Doug Jones

Roger North
  • The youngest of four brothers, Doug Jones was born in Indianapolis, Indiana, and grew up in the city's Northeastside. 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.

    Jones learned mime at school, joining a troupe called "Mime Over Matter." He worked as a contortionist and acted in theatrical productions in Indiana before moving to Los Angeles in 1985.  Since then, he has acted in over 25 films, numerous television series (including the award-winning “Buffy The Vampire Slayer,” his episode 'Hush' garnering two Emmy nominations) and

  • over 90 commercials and music videos with the likes of Madonna, The Red Hot Chili Peppers and Marilyn Manson.Jones is well-known for his iconic work under prosthetics, including the floppy zombie 'Billy' in the Halloween classic HOCUS POCUS, or the lead Spy Morlock in the 2001 remake THE TIME MACHINE. In addition to these roles, Jones has starred in critically acclaimed films as ADAPTATION with Nicholas Cage, MYSTERY MEN with Ben Stiller, BATMAN RETURNS with Danny DeVito and indie features such as Stefan Haves' STALLED, Phil Donlon's A SERIES OF SMALL THINGS, and as 'Cesare' in David Fisher's daring 2005 remake of the 1919 silent classic THE CABINET OF DR. CALIGARI.

  • Jones’ role as 'Abe Sapien' in HELLBOY in 2004 brought him much praise from both audiences and critics.

    In 2005, he again worked with Mexican director Guillermo del Toro when he starred in the title role of 'Pan' in del Toro's Spanish language fantasy/horror project PAN'S LABYRINTH, which later garnered six Academy Award nominations, winning three.  He also had a cameo 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 also was required to learn huge chunks of dialogue in archaic Spanish.

  • In 2005, Jones was seen in DOOM, THE BENCHWARMERS and LADY IN THE WATER, the latter directed by award-winning cult director/writer M. Night Shyamalan. He also starred in the award-winning film THE CABINET OF DR. CALIGARI, which won three awards at the Screamfest Horror Festival in Los Angeles, including the Audience Choice Award.

    Jones continued his collaboration with Guillermo del Toro into 2006, as he reprised his role as 'Abe Sapien' voicing the character in the new “Hellboy Animated” television project,

  • recording two 70-minute animated films, “Hellboy: Sword of Storms” and “Hellboy: Blood and Iron.”

    In 2007, Jones starred in the film FANTASTIC FOUR in the role of ‘Silver Surfer.”  He then reprised his role as 'Abe Sapien' in HELLBOY II: THE GOLDEN ARMY, once more under the direction of Guillermo del Toro. In addition playing 'Abe,’ Jones played two other roles, the 'Angel of Death' and 'The Chamberlain,' both under heavy prosthetics. The film was number one at the box office on its U.S. opening weekend.

  • In 2008, Jones appeared in SUPER CAPERS, LEGION and QUARANTINE in addition to an episode of the television series “Fear Itself” directed by cult horror director Larry Fessenden. Doug's chilling performance as possessed rancher 'Grady Edlund' won rave reviews from critics and audiences alike.

    Jones also starred in French writer Joann Sfar’s film SERGE GAINSBOURG: VIE HEROIQUE – an affectionate and surreal tribute to the life and works of French singer-songwriter Serge Gainsbourg. Jones played Gainsbourg’s strange alter ego 'La Gueule,' a comic-book style character who is Gainsbourg's muse.

  • Working once more with David Marti and Montse Ribe of DDT Efectos Especiales, the Oscar-winning FX shop from PAN’S LABYRINTH, Doug spent four months filming in Paris.

    Jones is most proud of his starring role in the independent film MY NAME IS JERRY, which was shot in his home state of Indiana with fellow Ball State University alumnus director Morgan Mead. In what he calls his 'dream role' written specially for him, he worked in the summer of 2008 in Muncie, Indiana with a unique crew combining industry professionals and film students from Ball State, giving many talented young film makers a chance to gain experience

  • in a professional production. The film won numerous awards including a Best Actor award for at the 3rd Strasbourg International Film Festival in 2010.  MY NAME IS JERRY was released on DVD in 2010.

    Jones and his wife Laurie mentor young people who wish to work in film and are beginning their careers in the business.  Not having children of their own, and remembering how hard it was for Doug when he started out, he and Laurie now provide a kind of surrogate parental support mechanism for many young folks struggling to make their way in a very tough industry. Jones and Laurie live in California, but return home to visit Indiana whenever they can.

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