‘Call Me Kat,’ ‘Will & Grace’ star Leslie Jordan dead at 67
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TMZ reported that Jordan was driving his car in Hollywood Oct. 24, 2022, when he crashed his vehicle into a tree. It is believed he had a medical emergency while driving the vehicle, causing the crash, though results of an investigation are still pending.
It is not immediately clear if Jordan died as a result of the medical issue or from the crash.
Born in Chattanooga, Tennessee, Jordan was known for his distinctive southern drawl and short stature — he reportedly stood just under five feet tall.
He had numerous stage, TV and film roles since the 1980s.
He’s perhaps best known for the recurring role of Beverly Leslie on “Will & Grace” where he played a closeted socialite married to a never-seen woman whose wealth funded his lavish lifestyle. He was the arch-nemesis to Megan Mullaly’s Karen Walker, who, in a mirror image of Beverly Leslie’s life, was married to a never-seen man whom she married for money.
He most recently starred in “Call Me Kat” as Phil, a baker, alongside former “Big Bang Theory” star and current “Jeopardy!” host Mayim Bialik.
“Kat” just aired the fourth episode of its third season. It’s not clear how many episodes have been shot so far or how the series will handle Jordan’s death, though it is almost certain he will need to be written out.
Other roles include the stage and film version of “Brother Boy,” the play “Sordid Lives,” the film “The Help” and roles in TV series “Hearts Afire,” “American Horror Story” and “The Cool Kids.”
Jordan, who was openly gay, often played quirky, gender-crossing or campy roles.
He had a substantial social media presence that was bolstered in part by video clips he posted during the COVID-19 pandemic.