Comedian and actor Leslie Jordan, known for his roles in “Will and Grace” and “American Horror Story” and his uplifting Instagram videos about the pandemic, died after a car accident Monday in Hollywood.
Jordan, 67, won a primetime Emmy in 2006 for her performance as Beverley Leslie on the hit TV show “will and grace.”
Jordan was driving a BMW when it crashed into the side of a building at Cahuenga Boulevard and Romaine Street in Hollywood at 9:30 a.m., Los Angeles Police Department officer Lizbeth Lomeli told The Times. The longtime actor and writer was pronounced dead at the scene.
It was not immediately clear whether Jordan had been killed in the accident or suffered a medical emergency previously, but the condition of the vehicle suggested that Jordan may have lost control before hitting the building, a source said. policewoman.
After getting his big break in 1989 when he was cast in the first season of “Murphy Brown“Jordan’s 30-year career was marked by stage-stealing roles on television shows such as ‘Bodies of Evidence’ and ‘Hearts of Afire’.
His fame grew starring in NBC’s “Will and Grace,” as well as Ryan Murphy’s “American Horror Story” franchise and “The Cool Kids,” in which he played a confident, queer old man. Sid Delacroix.
More recently, while locked in an apartment in his hometown of Chattanooga, Tennessee, during the first months of the pandemic in 2020, Jordan discovered viral fame with a constant series of comedic videos posted on her instagram followed by 5.8 million users, marked by his lively southern accent.
Greeting his followers with his iconic signature, “Well, what the fuck are you doing?” and posting twice a day for 80 days, Jordan joked about everyday life in quarantine; give color reactions the latest music, such as Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion’s single, “WAP”; create dance montages make pop music from his garden to his living room; and on walks, and humorously recalls moments from his acting career.
“A friend of mine called me from California and said, ‘You have gone viral.‘ And I said, ‘No, honey, I’m fine. I don’t have COVID’,” Jordan joked in one of the videos. “I don’t know how I did it because now I’m scrambling for content. … Every day I think, ‘Oh, my God! I need to post. What should I find? »
David Shaul, the actor’s rep, released a statement about his death.
“The world is definitely a much darker place today without the love and light of Leslie Jordan,” Shaul said. “Not only was he a mega talent and a joy to work with, but he provided an emotional sanctuary for the nation at one of its most difficult times. What he lacked in size he made up for in generosity and in greatness as a son, brother, artist, comedian, partner and human being, knowing that he left the world at the height of his professional and personal life is the only consolation one can have today.
Tributes from fellow actors and comedians began pouring in after news of Jordan’s death spread on social media.
Eric McCormack, who starred as Will Truman alongside Jordan in “Will & Grace,” celebrated the little powerhouse as the “funniest, most flirtatious southerner I’ve ever known.”
“The joy and laughter he brought to each of his #WillandGrace episodes was palpable. Thirty years gone too soon. You were loved, dear man,” McCormack tweeted.
“Will & Grace” co-star Sean Hayes chimed in, saying, “Leslie Jordan was one of the funniest people I’ve had the pleasure of working with.”
“Everyone who met him loved him” Hayes tweeted. “There will never be anyone like him. A unique talent with a huge, caring heart. You will be missed my dear friend.
Actress Lynda Carter, who played Wonder Woman on the 1970s TV show of the same name, pointed to Jordan’s pandemic-era videos, which “brought so many smiles.”
“What an achievement to keep us all laughing and staying connected during these trying times. … It’s so cruel that this could happen to such a beautiful soul,” Carter wrote.