Leslie Jordan Dead: Will & Grace, American Horror Story Star Was 67

Leslie Jordan, an Emmy-winning actor, writer and singer best known for his roles on “Will & Grace,” “American Horror Story” and “Hearts Afire,” has died. He was 67.

Jordan was driving in Hollywood Monday morning and crashed into the side of a building at Cahuenga Blvd. and Romaine St. It was suspected that he had some sort of medical emergency.

Jordan was a veteran actor whose credits also included “The Help,” “The Cool Kids” and “Call Me Kat,” which is currently airing its third season on Fox. In 2006, he won the Emmy Award for Guest Actor in a Comedy Series for his work on “Will & Grace,” on which he played Karen’s sexually ambiguous socialite friend 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 “Ski Patrol,” “Roadside Rodeo,” “Love Ranch,” “Southern Baptist Sissies” and ” The United States vs. Billie Holiday.”

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Jordan played three different characters in three different seasons of Ryan Murphy’s “American Horror Story,” recurring in the “Coven,” “Roanoke” and “1984” installments.

One of Jordan’s most celebrated roles was his turn as Earl “Brother Boy” Ingram in the stage play “Sordid Lives,” which was later adapted into a 2000 cult romantic comedy film of the same name. In 1993, he created his first autobiographical stage play, “Hysterical Blindness and Other Southern Tragedies That Have Haunted My Life Thus Far,” which ran off-Broadway at the SoHo Playhouse for seven months. The play chronicled Jordan’s early life in Chatanooga, Tennessee, and featured the actor backed by a gospel choir singing satirical songs about racism and homophobia. At the time of the play’s production, Variety praised Jordan’s “engaging stage presence” and called the performance “bittersweet and hilarious.”

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In 2020, Jordan became a social media phenomenon, gaining millions of Instagram followers due to his humorous 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 gospel standard “This Little Light of Mine”.

Jordan, an LGBTQ icon, received GALECA: The Society of LGBTQ Entertainment Critics’ Timeless Star Award 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 in the AIDS Project Los Angeles and Project Angel Food.

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Born and raised in Tennessee, Jordan was raised Southern Baptist. He moved to Los Angeles in 1982 and started getting credits just a few years later. He struggled with drug and alcohol abuse in his 20s. In 2010, Jordan announced 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. “He was not only a mega-talent and a joy to work with, but he provided an emotional refuge to the nation at one of its most difficult times. What he lacked in height, 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 peak of his professional and personal life is the only consolation one can have today.”


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