Leslie Jordan, an Emmy-winning actor, writer and singer best known for his roles in “Will & Grace,” “American Horror Story” and “Hearts Afire,” has died. He was 67.
Jordan was driving in Hollywood on Monday morning and crashed into the side of a building at Cahuenga Blvd. and Romaine St. It was suspected that he suffered some kind of medical emergency.
Jordan is a veteran actor whose credits also include “The Help,” “The Cool Kids” and “Call Me Kat,” which is currently airing its third season on Fox. In 2006, he won an Emmy Award for guest actor in a comedy series for his work on “Will & Grace,” on which he played Beverly Leslie, Karen’s gender-ambiguous and sexist socialite frenemy.
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 like “Ski Patrol,” “Roadside Rodeo,” “Love Ranch,” “Southern Baptist Sissies” and “The United States vs. Billie Holiday.
Jordan played three different characters on three different seasons of “American Horror Story” with Ryan Murphy, appearing again in the installments “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 film 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 chronicled Jordan’s early life in Chattanooga, Tenn., and featured the actor backed by a gospel choir singing satirical songs about racism and homophobia. During the production of the play, Different he praised Jordan’s “stage presence” and called the show “bitter and funny.”
In 2020, Jordan became a social media phenomenon, earning millions of Instagram followers because of his funny videos posted throughout the pandemic.
Jordan released a gospel music album titled “Company’s Comin'” in 2021 and, later that year, appeared as a guest panelist on “The Masked Singer,” where he performed the gospel standard “This Little Light of Mine. “
LGBTQ icon, Jordan received the GALECA: Timeless Star Award of the LGBTQ Entertainment Critics Association in 2021. He appeared on “RuPaul’s Drag Race” as a guest judge in 2013, and again in 2022 as a guest director. During the AIDS crisis, he was involved with the Los Angeles AIDS Project and Project Angel Food.
Born and raised in Tennessee, Jordan grew up Southern Baptist. He moved to Los Angeles in 1982 and started picking 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.
“The world is certainly a much darker place today without the love and light of Leslie Jordan,” said David Shaul, Jordan’s agent. “Not only was he a mega talent and a joy to work with, but he provided an emotional haven for the country during one of its most difficult times. What he lacked, he made up for in generosity and greatness as a son, brother, artist, comedian, partner and human being. Knowing that he left the world at the height of both his professional and personal life is the only comfort one can get today.”