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Leslie Aleen Jordan (April 29, 1955 - October 24, 2022) was an American actor, who won an Emmy Award in 2006.

Biography[]

Leslie Jordan was born on April 29, 1955, and was raised in Chattanooga, Tennessee. He graduated from Brainerd High School. According to his official website, "His journey towards stardom has provided one of the quirkier, impressive, and varied career trajectories of the past few decades" and "Leslie Jordan has conquered the international stage with sold out runs in Mexico, Canada and the U.K., and remains an in-demand mainstay as a Stage / TV / Film performer, voice-over artist, fund raiser, spokesperson, out artist, equal rights activist and all around Southern Baptist celebutante."[1]

He has appeared in many TV series such as Ally McBeal, Lois & Clark, Star Trek: Voyager, Reba, Boston Public, Raising Hope, Hidden Palms, Boston Legal, Nash Bridges, Ugly Betty, but especially Will & Grace where he played the role of rich homosexual Beverly Leslie, the long-standing rival to socialite Karen Walker.

Jordan became an Instagram sensation the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, amassing 5.8 million followers. In April 2021, he published his autobiography, How Y'all Doing? Misadventures and Mischief from a Life Well Lived.

In 2021, Jordan received GALECA: The Society of LGBTQ Entertainment Critics' Timeless Star award, the group's career achievement honor given to "an actor or performer whose exemplary career is marked by character, wisdom and wit." [2]

Work on American Horror Story[]

Leslie Jordan joined the cast of American Horror Story in the role of Witches' Councilor Quentin Fleming in the third season, titled Coven. He returned in the sixth installment, subtitled Roanoke as Ashley Gilbert, the actor who portrays medium Cricket Marlowe in the fictional docuseries "My Roanoke Nightmare". Jordan returned to AHS in the role of Courtney in the ninth season, the slasher 1984.

Murphy had written a role specifically for Leslie Jordan in Freak Show but he did not appear on the show due to scheduling conflicts.[3]

Death[]

On October 24, 2022, Jordan crashed his car into the side of a building in Los Angeles. It was suspected that he suffered some sort of medical emergency while driving. [4]

Notes[]

  • Leslie Jordan made his homosexuality and his height (4 ft 11) the hallmark of the majority of his characters, in spite of those who would consider them failures.
  • Leslie Jordan hilariously recalls not recognizing Lady Gaga when he first met her on the 'American Horror Story: Roanoke' set. He thought she was an extra. [5]

Appearances[]

Episode appearances for Leslie Jordan
Story or Series Character Episodes
Coven Quentin Fleming
Roanoke Ashley Gilbert
1984 Courtney

In Chapter 3 and 4, Jordan plays Ashley Gilbert, an actor who re-enacts Cricket Marlowe in "My Roanoke Nightmare".

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