Doug Jones (actor)

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Doug Jones
Doug Jones by Gage Skidmore.jpg
Born (1960-05-24) May 24, 1960 (age 54)
Indianapolis, Indiana, U.S.
Occupation Actor
Years active 1985–present
Spouse(s) Laurie Jones (1984–present)

Doug Jones (born May 24, 1960) is an American former contortionist and actor best known to science fiction, fantasy, and horror fans for his various roles playing non-human characters, often in heavy makeup,[1] in films and television series such as Hocus Pocus, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Hellboy and its sequel Hellboy II: The Golden Army, Pan's Labyrinth, Falling Skies and Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer.[2]

Early life[edit]

Jones is from Indianapolis, Indiana. He attended Bishop Chatard High School. In 1982, he graduated from Ball State University,[2] where he parlayed his background as a mime into portraying the school mascot "Charlie Cardinal".[3]


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".[4]

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."[5]

Jones at the June 2008 Big Apple Convention in Manhattan.

In 2005, he renewed his association with Mexican director Guillermo del Toro, starring as the Faun in del Toro's multi-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 his voice was ultimately re-dubbed.[6]

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.[7] 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.[8]

In June 2007, Jones appeared in Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer as the Silver Surfer (though Laurence Fishburne portrayed 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.[9]

Jones starred as himself in Sockbaby 4, the fourth installment of the Internet martial arts comedy series Sockbaby.[10]

Jones appeared in the French-language film Gainsbourg (Vie héroïque), 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 that 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 Éric Elmosnino, who also played Gainsbourg. Director Joann Sfar liked Jones' speech spattern 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.[11][12][13]

In January 2010, Jones signed a book deal with Medallion Press to model a non-fiction 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 is due for publication in December 2011.[14]

Jones plays Dr. Henry Vataber in the web series, Universal Dead.[15] In late June 2010 it was announced that Universal Dead will be made into a feature film.[16]

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.[17]

Jones is going to appear as the Operator, a fictional entity based upon the Internet myth known as the Slender Man, in a film adaptation of the popular Marble Hornets YouTube series scheduled to be released in 2014.[18]



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
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
Warriors of Virtue Yee
1998 Bug Buster Mother Bug
Denial Ghost direct-to-video
1999 Mystery Men Pencilhead
Three Kings Dead Iraqi Soldier
2000 Stalled Len
The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle FBI Agent - Carrot
Jack Frost 2: Revenge of the Mutant Killer Snowman Dave direct-to-video
2001 Steven Spielberg's Movie Donald Columbus Short film
Monkeybone Yeti
2002 Adaptation. Augustus Margary
Men in Black II Joey
Side Effects Seth Short film
The Time Machine Spy Morlock
2003 Stuck on You Space Alien #2
2004 Three Lives Mysterious Caller / Mortician Short film
Hellboy Abe Sapien (voiced by David Hyde Pierce)
2005 The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari Cesare
Doom Dr. Carmack Imp
A Series of Small Things The Homeless Man Short film
2006 The Benchwarmers Number 7 Robot
Lady in the Water Tartutic #4
Pan's Labyrinth El Fauno; The Pale Man (voiced by Pablo Adán)
Hellboy: Sword of Storms Abe Sapien Voice
Nora Breaks Free Yoga Instructer Short film
2007 Carnies Ratcatcher
Hellboy: Blood and Iron Abe Sapien Voice
Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer Norrin Radd / The Silver Surfer (voice by Laurence Fishburne)
The Wager Peter Barrett
2008 Quarantine Thin Infected Man
Sockbaby Himself
Hellboy II: The Golden Army Abe Sapien/Angel of Death/The Chamberlain
The Job Office Manager Short film
2009 My Name is Jerry Jerry
Pie & Coffee Homeless Man Short film
Super Capers Special Agent Smith #1
The Butterfly Circus Otto Short film
2010 The Cure Samuel Bainer Short film
Gainsbourg (Vie héroïque) La Gueule
Legion Ice Cream Man
Cyrus Dr. Arthur
Sudden Death! Jonathan Wright Short film
Quantum Quest: A Cassini Space Odyssey Zero/Razer Voice
The Candy Shop Candy Shop Owner Short Film
2011 End of the Road Randolph
Absentia Walter Lambert
The Tomorrow Machine Ben Short film
Greyscale Jamison
Rock Jocks Smoking Jesus
2012 It's Alive Monster Short film
White Room: 20B3 Fyn-Ke'al Short film
The Watch Alien
Saint Alex Mr. Vanderplook Short film
John Dies at the End Robert North
The Man in the Silo Charlie Voice
2013 Raze Joseph
Hookah Allen Short film
First Impressions Suited Man Short film
Dust of War Jebediah Strumm
Innocent Blood Carl Grierr
Cruel Will Adrian
2014 Love in the Time of Monsters Dr. Lincoln
Marble Hornets[19] The Operator Post-production


