Ron Simons, American Actor and Producer, Died At The Age Of 63, Cause Of Death?

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Recently, unfortunate news has come out: American actor and producer Ron Simons died at the age of 63 on Wednesday, June 12. The cause of death has not yet been declared. His family, friends, and fans are deeply emotional. Social media is filled with tributes to Ron Simons and expressions of grief over his passing.

Ron Simons’ death was announced by his production company, SimonSays Entertainment. One of his spokesmen confirmed his death but declined to disclose the location and the cause of death.

Before becoming an actor and producer, Ron Simons worked in the tech field, leaving his job at Microsoft as an executive to follow his dream of becoming a theatrical producer. He was one of the few Black people on Broadway and won four Tony Awards during his career.

Ron Simons was never fully satisfied with his acting roles. In 2009, he began producing, believing that his experience as an actor and businessman would benefit his new career. He told DC Theater Arts in 2020, “I’ve found that many businesspeople can handle the question of financial viability but can’t judge a good story, so as an artist, I also have that area of expertise. Plus, even if it’s a good story, it has to be crafted to take it to the stage, so the leadership must understand how to get it there.”

His career as a producer grew rapidly. He produced “The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess,” which won the Tony Award for Best Revival of a Musical in 2012 and was performed by Audra McDonald and Norm Lewis. He later won a second Tony Award for Best Play for “Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike,” a comedy by Christopher Durang about three middle-aged siblings.

Cheryl Wiesenfeld, the producer of both shows, said in a phone interview, “He was an actor who’d gone to business school, and there was a sense of humanity about him.” She added that Mr. Simons brought not only financial resources but also “a zest, curiosity, intelligence, and knowledge” to his productions.

Ron Simons won his third Tony Award for Best Musical for “A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder” and his fourth for the revival of August Wilson’s play “Jitney,” about a storefront taxi company in a Black neighbourhood in Pittsburgh.

In a 2017 interview with WAMC-FM in Albany, New York, Ron Simons emphasized the importance of diverse voices in the arts, stating, “In these political times, it is so, so important to share works of diverse voices. I think it’s really, really key that we uphold, promote, and give voice to these diverse voices who are under siege right now and those who might not be directly under siege but who are ignored by mainstream entertainment and arts organizations.”

Ron Simons achieved many milestones in his career, leaving a legacy as one of the best actors and producers in the industry. His absence is deeply felt by all who knew him, and he will be greatly missed. May his soul rest in peace.

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