Leslie Jordan
Jordan in 2007
Born (1955-04-29) April 29, 1955 (age 66)
Chattanooga, Tennessee, U.S.[1]
Occupation
  • Actor
  • writer
  • singer
Years active1986–present
Height4 ft 11 in (1.50 m)[2]
Websitehttp://www.thelesliejordan.com/ Edit this on Wikidata

Leslie Allen Jordan (born April 29, 1955) is an American actor, writer and singer.[3] He is best known for his roles as Lonnie Garr in Hearts Afire (1993–1995), Beverly Leslie in Will & Grace (2001–2006, 2017–2020), several characters in the American Horror Story franchise (2011–present), Sid in The Cool Kids (2018–2019) and Phil in Call Me Kat (2021–present). One of his best-known onstage performances was in Sordid Lives, where he played Earl "Brother Boy" Ingram, a role he took to the big screen in the popular cult film of the same name.

Early life

Leslie Jordan was born and raised in Chattanooga, Tennessee,[2] where he graduated from Brainerd High School.[4] In a 2014 interview, Jordan said that he had a difficult time growing up Southern Baptist. "I was baptized 14 times. Every time the preacher would say, 'Come forward, sinners!' I'd say 'Oooh, I was out in the woods with that boy, I better go forward.'"[5] Leslie has two sisters, twins Jana and Janet, who are 22 months younger.

During an appearance on Today with Hoda Kotb and Kathie Lee Gifford, Jordan discussed his personal life and career. He described his mother, Peggy Ann, as being supportive and accepting, despite never truly understanding him. When asked about his mother, he said she lives in Chattanooga and is a private woman. Jordan's father, Allen B. Jordan, was a major in the United States Army Reserve and died, along with two others, in the crash of a civilian Beechcraft Debonair airplane at Camp Shelby, Mississippi, on March 31, 1967, when Jordan was eleven years old.[2][6]

Jordan moved to Los Angeles in 1982, where he became involved with drugs and alcohol and was arrested several times. When Jordan was 27 years old, he began to journal daily, which helped him recover from drug and alcohol abuse.[7] In 2010, Jordan told talk show host Wendy Williams that he had been sober for thirteen years.[8] In the same appearance, Jordan said that before he gave up drinking, he once shared a cell with Robert Downey Jr., and when they both appeared later on Ally McBeal, Downey couldn't quite place where they had met before.[8]

Early in the AIDS crisis, Jordan became involved in AIDS Project Los Angeles (APLA) as a buddy and as a food delivery-person for Project Angel Food.[9]

Career

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Jordan is recognized for his diminutive size and Southern drawl.[2] He appeared as newspaper editor Mr. Blackly in the movie The Help.[10] His television career includes guest appearances on Murphy Brown, Will & Grace, Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman, Star Trek: Voyager, Caroline in the City, Pee-Wee's Playhouse, Reba, Boston Public, Boston Legal, Nash Bridges, American Horror Story, and Hearts Afire.[11]

In 1990, Jordan portrayed the ski patrol director in Ski Patrol.[12] In 2007, he guest-starred on the comedy-drama Ugly Betty as celebrity-trasher Quincy Combs, and starred as Jesse Joe in the short-lived CW television program Hidden Palms.

On the television series Will & Grace, Jordan played Beverley Leslie, Karen's pretentious, sexually-ambiguous rival,[13] for which he received an Emmy Award for Best Guest Actor in a Comedy Series at the 58th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards in 2006. His Emmy Award earned him an invitation to present the awards for Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series and Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series at the 2006 Emmy Awards with Cloris Leachman a week later.[14]

Jordan starred in the pilot episode of Laugh Out, the world's first interactive, gay-themed comedy show.[13] On August 18, 2014, Jordan became a housemate in the celebrity edition of the British reality game show Big Brother. He was the second person to leave the Big Brother house (August 29, 2014). In January 2015, Jordan guest-starred in the British sitcom Benidorm for two episodes, as the character Buck A. Roo.

