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Leslie Jordan

For such a diminutive (4' 11") frame, character actor Leslie Jordan has a tall propensity for scene-stealing. He hails from the South, as his dead-giveaway drawl quickly exposes, and was raised in a highly conservative, deeply religious atmosphere in Chattanooga, Tennessee. His father, a Lieutenant Colonel with the Army, was killed in a plane crash when he was only 11. Uncertain about his direction in life, an inescapable talent for high camp, not to mention an impish mug and pocket-sized structure ideal for commercials, must have inspired Leslie enough to risk taking on Hollywood in 1982. Following training with acting coach Carolyn Barry, who ran the Professional Artist's Group during the 80s, he became highly marketable in commercial spots. TV would invariably be the next step. In the midst of it all he involved himself deeply in writing. Avid L.A. theatergoers will probably recognize him for such prone-to-misfit characters as Brother Boy, an institutionalized drag queen, in "Sordid Lives," and Peanut, a habitual barfly, in "Southern Baptist Sissies." His own one-man testimonials, such as the off-Broadway "Hysterical Blindness" and the more recent "Like a Dog on Linoleum," show an actor quite adept at baring his soul and exposing his childhood agonies on stage amidst laughter and tears. These shows came at a price, however. A self-proclaimed substance abuser and sexaholic, Jordan spent jail time more than once for DUI before facing his inner demons and reaching full recovery (since 1996). In the end he has reaped the rewards of comedy success. In lowbudget film projects since 1988, he has been part of such off-the-wall material as Frankenstein General Hospital (1988), Black Velvet Pantsuit (1995) and Farm Sluts (2003), to name a few. He has also experienced the joy of seeing one of his own writing projects come to full fruition with the film Lost in the Pershing Point Hotel (2000). He was also given the chance to recreate his Big Brother role in Sordid Lives (2000) to the big screen. TV has been an exceptionally inviting medium over the years with a number of fun, flouncy roles coming his way. Noted for his catchy guest work on "Murphy Brown" and "Lois & Clark," among others, he was also a series regular on Reasonable Doubts (1991) and Hearts Afire (1992). These days Leslie has a wonderfully wicked recurring role as a (very) small thorn in Megan Mullally's side on the popular Will & Grace (1998) sitcom. Playing the snide, mincing and unconvincingly homophobic hanger-on Beverley Leslie, the actor plays the hilarity up for all its worth. At other times his loser types have proved quite touching, if pathetic, in offbeat drama.


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Born:
Apr 29, 1955 In Memphis, Tennessee, USA
Movie/TV Credits:
55
First Appeared:
In the series The Fall Guy 1981-11-04
Latest Project:
Series The Neighbors 2012-09-26

Won 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 1 win & 1 nomination.

Known For
Poster of American Horror Story
Poster of Raising Hope
Poster of Ugly Betty
Poster of Supernatural
Filmography
The Neighbors Unknown 2012-09-26
Baby Daddy Unknown 2012
American Horror Story Unknown 2011-10-05
Big Brother's Bit on the Side Unknown 2011-08-18
The Exes Unknown 2011-11-30
RuPaul's Drag Race: Untucked! Unknown 2010-02-01
Raising Hope Unknown 2010-09-01
Shake It Up Unknown 2010-11-07
RuPaul's Drag Race Unknown 2009-02-02
Sordid Lives: The Series Earl 'Brother Boy' Ingram 10 episodes, 2008 2008-07-23
The Wendy Williams Show Unknown 2008-05-14
The Secret Life of the American Teenager Unknown 2008-09-03
Privileged Unknown 2008-09-09
Benidorm Unknown 2007-02-01
Hidden Palms Jesse Jo 5 episodes, 2007 2007-05-30
Ugly Betty Unknown 2006-09-28
The Game Unknown 2006-10-01
American Dad! Unknown 2005-02-06
Supernatural Unknown 2005-09-13
Desperate Housewives Unknown 2004-10-03
Boston Legal Unknown 2004-10-03
George Lopez Unknown 2002-03-27
Monk Unknown 2002-07-12
Reba Unknown 2001-10-05
Celebrity Big Brother Unknown 2001-03-09
FreakyLinks Unknown 2000-10-06
Son of the Beach Unknown 2000-03-13
Boston Public Unknown 2000-10-23
Judging Amy Unknown 1999-09-19
The Strip Unknown 1999-10-12
Will & Grace Unknown 1998-09-21
Martial Law Unknown 1998-09-26
The View Unknown 1997-08-11
Ally McBeal Unknown 1997-09-08
Dharma & Greg Unknown 1997-09-24
Pacific Blue Unknown 1996-03-02
Nash Bridges Unknown 1996-03-29
Mr. & Mrs. Smith Unknown 1996-09-02
Sabrina the Teenage Witch Unknown 1996-09-27
The Pretender Unknown 1996-09-19
Star Trek: Voyager Unknown 1995-01-16
Caroline in the City Unknown 1995-09-21
Weird Science Unknown 1994-03-05
Ellen Unknown 1994-03-29
Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman Unknown 1993-09-12
Wings Unknown 1990-04-19
Coach Unknown 1989-02-28
Midnight Caller Unknown 1988-10-25
Murphy Brown Unknown 1988-11-14
The Wizard Unknown 1986-09-09
Perfect Strangers Unknown 1986-03-25
Pee-wee's Playhouse Unknown 1986-09-13
Night Court Unknown 1984-01-04
Newhart Unknown 1982-10-25
The Fall Guy Unknown 1981-11-04