BIOGRAPHY

Hollywood has awakened to the brilliance of CJ’s many talents.  After decades of TV, Film, Stand-up Comedy, and Stage Appearances that brought him unsurpassed popularity in the Deaf, Hard-of-Hearing and Hearing Signers communities worldwide -  CJ is making an impact throughout the industry.


CJ created the Na’vi Sign Language (NSL) for James Cameron’s highly-anticipated Avatar 2,  and will introduce the world to NSL as part of the film’s promotional campaign. CJ also received global acclaim for his role as Joseph, the caring father to Ansel Elgort as Baby, in Edgar Wright’s blockbuster, Baby Driver and will reprise the role in the upcoming Baby Driver 2.


In addition to CJ’s many breakthrough roles in broadcast and streaming series and commercials, are his many accomplishments as a producer, director, and writer, including  short films, co-writing and directing several episodes of the award-winning fairy tales series Once Upon A Sign, and creating and producing the International Sign Language Theater Festival.  


A leading advocate and champion for the inclusion and representation of people with disabilities at all levels in all forms of media, CJ is an in-demand speaker and frequent panelist at industry events in Hollywood and around the world.  His many talks in forums from TedX to Gallaudet’s 2021 Commencement Address, where he will be the recipient of an Honorary Degree, can be seen on YouTube.  


CJ was born in St. Louis, MO, one of seven hearing children born to Deaf parents who communicate in American Sign Language. At age 7, he contracted spinal meningitis and consequently lost his hearing.  Possessing a zest for life and commitment to giving, CJ’s dedication to the betterment of the Deaf Community grew into a passion.  Armed with an indomitable spirit and abundant talent, his warmth, energy, and optimism excite everyone he meets. 


It is with this combination of support and perseverance that CJ launched Sign World Studios, a Hollywood-based production company creating entertaining content for all, conceived by deaf talent, and brought to life by inclusive and diverse teams of deaf and hearing professionals.

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FILM

AVATAR SEQUELS

Directed by James Cameron | Produced by Lightstorm Entertainment

SUPPORTING ACTOR

BABY DRIVER

Written and Directed by Edgar Wright | Produced by Sony Pictures

JOSEPH

DOOR IN THE WOODS

Written and Directed by Chase GoForth | Rockhill Studios/Pictures Movers

URIAH

UNBREAKABLE

Directed by Rick Tejada-Flores | Produced by Paradigm Productions

NARRATOR

SEE WHAT I'M SAYING

Directed by Hilari Scarl | Produced by WorldPlay Productions

HIMSELF

HEART IS A DRUM MACHINE

SpeakEasy Films & Moog

HIMSELF

PATHFINDER

Produced by 20th Century Fox

VOICE OVER

THE RIDE

Directed by John Flanders | Produced by Rough Pine Productions

STARRING

DREAMS

Produced by Sony – DreamWorks

FEATURED

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TELEVISION

CASTLE ROCK

HULU: Bad Robot, Writ. Stephen King

ODIN

UNITED SHADES OF AMERICA

CNN: Host W. Kamau Bell

HIMSELF

THROUGH DEAF EYES

PBS Network

HIMSELF

ONCE UPON A SIGN (6)

Dawn Sign Press

6 CHARACTERS

DISCOVERY TRAVEL CHANNEL

Discovery Network

HIMSELF

LINCOLN HEIGHTS

ABC Family

CO-STAR

FRASIER

NBC Network

CO-STAR

COLD CASE

CBS Network

CO-STAR

A DIFFERENT WORLD

NBC Network

CO-STAR

SESAME STREET

PBS Network

CO-STAR

THE COMEDY HOUR

Discovery Network

GUEST STAR

HAPPY HANDS KIDS KLUB

TCN Network

HOST

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THEATER

WORLD ADVENTURIST

National Tour

COMEDY

WHAT ARE YOU... DEAF?

Stephen Rothman

ONE MAN SHOW

CHILDREN OF A LESSER GOD

Gordon Davidson

ORIN

THE THREE MUSKATEERS

NTD National Tour

ATHOS

FOUR SAINTS IN THREE ACTS

NTD National Tour

ENSEMBLE

TWELFTH NIGHT

Cornerstone Theater

ANTONIO

LOS FAUSTINOS

Cornerstone Theater

ST. MIGUEL

LOVE OF NIGHTINGALE

Cornerstone Theater

CAPTAIN

EVERYMAN IN THE MALL

Cornerstone Theater

ENSEMBLE

ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO'S NEST

Deaf West Theater

MARTINI

ROAD TO REVOLUTION

Deaf West Theater

NATHANIEL

FLAVIA AND THE DREAM MAKER

Access Theater

HANKY MAN

THE LIVING CARTOON

International Tour

ONE MAN SHOW

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AWARDS

SAG-AFTRA HAROLD RUSSELL AWARD - 2018

Actor and deaf-advocate CJ Jones is recognized for his role as Joseph in the 2017 summer hit  "Baby Driver", directed by Edgar Wright and co-starring Ansel Elgort. This role made CJ the first black deaf actor in an international Blockbuster film. 

BEST ACTOR - NASHVILLE FILM FESTIVAL - 2018

CJ Jones wins Best Actor for his performance in 'Door In The Woods' at the Nashville Film Festival in 2018.

SKILLS

PRODUCER    |    DIRECTOR    |    WRITER    |    ENTERTAINER    |    MC    |   STORYTELLER
MIME   |    ASL SIGNER    |    SONG-SIGNING    |    DANCE    |    RAP   |    AFRICAN DRUM SLIT
CAJON DRUM   |    PERCUSSION    |    BASKETBALL    |    MOTIVATIONAL SPEAKER
ARTIST-IN-RESIDENCE   |    DEAF/ASL CULTURE CONSULTANT