Actor Leslie Jordan dies at 67 in car accident.
The character actor seems to have had a medical emergency before crashing his car in Hollywood, according to reports.
Monday, 67-year-old actor Leslie Jordan died in a car accident in Los Angeles.
Law enforcement sources told TMZ and then the Los Angeles Times that they thought the well-known actor had a medical emergency before crashing his BMW into the side of a building in Hollywood.
Jordan is known for his roles in American Horror Story, Hearts Afire, and Will & Grace, for which he won an Emmy. At age 65, he became famous again when he became an internet sensation by accident during the pandemic. The short star, who stood 4’11” in shoes, reached a new audience after decades of acting in small roles. He did this by posting gossipy, relatable videos every day on Instagram.
“Without Leslie Jordan’s love and light, the world is a much darker place today,” said David Shaul, Jordan’s agent. “Not only was he a great talent and a pleasure to work with, but he also gave the country a safe place to feel good during one of its hardest times.”
The veteran actor has also been in The Help, The Cool Kids, and Call Me Kat, which is Fox’s third season of a remake of the British hit Miranda. He played Earl “Brother Boy” Ingram in the stage play Sordid Lives, which was later turned into the cult romantic comedy film of the same name in 2000.
Jordan was born in Tennessee in 1955. He grew up in the middle-class suburbs of Chattanooga as a Southern Baptist. When he was 11, his father, who was a lieutenant colonel in the US army, died in a plane crash.
As a teenager, he was torn between his church and his sexuality. In 2021, he told the Guardian, “I really wanted to be a good Christian.” “I wanted to try to follow Christ’s teachings as best I could, and I did. But then the whole gay thing happened. I stopped believing in God when I was 17.”
He used humor as a way to protect himself. “Even now, if I meet someone and I’m not ready to talk or I’m not comfortable with them, I’ll just make them laugh,” he said. Then I won’t have to open the door for them. So people teased me at school, but I always had an answer.
In 1982, Jordan moved to Los Angeles. At first, he worked in commercials. Later, he got jobs in film and TV. In the early 1990s, he worked with Project Angel Food in Los Angeles. This was a non-profit group that brought food to people with HIV/Aids.
As soon as Jordan’s death was confirmed on Monday, people began to send their condolences.
Sean Hayes, who worked with Jordan on the TV show Will & Grace, tweeted, “My heart is broken. Leslie Jordan was one of the most funny people I’ve ever worked with. He was loved by everyone who ever met him. No one else will ever be like him. A unique skill and a huge, caring heart. “My dear friend, I will miss you.”
“I am shocked by the news of Leslie Jordan’s death. His many roles on TV and in movies made us all happy,” actor George Takei wrote on Twitter. “Leslie, we are so sad about your death. We will miss your laugh and your unique spirit.”
Lynda Carter, who plays Wonder Woman, praised his pandemic videos by saying that he had a “beautiful soul.”