Whether you know it or not, Indiana native Doug Jones has been a part of everyone's Halloween for the past 20+ years portraying a lot of your favorite characters. But you might not have realized that it was him...

He's tall, he's lanky, he's from Indianapolis, a Ball State grad, and he's every sci-fi and prosthetics person's dream. He's Doug Jones and he's been on your big and small screens for a long time. He's portrayed many of your favorite characters in movies and tv for years...and you might not even realize it.

This is Doug Jones:

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Recognize him?

Probably not. Because the only times you've seen him are when he's in full prosthetics and costume, which make him almost unrecognizable. So let's refresh your memory with some of his most iconic roles.


Hocus Pocus -Billy Butcherson

Even if you don't know who Doug Jones is, you see him at least once a year when Hocus Pocus is on tv on Halloween.


Buffy the Vampire Slayer, "Hush" -The Gentlemen (He was the tallest and creepiest of them)

One of the most iconic Buffy episodes of all time. Seriously. Go look at any "Best of Buffy" lists and this episode is always in the top 3, if not #1. It got nominated for 2 Emmy's. It's kind of a big deal.


Hellboy -Abe Sapien

Ever since Hellboy, Guillermo Del Toro loves using Doug Jones in anything he can. (As you'll see further down this list.)


Pan's Labyrinth -Pale Man and Faun

Doug got to play not one, but two creepy people in Guillermo Del Toro's "Pan's Labyrinth". And you don't even have to understand Spanish to get thoroughly creeped out by the Pale Man.


Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer -the Silver Surfer


Legion -Ice Cream Man

I didn't eat ice cream for a month after I saw this movie.


Crimson Peak -Lady Sharpe

Oh look! Another Guillermo Del Toro picture! I wonder who he got to play the creepy red lady...


The Bye Bye Man -The Bye Bye Man


The Shape of Water -Amphibian Man

When people first saw this trailer they said that the Amphibian Man reminded them of Abe Sapien. Well, it should....Doug plays both. (If you're keeping track on your Guillermo counter, this is number 6, after Hellboy, Hellboy: the Golden Army, Pan's Labyrinth, 2 episodes he directed of The Strain on FX featuring Doug Jones, and Crimson Peak.)


Star Trek: Discovery -Saru
(Sundays on CBS)



So if you didn't know who Doug Jones was before, now you do. Now when you watch tv and see a tall lanky person in prosthetics you'll be like me and think "Hey, is that Doug?"


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