Doug Jones on Discovery

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

Doug Jones on Discoverytalented 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.



Name: Doug Jones

Birthplace: Indianapolis, Indiana

Birthdate: May 24, 1960

Height: 6’3”

College: Ball State University

Spouse: Laurie Jones




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

Pictured (l-r): Doug Jones as Lieutenant Saru; Sonequa Martin-Green as First Officer Michael Burnham; Michelle Yeoh as Captain Philippa Georgiou. STAR TREK: DISCOVERY coming to CBS All Access. Photo Cr: Jan Thijs. © 2017 CBS Interactive. All Rights Reserved.

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.



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 Star Trek Dynamic Duosrole 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 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 fearStar Trek: Discovery 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.



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.