Leslie Jordan, the Emmy-winning actor whose Southern drawl and versatility made him a standout on TV series including “Will & Grace” and “American Horror Story,” has died. He was 67 years old.
“The world is certainly a much darker place today without the love and light of Leslie Jordan. Not only was she a mega-talent and a joy to work with, but she brought the nation to life,” Jordan’s rep said in a statement Monday. provided an emotional refuge during his most difficult time. “Knowing that he left this world at the peak of both his professional and personal life is the only comfort for today.”
The Tennessee native, who won an outstanding guest actor Emmy for “Will & Grace” in 2005, most recently appeared in the Mayim Bialik comedy “Call Me Cat” and co-starred in the sitcom “The Cool Kids.”
Jordan’s other feature credits include “Fantasy Island,” “The United States vs. Billie Holiday.”
Jordan earned one Unexpected new follow in 2021 As he spent time near family in his hometown during the pandemic lockdown. He broke the same by posting his daily videos on Instagram.
Many of Jordan’s videos included him asking “How do you do?” And some included stories about Hollywood or his childhood growing up with identical twin sisters and their “Mama” as he called her. Other times he did silly 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 in Tennessee right now,'” Jordan said. Celebrities including Michelle Pfeiffer, Jessica Alba and Anderson Cooper, along with brands like Reebok and Lululemon, will post comments.
Soon he became fixated with his views and number of followers, as not much else was happening.
“For a while there, it was like crazy. And I thought, ‘This is ridiculous. Stop, stop, stop.'” You know, it almost became, ‘If this doesn’t happen on Instagram, So it didn’t happen.’ And I thought, ‘First of all, you’re 65. You’re not a teenage girl.'”
Spotlight created new opportunities. Earlier this month she released a gospel album called “Company’s Comen” featuring Dolly Parton, Chris Stapleton, Brandi Carlile, Eddie Vedder and Tanya Tucker. He wrote a new book, “How Are You Doing?: Misadventures and Misadventures from a Good Life.”
-Lynn Elber and Mark Kennedy, Associated Press
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