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Dot Jones
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Dot Jones at the San Diego Comic-Con International in July 2011.
BornDorothy-Marie Jones
(1964-01-04) January 4, 1964 (age 50)
Turlock, California, U.S.
Other namesDot-Marie Jones
Alma materFresno State
Years active1992–present
Height6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Spouse(s)Bridgett Casteen (2013-present)
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Dot Jones
Dot Jones by Gage Skidmore.jpg
Dot Jones at the San Diego Comic-Con International in July 2011.
BornDorothy-Marie Jones
(1964-01-04) January 4, 1964 (age 50)
Turlock, California, U.S.
Other namesDot-Marie Jones
Alma materFresno State
Years active1992–present
Height6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Spouse(s)Bridgett Casteen (2013-present)

Dorothy-Marie "Dot" Jones (born January 4, 1964) is an American actress and retired athlete who has had multiple roles in television. She attended California State University, Fresno, where she set records for shot put.[1] Jones is also a 15-time world arm wrestling champion.[2] She currently has a recurring role on the musical, Glee, as Shannon Beiste, for which she was nominated for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series in 2011, 2012, and 2013.[3]

Early life[edit]

Jones was born in 1964 and was raised in Hilmar, California. She first got involved in strength competitions at a fairly young age. She started track in middle school. While Jones attended Hilmar High School, she was a champion weight lifter and named female athlete of the year. She started arm wrestling on a whim, and won her first arm wrestling world championship at 19 years old and went on to win 14 more.[2][4][5]

After graduating from Hilmar High School,[6] Jones attended Modesto Junior College and Fresno State, where she continued her involvement with sports. She earned a scholarship in track which paid her way through junior college and university.[4] Jones played softball and competed in shot put and powerlifting.[2] She won All-America honors in shot put both at junior college and university, was state champion in 1983 and 1984 and set the national record at the junior college level from 1983 to 1990.[1][4][7] Jones qualified for the U.S. Olympic Trials in 1988 for shot put with a 56 ft 6 14 in (17.23 m) throw, surpassing the qualifying mark of 55 ft (17 m).[8] She finished sixth.[4] During her sporting career, she suffered 11 knee injuries, bringing her height of 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) down to 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m).[9] After college, Jones worked as a youth counselor at the Fresno County Juvenile Probation center while continuing her involvement with sports.[4]

Acting career[edit]

Jones, who had no intentions of acting,[2] was discovered at a bodybuilding competition by Shirley Eson of American Gladiators fame.[5] Eson urged Jones to audition for the Gladiators-like Knights and Warriors, and Jones got the part, becoming one of the few female warriors. Jones was also offered a position in professional wrestling, but turned it down because, she said it was "too fakey".[7]

Knights and Warriors only lasted one season, but Jones' acting career was just starting. She became a bit actor, playing small roles in several television series throughout the 1990s and 2000s and breaking into feature films in the late 1990s, including the cult film "The Boondock Saints". While acting, Jones kept up her involvement with arm wrestling. In 1995, her biceps measured 17 12 in (44.45 cm).[10]

Jones' first recurring role after Knights was as a character named "Dot" on the popular show Married... with Children in the mid-90s. She appeared in five episodes over two seasons. Jones' next break was on the kids show Lizzie McGuire as Coach Kelly. Since then, she has appeared in popular shows Nip/Tuck, Desperate Housewives, and Prison Break.

Jones, being a fan of Glee and having worked with series co-creator Ryan Murphy on Nip/Tuck and Pretty/Handsome, asked co-executive producer Brad Falchuk during an encounter at a supermarket if she could be on the show.[2] Soon after, the character of Coach Shannon Beiste was created for her.

Jones appeared on Logo TV's RuPaul's Drag U as a visiting professor in July 2011, during the second season.[11]

Personal life[edit]

Jones is openly lesbian, and married Bridgett Casteen on December 21, 2013.[12] The two first met in December 2010, and Jones proposed on October 4, 2013 during Anaheim Gay Days.[13]



1998Patch AdamsMiss Meat
1999The Boondock SaintsRosengurtle Baumgartener
2002Stray DogsJolene Carter
2006Material GirlsButch Brenda
2009Prison Break: The Final BreakSkittlezTelevision movie
2010Bad TeacherPill-Providing LadyUncredited
2013White TThelma


