Known for movies

Short Info

Net Worth$1.5 million
Date Of BirthApril 29, 1955
FactActed in a series of on-tape ads for Blockbuster Video, in which a dog would retrieve videotapes from the shelves by title.


Leslie Jordan is an American writer and actor, born on 29 April 1955, in Chattanooga, Tennessee USA. He’s probably best known for his characters in “Will & Grace” and “American Horror Story”.

Early Life

Leslie Allen Jordan was born into a very religious Southern Baptist family. His mother Peggy Anne was left a widow when Leslie’s father Allen – an Army lieutenant colonel – died in a plane crash when his son was 11 years old. Leslie’s sisters are twins, but their names haven’t been revealed.

Leslie jokes that he was baptized 14 times, and was known as the funny kid in his childhood. In an interview with The New York Times, he remembered the story of the time he participated in a summer camp and his parents were slightly disappointed their son had not received a prize at the end.

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That was until the last winner was announced: ‘They came out with the trophy and said, ‘This is for the best all-around camper. We have this kid who wasn’t actually the best at anything, but boy, he sure did make us laugh.’ And I won best all-around camper.’ Leslie declared he had ‘no filters’ as a child, which was the reason he started writing on his journal following his mother advise of thinking before speaking: ‘When I was about 17, I started journaling obsessively. I don’t know what that was about, but to this day I write every day.’

Even though Leslie’s stories were sad and even tragic, his friends would laugh while reading them. That made him realize he had a talent with comedy.

There’s no information about Leslie’s early education, though it’s known he was an avid horseback rider and in the 1970s moved to Atlanta to become a jockey.

However, when he was around 27 years old, he realized that the profession was leading nowhere, and decided to pursue a career in journalism. His time in college was a good experience, and he was advised to take his writing to Theater: ‘I’ve always been funny, mainly to keep the bullies at bay, but it just hit me like a drug. I was funny. I got that degree and got on a bus, honey.’

After his graduation in 1982, Leslie boarded a bus to Los Angeles with $1,200 sewed by his mother into his underpants, and many dreams on his mind.

Career

Commercial

In Los Angeles, Leslie started taking acting classes, and contracted an agent. His success was fast and in less than a year he had several offers to appear in national TV commercials: ‘I was like Flo. People would recognize me. I was the PIP Printing guy.

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I was the elevator operator to Hamburger Hell for Taco Bell, where you went if you didn’t eat tacos.’

TV Debut

Leslie acted solely in commercial spots for years until 1986, when he obtained his first role in the TV series “The Fall Guy” as Malone. He appeared sporadically in other productions such as “The Wizard”, and in the movie “Frankenstein Hospital General”.

However, it wasn’t until 1989 when he was cast in the popular TV series “Murphy Brown”, that he started receiving offers from high profile directors: ‘After that aired, my agent called me. He said, ‘I’ve never had this happen. I’ve been in this business for 30 years.’ He goes, ‘Burt Reynolds wants to see you, can you do a sitcom with his wife, Loni Anderson? Mr. Spielberg’s people want to meet you for this project. Peewee Herman wants to put you on his kids show.’’

So he obtained his first recurrent role on TV, as Truman Fipps in “The People Next Door”, which was followed in 1991 by another regular character in “Top of the Heap”.

Some of the most important roles he was cast in during the following years include Lemar Samuels in “Bodies of Evidence”, Lonnie Garr in “Hearts Afire” and Dr. Benjamin Harris in the 2000 series “Boston Public”.

Will & Grace

In 2001, Leslie was cast in the long running series “Will & Grace”, a comedy show centered on lawyer Will Truman and his best friend and interior designer Grace Adler, who ended up living together after she breaks-off her engagement. Leslie’s role as Beverley Leslie became one of the most memorable of his career, leading him to win an Emmy Award as Best Guest Actor in 2006.

Regarding this award, Leslie confessed to Philly Mag that he was extremely nervous on his way to the ceremony: ‘I had to s**t three times in the limousine on the way over. They’d have to pull the car over at the Chevron station. It’s just too much pressure.’

The series ended in 2006 after a run of eight  years; however, in 2017 it was renewed with a new cast. Leslie is still in contact with several of his former fellow cast members, such as Megan Mullally and current Grace Adler actress Debra Messing.

Recent Works

After the end of “Will & Grace” Leslie appeared in other series, including “Sordid Lives: The Series”, “Con Man” and “The Cool Kids”.

