New York-born, Florida-raised Alexander Joseph "Jay" Caputo is a stuntman and stunt actor who is one of only two people (along with Terry Notary) who performed in both Tim Burton's Planet of the Apes (2001) and Rise of the Planet of the Apes (2011). In the former, he played the ape roles of '1st Ape Teenager' and '2nd Ape Soldier' (a character given the name Marduk in the 'Young Adult' novelization of the movie), while in the latter he played the chimp Alpha.
Caputo graduated from Lake Mary High School in Lake Mary, Florida, and earned his Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Minnesota where he majored in Business Management and minored in Theatre Arts, all on a Full Athletic Scholarship. He was chosen for the 1992 Olympic Gymnastic Trials and was a six-time National Team Member, a four-time All-American, a Big Ten Champion, earned Gold Medals in International Competition and was a nominee for the prestigious Nissan Award. As a stuntman, he is specialized in gymnastic, ratchet, and wire stunts. His sister Jennifer Caputo is also a stunt performer and actress.
Among Jay Caputo's credits are films such as Inner Sanctum (1991), Forrest Gump (1994), Congo (1995), Space Jam (1996), Spawn (1997), Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery (1997), Batman & Robin (1997), Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me (1999), The Green Mile (1999), Monkeybone (2001), The Animal (2001), Swordfish (2001), the first two Pirates of the Caribbean films (2003 and 2006), Ultraviolet (2006), The Green Hornet (2011) and Thor (2011), and television series such as Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (1993), Star Trek Generations (1994), Star Trek: Voyager (1995), Married with Children (1995-97), Diagnosis Murder (1995-99), Pacific Blue (1996), Ally McBeal (1997), Nash Bridges (1997-99), Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1998-2000), The X-Files (2000-01) and Solo: The Series (2010-11). He was the stunt coordinator, a stunt performer and a co-producer on the hit reality shows Fear Factor (2001-06) and Dog Eat Dog (2002-03). He was nominated for four Taurus World Stunt Awards for his work in Monkeybone, The Animal and Swordfish. In April 2001, Caputo established the independent production company "Monkey Dream Films" which is primarily dedicated to producing experimental short films.