Leslie Jordan has a net worth of $2.5 million as an actor and playwright in the United States. Leslie Allen Jordan was born in Chattanooga, Tennessee, on April 29, 1955. Leslie is well-known for his numerous film and television appearances. Jordan, who was born in the South and stands at a height of 4 ft 11 in (1.50 m), made a significant move to Hollywood in 1982.
He became a prominent personality in commercial spots under Carolyn Barry’s instruction. The next logical step was always Broadway or television. His portrayal of Brother Boy in Sordid Lives, which he also played on the big and small screens, was one of his best onstage performances.
Guest roles on shows like Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman, Star Trek: Voyager, Caroline in the City, Boston Public, Boston Legal, Nash Bridges, and his minor role on Hearts Afire are among his TV credits. In the midst of it all, this multi-talented artist was also heavily immersed in writing.
Leslie Jordan authored and performed in Lost in the Pershing Point Hotel, an autobiographical stage play that was adapted into a film. But don’t forget about Frankenstein General Hospital (1988), Black Velvet Pantsuit (1995), and Farm Sluts, to mention a few of his bizarre film endeavors (2003). Jordan’s engagements, on the other hand, come at a cost.
Jordan, a self-described substance and sex abuser, served time in prison for DUI on many occasions before confronting his inner demons and achieving full recovery by 1996. On the iconic series Will & Grace, he played Karen’s snobbish, sexually ambiguous adversary Beverley Leslie.
In 2006, he won an Emmy Award for Best Guest Actor in a Comedy Series for this portrayal. He also starred in the pilot episode of Laugh Out, the first interactive, LGBT-themed comedy show on a global scale, despite being openly gay.
Leslie Alan Jordan attended Brainerd High School in Chattanooga, Tennessee, where he was born and reared. Jordan stated in a 2014 interview that growing up as a Southern Baptist was challenging for him. “I was baptized a total of 14 times. ‘Come forward, sinners!’ the pastor would exclaim every time. ‘Oooh, I was out in the woods with that boy, I better get moving,’ I’d say.”
Jordan stated his mother, Peggy Ann, was loving and accepting despite never completely knowing him during an interview on Today. Jordan’s father, Allen B. Jordan, was a major in the United States Army Reserve who died in a civilian Beechcraft Debonair plane crash at Camp Shelby, Mississippi, on March 31, 1967, when Jordan was eleven years old, along with two others.
In 1982, Jordan relocated to Los Angeles, where he became engaged with drugs and alcohol, and was arrested multiple times. Jordan started journaling every day when he was 27 years old, and it helped him recover from drug and alcohol misuse.
Jordan told Wendy Williams on her talk show in 2010 that he had been sober for thirteen years. Jordan added in the same interview that when he stopped drinking, he shared a cell with Robert Downey Jr., and that when they both appeared on Ally McBeal afterwards, Downey couldn’t remember where they had met previously.
Joe Patrick Ward wrote the music and lyrics for Jordan’s first autobiographical stage performance, Hysterical Blindness and Other Southern Tragedies That Have Plagued My Life Thus Far.
Jordan was supported by a gospel choir singing satirical songs about racism and homophobia in the play, which ran for seven months off-Broadway at the SoHo Playhouse. Then, in an autobiographical one-man performance called My Trip Down the Pink Carpet, he synthesized his experiences as an effeminate, little boy in the South and in show business.
Jordan’s microphone broke during the opening of My Trip Down the Pink Carpet, but he carried on with the concert as if nothing had occurred; the show was a success. The performance premiered off-Broadway at the Midtown Theater on April 19, 2010, after touring the country for several months.