Doug Jones

Doug Jones Biography

Doug Jones (born May 24, 1960) is an American actor and former contortionist known for roles in the science fiction, fantasy, and horror genres, often wearing heavy makeup to play nonhuman characters. He has appeared in films such as Hocus Pocus. He also appeared as Abe Sapien in the supernatural superhero film Hellboy and its sequel Hellboy II: The Golden Army. Jones is also knowing for playing the villain the Pale Man and the Faun in Pan's Labyrinth and portrayed the titular Silver Surfer in the superhero film Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer, as well as the TV series Falling Skies and Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

Personal life

Jones was born in Indianapolis, Indiana, the youngest of four brothers, and attended Bishop Chatard High School. He graduated from Ball State University, where he parlayed his background as a mime into portraying the school mascot "Charlie Cardinal". He describes himself as a "dyed-in-wool Christian from the Midwest", to the point that he was initially apprehensive about his role in Hellboy, as the titular character is a demon.


Jones has worked as a contortionist. "You"?d be surprised how many times that comes into play in commercials. They"?ll want somebody to hold a box of Tide funny or something. I once squished into a box for a commercial for relaxed fit jeans".

Although known mostly for his work under prosthetic makeup, such as the zombie Billy Butcherson in the Disney Halloween film Hocus Pocus, or the lead Spy Morlock in the 2002 remake of the 1960 film The Time Machine, he has also performed without prosthetics in such films as Adaptation, Mystery Men, and Batman Returns, and indie projects such as Stefan Haves' Stalled, AntiKaiser Productions' Three Lives, Phil Donlon's A Series of Small Things, and as Cesare in David Fisher's 2005 remake of the 1920 silent classic The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari. He performed as Abe Sapien in Hellboy, although the voice was performed by an uncredited David Hyde Pierce. Explaining the challenge of working so often in rubber suits and prosthetics, he notes, "I have to make that a part of my being and my physicality and again, acting is a full body experience and that's a part of it when you're doing a costumed character."

In 2005, he renewed his association with Mexican director Guillermo del Toro, starring as the Faun in del Toro's multiple-Oscar-winning Spanish-language fantasy/horror project El Laberinto del Fauno (Pan's Labyrinth). He also has a secondary role in the film as 'The Pale Man', a gruesome creature with a penchant for eating children. Working once more under heavy prosthetics in both roles, he was also required to learn large amounts of dialogue in Spanish, though ultimately his voice was dubbed anyway.

The year also brought success for The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, the film receiving three awards at the Screamfest Horror Festival in Los Angeles, including the Audience Choice Award. In 2006, Jones appeared in the feature films The Benchwarmers and Lady in the Water, and reprised his role as Abe Sapien by voicing the character in the new Hellboy Animated television project, recording two 75-minute animated films.

In February 2007, Jones' likeness was used for Nvidia's "Human Head" tech demo.c

In June 2007, Jones appeared in Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer as the Silver Surfer (though Laurence Fishburne provided the character's voice). He reprised his role as Abe Sapien in Hellboy II: The Golden Army, once more under the direction of Guillermo del Toro, for which he played both the voice and body performance. He also played two other roles in the film: the Angel of Death and the Chamberlain, both under heavy prosthetics. In 2009, del Toro announced on BBC Radio that Jones would be playing the monster in his upcoming version of Frankenstein.

Jones starred as himself in Sockbaby 4, the fourth installment of the Internet martial arts comedy series Sockbaby.

Jones appeared in the French-language film Gainsbourg (Vie hroque), written and directed by French comic-book author Joann Sfar and produced by Universal Europe. Jones played La Gueule ("The Mug"), the grotesque fantasy muse and malicious doppelganger who teases, guides, and accompanies Serge Gainsbourg throughout his life. He worked under prosthetics designed and created by the Oscar-winning Spanish FX shop DDT Efectos Especiales, with whom he had already worked on Pan's Labyrinth: the FX technicians requested specifically that Jones be given the role of the Mug creature, due to his ability to perform with heavy prosthetics and elaborate special effects. As in Pan's Labyrinth, Jones performed his lines phonetically, this time speaking in French; his voice was redubbed by ric Elmosnino, who also played Gainsbourg. Director Joann Sfar liked Jones' speech patterns so much that he asked Elmosnino to mimic it when he performed the creature's lines. The film was released in France on January 20, 2010.

