Leslie Jordan, the Emmy-winning actress, writer and singer best known for her roles on “Will & Grace,” “American Horror Story” and “Hearts Afire,” has died. He was 67 years old.
Jordan was driving in Hollywood on Monday morning and crashed into a building on Cahuenga Blvd. and Romaine St. It was suspected that he suffered some kind of medical emergency.
Jordan was an actress with credits including “Help,” “Cool Kids” and “Call Me Kat,” currently airing its third season on Fox. In 2006, she won an Emmy Award for guest actress in a comedy for her work on “Will & Grace,” where she played the sexually ambiguous Karen, 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 films like “Ski Patrol,” “Roadside Rodeo,” “Love Ranch,” “Southern Baptist Sissies” and “ United States vs. . Billie Holiday.”
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 drama “Sordid Lives,” which was later adapted into the 2000 romantic comedy film of the same name. In 1993, he created his first autobiographical stage play, “Hysterical Blindness and Other Southern Tragedies That Have Infested My Life Thus Far,” which ran for seven months off-Broadway at the SoHo Playhouse. The play chronicled Jordan’s life in Chattanooga, Tenn., and featured the actor backed by a gospel choir singing humorous songs about race and racism. During the performance of the game, Various types praised Jordan’s “lovely stage presence” and called the show “bitter and funny”.
In 2020, Jordan became a social media sensation, gaining millions of Instagram followers thanks to his funny videos posted during the pandemic.
Jordan released a gospel album titled “Company’s Comin'” in 2021 and, later this year, appeared as a guest panelist on “The Masked Singer,” where he performed the gospel standard “This is My Little Light.”
LGBTQ icon, Jordan received the GALECA: 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 with the AIDS Project Los Angeles and the Angel Food Project.
Born and raised in Tennessee, Jordan grew up in Southern Baptist. He moved to Los Angeles in 1982 and began collecting credits just a few years later. From his early 20s, he struggled with drug and alcohol abuse. In 2010, Jordan announced that he was 13 years old.
“The world would certainly be a much darker place today without the love and light of Leslie Jordan,” said David Shaul, Jordan’s agent. He was not only a great talent and a joy to work with, but he provided an emotional sanctuary for the nation during one of its most difficult times. What he lacked in height he made up for in kindness and greatness as a son, brother, artist, musician, partner and human being. Knowing that he left the world at the height of his professional and personal life is the only comfort he can have today. ”