Ron Simons, Broadway Producer Passed Away At 63

Ron Simons, an actor who evolved into a powerful producer of theater and film, has passed away. He was honored with four Tony Awards and had many films chosen for the Sundance Film Festival. He was sixty-three. His New York-based production firm, SimonSays Entertainment, announced Simons’ passing on Wednesday without providing an explanation or other information.

The production business posted a statement on Facebook “It is with heavy hearts that we share the unexpected passing of our beloved, blessed, and highly favored friend, Ronald Keith Simons.”

Simons received Tony Awards for producing “A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder,” starring Jefferson Mays; “Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike,” starring Sigourney Weaver; and “Porgy and Bess,” with Norm Lewis and Audra McDonald.

The revival of “for colored girls who have considered suicide/when the Rainbow Is Enuf,” “Ain’t Too Proud: The Life and Times of The Temptations,” an all-Black production of “A Streetcar Named Desire,” “Hughie,” co-produced with Forest Whitaker, “The Gin Game,” starring Cicely Tyson and James Earl Jones, and the original work “Thoughts of a Colored Man.”

After the first full season following George Floyd’s passing in 2022, a discussion regarding race and representation in America resurfaced, and Simons was happy to see Broadway present one of its most diverse Tony slates to date. This many people of color represented across all categories of the Tony Awards.” “That really inspired and impressed me.”

Ron Simons Career

On the film front, Simons produced “Blue Caprice,” starring Isaiah Washington and Tequan Richmond, “Mother of George,” starring Danai Gurira, “Gun Hill Road,” starring Esai Morales and Judy Reyes, and “Night Catches Us,” starring Kerry Washington, Anthony Mackie, and Wendell Pierce.

He started out as an actor, performing in local theaters such as the Classical Theatre of Harlem, Seattle Repertory Theatre, Utah Shakespeare Festival, and Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park.

He appeared in the television series Law & Order: Criminal Intent, The Resident, Law & Order: SVU, and the motion pictures 27 Dresses and Mystery Team.

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