Leslie Jordan, an Emmy-winning actress, writer and singer best known for her roles in “Will & Grace,” “American Horror Story” and “Hearts Afire,” has died. He was 67 years old.
Jordan was driving in Hollywood Monday morning when he crashed into the side of a building on Cahuenga Blvd. and Romaine St. It was believed that he suffered some kind of medical emergency.
Jordan is a former 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, she won an Emmy Award for guest actress in a comedy series for her role on “Will & Grace,” in which she played Karen’s sexually ambiguous, socialite frenemy Beverly Leslie.
She has appeared on television 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 “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” episodes.
One of Jordan’s most popular roles was his time as Earl “Brother Boy” Ingram in the drama “Sordid Life,” which was later adapted into the 2000 cult love comedy film of the same name. In 1993, he created his first autobiographical stage show, “Hysterical Blindness and Other Southern Problems That Have Troubled My Life So Far,” which ran for seven months off-Broadway at the SoHo Playhouse. The play depicted 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 game, Variety praised Jordan’s “pleasant stage presence” and called the show “bitter and funny.”
In 2020, Jordan became a social media phenomenon, gaining millions of Instagram followers thanks to his funny videos posted throughout the pandemic.
Jordan released the gospel music single “Company’s Comin” in 2021 and, later that year, appeared as a guest 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 on “RuPaul’s Drag Race” as a guest judge in 2013, and again in 2022 as a guest host. During the AIDS crisis, he was involved with 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 debts a few years later. Beginning in his 20s, he struggled with drug and alcohol abuse. In 2010, Jordan revealed that he was 13 years old.
“The world is a dark place today without the love and light of Leslie Jordan,” said David Shaul, Jordan’s ambassador. “He is not only a great talent and a pleasure to work with, but he gave a place to feel to the nation at one of the most difficult times. What he lacked in height he made up for in giving with greatness as a son, brother, musician, actor, friend and person. Knowing that he left the world at the height of his professional and personal life is the only comfort you may have today.”
His death was first reported by TMZ.