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.
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".
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."
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.
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 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).
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.
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.
|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"|
|2000||G vs E||Herb||Ep: "Evilator"|
|Unsolved Mysteries||Gordon Page, Jr.||Ep: "#488"|
|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|
|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"|
|Fear Itself||Grady Edlund||Ep: "Skin & Bones"|
|Quarantine||Thin Infected Man|
|Hellboy II: The Golden Army||Abe Sapien/Angel of Death/The Chamberlain|
|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|
- ↑ Johnson-Ott, Ed. "Hellboy's fish-guy gets filleted." Nuvo.net. April 14, 2004]
- ↑ Topel, Fred; "Fantastic Four 2: Doug Jones: Doug Jones talks sequels, Fantastic Four and Hellboy."; craveonline; June 15, 2007
- ↑ Awards page for The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari at the Internet Movie Database
- ↑ "NVIDIA Demo: Human Head" at nzone.com
- ↑ Tara Bennett (2009-06-22). "The star of Guillermo del Toro's Frankenstein spills details on it and The Hobbit". Sci Fi Wire. Retrieved 2009-06-23.
- ↑ Sockbaby website
- ↑ Hewitt, Chris. "Doug Jones to star in Gainsbourg Biopic" Empire magazine; January 20, 2009
- ↑ Information on Gainsbourg: Vie Heroique at Jones' official site
- ↑ Mime Very Own Book at Medallion Press
- ↑ Cast page at Universal Dead website
- ↑ "Universal Dead full length feature?" Indie Intertube; June 28, 2010
- The Doug Jones Experience - Official website
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