Leslie has also played several characters in “American Horror Story”, and has recently returned to “Will & Grace”, playing the same character as in the first version.

Personal Life

Is Leslie Jordan gay?

Leslie Jordan is indeed gay, a fact he has publicly shared since the start of his career.

Leslie realized his sexual orientation at 14 years of age. He admits his mother always knew about it, and his father had a slight suspicion of it: ‘I’ve asked my mom, and she said my dad was worried. He asked her when I was about 6, ‘Why does Leslie only play with girls? Shouldn’t he have male friends?’ Mother jumped to my defense immediately and said, ‘Well, there’s not that many boys in the neighborhood, Allen.’ So, they sent me to the Baylor Camp for Boys that summer.’

He admits the process of outing his homosexuality would have been different if his father had been alive during his teens, as he would have tried to hide it more.

However, by the time he confessed his secret to friends and other people, they didn’t take it as a surprise since apparently it was obvious to them.

Religious Views

As a gay kid in a religious family, Leslie Jordan faced many homophobic situations and comments from fellow church attendants. These unfortunate experiences gave him a new perspective on religious themes: ‘I honor the sanctity of all religions — I’m not here to put them down. But the only religion that I personally embrace is the religion of kindness. There are many paths to God. What really bothers me — and what I think is the height of arrogance and stupidity — is when one group believes their way is the only way. That really gets my dander up.’

Although his mother and sisters have always been supportive of his sexual orientation, he felt for a long time that his father wouldn’t have been happy about it. However, in recent years his mother told him a sweet story of his father buying him a bride doll when he was three years old. This warmed Leslie’s heart, as he then felt that his father would have ultimately supported him.

Addiction Problems

Leslie Jordan developed an alcohol and drug addiction by the time he moved to Los Angeles. Fortunately he recovered after time spent in rehabilitation. To date, Leslie assures that he’s been sober for at least two decades.

Net Worth

As a result of his long career as an actor, Leslie Jordan’s estimated net worth is $1.5 million, as of mid-2020.

Physical Appearance

Leslie Jordan is a man of white ethnicity. His weight is unknown, but he’s 4ft 11ins (1.50m) tall; his short height is certainly his most distinctive physical characteristic.

Interesting Facts

In his book “My Trip Down the Pink Carpet” published in 2008, Leslie tells the story of his arrival in Los Angeles in the 1980s. He wrote: ‘I stepped off a Greyhound bus at the corner of Vine Street’. However, in an interview with Today, he clarified the bus was actually a Trailways.

His mother gave birth to him when she was 19 years old.

He collaborates with Los Angeles’ AIDS Project.

Christopher Isherwood and Tennesse Williams were his childhood heroes.

General Info

Full NameLeslie Jordan
Net Worth$1.5 million
Date Of BirthApril 29, 1955
Height1.5 m
ProfessionVoice Actor, Playwright
NationalityAmerican

Family

ParentsPeggy Ann Jordan

Social profile links

Quotes

#Quote
1The problem with all us boys is that we equate God with religion. I still struggle; I do lash out at what I perceive as God, but it's really the bastardization of God by these people who hide behind their church, their book.
2Someone said there are two classes of gay people in the United States: the fabulous and the fearful. There's nothing really in between. The fabulous, we're on both coasts, but we forget about that huge country out there.

Facts

#Fact
1He wrote, directed, and starred in the hit comedy "Hysterical Blindness," which poked playful fun at his growing up in the South. The play first ran off-Broadway for many years during the early 1990s and won critical acclaim. This production brought him to the attention of television producers, and led to a rash of TV sitcoms in which he continued to play the confused, humorous Southern boy. It is now being revived and updated in New York.
2Acted in a series of on-tape ads for Blockbuster Video, in which a dog would retrieve videotapes from the shelves by title.
3Jailed for drunk driving, he once shared a cell with Robert Downey Jr..
4Claims his childhood heroes were Christopher Isherwood, Truman Capote, Tennessee Williams and gay hustler boys.

