Leslie Jordan, an Emmy-winning actress, writer and singer best known for her work on “Will & Grace,” “American Horror Story” and “Hearts Afire,” has died. He is 67 years old.
Jordan was driving in Hollywood on Monday morning and crashed into the side of a house on Cahuenga Blvd. and Romaine St. He is believed to have suffered some kind of accident.
Jordan is an actor whose credits include “The Help,” “The Cool Kids” and “Call Me Kat,” currently airing its third season on Fox. In 2006, he won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series for his performance on “Will & Grace,” in which he played the mysterious and Karen’s sexually ambiguous, socialite frenemy Beverly Leslie.
She has appeared in 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,” and movies like “Ski Patrol,” “Roadside Rodeo,” “Love Ranch,” “Southern Baptist Sissies” and “United States of America vs. Billie Holiday.”
Jordan played three different characters in three different seasons of Ryan Murphy’s “American Horror Story,” going back to “Coven,” “Roanoke” and “1984.”
One of Jordan’s most famous roles was as Earl “Brother Boy” Ingram in the stage play “Sordid Lives,” which was later adapted into a 2000 comedy film of the same name. In 1993, he produced his first autobiographical show, “Hysterical Blindness and Other Southern Tragedies That Have Plagued My Life Through Far,” which ran for seven months off-Broadway at the SoHo Playhouse. The play depicted Jordan’s early life in Chatanooga, Tenn., and featured the actor backed by a choir singing satirical songs about racism and homophobia. During the drama, different Jordan praised the “lovely stage show” and called the show “bittersweet and hilarious.”
In 2020, Jordan became a social media phenomenon, gaining millions of Instagram followers thanks to his funny videos posted during the pandemic.
Jordan released a gospel music album called “Company’s Comin'” in 2021 and, later that year, appeared as a guest panelist on “The Masked Singer,” where he performed it is usually “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 on “RuPaul’s Drag Race” as a judge in 2013, and in 2022 on as a visitor guide. During the AIDS crisis, he was involved with the AIDS Project Los Angeles and Project Angel Food.
Born and raised in Tennessee, Jordan was raised Southern Baptist. He moved to Los Angeles in 1982 and began collecting loans a few years later. Beginning in his 20s, he struggled with drug and alcohol abuse. In 2010, Jordan announced that he had stopped for 13 years.
“The world would be a much darker place today without the love and light of Leslie Jordan,” said David Shaul, Jordan’s manager. “Not only was he a mega talent and a joy to work with, but he gave the nation an emotional sanctity during one of its most difficult times. What he lacked in height, he made up for. kindness and greatness as a son, brother, artist, comedian, friend and human being. Knowing that he left the world at the height of his career and life personal, that’s the only comfort that can be found today.”
His death was first reported by TMZ.