1992Knights and WarriorsLady BattleaxeUnknown episodes
1994Full HouseMuscular womanEpisode: "I've Got a Secret"
1994Married... with ChildrenLolaEpisode: "Kelly Breaks Out"
1994–1995Married... with ChildrenDot4 episodes
1995Can't Hurry LoveCleoEpisode: "Glove Story"
1995In the HouseDotEpisode: "Kindergarten Doc"
1995Boston CommonJocelynEpisode: "The Finals Curtain"
1997RoseanneBlack WidowEpisode: "Roseanne-Feld"
1998Tracey Takes On...Female golferEpisode: "Religion"
1998Dharma & GregHey-19Episode: "Invasion of the Buddy Snatcher"
1998CybillSuspect #5Episode: "Daddy"
2000Chicago HopeDeath AngelEpisode: "Cold Hearts"
2001–2003Lizzie McGuireCoach Kelly5 episodes
2002She SpiesLeonEpisode: "Perilyzed"
2004My Wife and KidsToni2 episodes
2005My Wife and KidsNurse TiffanyEpisode: "The 'V' Story"
2006The Suite Life of Zack & CodyGretelEpisode: "Bowling"
2006RebaDotEpisode: "Let's Get Physical"
2007George LopezThe Inmate2 episodes
2008iCarlyPrison guardEpisode: "iChristmas"
2009Nip/TuckTess3 episodes
2009Desperate HousewivesPrison guardEpisode: "Look Into Their Eyes and You See What They Know"
2009The MentalistAirport ManagerEpisode: "Carnelian, Inc."
2009Prison BreakSkittlez2 episodes
200910 Things I Hate About YouLunch LadyEpisode: "Meat is Murder"
2009Scare TacticsDot2 episodes
2010Cougar TownMuggerEpisode: "What Are You Doing In My Life?"
2010HawthoRNeDot4 episodes
2010–presentGleeShannon Beiste34 episodes
Main cast (season 6)
Recurring cast (seasons 2–5)
Nominated—Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series (2011–13)
Nominated—Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series (2011–12)
2010–2012Venice: The SeriesStella24 episodes
2011RuPaul's Drag UHerselfEpisode: "Lesbians Gone Wild"
2011The Glee ProjectHerself2 episodes
2012Are You There, Chelsea?PattyEpisode: "Pilot"
2012The PyramidHerself5 episodes
2012The Penguins of MadagascarSupervisor EubanksEpisode: "Smotherly Love"
2012The ExesWoman #3Episode: "Sister Act"
2012Celebrity Ghost StoriesHerselfEpisode: "Victoria Rowell/Dot Jones/Carlos Mencia/Linda Blair"
2012–2013Have You Met Miss Jones?Miss Lolly4 episodes
2014Baby DaddyMashaEpisode: "An Affair Not to Remember"
2014The Haunting of...HerselfEpisode: Dot Jones


  1. ^ a b "There is life after Dot Jones". The Modesto Bee. May 18, 1985. 
  2. ^ a b c d e Malkin, Marc (September 21, 2010). "Five Things to Know About Glee's New Football Coach". E! Online. 
  3. ^ "outstanding guest actress in a comedy series 2011". September 20, 2011. 
  4. ^ a b c d e "Arm wrestler has her sights set on Olympic gold". The Item. October 26, 1991. 
  5. ^ a b Morgan, K.C. (September 22, 2010). "Glee’s New Scene-Stealer: Who is Dot Jones?". TV Envy. 
  6. ^ McCorkell, Jonathan (October 11, 2011). "Hilmar High celebrates 100 years: Three veteran teachers look back". Turlock Journal. Retrieved February 16, 2014. 
  7. ^ a b Peoples, John (January 20, 1993). "Armed And Dangerous -- Behind Smile, DOT Jones Is An Arm-Wrestling Force". The Seattle Times. 
  8. ^ "Dot Jones qualifies". The Modesto Bee. February 14, 1988. 
  9. ^ "The Latest entrant in the geek club: The lesser known Dot Jones". eWorldPost. September 23, 2010. 
  10. ^ Berkow, Ira (August 26, 1995). "'Wrist Wars' on the Waterfront". The New York Times. 
  11. ^ Choi, Meagan (July 11, 2011). "Ten questions with Glee's Coach Beiste". CNN. Retrieved August 22, 2013. 
  12. ^ Rizzo, Monica (December 22, 2013). "Dot-Marie Jones Is Married". People. Retrieved December 22, 2013. 
  13. ^ Reynolds, Daniel (October 5, 2013). "Dot-Marie Jones Is Engaged". The Advocate. Retrieved October 5, 2013. 

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