You may not recognize actor Doug Jones, who just joined “Star Trek: Discovery.” But he’s squished himself into a box for a jeans commercial, been in videos for Madonna and Marilyn Manson, and played zombies, aliens and the scariest monster in “Pan’s Labyrinth.” Here are some of his most memorable (and unrecognizable) appearances.
Batman Returns (1992)
The mild-mannered Jones played one of many evil clowns that run rampant in the Tim Burton action starring Michael Keaton as Bruce Wayne.
Hocus Pocus (1993)
During a 20th anniversary screening of “Hocus Pocus, Jones revealed that the moths that flew out of his character’s mouth were real and not special effects.
Magic Kid (1993)
This family comedy had karate action and laughs supplied by the nimble Jones.
Tank Girl (1995)
Jones played a genetically modified super-soldier called a Ripper in this post-apocalyptic sci-fi comedy starring Lori Petty and Naomi Watts.
Not even Josh Brolin can save Manhattan when cockroaches take over.
Warriors of Virtue (1997)
As the anthropomorphic kangaroo, Yee, Warrior of Metal, Jones is gifted with the virtue of righteousness.
Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1999)
Jones’ character leads a team called “The Gentlemen,” who steal the voices of their victims so they can’t scream when their hearts are cut out.
Jones plays a Yeti who runs a movie theater that showcases nightmares in this dark comedy that combines live-action with stop-motion animation.
Men in Black II (2002)
Although this sequel brought in more than $440 million worldwide, it also brought in a Razzie Award nomination for Lara Flynn Boyle as Worst Supporting Actress.
The Time Machine (2002)
As one of the many Morlocks, Jones donned an animatronic mask.
Although Jones played Abe Sapien in the “Hellboy” film series, his voice was dubbed by David Hyde Pierce.
Jones not only portrayed all four Imps, but he also choreographed the movements of the Czech dancers who played zombies.
Lady in the Water (2006)
Jones plays an invisible simian in director M. Night Shyamalan’s movie, which is based on a bedtime story he wrote for his kids.
Pan’s Labyrinth (2006)
It took five hours for Jones to get into The Pale Man costume… and then he had to look out the nose holes to see where he was going.
Pan’s Labyrinth (2006)
On the film’s DVD, Jones said that the Pan suit was divided into many sections with its legs anchored to his hips and not his shoulders, which distributed the weight better.
Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer (2007)
Jones’ Silver Surfer prosthetic suit was developed by Spectral Motion, and a VFX program from Weta Digital amplified the Surfer’s reflective surface.
It took four hours to transform Jones into the “thin infected man” with a full-body prosthetic, but the role only required one day of filming.
Fear Itself (2008)
Jones’ rancher, Grady Edlund, returns home to his family after being lost in the forest and possessed by a cannibalistic monster.
Hellboy II: The Golden Army (2008)
In this follow up to the 2004 cult classic, Jones played both Abe Sapien and the Angel of Death. The wings alone weighed 40 pounds.
Gainsbourg: A Heroic Life (2010)
In this biopic of French singer Serge Gainsbourg, Jones plays an animated exaggeration of the title character, which acts as his conscience.
Jones’ double-jointed legs came in handy when he played the Ice Cream Man in “Legion.”
The Candy Shop (2010)
This short film was actually a “fairytale” about a child sex trafficking epidemic in Atlanta.
Dragon Age: Redemption (2011)
In this web series, Jones’ character prepared a blood magic ritual designed to open a rift in time.
Rock Jocks (2012)
Jones plays a character named Smoking Jesus in this sci-fi comedy about dysfunctional government employees responsible for shooting down asteroids that are headed for earth.
Falling Skies (2013)
As a Volm, Jones’ Cochise has a particularly durable body that can withstand great stress and punishment.
The Strain (2014)
The FX horror drama series had Jones playing an “Ancient,” one of the seven original vampires.
Jake Simmons, a meta-human from Central City, terrorizes the Starling City.
Crimson Peak (2015)
Jones plays not one woman but two in this gothic romance starring Jessica Chastain.
Gehenna: Where Death Lives (2016)
A cave dating back to World War II is discovered in a long-abandoned Japanese military base. Inside is a frail, deformed elderly man — another remarkable Jones character.
Bram Stoker’s infamous vampire, Count Dracula, became Jones’ Count Orlok in “Nosferatu,” a remake of the 1922 silent horror classic.
And the real Doug Jones…
… continues to be the most sought after actor in town, with no less than 20 film and TV projects currently in various phases of production, including a movie about the Internet myth known as Slender Man, “Hellboy 3” and “Star Trek: Discovery.”