Meet the World's Most Famous Actor You've Probably Never Seen | 22 Words

Fame is a strange thing. When it comes to acting, some of the most famous faces out there have become distinct from their roles, and exist in a world of pure celebrity. The biggest actors are so instantly recognizable that they aren't even really associated with a particular role any more.

And then there's the other side of the coin. Actors who you've definitely seen strut their stuff on the big screen - but wouldn't be able to pick out of a lineup, otherwise. The magic of makeup and modern CGI effects mean stars can actually hide in plain sight.

There's one man in particular who embodies this phenomenon. You're certain to recognize some of his (many) iconic roles - but the man himself? You could probably pass him by in the street, not knowing you're in the presence of super stardom. Doug Jones - we salute you!

Fame can be an interesting thing.

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Because of its ephemeral quality, many people spend their lives chasing it, and never quite seem to get there.

It can be a cruel mistress.

The favor of the public can change almost instantly, so putting yourself out there in the public eye is a rather brave (or stupid) move.

Nonetheless, it's something that people crave.

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The idea of everybody knowing your name, recognizing your face, and celebrating your work is incredibly appealing to some.

And there's no denying that our culture has a weird relationship with celebrity.

We seem to elevate certain stars to an almost non-human level - but are equally quick to tear them down, given half a chance.

The concept of being famous for being famous is relatively new.

But for a long time, pop culture has been preoccupied with actors and actresses - and a select few are among the most famous faces around today.

Some have even taken on a mystical quality.

Think of stars like Johnny Depp, whose synonymy with his roles has made him mysterious and enigmatic.

If you think of the most famous actors around, there's likely a few names that spring to mind.

Perhaps Harrison Ford, whose illustrious career has spanned decades, and spawned some of the most iconic characters of all time.

Or what about Brad Pitt?

The '90s heartthrob turned serious actor has proven time and time again he has incredible range - and that face doesn't hurt, either.

Or Leonardo DiCaprio?

This is an actor the public has felt a real affinity with - whether because of the fact he started so young, or was so late to win an Oscar.

Perhaps you think of Tom Hanks.

Although he's no longer the biggest of stars, his impressive career does mean he'll always be recognized as one of the greats.

But there's something quite interesting about the acting profession.

Some of the biggest stars, with the longest-spanning and most illustrious careers, remain almost unrecognizable to the general public.

There are a few reasons for this.

Special effects makeup and costuming can essentially turn a person into somebody else for the big screen. Add CGI to the mix, and the possibilities are basically endless.

But what if we told you, there's one man who's definitely been in a film that you've seen, but you've never seen him before.

Yep, there's one actor who's appeared in a myriad of film classics - and is still working in Hollywood to this day - but we're almost certain that you won't recognize him.

Well, there is!

His name is Doug Jones - and there's no doubt you'll have watched one of his iconic performances before. Here he is as Billy Butcherson, in Hocus Pocus.

He's also in 2002's, The Time Machine.

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The popular adaptation of the classic H.G. Wells science fiction novel also stars Jeremy Irons, Guy Pierce, and Irish pop star Samantha Mumba.

Jones also starred in Hellboy II.

He played several of the terrifying characters in The Golden Army,  including the amphibious man, Abraham Sapien.

Jones played more than one role in the classic movie.

He also portrayed the Angel of Death - the living embodiment of Hellboy's personal fear of the end. Jones also played Chamberlain, the doorkeeper of King Balor.

And many sci-fi viewers will remember this iconic role.

Jones portrayed one of the horrifying Gentlemen from the season four episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, titled "Hush." It's known to be one of the best - and scariest - episodes in the long-running series.

Although perhaps his most famous role is this one.

In the 2006 fantasy classic Pan's Labyrinth, Jones artfully brought the terrifying character of the Pale Man to life.

And again, that wasn't his only role in the movie.

Jones also played this brilliantly creepy Faun figure. Clearly, he's a real chameleon - and he's certainly not work-shy!

And that's not all.

You know the Silver Surfer from the Fantastic Four? Yep, that's Doug Jones, too!

He's even appeared in comedy movies!

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He played the hero alien in 2012's The Watch, which also starred Ben Stiller, Vince Vaughan and Jonah Hill.

Jones also played one of the most iconic roles in 2010's, Legion.

Many point to Jones's performance as one of the creepiest parts of the apocalyptic horror movie - and we can see why!

It's clear that Jones has a talent for freaking people out.

He also played possessed rancher, Grady Edlund, in an episode of horror anthology series, Fear Itself, called "Skin and Bones."

And for those who really want to be terrified?

Jones plays a truly bone-chilling infected man in 2008 found-footage infection horror, Quarantine.

More recently, Jones has been in Star Trek: Discovery.

Jones plays Kelpien Starfleet officer, Commander Saru in the ongoing web series. So, it's clear he's had an enviable career.

But he's also weirdly ... unrecognizable?

Here he is being interviewed on the Oscars red carpet in 2006 - and we can't say that he looks familiar!

Here's a better look.

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What do you think? Is his face ringing any bells? Jones is not only an actor, but a contortionist and mime, making him perfect for transforming into quasi-human roles!

He's certainly good at looking creepy!

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Most recently, Jones has starred in The Shape Of Water, which won Best Film at the 2017 Oscars.

The man is truly an amazing chameleon.

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And since he's managed to remain almost unrecognizable, and maintain a low profile, he gets the benefits of celebrity with none of the drawbacks. Clearly, Doug Jones is doing it right.