Emmy Award-winning TV vet Leslie Jordan (Will & Grace, Call Me Kat) died on Monday in a car accident. He was 67.
As reported by TMZ, Jordan is suspected to have suffered some sort of medical emergency while driving, then crashed his car into the side of a building.
Jordan’s TV credits date back to the mid-1980s, with roles on series such as The Fall Guy, Night Court, Murphy Brown and Newhart. His first regular role came with the CBS sitcom The People Next Door (as mailman Truman Fipps), followed by runs in the Married… With Children spinoff Top of the Heap, the cop dramas Reasonable Doubts and Bodies of Evidence, and the CBS sitcom Hearts Afire.
Jordan recurred on Boston Public and then Boston Legal in the 2000s, during which time he arguably “broke out” as Will & Grace‘s Beverly Leslie, arch nemesis of Megan Mullally’s Karen Walker. For that role, he earned his first Emmy Award in 2006.
“My heart is broken,” Will & Grace vet Sean Hayes shared on Facebook. “Leslie Jordan was one of the funniest people I ever had the pleasure of working with. Everyone who ever met him, loved him. There will never be anyone like him. A unique talent with an enormous, caring heart. Leslie, you will be missed, my dear.”
Jordan’s many TV credits went on to include roles in American Horror Story (appearing in Seasons 3, 6 and 9), Fox’s The Cool Kids and then the network’s Call Me Kat, where as an original cast member he played cafe baker Phil. The upcoming Oct. 27 episode was to introduce his character’s first love interest. (Update: Call Me Kat has shut down production in the wake of Jordan’s death.)
“The world is definitely a much darker place today without the love and light of Leslie Jordan,” the actor’s spokesperson said in a statement. “Not only was he a mega talent and joy to work with, but he provided an emotional sanctuary to the nation at one of it”s 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.”