Pictures

Movies

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
DogGone It!2016TV Movie completedLeslie
Until We Meet Again2016completedAngel
A Very Sordid Weddingpost-productionEarl 'Brother Boy' Ingram
Con Man2015-2016TV SeriesLeslie Jordan
American Horror Story2013-2016TV SeriesQuentin Fleming Cricket Marlowe Ashley Gilbert
K.C. Undercover2016TV SeriesCecil B. Deville
Fear, Inc.2016Judson
Benidorm2015TV SeriesBuck A Roo
Lucky Dog2014Mr. Kaufman
Partners2014TV SeriesMarion Phillips
Right Side/Blind Side2014ShortSpeaker
Baby Daddy2013TV SeriesEdwin
Southern Baptist Sissies2013Peanut
Supernatural2013TV SeriesYorkie
WHOA! Comedy Short2013ShortTheodore Willinghouse, III
The Exes2013TV SeriesPercy
Raising Hope2012-2013TV SeriesReverend Bob
Whoa!2013Theodore Willinghouse III
DTLA2012TV SeriesHarold
The Neighbors2012TV SeriesCarla
The Secret Life of the American Teenager2012TV Series
The Game2012TV Series
Yahoo! News/Funny or Die GOP Presidential Online Internet Cyber Debate2012ShortRon Paul
Desperate Housewives2011TV SeriesFelix Bergman
Shake It Up!2011TV SeriesTheodore Van Glorious
The Help2011Mr. Blackly
Mangus!2011Bruce Jackson
Leslie Jordan: My Trip Down the Pink Carpet2010Video
Love Ranch2010Martin Hainsworth
Demonic Toys: Personal Demons2010VideoButterfield
Alligator Point2009TV Movie
Glenn Martin DDS2009TV Series
Eating Out: All You Can Eat2009Harry
Privileged2008TV SeriesDale Dart
Sordid Lives: The Series2008TV SeriesEarl 'Brother Boy' Ingram
SAG Foundation Conversations2008TV Series
12 Miles of Bad Road2008TV SeriesKenny Kingman
Hidden Palms2007TV SeriesJesse Jo
Ugly Betty2007TV SeriesQuincy Combs
Undead or Alive: A Zombedy2007Padre
Watch & Learn2007ShortMartin
American Dad!2005-2006TV SeriesMr. Beauregard
Will & Grace2001-2006TV SeriesBeverley Leslie
Chasing Christmas2005TV MoviePast
Boston Legal2005TV SeriesBernard Ferrion
Sissy Frenchfry2005ShortPrincipal Principle
George Lopez2004TV SeriesDoctor
Madhouse2004Dr. Morton
Home on the Range2004Additional Voice (voice)
Reba2003-2004TV SeriesTerry / Jeweller
Monk2004TV SeriesTown Offical
Tracey Ullman in the Trailer Tales2003TV MovieRog Monroe
Moving Alan2003Arthur
Judging Amy2003TV SeriesReginald Hoyt
Farm Sluts2003ShortCoroner
Son of the Beach2000-2002TV SeriesJordan
Boston Public2001-2002TV SeriesDr. Benjamin Harris
The Gristle2001Jake Bennett
Ally McBeal2001TV SeriesDr. Benjamin Harris
Nash Bridges2000TV SeriesWalter Marley
FreakyLinks2000TV SeriesHotel Clerk
Sabrina, the Teenage Witch2000TV SeriesChuck
Any Day Now2000TV SeriesBig Top Police Officer
The Strip2000TV SeriesGaston
Lost in the Pershing Point Hotel2000Storyteller
I'll Wave Back2000Tot Dixon
Sordid Lives2000Earl 'Brother Boy' Ingram
Martial Law1999TV SeriesHoratio Hawkins
Buddy Faro1998TV SeriesFrankie Delgado
Maximum Bob1998TV SeriesCletus Huntley
Caroline in the City1998TV SeriesDr. Leslie
Goodbye Lover1998Homer
Pacific Blue1998TV SeriesBo Nyby
Dharma & Greg1998TV SeriesKenny
Ellen1998TV SeriesTop Studio Executive
Hamburger Helper1998ShortLarry Lewis
Eat Your Heart Out1997Director
Two Weeks from Sunday1997Short
Arli$$1997TV SeriesSkip Lloyd
The Pretender1997TV SeriesPat
Wings1997TV SeriesTeddy Kolb
Weird Science1997TV SeriesBoyd Butayne
Shoot the Moon1996
Mr. & Mrs. Smith1996TV SeriesEarl Borden
Star Trek: Voyager1996TV SeriesKol
Coach1996TV SeriesBlatt
Courthouse1995TV SeriesMr. Barnes
Charlie Grace1995TV SeriesDarnell Sims
Black Velvet Pantsuit1995Ernie
Hearts Afire1993-1995TV SeriesLonnie Garr
Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman1993-1994TV SeriesWilliam Wallace Webster Waldecker / Resplendant Man / Alan Morris / ...
Nurses1993TV SeriesMr. Cooley Waits
Jason Goes to Hell: The Final Friday1993Shelby
Bodies of Evidence1992-1993TV SeriesLemar Samuels
Getting By1993TV SeriesMr. Bergner
Reasonable Doubts1992-1993TV SeriesAsst. Public Defender Clifford Sizemore / Marvin Sizemore
Hero1992/ICourt Official
Perfect Strangers1992TV SeriesRob Bob Phillips
Top of the Heap1991TV SeriesEmmet Lefebvre
Babes1991TV SeriesClem
Missing Pieces1991Krause
American Dreamer1990TV SeriesShort
Pee-wee's Playhouse1990TV SeriesBusby
Sugar and Spice1990TV SeriesMonsieur Jacques
Ski Patrol1990Murray
Midnight Caller1989TV SeriesLittle Bob Johnson
The Road Raiders1989TV MovieWhip (uncredited)
Newhart1989TV SeriesL. Gardner
Murphy Brown1989TV SeriesKyle
The People Next Door1989TV SeriesTruman Fipps
Night Court1988TV SeriesIrwin
Moving1988Customer at Bar
Frankenstein General Hospital1988Iggy
CBS Summer Playhouse1987TV SeriesWorm
The Wizard1986TV SeriesJimmy
The Fall Guy1986TV SeriesMalone

