LESLIE JORDAN is an American actor and writer. He is best known for his roles as Lonnie Garr in Hearts Afire, Beverly Leslie in Will & Grace, several characters in the American Horror Story franchise, and Sid in The Cool Kids. One of his best-known onstage performances was in Sordid Lives, where he played Earl “Brother Boy” Ingram, a role he took to the big screen in the popular cult film of the same name. He is acknowledged as an Emmy award-winning actor, comedian, and voice-over artist, who received the Emmy for his role as Beverley Leslie on the hit series Will & Grace.
Born in Tennessee, Jordan’s quirky and funny on-screen personality has made him a much-loved figure in Hollywood. He was raised in Memphis, Tennessee. His father was a lieutenant colonel in the army and was killed in a plane crash when Leslie was just 11 years old.
Jordan moved to Los Angeles in 1982 where he became involved with drugs and alcohol and was arrested several times. When Jordan was seventeen years old, he began to journal daily, which he says helped him recover from drug and alcohol abuse. In 2010, Jordan declared on a talk show that he had been sober for thirteen years. In the same appearance Jordan said that before he gave up drinking, he once shared a cell with Robert Downey Jr., and when they both appeared later on Ally McBeal, Downey couldn’t quite place where they had met before.
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. 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.
Jordan’s first autobiographical stage show was called Hysterical Blindness and Other Southern Tragedies That Have Plagued My Life Thus Far, with music and lyrics by Joe Patrick Ward. 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. After touring the nation for several months with the production, the show opened off-Broadway at the Midtown Theater in April 2010. The show was produced by Jordan’s friend, actress Lily Tomlin.