In January 2010, Jones signed a book deal with Medallion Press to model a nonfiction comedic coffee-table book called Mime Very Own Book, co-written by Adam Mock and Scott Allen Perry, and photographed by Eric Curtis. The book was due for publication in December 2011.

Jones plays Dr. Henry Vataber in the web series, Universal Dead. In late June 2010, it was announced that Universal Dead will be made into a feature film.

Jones appeared in the independent film, The Candy Shop, a "modern fairy tale" shedding light upon child sex trafficking created by the Georgia film studio, Whitestone Pictures.

Jones appeared as the Operator, a fictional entity based on the Internet myth known as the Slender Man, in Always Watching: A Marble Hornets Story a 2014 film adaptation of the popular Marble Hornets YouTube series.

Jones was Cast in Star Trek: Discovery in November 2016



Year Title Role Notes
1987 The Newlydeads Tim
1990 Night Angel Ken
1991 Carnal Crimes Lang Direct-to-video
1992 Batman Returns Thin Clown
1993 Hocus Pocus Billy Butcherson
1993 Magic Kid Clown in Office Direct-to-video
1995 Tank Girl Additional Ripper
1996 The Adventures of Galgameth Big Galgy
1997 Mimic Long John #2
1997 Warriors of Virtue Yee Voiced by Doug Parker
1998 Bug Buster Mother Bug
1998 Denial Ghost Direct-to-video
1999 Mystery Men Pencilhead
1999 Three Kings Dead Iraqi Soldier
2000 Stalled Len
2000 The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle FBI Agent - Carrot
2000 Jack Frost 2: Revenge of the Mutant Killer Snowman Dave Direct-to-video
2001 Steven Spielberg's Movie Donald Columbus Short film
2001 Monkeybone Yeti
2002 Adaptation. Augustus Margary
2002 Men in Black II Joey
2002 Side Effects Seth Short film
2002 The Time Machine Spy Morlock
2003 Stuck on You Space Alien #2
2004 Three Lives Mysterious Caller / Mortician Short film
2004 Hellboy Abe Sapien Voiced by David Hyde Pierce
2005 The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari Cesare
2005 Doom Carmack Imp / Sewer Imp
2005 A Series of Small Things The Homeless Man Short film
2006 The Benchwarmers Number 7 Robot
2006 Lady in the Water Tartutic #4
2006 Pan's Labyrinth The Faun / The Pale Man Voiced by Pablo Adn
2006 Hellboy: Sword of Storms Abe Sapien (voice) Direct-to-video
2006 Nora Breaks Free Yoga Instructor Short film
2007 Carnies Ratcatcher
2007 Hellboy: Blood and Iron Abe Sapien (voice) Direct-to-video
2007 Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer Norrin Radd/The Silver Surfer Voiced by Laurence Fishburne
2007 The Wager Peter Barrett
2008 Quarantine Thin Infected Man
2008 Sockbaby Himself Short film
2008 Hellboy II: The Golden Army Abe Sapien / Angel of Death / The Chamberlain
2008 The Job Office Manager Short film
2009 My Name is Jerry Jerry
2009 Pie & Coffee Homeless Man Short film
2009 Super Capers Special Agent Smith #1
2009 The Butterfly Circus Otto Short film
2010 The Cure Samuel Bainer Short film
2010 Gainsbourg (Vie hroque) La Gueule
2010 Legion Ice Cream Man
2010 Cyrus Dr. Arthur
2010 Sudden Death! Jonathan Wright Short film
2010 Quantum Quest: A Cassini Space Odyssey Zero / Razer (voices)
2010 The Candy Shop Candy Shop Owner Short Film
2010 Absentia Walter Lambert
2010 Greyscale Jamison
2010 Rock Jocks Smoking Jesus
2011 End of the Road Randolph
2011 The Tomorrow Machine Ben Short film
2012 It's Alive Monster Short film
2012 White Room: 20B3 Fyn-Ke'al Short film
2012 The Watch Hero Alien
2012 Saint Alex Mr. Vanderplook Short film
2012 John Dies at the End Robert North
2013 Raze Joseph
2013 Hookah Allen Short film
2013 First Impressions Suited Man Short film
2013 Dust of War Jebediah Strumm
2013 Innocent Blood Carl Grierr
2013 Cruel Will Adrian
2014 Love in the Time of Monsters Dr. Lincoln
2014 Everlast Suited Man Short film
2015 Always Watching: A Marble Hornets Story'' The Operator
2015 Crimson Peak Edith's Mother / Lady Sharpe
2016 Ouija: Origin of Evil Marcus
2016 The Bye Bye Man The Bye Bye Man Post-production
2017 The Shape of Water Filming


