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Dot-Marie Jones Biography

Birth Name:
Dorothy-Marie Jones
Birth Place:
Turlock, California, United States

Fast Facts

  • Went to Fresno State University on a track scholarship and was an All-American shot-putter
  • Won 15 professional arm-wrestling titles; also competed in weightlifting and bodybuilding tournaments
  • After college, worked four and a half years as a counselor at a Fresno correctional facility for juvenile offenders; later played corrections officers on iCarly (2008) and Desperate Housewives ('09)
  • Broke into TV in Knights and Warriors, an American Gladiators clone, in 1992 (Jones' nom de guerre: Lady Battleaxe)
  • Was cast as Coach Shannon Beiste in Glee after running into executive producer Brad Falchuk in an L
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  • supermarket and asking to be on the show
  • Jones had previously worked with Falchuk and Glee creator Ryan Murphy on Nip/Tuck and their failed pilot Pretty/Handsome


  • 2013Emmy-Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series: nominated
  • 2012Emmy-Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series: nominated
  • 2011Emmy-Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series: nominated
  • 2011Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series: nominated


  • Bridgett Casteen--Wife