Year Title Role Notes
1991 In Living Color Episode: "#2.24"
1993 Tales from the Crypt Contortionist Episode: "Food For Thought"
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"
The Weird Al Show Contortionist #2 4 episodes
1998 The Outer Limits Elder Alien Episodes: "Sarcophagus", "To Tell the Truth" and "Relativity Theory"
1999 Buffy the Vampire Slayer Lead Gentleman Episode: "Hush"
2000 G vs E Herb Episode: "Evilator"
The Darkling Shadow Master TV Movie
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"
Significant Others Waiter Episode: "A Date, Fate and Jail Bait"
2005, 2008 Criminal Minds Domino Thacker
Episodes: "Blood Hungry" and "Brothers in Arms"
2007 The Dukes of Hazzard: The Beginning Patron TV Movie
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–present Falling Skies Cochise Main cast (Season 3-)
2013 Comedy Bang! Bang! Future Man Episode: "Gillian Jacobs Wears a Red Dress with Sail Boats"
Sons of Anarchy Corrections Officer Crane Episode: "The Mad King"
2014 Teen Wolf William Barrow Episode: "Galvanize"


Year Title Role Notes
2009 Angel of Death Dr. Rankin Main cast
2011 Fallout: Nuka Break Mayor Conners Episode: #2, #3, #5
Dragon Age: Redemption Saarebas Main cast
The Guild Gerald Episodes: "Downturn" and "Grande Finale"
2010 Universal Dead Dr. Vataber Main cast
2012 League of STEAM Theodore Marshall Episode: "Dining with the Devil"
2012–2013 Research.[20] Denny Main cast
2013 Blockbuster Buster Himself Episode: "Rocky and Bullwinkle"
Adopted Lloyd Adams Episode: "Family Dinner"

Video game[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2008 Hellboy: The Science of Evil Abe Sapien Voice


  1. ^ Bell, David Christopher (November 14, 2013). "7 Iconic Costume Actors You Didn’t Notice In Non-Costumed Roles". Film School Rejects.
  2. ^ a b Gonzales, Matt (August 27, 2008). "Indy native Doug Jones underneath the hellish makeup".
  3. ^ "Charlie Cardinal Interview". The Doug Jones Experience. Reprinted from Ball State University's Alumnus Magazine. August 2004
  4. ^ Johnson-Ott, Ed. "Hellboy's fish-guy gets filleted." April 14, 2004
  5. ^ Topel, Fred. "Fantastic Four 2: Doug Jones: Doug Jones talks sequels, Fantastic Four and Hellboy.", Crave Online, June 15, 2007
  6. ^ "Doug Jones En Espanol" at
  7. ^ Awards page for The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari at the Internet Movie Database
  8. ^ "NVIDIA Demo: Human Head" at
  9. ^ "Guillermo Del Toro Casts Doug Jones in Frankenstein". June 14, 2009. Retrieved June 12, 2011. 
  10. ^ Sockbaby website
  11. ^ Hewitt, Chris. "Doug Jones to star in Gainsbourg Biopic" Empire magazine; January 20, 2009
  12. ^ Information on Gainsbourg: Vie Heroique at Jones' official site
  13. ^ Doug Jones incarne la Gueule de 'Gainsbourg',
  14. ^ Mime Very Own Book at Medallion Press
  15. ^ Cast page at Universal Dead website
  16. ^ "Universal Dead full length feature?" Indie Intertube; June 28, 2010
  17. ^ "The Candy Shop Film Announcement" Whitestone Pictures; July 6, 2010
  18. ^ "Web Series 'Marble Hornets' Getting Its Own Movie". Spill. Retrieved 21 December 2013. 
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