Doug Jones biography

The Shape of Water

Doug Jones

Date of Birth: May 24, 1960

Performer Doug Jones is the youngest of four brothers born in Indianapolis, Indiana. He graduated from Bishop Chatard High School and then attended Ball State University, where he graduated in 1982 with a Bachelor's degree in Telecommunications and a minor in Theater.

While attending university, Jones joined a performing troupe and learned how to mime. He combined his talent as a contortionist (he has double-jointed legs) with the ability to express emotions without speaking to become a versatile actor. Jones moved to Los Angeles in 1985 and has been entertaining audiences ever since.

Jones has appeared in film and television in many different roles. He has also been featured in nearly 100 commercials, as well music videos by Madonna, The Red Hot Chili Peppers and Marilyn Manson.

The majority of Jones' feature film work has been done under the mask of makeup and prosthetics. Often appearing in elaborate costumes and playing mystical characters, Jones has been seen in Hocus Pocus (1993), Men In Black II (2002), Doom (2005), Lady in the Water (2006) and Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer (2007). Jones has been seen in his natural state in Mystery Men (1999) and Adaptation (2002).

The actor has a long history collaborating with Mexican director Guillermo del Toro. The pair first teamed up for del Toro's first American film Mimic (1996) and have also worked together on Hellboy (2004) and the Oscar-winning Pan's Labyrinth (2006).

Jones reprised his role of Abe Sapien in del Toro's superhero sequel, Hellboy 2: The Golden Army (2008). The roles have since continued to pour in for this actor, both in film and on television. For instance, he starred in the comedy film The Watch (2012) alongside Ben Stiller and Vince Vaughn, and also enjoyed a recurring role on the series Research. He then went on to star in the crime thriller The Midnight Man (2016), the drama We've Forgotten More Than We Ever Knew (2016), and the horror flicks Ouija: Origin of Evil (2016), Gehenna: Where Death Lives (2016), and The Bye Bye Man (2017). His latest film is the sci-fi/romance The Shape of Water (2017).

Doug Jones Filmography

Actor:

  • The Bye Bye Man (2017)
  • The Shape of Water (2017)
  • 5th Passenger (2016)
  • Gehenna: Where Death Lives (2016)
  • Ouija: Origin of Evil (2016)
  • The Midnight Man (2016)
  • Greyscale (2015)
  • Nerd Love (2014)
  • John Dies at the End (2013)
  • The Watch (2012)
  • Absentia (2011)
  • Cruel Will (2011)
  • End of the Road (2011)
  • Gainsbourg (2011)
  • Cyrus (2010)
  • Lights Out (2010)
  • Quantum Quest: A Cassini Space Odyssey (2010)
  • Legion (2009)
  • My Name Is Jerry (2009)
  • Hellboy 2: The Golden Army (2008)
  • Hellboy II: The Golden Army (2008)
  • The Man in the Silo (2008)
  • Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer (2007)
  • Hellboy Animated: Sword of Storms (2007)
  • Lady in the Water (2006)
  • Pan's Labyrinth (2006)
  • The Benchwarmers (2006)
  • Doom (2005)
  • The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (2005)
  • Hellboy (2004)
  • Stuck on You (2003)
  • Adaptation (2002)
  • Men in Black II (2002)
  • The Time Machine (2002)
  • Monkeybone (2001)
  • Stalled (2000)
  • The Adventures of Rocky & Bullwinkle (2000)
  • Mystery Men (1999)
  • Ratcatcher (1999)
  • Three Kings (1999)
  • Bug Buster (1998)
  • Denial (1998)
  • Mimic (1997)
  • Galgameth (1996)
  • Tank Girl (1995)
  • Hocus Pocus (1993)
  • Batman Returns (1992)
  • Night Angel (1990)
  • The Newlydeads (1987)

The Shape of Water

Genre:  Drama, Romance, Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Running Time:  123 min.
Release Date:
December 8, 2017 - Toronto
December 15, 2017 - Vancouver, Montréal
December 22, 2017 - Expands
Digital: February 27, 2018
DVD/Blu-ray: March 13, 2018

Current rating: Rating: 3.65
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Cast: Sally Hawkins, Michael Shannon, Richard Jenkins, Doug Jones, Michael Stuhlbarg, Octavia Spencer