Featured Speaker: Doug Jones

” A Conversation with The Amphibian Man”

Doug Jones will receive the Ray and Pat Browne Award for Contributions to Popular Culture

This multi-award winning actor is possibly the most famous person you’ve never seen.  After a 30 year career under heavy make-ups, but in memorable roles such as the goofy zombie ‘Billy Butcherson’ in HOCUS POCUS, Doug Jones was thrust to the forefront as the blue fish-man sidekick, ‘Abe Sapien’, in HELLBOY.

He took this kind of work to new heights with his role as the romantic leading ‘Amphibian Man’ in Guillermo del Toro’s Academy Award 2017 Best Picture THE SHAPE OF WATER, and his dual roles as ‘Pan’ and the ‘Pale Man’ in the multi-Oscar winning PAN’S LABYRINTH. He also played the ‘Silver Surfer’ in FANTASTIC 4: RISE OF THE SILVER SURFER, and his award-winning performance reprising ‘Abe Sapien’ in HELLBOY II: The Golden Army. His favorite movie as a “human” is the sweet, underdog title role in MY NAME IS JERRY. You can also see Doug’s special haunting roles in LEGION, QUARANTINE, JOHN DIES AT THE END, and as the title character in the upcoming remake of NOSFERATU. This is the niche that garnered Doug Jones a coveted slot in FANGORIA Magazine’s Hall Of Fame.

Critics have loved his TV work in the highly praised new CBS/AllAcces series STAR TREK: DISCOVERY as Commander Saru. Doug also won critics over with the ‘Skin & Bones’ episode of NBC’s FEAR ITSELF, and as the lead ‘Gentleman’ in BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER’s ‘Hush’ episode. Doug also enjoyed playing ‘Dominique Wilkins’ in ABC’s comedy THE NEIGHBORS, the lead ‘Ancient’ vampire in Guillermo del Toro’s FX series THE STRAIN, DC Comics’ supervillain ‘Deathbolt’ in the CW’s ARROW and THE FLASH, and the helpful alien ‘Cochise’ in Steven Spielberg’s TNT series FALLING SKIES for the final three seasons.


The newer medium of Web Series has been good to Doug with series regular, recurring, and guest roles on the popular shows THE GUILD, DRAGON AGE-REDEMPTION, FALLOUT-NUKA BREAK, and the hilarious RESEARCH with Barry Bostwick.

Doug also loves short films with a special purpose, and has starred in a few that he loves to talk about – THE BUTTERFLY CIRCUS about a man born without limbs who finds a sense of family and purpose; SUDDEN DEATH! a hilarious musical; and THE CANDY SHOP addressing the harrowing issue of child sex trafficking happening right here in the USA.


But don’t let Doug Jones’ resume scare you. Even with some darker titles in his filmography, he chooses those projects because of redemptive storylines and, even if he has to play the bad guy or an otherworldly creature to help them be told.  Doug and his wife Laurie hail from Indiana where they both met at Ball State University, love those Midwestern values, and are active members of their home church.