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For other uses, see Doug Jones. Doug JonesJones at Judson University, October 2015Born (1960-05-24) May 24, 1960 (age 58)
Doug Jones (born May 24, 1960) is an American actor, contortionist, and mime. He is best known for his roles in Hellboy, Pan's Labyrinth, and The Shape of Water.
He is known for his multiple collaborations with filmmaker Guillermo del Toro, starring in Mimic, as Abe Sapien in Hellboy and Hellboy II: The Golden Army, the Faun and the Pale Man in Pan's Labyrinth, the ghosts of Edith's Mother and Beatrice Sharpe in Crimson Peak, and the Amphibian Man in The Shape of Water. He has appeared in films such as Tank Girl, Hocus Pocus and The Bye Bye Man. He portrayed the titular Silver Surfer in the superhero film Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer, and appeared in the TV series Falling Skies, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and del Toro's The Strain. Since 2017, he has been a series regular on Star Trek: Discovery, portraying Commander Saru.Contents
Jones was born in Indianapolis, 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.Career This section needs additional citations for verification. Please help improve this article by adding citations to reliable sources. Unsourced material may be challenged and removed.
Jones started his career in the television and movie industry as a television advertisement character of the 1980s, Mac Tonight. He worked as a contortionist, saying, "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 Walt Disney Pictures 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 played 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 worked again with Mexican director Guillermo del Toro, starring as the Faun in del Toro's multiple-Academy Award-winning Spanish-language fantasy/horror project 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, although ultimately his voice was redubbed anyway, by Pablo Adan. The same 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. In June 2007, he 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 del Toro, for which he provided both the voice and body performance. He 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 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 who teases, guides, and accompanies Serge Gainsbourg throughout his life. He was fitted with prosthetics designed and created by the Academy Award-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 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 would be made into a feature film. He appeared in the independent film The Candy Shop, a "modern fairy tale" shedding light upon child sex trafficking, created by the American film studio Whitestone Pictures.
He also 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 as Commander Saru in Star Trek: Discovery, which premiered September 24, 2017. That same year, Jones reunited with Guillermo del Toro in 2017, this time in a romantic lead role, playing the Amphibian Man in The Shape of Water.Filmography Film Year Title Role Notes 1987 The Newlydeads Tim 1990 Night Angel Ken 1991 Carnal Crimes LangLang 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 Voiced by Doug Parker 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 Carmack Imp / Sewer 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 The Faun / The Pale Man Voiced by Pablo Adán Hellboy: Sword of Storms Abe Sapien Voice; Direct-to-video Nora Breaks Free Yoga Instructor Short film 2007 Carnies Ratcatcher Hellboy: Blood and Iron Abe Sapien Voice; Direct-to-video Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer Norrin Radd / Silver Surfer Voiced by Laurence Fishburne The Wager Peter Barrett 2008 Quarantine Thin Infected Man Sockbaby Himself Short film 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 Absentia Walter Lambert Greyscale Jamison Rock Jocks Smoking Jesus 2011 End of the Road (1,2,3...Scream) Randolph The Tomorrow Machine Ben Short film 2012 It's Alive Monster Short film White Room: 20B3 Fyn-Ke'al Short film Men In Suits Himself Documentary The Watch Hero Alien Saint Alex Mr. Vanderplook Short film John Dies at the End Robert North 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 Everlast Suited Man Short film 2015 Always Watching: A Marble Hornets Story The Operator Crimson Peak Ghosts of Edith's Mother / Lady Beatrice Sharpe 2016 Ouija: Origin of Evil Marcus Kiss the Devil in the Dark Terrance / Dagon Short film 2017 The Bye Bye Man The Bye Bye Man The Danger Element Doctor Elymas The Shape of Water Amphibian Man Island in the Sun Ranger Sydney Film School short film 2018 Gehenna: Where Death Lives Creepy Old Man Television 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 / Alien #1 / Alien / Alien Doctor 3 episodes 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" 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" 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 2012–13 The Neighbors Dominique Wilkins 6 episodes 2013–15 Falling Skies Cochise 27 episodes 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" 2014–16 The Strain The Ancient / The Master 6 episodes 2015 F Is for Family Sammy 10 episodes 2015 Arrow Jake Simmons / Deathbolt Episode: "Broken Arrow" The Flash Jake Simmons / Deathbolt Episode: "Rogue Air" Z Nation Dan Scully Episode: "Roswell" The Ultimate Legacy Hawthorne Television film 2017–present Star Trek: Discovery Commander Saru/Saru (mirror) Main Role (15 episodes)