Writer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Leslie Jordan: My Trip Down the Pink Carpet2010Video
Rockabilly Baby2009play script
Lost in the Pershing Point Hotel2000play / written by

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Raising Hope2013TV Series performer - 1 episode
Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman1994TV Series performer - 1 episode

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
QTN Holiday Reel2005TV MovieHimself
CMT: 20 Merriest Christmas Videos2005TV SpecialHimself
Here to Remember2004TV MovieHimself - Host
DogGone It!2016TV SeriesHimself
Big Brother's Bit on the Side2014-2015TV SeriesHimself
The Story Behind: Will & Grace2015TV Movie documentaryHimself
I Wanna Get Naked2014ShortHimself
TMZ on TV2014TV SeriesHimself
Celebrity Big Brother2014TV SeriesHimself
Big Brother's Bit on the Psych2014TV SeriesHimself
The Wright Stuff2014TV SeriesHimself - Guest Panelist
On the Set W Jasper Cole2013TV SeriesHimself - Guest
RuPaul's Drag Race2013TV SeriesHimself - Guest Judge
RuPaul's Drag Race: Untucked!2013TV SeriesHimself - Guest Judge
Hollywood Uncensored with Sam Rubin2012TV SeriesHimself - Panelist
Reagan Round2012ShortHimself
The Bachmanns - You've Got Male2012ShortHimself
Hollywood to Dollywood2011DocumentaryHimself
Under the Pink Carpet2008-2011TV SeriesHerself / Himself
Late Review2011TV SeriesHimself - Cultural Highlights interviewee
A Bundle of Sticks2010DocumentaryHimself
Paul O'Grady Live2010TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Name-Dropping with Jason Stuart2010Video shortHimself
The 76th Annual Drama League Awards2010TV SpecialHimself
The Wendy Williams Show2010TV SeriesHimself - Guest
The View2010TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Cleaning Up the Plate: The Making of 'Eating Out 3'2009Video documentary shortHimself
Annul Victory2009DocumentaryHimself
CMT: The Greatest - 20 Sexiest Videos of 20062006TV SpecialHost
The 58th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards2006TV SpecialHimself - Co-Presenter: Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series & Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series
Will & Grace: The Final Bow (Curtain Call)2006Video shortHimself
CMT: The Greatest - 20 Greatest Country Comedy Shows2006TV SpecialHimself
CMT: The Greatest - Sexiest Southern Men2006TV SpecialHimself
CMT: The Greatest - Sexiest Southern Women2006TV SpecialHimself

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Gaze2010DocumentaryHimself

Awards

Won Awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovie
2006Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy SeriesWill & Grace (1998)
2006Gold Derby TV AwardGold Derby AwardsComedy Guest ActorWill & Grace (1998)
2000Grand Jury PrizeNew York International Independent Film & Video FestivalBest ActorSordid Lives (2000)

Nominated Awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovie
2006OFTA Television AwardOnline Film & Television AssociationBest Guest Actor in a Comedy SeriesWill & Grace (1998)
1993Q AwardViewers for Quality Television AwardsSpecialty PlayerReasonable Doubts (1991)

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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