He is an actor that is not recognized on screen—only because he usually wears a mask. But he is very popular and has amassed quite a following before participating on Star Trek. Doug Jones on Discovery is the newest
talented person with marvelous credentials. He has acted in countless numbers of commercials, music videos and movies. Mostly in prosthetics. Some of his most memorable roles are Hellboy’s Abe Sapien, The Faun and The Pale Man in “Pan’s Labyrinth’ and the Amphibian Man in “The Shape of Water.” All of these movies were directed by Guillermo del Toro.
Doug Jones is one of four brothers from Indiana. The youngest of them all. He graduated from Bishop Chatard High School. With a degree in Telecommunications and a minor in theatre, Jones graduated from Ball State University in 1982. With wife Laurie, Jones still has special theatre projects in Indiana. They have no children, but love theatre.
DOUG JONES FACTS
Name: Doug Jones
Birthplace: Indianapolis, Indiana
Birthdate: May 24, 1960
College: Ball State University
Spouse: Laurie Jones
DOUG JONES MOVIES AND TV
Jones has acted in over 25 films and numberless commercials and many music videos. Here are a few highlight roles listed in his acting career.
1992 Batman Returns The Thin Clown
1993 Hocus Pocus Billy Butcherson
1995 Tank Girl Additional Ripper
1997 Mimic Long John #2
2002 Men in Black 2 Joey
2002 The Time Machine Spy Morlock
2004 Hellboy Abe Sapien
2006 Pan’s Labyrinth The Faun/ The Pale Man
2009 Legion The Ice Cream Man
2013 Dust of War Jebediah Strumm
2016 The Bye Bye Man The Bye Bye Man
2017 The Shape of Water The Amphibian Man/ Charley
1998 Outer Limit Elder Alien/Alien #1
1998 Kenan & Kel Head Waiter
1999 Buffy the Vampire Slayer Lead Gentlemen
2002 CSI:Crime Scene Investigation Grinder
2003 The Guardian Micah Oakley
2005 Criminal Minds Domino Thacker/Beanie
2008 Fear Itself Grady Edlund
2013 Falling Skies Cochise
2013 Sons of Anarchy Corrections Officer Crane
2014 Teen Wolf William Barrow
2015 The Flash Jake Simmons/ Deathbolt
2017 Star Trek: Discovery Commander Saru
Known for his ability to hide behind prosthetics, Doug Jones sits in a chair for Saru’s makeup about two hours. The makeup artists changed the slit eyes in the first episode to round eyes for the rest of the season. The slits in
his eyes were more difficult to handle than previously thought. Doug enrobes a cowl, face piece, bottom chin and a bottom lip. Doug Jones cut his hair for the four-piece mask and the first makeup test took around three hours to complete. Now the makeup crew has the time down to two hours or a little less than that. Of course, he dons gloves and special boots because Saru has hoofedd feet.
How tall is Doug Jones?
The no-heeled boot raises Mr. Jones’ height from 6’3” to 6’8”. Framing Saru with other characters has been a challenge because of his height. And because of this heelless shoe, Doug Jones developed a supermodel walk for Saru.
DOUG JONES IS THE SPOCK OF THE STAR TREK: DISCOVERY SERIES?
A lifelong Star Trek fan watching the original episodes from the sixties with James T. Kirk and Lt. Commander Spock, the enormity of playing the role of Kelpian, Saru on Star Trek: Discovery is not lost on Doug Jones.
He was 6 years old when the Original Series aired and watched or known about every iteration of the Star Trek franchise since childhood. Spock is Doug Jones’ favorite character on Star Trek because “he is unlike the others in the crew.” The pitch to Doug Jones upon taking the role of Saru was that Saru was the “Spock of the Star Trek: Discovery series.”
Who could turn that part down?
But Doug Jones understands his character’s inner turmoil better than others. He believes Saru has an expanded range of emotions than his counterpart. Saru feels fear more than anyone else. His ganglia even allow others to know when he senses fear or imminent death. Spock—pointed ears. The trio of captain and the first officers for Star Trek: Discovery are brother and sister relationship with Saru and Michael Burnham. They compete for the motherly Captain Georgiou’s attention. Saru is known for being cowardly or cautious and Burnham more outgoing and a risk taker. Cute, cuddly and charming, Saru is a distinct character in the Star Trek world and will not easily be forgotten.
SARU THE CHARACTER
Saru is a Kelpian and the first Kelpian to graduate from Starfleet Academy. He is a new alien species introduced to the Star Trek universe. A bilateral species, Saru is the prey species in this alien race. The animal instinct of fear manifests itself through threat ganglia that emerge from near the base of the skull. When Saru is afraid or believes the threat of death is near, these threat ganglia expose themselves. This makes Kelpians vulnerable because others can sense when they are afraid.
SECOND SEASON OF SARU AND HIS GROWTH
Admitting Saru is not ripe for the captain’s seat just yet, instead, Jones wants Saru to go home and create more backstory in the second season of Star Trek: Discovery. He wants Saru to find his family and interact with them. This would make for an interesting second season with plenty of story lines. Spock and his dad were an appealing plot device in the Original Series. Saru, also, would be a delight with his amusing family on board the Discovery and how they relate to Saru’s crewmates.
Doug Jones and his talent in working with prosthetics is a much-needed surprise to the Star Trek universe. He brings years of experience in acting and he is a gem to watch on this series week to week. Hopeful, Discovery will stay on the air for a long time so we can admire his ability to bring depth to a character in a very humble way. Unrecognizable from the screen, Doug Jones is one of the most popular actors on Discovery and the Star Trek series you will never see face-to-face.