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Posted at 10:01 AM ET, 09/22/2010

Who is Dot Jones, the new football coach on 'Glee'?

By Jen Chaney

Dot Jones, alongside Jane Lynch and Matthew Morrison in the "Glee" premiere. (Fox)

The second season of "Glee" brought its "Empire State of Mind" to the airwaves last night and heralded the arrival of some new "Gleeks." (For a full recap of the premiere, read Emily Yahr's post in the TV blog.)

The touted addition of Charice -- as daunting belter Sunshine Corazon -- had already been much discussed, as had the arrival of Chord Overstreet in the role of Sam, who -- POSSIBLE SPOILER ALERT -- *may* become the boyfriend of Kurt later this season. But lots of viewers may have been watching and wondering why they recognize Dot Jones, the burly-but-sensitive new female football coach Shannon Beiste. Here's the answer.

Jones has been acting regularly since the early 1990s. You've probably seen her in movies like "Patch Adams" and "The Boondock Saints." But more likely, you've spotted her in one of her many TV appearances.

She's been all over the television comedy world over the years, on "Married With Children" (as -- stretch! -- a character named Dot), "Roseanne," "Desperate Housewives," and in dramas as well: "Nip/Tuck" and Jada Pinkett-Smith's "Hawthorne," among others.

She's even played a coach of sorts before, as gym teacher Coach Kelly on "The Lizzie McGuire Show."

Other Jones fun facts: According to imdb and Wikipedia, she's a champion arm wrestler and weight lifter. And in a recent interview with Zap2It, she revealed that she'd love to sing some AC/DC on "Glee," and possibly demonstrate her exceptional ability to do the Worm.

Oh, and she has a real way with faux Christian-themed ventriloquist acts that contain profanity and sexual innuendo. (See the NSFW video below.)

What do you think of Jones's addition to the "Glee" cast? And how did you feel about the premiere? Let us know, preferably with an appropriately acidic, Sue-Sylvester-style witticism, in our comments section.

By Jen Chaney  | September 22, 2010; 10:01 AM ET
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Comments

I liked the addition of Coach Beiste's character. Glad to see Sue will have an antagonist this season. Dot did a great job of showing Coach Beiste's sensitive side.

Posted by: ALLOST | September 22, 2010 12:17 PM | Report abuse

I kept waiting for someone to say "rule of thumb" throughout last night's episode and have her go off on them.

Posted by: vypergts | September 22, 2010 1:03 PM | Report abuse

I wonder if she represents someone like the Flowers head coach or the assistant coach at Cox in Virginia Beach.

Posted by: bs2004 | September 22, 2010 6:00 PM | Report abuse

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