BIOGRAPHY

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 was struck very ill with spinal meningitis, and consequently lost his hearing. After he became deaf, he attended Missouri School for the Deaf (MSD), which teaches in his native American Sign Language.  After his illness, CJ’s residual hearing was too good to qualify for MSD.  So his deaf father, Clarence, fought the MO school system to get CJ a place in the all deaf school.  In this communication rich environment he flourished from a shy hearing boy into a deaf leader.  He was class president, a cub scout, varsity football quarterback, a state pole vault record holder, and voted class valedictorian.

 

CJ played 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. Also in 2017 he played Uriah, a leading role, in the indie horror film "Door in the Woods" directed by Chase Goforth. Soon you can see him as Odin in "Castle Rock", a HULU Original production written by Stephen King. CJ is thrilled to be working with the brilliant James Cameron on the Avatar Sequels.  CJ will be seen this season of United Shades of America with W. Kamau Bell.

 

CJ never sits still.  He has developed 3 one man shows that have toured the US, Japan, Sweden, Australia, Ecuador, and Canada. He co-wrote and directed 6 classic fairytales for children’s television, a series called “Once Upon A Sign”. CJ produced the International Sign Language Theater Festival, which hosted theater artists from all over the US, Russia, and Mexico.  CJ’s perseverance and talent make him ready to tackle any role.

 

CJ  is a legend in the deaf world, acclaimed for his humor and inspiration. He has done it all: TV, movies, educational films, and theater.  He has toured with his stand up comedy all over the world. He continues to use his never-ending passion in acting, producing, and directing to give back to the deaf and sign language community.

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
 
 
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