Leslie Jordan

Leslie Jordan

Birth name: Leslie Allen Jordan
Born: April 29, 1955
Age: 63
Birthplace: Memphis, Tennessee, United States[1]
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Biography

Leslie Allen Jordan (born April 29, 1955) is an American actor and playwright. He is best known for his roles as Lonnie Garr in Hearts Afire, Beverly Leslie in Will & Grace and several different characters in the American Horror Story franchise.

Leslie Jordan was born in Memphis, Tennessee and later moved to Chattanooga, Tennessee.[2] 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.'"[3]

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 though never truly understanding him. When asked about his mother he said that she was a very private woman and that she still lives in Chattanooga. Jordan's father was a lieutenant colonel in the United States Army and he died in a plane crash when Jordan was eleven.[2]

Jordan left Tennessee and arrived in Los Angeles in 1982. During this time he became involved with alcohol and other drugs and was arrested many times. When Jordan was seventeen years old, he started to write in journals every day. He said that writing in his journals helped him with recovering from drug and alcohol abuse.[4]

Jordan became involved in volunteer work. 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.[5]

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Career

Jordan has made numerous appearances in both film and television. He is recognizable for his diminutive size and Southern drawl.[2] He appeared as a newspaper editor named Mr. Blackly in the popular movie The Help.[6] He is best known for his television work, including guest appearances on 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 his secondary role on Hearts Afire. He guest-starred on the comedy-drama Ugly Betty as celebrity-trasher Quincy Combs. In 2007, Jordan starred as Jesse Joe in the short-lived CW television program Hidden Palms. He also portrayed the ski patrol director in Ski Patrol.

He is best known for his role as Karen's pretentious, sexually ambiguous rival Beverley Leslie on the series Will & Grace.[7] For that role he received an Emmy Award for Best Guest Actor in a Comedy Series at the 58th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards in 2006. Because Jordan won the award for Best Guest Actor in a Comedy Series, he was invited to present the awards for outstanding comedy writing and outstanding comedy directing at the 2006 Emmy Awards with Cloris Leachman a week later.[8]

Jordan starred in the pilot episode of Laugh Out, the world's first interactive, gay-themed comedy show.[7] 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 the Sordid Lives: The Series, a televised spin-off of the movie airing on Logo where he plays a character that is in a mental hospital.[9] He wrote and starred in the autobiographical play Lost in the Pershing Point Hotel, which was also made into a motion picture. He recently toured the country performing his one-man stage comedy, Like a Dog on Linoleum, to generally favorable reviews.[10][11]

Jordan's first autobiographical stage show was called Hysterical Blindness and Other Southern Tragedies That Have Plagued My Life Thus Far,[5] with music and lyrics by Joe Patrick Ward.[12][13] 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 Southern United States 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, and his show was a success.[5] 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.[14]

In the fall of 2018, Jordan will star in the FOX network sitcom The Cool Kids, along with Martin Mull, Vicki Lawrence and David Alan Grier.[15]

Credits

Writer

  • Lost in the Pershing Point Hotel (play)
  • My Trip Down the Pink Carpet (2008)
  • Hysterical Blindness and Other Southern Tragedies That Have Plagued My Life Thus Far

Stage

  • Found a Peanut (1986)[16]
  • Sordid Lives (1996)
  • Southern Baptist Sissies
  • Lost in the Pershing Point Hotel
  • Like a Dog on Linoleum (2004)
  • My Trip Down the Pink Carpet (2010)
  • Lucky Guy (2011), off-Broadway musical in the role of Big Al Wright

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

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 total
1992 Perfect Strangers Rob Bob Phillips
1992 Reasonable Doubts Asst. Public Defender Clifford Sizemore
Marvin Sizemore
16 episodes total
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 total
1994 Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman William Wallace Webster Waldecker / Resplendant Man
1993-1995 Hearts Afire Lonnie Garr 28 episodes total
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 total
2000 The Strip Gaston
2001 Ally McBeal Dr. Benjamin Harris
2001-2002 Boston Public Dr. Benjamin Harris 5 episodes total
2001-2006, 2017 Will & Grace Beverley Leslie 12 episodes total
2003 Judging Amy Reginald Hoyt
2003-2004 Reba Terry (The jeweler from the rings) 3 episodes total
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 total
2005 Boston Legal Bernard Ferrion 6 episodes
2005 Chasing Christmas Past
2007 Ugly Betty Quincy Combs Episode: "Punch Out"
2007 Hidden Palms Jesse Jo 5 episodes
2008 12 Miles of Bad Road Kenny Kingman 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 total
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 total
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 3 episodes total
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; 2 episodes
2014 Partners Marion Phillips Episode: "Jurist Prudence"
2014 Celebrity Big Brother UK Himself Series 14, 12 episodes
2015 Benidorm Buck A. Roo Series 7, Episode 1 & 2
2016 Fear, Inc. Judson
2016 American Horror Story: Roanoke Ashley Gilbert (reenactor of Cricket Marlowe) 3 episodes
2016 K.C. Undercover Cecil B. DeVille
2017 Living the dream Aiden
2018–present The Cool Kids Sid
Charities

Leslie Jordan supports the following charitable causes: Gay Youth, Gay Rights.

[ Source: Wikipedia ]