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Jane Lynch

Actress, 'Glee'

There’s no law against making a comedy without Jane Lynch, but your project probably won’t get arrested in Hollywood without her.

While something short of a household name, Lynch has become a wry seal of approval in both film and television. Just since 2008, she has amassed 28 different credits, many of them in key supporting or recurring parts.

“I do little bits here and there, so I don’t really think I’m busy,” Lynch says, “but it does seem like I’m popping up a lot.”

Lynch’s impeccable and indefatigable delivery emerged in 2000 with her role as dog-show veteran Christy Cummings in Christopher Guest’s “Best in Show.” Since then, she has been a star utility player, buffing up blockbusters from “The 40-Year-Old Virgin” to “Two and a Half Men” without ever seeming to get due recognition.

In an apt summary of Lynch’s career trajectory, she stands as the most reliable comic touch in buzzed-about Fox musical series “Glee,” even though her Sue Sylvester is a supporting character.

All that’s missing from Lynch’s resume is a true leading role onscreen.

“I wouldn’t mind more of a character arc,” she says. “I tend to kind of go in and serve the story, and that’s great. But the great thing about ‘Glee’ is … I have a backstory, and I’m hanging my hat in one spot for a while. It’s nice to have a history and sense of the character.”

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