She went from 5 feet 6 to 6 feet 1 in the eighth grade and she was growing so quickly, Jones had to strengthen her muscles because she was sore all the time. She competed — but didn't qualify — in shot put and discus in the Olympic Trials in 1988 and 1992. She holds 15 world arm-wrestling titles. She attended Modesto Junior College and Fresno State, where she continued her involvement with sports, after high school. She earned a Scholarship in track which paid her way through junior college and university. She played softball and competed in shot put and powerlifting. 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.
Jones worked as a four-year stint as a probation counselor at Fresno County Juvenile Hall, while continuing her involvement with sports. She won 15 world arm wrestling championships, her first world title at age 19, before retiring because her shoulder is shot.
Jones resides in Los Angeles, California with her partner, Bridgett Casteen, and her cats Squirrel and Doolin. Jones and Casteen became engaged at Anaheim Gay Days in October 2013. They got married on December 21, 2013 at their Los Angeles home.
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 claimed 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. While acting, she kept up her involvement with arm wrestling. In 1995, her biceps measured 171⁄2 in (44.45 cm).
Her 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 many other popular shows, such as 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.
She guest mentored on the third episode of The Glee Project, Vulnerability.
She has been nominated for "Outstanding Guest Actress" at the Emmy Awards for each year that she has been on Glee. In 2011, she lost the first award to Gwyneth Paltrow who was nominated for her role as Holly Holliday and lost the second to Kathy Bates who was nominated for "Ghost of Charlie Harper" on Two and a Half Men.
|1992||Knights and Warriors||Lady Battleaxe||recurring role|
|1994||On Our Own||Big Lucy||("Bonnie Is Really Clyde")|
|Full House||Muscular Woman||("I've Got a Secret")|
|Married with Children||Dot/Lola||1994 - 1995 (5 episodes)|
|1995||The Courtyard||Lady Mover||TV movie|
|Under Lock and Key||Dot|
|Can't Hurry Love||Cleo||("Glove Story")|
|1996||Night Stand||Marta/Tiffany Plusco||1996/1997 ("Prison Babes" and "Leave Your Job or I'm Leaving You")|
|Boston Common||Jocelyn||("The Finals Curtain")|
|In the House||Dot||("Kindergarten Doc")|
|1997||The Naked Truth||Sheila||("The Source")|
|1998||Patch Adams||Miss Meat|
|Dharma & Greg||Hey-19||("Invasion of the Buddy Snatcher")|
|Tracey Takes On...||Female Golfer||("Religion")|
|1999||The Boondock Saints||Rosengurtle Baumgartener||as Dorothy-Marie Jones|
|Strip Mall||Suze||("Barry's Big Surprise")|
|Chicago Hope||Death Angel||("Cold Hearts")|
|Love Her Madly||Handy-woman|
|2001||Lizzie McGuire||Coach Kelly||2001 - 2003 (5 episodes)|
|Stray Dogs||Jolene Carter|
|2003||Birds of Prey||Guard||("Gladiatrix")|
|Trash||Mrs. Von Krupp||TV movie|
|2004||My Wife and Kids||Toni / Nurse Tiffany||2004 - 2005 ("Class Reunion," "The Return of Bobby Shaw," "The 'V' Story")|
|2005||Final Approach||Amazon Lady||video|
|2006||Reba||Dot||("Let's Get Physical")|
|Material Girls||Butch Brenda|
|Who Wants to Be a Superhero?||Female Prisoner||("Episode #1.4")|
|Pepper Dennis||McGee||("Pepper Dennis Behind Bars: Film at Eleven"|
|Cattle Call||Bull Dyke #1|
