While famous for working under prosthetics in iconic feature film roles, Doug Jones is also a versatile character actor who has performed as "himself" in guest star roles on shows like Arrow, The Flash, Teen Wolf, Z-Nation, The Neighbors, Criminal Minds, CSI, and NBC's horror anthology Fear Itself. A veteran of over 100 commercials, Jones was Mac Tonight, the moon-headed piano player in the long-running 1990's McDonald's campaign. Also, he starred as the lead villain in "Hush," an Emmy-winning episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, long considered a fan favorite. Additionally, Jones is a semi-regular guest judge on the hit SyFy reality series, Face Off.
In 2005, he played the title role of Pan, as well as the nightmare character known as The Pale Man, in Guillermo del Toro's Oscar-winning Spanish language fantasy/horror feature Pan's Labyrinth. However, it was his sensitive and elegant performance as Abe Sapien in del Toro's 2004 box office hit Hellboy that brought Jones unique work to a wider audience. He went on to voice that same character for the Emmy-nominated Cartoon Network animations Hellboy: Sword of Storms and Hellboy: Blood and Iron. In 2007, Jones title role performance in Fantastic Four: The Rise of the Silver Surfer was hailed by fans and critics alike. In 2008, Jones reprised his starring role, as well as two other characters, in Hellboy II: The Golden Army, once more under the direction of del Toro. Also, he starred in Gainsbourg, a stylized biopic of the famous French poet/singer/composer Serge Gainsbourg, in which he played Gainsbourg's dark alter ego. The film won three Cesar Awards, the French equivalent of the Oscars. Also, Jones has had prominent creature roles in Crimson Peak, The Watch, The Bye Bye Man, Always Watching: A Marble Hornets Story, Legion, and many others.
Jones was a series regular on three seasons of TNT's Spielberg-produced sci-fi series Falling Skies and recurred on Guillermo del Toro's FX series The Strain. Upcoming, Jones will star opposite Sally Hawkins in del Toro's The Shape of Water.