Dot-Marie Jones: Singing Her Way As Coach Beiste On 'Glee'

Dot-Marie Jones co-stars on ‘Glee' as Coach Beiste, and on Friday night's episode…you'll see the coach has undergone some major changes.

Fun facts about Dot-Marie Jones (Source: Wikipedia)

Jones, who had no intentions of acting, was discovered at a bodybuilding competition by Shirley Eson of American Gladiators fame. 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".

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 1/2 in (44.45 cm).

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. 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.

‘Glee' airs Friday nights at 9:00pm on FOX.

Follow Dot-Marie Jones on Twitter: @dotmariejones

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