Doug Aarniokoski is an American television director and producer.

Doug Aarniokoski
Douglas Aarniokoski

(1965-08-25) August 25, 1965 (age 54)
Other namesArnold Cassius
OccupationTelevision director, producer
Years active1991–present
Spouse(s)Kathleen Henry

He is well known for his work on the CBS series Criminal Minds, The CW superhero drama Arrow, and for the FOX supernatural series Sleepy Hollow.


He got his start on the 1992 horror feature Doctor Mordrid, as the first assistant director. He went on to serve as assistant director on several other films such as From Dusk till Dawn, Living Out Loud, The Faculty, and Spy Kids.[1]

Later he began serving as a second unit director for features such as The Medallion, Once Upon a Time in Mexico and Resident Evil: Extinction.[1]

His directorial debut was with the 2000 action film Highlander: Endgame. His other credits include Animals and The Day.[1]

He co-wrote and directed the 2013 horror Nurse 3D.[1]

Aarniokoski has directed 8 installments of the CBS series Criminal Minds since 2011, while directing two episode of The CW's Green Arrow origin series Arrow, and one of its sister-series, The Flash.[1][2]

Sleepy HollowEdit

During the first season of the FOX series Sleepy Hollow, Aarniokoski directed the 7th episode, "The Midnight Ride". In winter 2014, he joined as supervising producer and main director on the show. He has since directed the second-season episodes "Go Where I Send Thee...", "And the Abyss Gazes Back", "Kali Yuga" and "Awakening".[2]


In 2015, he joined the new CBS series Limitless, as supervising producer and director. The show will be run by former Sleepy Hollow co-worker Mark Goffman.[3]


  1. ^ a b c d e "*EXCLUSIVE* Interview with CM Director Doug Aarniokoski!". Criminal Minds fansite. Retrieved October 16, 2014.
  2. ^ a b "Douglas Aarniokoski". Retrieved October 16, 2014.
  3. ^ "LIMITLESS: Heather Kadin on Bradley Cooper's Involvement, and Why It's 'SLEEPY HOLLOW 2.0'". Give Me My Remote. May 26, 2015. Retrieved September 18, 2015.

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