From “Will and Grace” to “Call Me Kat,” Leslie Jordan brought his infectious charm and comedic genius to many iconic projects over the years. The actor died in a car crash on Oct. 24 at the age of 67, prompting an influx of loving tributes from his many costars and fans and inspiring many to revisit some of his most beloved roles.
Jordan began his career as Malone in the series “The Fall Guy” in 1986 and went on to appear in a number of popular shows. His performance as the catty socialite Beverley Leslie on “Will & Grace” endeared him to a much wider audience, as did his talent for comedy and his charming Southern drawl. In his later years, Jordan continued to delight audiences with appearances on “The Masked Singer,” and he also became a success on social media.
His Instagram and TikTok accounts were viral hits thanks to his comedic and loving presence, which translated to the platforms as well as they did on television. From funny videos about his coming-out story to demonstrations of his dance moves, Jordan’s videos introduced him to a new adoring audience.
“The world is definitely a much darker place today without the love and light of Leslie Jordan,” Jordan’s agent, Sarabeth Schedeen, wrote in a statement provided to CNN. “Not only was he a mega talent and joy to work with, but he provided an emotional sanctuary to the nation at one of its most difficult times. What he lacked in height he made up for in generosity and greatness as a son, brother, artist, comedian, partner and human being. Knowing that he has left the world at the height of both his professional and personal life is the only solace one can have today.”
Ahead, revisit some of Jordan’s most beloved and memorable TV and movie roles over the years.