Leslie Jordan, the Emmy-winning actor whose drawling voice and Southern versatility made him a standout in comedy and drama on TV series including will and grace and american horror story, is dead. Jordan, whose videos turned him into a social media star during the pandemic, was 67.
He died Monday in a single car crash in Hollywood, according to reports from celebrity news site TMZ and the Los Angeles Times, citing unnamed law enforcement sources.
“The world is definitely a much darker place today without the love and light of Leslie Jordan. Not only was he a mega talent and a joy to work with, but he provided emotional sanctuary for the nation at the time. one of his most difficult times,” a Jordanian official said in a statement on Monday.
“Knowing that he left the world at the height of his professional and personal life is the only consolation one can have today.”
My heart is broken. Leslie Jordan was one of the funniest people I’ve had the pleasure of working with. Everyone who met him loved him. There will never be anyone like him. A unique talent with a huge, caring heart. We will miss you my dear friend. 😔❤️ pic.twitter.com/RNKSamoES0
The Chattanooga, Tennessee, native who won an Outstanding Guest Actor Emmy in 2005 for his role as Beverly Leslie in will and gracerecently appeared in the comedy Mayim Bialik call me kat and co-starred in the sitcom The nice kids.
Jordan’s other credits include fantasy island and USA vs. Billie Holiday. He also played various roles in american horror story franchise series.
Social Media Tracking
Jordan gained an unexpected new audience in 2021 when he spent time during the pandemic lockdown near his family in his hometown – posting daily videos of himself to Instagram and TikTok.
Many of his videos included him asking “How are you?” and some included stories about Hollywood or his childhood growing up with identical twin sisters and their “mom,” as he called her. Other times he did stupid things like complete an indoor obstacle course.
“Someone called from California and said, ‘Oh, honey, you’ve gone viral. And I said, ‘No, no, I don’t have COVID. I’m just in Tennessee,’ Jordan said.
Celebrities including Michelle Pfeiffer, Jessica Alba and Anderson Cooper, as well as brands such as Reebok and Lululemon, commented on her posts.
Soon he became obsessed with how many views and subscribers he had, as not much else was going on.
“For a while there, it was like an obsession. And I thought, ‘This is ridiculous. Stop, stop, stop. You know, it almost became, “If it doesn’t happen on Instagram, it didn’t happen.” And I thought, ‘You’re 65, first of all. You are not a teenager.’ ”
The spotlights have opened up new opportunities. Earlier this month he released a gospel album titled Comin of the company with Dolly Parton, Chris Stapleton, Brandi Carlile, Eddie Vedder and Tanya Tucker.
He also wrote a book titled How are you ? : Misadventures and Misdeeds of a Life Well Lived.
It was Jordan’s second book, following his 2008 memoir, My Red Carpet Journey.
“It kind of dealt with all the angst and growing up gay in the Baptist Church…. I just wanted to tell stories,” he said in a 2021 interview.
Among the anecdotes: working with Lady Gaga on American Horror Story; how meeting Carrie Fisher led Debbie Reynolds to name her mother and the Shetland pony he had as a child named Midnight.
In a 2014 interview with Philadelphia magazine, Jordan was asked how he related to his role in the 2013 film Southern Baptist Sissieswhich explores growing up gay while being raised in a conservative Baptist church.
“I really wanted to be a really good Christian, like some of the boys in the movie. I was baptized 14 times,” Jordan said.
“Every time the preacher said, ‘Move on, sinners!’ My mom thought I was being dramatic. She was like, ‘Leslie, you’re already saved’ and I was like, ‘Well, I don’t think it took.’
Jordan said he considers himself a storyteller by nature.
“It’s very southern. If I had to learn a lesson or something like that when I was a kid, I was told a story,” he said.