Leslie Jordan, who received an Emmy for his portrayal of the cunning Beverley Leslie on “Will & Grace,” and who gained notoriety on social media during the pandemic, passed away on Monday after colliding with a tree in Hollywood, according to his agency.
Without Leslie Jordan’s love and light, the world is undoubtedly a lot darker place today, according to David Shaul. In addition to being a huge talent and a pleasure to work with, he gave the country an emotional haven through one of its most trying moments.
Firefighters responding to reports of a collision between Cahuenga Boulevard and Romaine Street discovered Jordan, 67, “pulseless and non-breathing” in a grey automobile. He was pronounced dead at the scene at 9:38 a.m., according to authorities. Jordan may have experienced “some sort of medical emergency,” according to his representative, which led to him losing control of the car.
On Monday, Fox Entertainment announced that Jordan has finished filming nine episodes of the comedy “Call Me Kat.” The most recent will show as scheduled on Thursday, but the production company has inserted an “in memoriam” section about the actor who played Phil.
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The 4-foot-11-inch Jordan, who was born in Chattanooga, Tennessee, on April 29, 1955, built a successful career on television playing small but frequently scene-stealing roles on episodes including “Murphy Brown,” “Boston Public,” “Star Trek: Voyage,” “American Horror Story,” and “Hearts Afire.”
However, he was best known to television viewers as Beverley Leslie, the antagonist of Megan Mullally’s Karen Walker character who comes out as homosexual in one of the series’ most enduring episodes.
The Society of LGBTQ Entertainment Critics gave Jordan its Timeless Star career achievement award last year and referred to him as a “national treasure” because of his open homosexuality. GLAAD CEO Sarah Kate Ellis referred to him as “a loyal friend to so many LGBTQ groups” in a statement on Monday.
Jordan became well-known to a new group of admirers because of his Instagram posts, which he posted twice daily during the pandemic from an Airbnb close to his mother’s home in Chattanooga. What are you doing, guys? Jordan would often start before diving into his frequently funny musings on life in lockdown, delivered in a rich Southern drawl.