Jordan is an accomplished stage actor and playwright. In one of his best-known performances onstage, he played Earl "Brother Boy" Ingram in Sordid Lives, a role he took to the big screen in the popular cult film of the same name. Jordan reprised the role in a televised spin-off of the movie, which aired on Logo, where he played a character that is in a mental hospital.[15] He wrote and starred in the autobiographical play Lost in the Pershing Point Hotel, which was also made into a motion picture. In 2004, he toured the country performing his one-man stage comedy, Like a Dog on Linoleum, to generally favorable reviews.[16][17]

Jordan's first autobiographical stage show was called Hysterical Blindness and Other Southern Tragedies That Have Plagued My Life Thus Far,[9] with music and lyrics by Joe Patrick Ward.[18][19] The production, in which Jordan was backed by a gospel choir singing satirical songs about racism and homophobia, was produced off-Broadway at the SoHo Playhouse and ran for seven months. Next, he distilled his experiences growing up as an effeminate, tiny boy in the South and in show business into an autobiographical one-man show, My Trip Down the Pink Carpet. During the opening of My Trip Down the Pink Carpet, Jordan's microphone stopped working, but he kept on with the show like nothing happened; the show was a success.[9] After touring the nation for several months with the production, the show opened off-Broadway at the Midtown Theater on April 19, 2010. The show is produced by Jordan's friend, actress Lily Tomlin. Jordan announced on The Paul O'Grady Show that he will be bringing his show to London's Apollo Theatre.

On November 1, 2017, Jordan appeared in the new British television drama Living the Dream, produced jointly by Sky and Big Talk Productions, but branded as a Sky Original Production.[20]

In the fall of 2018, Jordan starred in the Fox sitcom The Cool Kids, along with Martin Mull, Vicki Lawrence, and David Alan Grier.[21]

On April 2, 2020, it was announced Jordan will play the role of Phil in the Fox sitcom Call Me Kat, along with Mayim Bialik, Swoosie Kurtz, Kyla Pratt, and Cheyenne Jackson.[22]

As of July 29, 2020, Jordan has five million Instagram followers. He celebrated his milestone of one million followers by making a video wearing sunglasses and a fancy little suit for his followers. His following grew substantially in response to his posts during the COVID-19 pandemic.[23]

In 2021, he released the gospel music album, Company's Comin'.[24]

Personal life

Jordan lives in California[25][26] and Chattanooga, Tennessee.[27]

He is openly gay.[28]

Credits

Writer

Stage

Filmography

Film

Year Title Role Notes
1988 Moving Customer at Bar
1990 Ski Patrol Murray
1992 Hero Court Official
1992 Missing Pieces Krause
1993 Jason Goes to Hell: The Final Friday Shelby
1995 Black Velvet Pantsuit Ernie
1996 Shoot the Moon
1997 Two Weeks from Sunday 25 minutes
1998 Goodbye Lover Homer
1998 Hamburger Helper Larry Lewis 22 minutes
1999 Eat Your Heart Out Director
2000 John John in the Sky Tot Dixon a.k.a. I'll Wave Back
2000 Lost in the Pershing Point Hotel Storyteller writer (play; screenplay)
2000 Sordid Lives Earl "Brother Boy" Ingram
2001 The Gristle Jake Bennett
2003 Farm Sluts Coroner 17 minutes
2003 Moving Alan Arthur
2004 Home on the Range Additional Voice voice actor
2004 Madhouse Dr. Morton
2005 Sissy Frenchfry Principal Principle 28 minutes
2007 Watch & Learn Martin 12 minutes
2007 Undead or Alive: A Zombedy Padre
2008 Roadside Romeo Additional voices
2009 Eating Out 3: All You Can Eat Harry
2010 Demonic Toys: Personal Demons Prof. Butterfield
2010 Love Ranch Mr. Hainsworth
2010 Leslie Jordon: My Trip Down the Pink Carpet Himself Stand Up
2011 The Help Mr. Blackly
2011 Mangus! Bruce Jackson
2009 Rockabilly Baby writer (play)
2012 Hollywood to Dollywood Himself
2012 Yahoo! News/Funny or Die GOP Presidential Online Internet Cyber Debate Ron Paul
2013 Southern Baptist Sissies Peanut
2014 Lucky Dog Mr. Kaufman
2017 A Very Sordid Wedding Earl "Brother Boy" Ingram
2018 The Last Sharknado: It's About Time Benjamin Franklin Television film
2021 The United States vs. Billie Holiday Reginald Lord Devine