Year Title Role Notes
1991 In Living Color Episode: "#2.24"
1993 Tales from the Crypt Contortionist Episode: "Food For Thought"
1993 Silk Stalkings Artie Episode: "Love Never Dies"
1994 The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles Slapstick actor Episode: "Indiana Jones and Hollywood Follies"
1996 Bone Chillers Mummy Episode: "Mummy Dearest"
1997 Unhappily Ever After Fake Kramer Episode: "Sternberg"
1997 The Weird Al Show Contortionist #2 4 episodes
1998 The Outer Limits Elder Alien / Alien #1 / Alien / Alien Doctor 3 episodes
1998 Kenan & Kel Head Waiter Episode: "Attack of the Bug Man"
1999 Buffy the Vampire Slayer Lead Gentleman Episode: "Hush"
2000 G vs E Herb Episode: "Evilator"
2000 The Darkling Shadow Master Television film
2001 Unsolved Mysteries Gordon Page, Jr. Episode: "#488"
2002 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Grinder Episode: "Revenge is Best Served Cold"
2003 The Guardian Micah Oakley Episode: "Believe"
2004 Rock Me Baby Auggie the Octopus Episode: "I Love You, You Don't Love Me"
2004 Significant Others Waiter Episode: "A Date, Fate and Jail Bait"
2005, 2008 Criminal Minds Domino Thacker / Beanie 2 episodes
2007 The Dukes of Hazzard: The Beginning Patron Television film
2008 Fear Itself Grady Edlund Episode: "Skin & Bones"
2010 Nick Swardson's Pretend Time Gay Robot 6 episodes
2012-2013 The Neighbors Dominique Wilkins 6 episodes
2013-2015 Falling Skies Cochise 27 episodes
2013 Comedy Bang! Bang! Future Man Episode: "Gillian Jacobs Wears a Red Dress with Sail Boats"
2013 Sons of Anarchy Corrections Officer Crane Episode: "The Mad King"
2014 Teen Wolf William Barrow Episode: "Galvanize"
2014-2015 The Strain The Ancient / The Master 3 episodes
2015 Arrow Jake Simmons/Deathbolt Episode: "Broken Arrow"
2015 The Flash Jake Simmons/Deathbolt Episode: "Rogue Air"
2015 Z Nation Dan Scully Episode: "Roswell"
2015 The Ultimate Legacy Hawthorne Television film
2017 Star Trek: Discovery Lieutenant Saru Regular Cast


Year Title Role Notes
2009 Angel of Death Dr. Rankin 10 episodes
2011 Fallout: Nuka Break Mayor Conners 3 episodes
2011 Dragon Age: Redemption Saarebas 3 episodes
2011 The Guild Gerald 2 episodes
2010 Universal Dead Dr. Vataber 3 episodes
2012 League of STEAM Theodore Marshall Episode: "Dining with the Devil"
2012–2013 Research. Denny 8 episodes
2013 The Blockbuster Buster Himself Episode: "Rocky and Bullwinkle"
2013 Adopted Lloyd Adams Episode: "Family Dinner"
2015 Hell's Kitty Father Damien 2 episodes
2016 Screen Junkies Movie Fights Himself 1 episode

Video game

Year Title Role
2008 Hellboy: The Science of Evil Abe Sapien (voice)

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