|The Suite Life of Zack and Cody||Gretel||("Bowling")|
|The Enigma with a Stigma||Bonnie The Bartender|
|2007||My Name Is Earl||Letter Writer||("Frank's Girl")|
|Men in Trees||Sapphire||("I Wood If I Could")|
|George Lopez||The Inmate||("George's Mom Faces Hard Tambien" and "George's House Has Two Empty Wombs")|
|Murder 101: College Can Be Murder||Desk Sergeant|
|The Naked Trucker and T-Bones Show||Lesbian Baseball Player||("Demo Tape")|
|Nip/Tuck||Tess||2007 - 2009 ("Dawn Budge II," "Allegra Caldarello," and "Giselle Blaylock & Legend Chandler")|
|2008||According to Jim||Betty||("Cabin Boys")|
|Pretty/Handsome||Mario Wallace||TV movie|
|Quiet Please||Muscle Woman||short|
|Columbus Day||Cop #1|
|2009||10 Things I Hate About You||Cashier/Lunch Lady||2009 - 2010 ("You Can't Always Get What You Want" and "Meat Is Murder")|
|Prison Break: The Final Break||Skittlez (as Dot Marie Jones)||video|
|Prison Break||Skittlez||("The Old Ball and Chain" and "Free")|
|Desperate Housewives||Prison Guard||("Look Into Their Eyes and You See What They Know")|
|The Mentalist||Airport Manager||("Carnelian, Inc.")|
|2010||Cougar Town||Woman||("What Are You Doin' in My Life?")|
|Hawthorne||ER Clerk/Dot Gardocki||(5 episodes)|
|Venice the Series||Nurse||2010 - 2012 (24 episodes)|
|Glee||Shannon Beiste||2010 - 2015 (Season 2 - 5, recurring / Season 6, main)|
|2011||Hero Treatment||Alice Glass|
|Bad Teacher||Pill-Providing Lady||uncredited|
|Death Inc.||Miss Charlotte Happ||short|
|2012||The Exes||Woman #3||("Sister Act")|
|The Penguins of Madagascar||Supervisor Eubanks||("Smotherly Love/Littlefoot")|
|Are You There, Chelsea?||Patty||("Pilot")|
|Have You Met Miss Jones?||Miss Lolly||as Dot Jones; short|
|Have You Met Miss Jones?||Miss Lolly||as Dot Jones; 2012 - 2013 (4 episodes)|
|2013||White T||Thelma||as Dot Jones|
|2014||Playing House||Biker||("Bugs in Your Eyes")|
|Baby Daddy||Masha||("An Affair Not to Remember")|
|The Millers||Duke||("Movin' Out (Carol's Song)")|
|Muffin Top: A Love Story||Christina||as Dot Jones|
|Maybe Someday||Ricki Ann|
|Dropping the Soap||Vivian||("Drama-Con")|
|Jane the Virgin||Magda's Friend||("Chapter Forty-Eight")|
|2 Broke Girls||Big Reba||("And the 80's Movie")|
|The Faith Diaries||Mickey||("The Faith Diaries: Week Two, Week Six and Week Seven")|
|Days of Our Lives||Chille||December 5 - week of December 26|
- She ships Brittana and Klaine. (See her Twitter page). Source.
- She is a world-champion arm wrestler.
- Her favorite band is Heart.
- She eats real chicken on the show and the quantity depends on how many times they shoot the scene.
- Her favorite Glee performance is Shake It Out.
- She loves the Season Two Christmas episode with Heather the most. She says it's "so sweet!".
- She is the second Glee actor to have made an appearance on Days of Our Lives. She is preceeded by Charlotte Ross (Judy Fabray).
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Dot-Marie Jones: Life Coach
- ↑ "@xxHannahLouise: @dotmariejones do you have any siblings?"I AM THE YOUNGEST OF 6 3BOYS 3 GIRLS THE 3 BOYS WERE FIRST!
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 Dot-Marie Jones Chelsea Lately
- ↑ 4.0 4.1 4.2 About Dot
- ↑ NEWS/ Five Things to Know About Glee's New Football Coach
- ↑ Glee star Dot Jones' lesbian lover in bitter court custody battle with ex-husband
- ↑ Dot-Marie Jones Is Engaged
- ↑ Dot-Marie Jones Marries
- ↑ CHRISTMAS SEASON 2 WITH HEMO SO SWEET!