cage and Lisey’s Story.
His film appearances include Half Nelson in 2006 with Ryan Gosling and Dolemite Is My Name in 2019 with Eddie Murphy.
He is survived by his daughter, Jasmine Cephas Jones.