Doug Jones (born May 24, 1960) is an American film and television actor best known to science fiction, fantasy, and horror fans for his various roles playing non-human characters, often in heavy makeup, in films and television series such as Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Hellboy, Pan's Labyrinth and Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer.

Early life

Jones was born in Indianapolis, Indiana. After attending Bishop Chatard High School, he headed off to Ball State University, where he graduated in 1982 with a Bachelor's degree in Telecommunications, and a minor in Theatre. He learned mime at school, joining a troupe called "Mime Over Matter". Also during his stay at BSU, he portrayed the school mascot "Charlie Cardinal".


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".[1]

Although known mostly for his work under prosthetic makeup, such as the zombie Billy Butcherson in the Halloween film Hocus Pocus, or the lead Spy Morlock in the 2002 remake of 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 1919 silent classic The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari. His performance as Abe Sapien in Hellboy, which opened at the top of the U.S. box office in the spring of 2004, brought him an even higher profile and much praise from audiences and critics alike. 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."[2]

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.[citation needed]

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.[3] 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.[4]

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. Jones is open to playing more creatures in Del Toro's planned two-part The Hobbit adaptation, as well as his version of Frankenstein (which he began make-up tests for June 2009).[5]

Jones starred as himself in Sockbaby 4, the fourth installment of the Internet martial arts comedy series Sockbaby.[6]


According to Jones' official website, he will appear in the upcoming French-language film Gainsbourg (Vie héroïque), written and directed by French comic-book author Joann Sfar and produced by Universal Europe. Jones plays La Gueule, the grotesque fantasy muse that teases, guides and accompanies Gainsbourg throughout his life. He is working under prosthetics designed and created by the Oscar-winning Spanish FX shop DDT Efectos Especiales, with whom he worked on Pan's Labyrinth. The film was released in France on January 20, 2010.[7][8]

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.[9]

Jones plays Dr. Henry Vataber in the web series, Universal Dead.[10] In late June 2010 it was announced that Universal Dead will be made into a feature film.[11]


Year Film Role Notes
1992 Batman Returns Thin Clown
1993 Tales from the Crypt Contortionist Ep: "Food For Thought"
Hocus Pocus Billy Butcherson
1994 The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles Slapstick actor Episode "Indiana Jones and Hollywood Follies"
1995 Tank Girl Additional Ripper
1997 Mimic Long John #2
Warriors of Virtue Yee
1998 The Outer Limits Elder Alien Eps: "Sarcophagus", "To Tell The Truth" and "Relativity Theory"
1999 Buffy the Vampire Slayer Lead Gentleman Ep: "Hush"
Mystery Men Pencilhead
2000 G vs E Herb Ep: "Evilator"
2001 Monkeybone Yeti
Unsolved Mysteries Gordon Page, Jr. Ep: "#488"
2002 Adaptation. Augustus Margary
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Grinder Ep: "Revenge is Best Served Cold"
Men in Black II Joey
The Time Machine Spy Morlock
2004 Three Lives Mysterious Caller / Mortician
Hellboy Abe Sapien (voice by David Hyde Pierce)
2005 The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari Cesare
Doom Dr. Carmack Imp
A Series of Small Things The Homeless Man
Criminal Minds Domino Thacker Ep: "Blood Hungry"
2006 The Benchwarmers Number 7 Robot
Carnies Ratcatcher
Lady in the Water Tartutic #4
Pan's Labyrinth El Fauno/The Pale Man
2007 Hellboy: Blood and Iron Abe Sapien (voice)
Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer Norrin Radd / The Silver Surfer (voice by Laurence Fishburne)
Hellboy: Sword of Storms Abe Sapien (voice)
The Wager Peter Barrett
2008 Criminal Minds Beanie Ep: "Brothers in Arms"
Retarded Policeman#13 Mime
Fear Itself Grady Edlund Ep: "Skin & Bones"
Quarantine Thin Infected Man
Sockbaby Himself
Hellboy II: The Golden Army Abe Sapien/Angel of Death/The Chamberlain
2009 Greyscale Jamison
Cyrus Dr. Arthur
My Name is Jerry Jerry
Angel of Death Dr. Rankin
Battle Jitni Episode 1: The Danger Element Dr. Elymas
The Butterfly Circus Otto
2010 Gainsbourg (Vie héroïque) La Gueule
Legion Ice Cream Man


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