Television

Year Title Role Notes
1986 The Fall Guy Malone
1986 The Wizard Jimmy
1987 CBS Summer Playhouse Worm
1988 Frankenstein General Hospital Iggy
1988 Night Court Irwin
1989 Midnight Caller Little Bob Johnson
1989 Murphy Brown Kyle
1989 Newhart L. Gardner
1989 The People Next Door Truman Fipps 10 episodes
1989 The Road Raiders Whip uncredited
1990 American Dreamer Short
1990 Babes Clem
1990 Pee-wee's Playhouse Busby
1990 Sugar and Spice Monsieur Jacques
1991 Top of the Heap Emmet Lefebvre 6 episodes
1992 Bodies of Evidence Lemar Samuels 16 episodes
1992 Perfect Strangers Rob Bob Phillips
1992 Reasonable Doubts Asst. Public Defender Clifford Sizemore
Marvin Sizemore
16 episodes
1993 Getting By Mr. Bergner
1993 Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman Alan Morris / The Invisible Man
1993 Nurses Mr. Cooley Waits
1993 Reasonable Doubts Asst. Public Defender Clifford Sizemore 16 episodes
1994 Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman William Wallace Webster Waldecker / Resplendant Man
1993–1995 Hearts Afire Lonnie Garr 28 episodes
1995 Charlie Grace Darnell Sims
1995 Courthouse Mr. Barnes
1996 Coach Blatt
1996 Star Trek: Voyager Kol Episode: "False Profits"
1996 Mr. & Mrs. Smith Earl Borden
1997 Arli$$ Skip Lloyd
1997 The Pretender Pat
1997 Weird Science Boyd Butayne
1997 Wings Teddy Kolb
1998 Buddy Faro Frankie Delgado
1998 Caroline in the City Dr. Leslie
1998 Dharma & Greg Kenny
1998 Ellen Top Studio Executive
1998 Maximum Bob Cletus Huntley
1998 Pacific Blue Bo Nyby
1999 Martial Law Horatio Hawkins
2000 Any Day Now
2000 FreakyLinks Hotel Clerk
2000 Nash Bridges Walter Marley
2000 Sabrina, the Teenage Witch Chuck
2000, 2002 Son of the Beach Jordan 2 episodes
2000 The Strip Gaston
2001 Ally McBeal Dr. Benjamin Harris
2001–2002 Boston Public Dr. Benjamin Harris Recurring role; 5 episodes
2001–2006, 2017–2020 Will & Grace Beverley Leslie 12 episodes
2003 Judging Amy Reginald Hoyt
2003–2004 Reba Terry (The jeweler from the rings) Recurring role; 3 episodes
2003 Tracey Ullman in the Trailer Tales Rog Monroe
2004 George Lopez Doctor
2004 Monk Town Official
2005–2006 American Dad! Beauregard LaFontaine voice actor; 2 episodes
2005 Boston Legal Bernard Ferrion Recurring role; 6 episodes
2005 Chasing Christmas Past
2007 Ugly Betty Quincy Combs Episode: "Punch Out"
2007 Hidden Palms Jesse Jo Recurring role; 5 episodes
2008 12 Miles of Bad Road Kenny Kingman Recurring role; 6 episodes
2008 Privileged Dale Dart
2008 Sordid Lives: The Series Earl "Brother Boy" Ingram 10 episodes
2008 Under the Pink Carpet Himself 2 episodes
2009 Alligator Point
2009 Glenn Martin, DDS voice actor
2011 Desperate Housewives Felix Bergman
2011 Shake It Up Theodore Van Glorious
2011 Under the Pink Carpet Himself 2 episodes
2012 DTLA Theatre Director
2012 The Game
2012 Raising Hope Reverend Bob
2012 The Secret Life of the American Teenager
2013 American Horror Story: Coven Quentin Fleming Recurring role; 3 episodes
2013 Baby Daddy Edwin the Mall Elf Episode: "Emma's First Christmas"
2013 RuPaul's Drag Race Himself Guest judge on Season 5, Episode 7
2013 Supernatural Yorkie
Mutt
voice actor; Episode: "Dog Dean Afternoon"
2014 Partners Marion Phillips Episode: "Jurist Prudence"
2014 Celebrity Big Brother UK Himself Series 14, 12 episodes
2015 Benidorm Buck A. Roo Series 7, Episodes 1 & 2
2015 Con Man Leslie Jordan / 'Curley' Recurring role; 6 episodes
2016 Fear, Inc. Judson
2016 American Horror Story: Roanoke Ashley Gilbert (reenactor of Cricket Marlowe) Recurring role; 3 episodes
2016 K.C. Undercover Cecil B. DeVille
2017–present Living the Dream Aiden
2018–2019 The Cool Kids Sid Main role, 22 episodes
2019 American Horror Story: 1984 Courtney Recurring role; 4 episodes
2020–present Call Me Kat Phil Main role
2021 The Great North Thomas Wintersbone Season 1 Episode 6: "Pride and Prejudice Adventure"

Discography

References

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  13. ^ a b "Atlanta Entertainment Company to Produce Innovative, Interactive Gay-Themed Comedy Show". prnewswire.com (Press release). Atlanta. May 2, 2015. Retrieved July 31, 2015.
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  28. ^ "EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: We Can't Get Enough of Southern Belle Leslie Jordan". Instinct Magazine. November 22, 2018.
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