Leslie Jordan, the Emmy Award-winning actress, writer and singer best known for her roles on “Will & Grace,” “American Horror Story” and “Heart’s Affair,” has died. He was 67.
Jordan was driving in Hollywood Monday morning and crashed into the side of a building on Cahuenga Blvd. And Romain Saint suspected that he suffered some kind of medical emergency.
Jordan was a veteran actor whose credits also included “The Help,” “The Cool Kids” and “Call Me Kate,” which is currently airing its third season on Fox. In 2006, she won an Emmy Award for Guest Actress in a Comedy Series for her work on “Will & Grace,” on which she played Karen’s sexually ambiguous, socialite frenemy Beverly Leslie.
He has appeared on television shows including “Ally McBeal”, “Ugly Betty”, “Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman”, “Hidden Palms”, “Star Trek: Voyager”, “Caroline in the City”, “Pee-Wee’s Playhouse,” “Reba,” “Boston Public,” “Nash Bridges” and “Boston Legal,” as well as films such as “Sky Patrol,” “Roadside Rodeo,” “Love Ranch,” “Southern Baptist Churches.” and “United States v. Billie Holiday.”
Jordan played three different characters on three different seasons of Ryan Murphy’s “American Horror Story,” recurring in the episodes “Coven,” “Roanoke” and “1984.”
One of Jordan’s most famous roles was his turn as Earl “Brother Boy” Ingram in the stage play Sordid Lives, which was later adapted into the 2000 cult romantic comedy of the same name. In 1993, he created his first autobiographical stage show, “Hysterical Blindness and Other Southern Tragedies that Have Plagued My Life Thus Far,” which ran for seven months off-Broadway at the SoHo Playhouse. The play traces Jordan’s early life in Chattanooga, Tenn. , and featured the actor singing satirical songs about racism and homophobia with the help of a gospel choir. At the time of game production, A variety of varieties praised Jordan’s “endearing stage presence” and called the show “quickly sweet and funny”.
In 2020, Jordan became a social media phenomenon, gaining millions of followers on Instagram due to his hilarious videos posted throughout the pandemic.
Jordan released a gospel music album in 2021 titled “Company’s Comin'” and, later that year, appeared as a guest panelist on “The Masked Singer,” where he performed the gospel standard “This Little Light of Mine.” “.
An LGBTQ icon, Jordan received the GALECA: The Society of LGBTQ Entertainment Critics’ Timeless Star Award in 2021. He appeared as a guest judge on “RuPaul’s Drag Race” in 2013, and again in 2022 as a guest director. During the AIDS crisis, he was involved with AIDS Project Los Angeles and Project Angel Food.
Born and raised in Tennessee, Jordan grew up Southern Baptist. He moved to Los Angeles in 1982 and started racking up credits just a few years later. Beginning in his 20s, he struggled with drug and alcohol abuse. In 2010, Jordan announced that he had been sober for 13 years.
Jordan’s agent, David Shaul, said the world would certainly be a darker place without the love and light of Leslie Jordan. “He was not only a mega-talent and a joy to work with, but he gave the nation an emotional refuge in its difficult times. What he lacked in stature he made up for in generosity and greatness as a son, brother, artist, comedian, colleague and human being. Knowing that he left the world at the height of both his professional and personal life is the only satisfaction one can get today.
His death was first reported by TMZ.