Beloved Actor and Comedian Leslie Jordan Passes Away

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Award winning actor, comedian, and social media star passes away at age 67. Credit:GoldDerby

Megan Wang, Photojournalist

Leslie Jordan, who is best known for his television appearances in Will and Kate, Call Me Cat, and the American Horror Story, passed away on October 24, 2022, from the collision of a car accident, according to the la.times. 

Jordan was born on April 29, 1955, in Memphis, Tennessee, to Peggy Ann Jordan and Allen Bernadad Jordan, as mentioned in imdb.com. Certain for having a passion for comedy and acting, Jordan went straight to Los Angeles in an attempt to get some on-camera work. In his 2009 book “My Trip Down the Pink Carpet”, Jordan detailed and described his move from Tennessee to Hollywood. “He boarded a Greyhound bus bound for LA with $1,200 sewn into his underpants and never looked back,” as stated in CNN. 

 Soon, Leslie’s agenda was filled with upcoming movies and shows. Over the time, from the 1980s to 2022, he then went on to star in about 15 films and 76 shows and has voiced over in 2 shows, according to tv.guide.com. Jordan had also guest starred in 6 shows, including, Rupaul’s Drag Race (2022), Fox’s New Year’s Eve Toast and Roast (2020), Outloud: Raising Voices (2020), Just Josh (2011), Out Face to Face (2011), The Wendy Williams Show (2010). 

“I remember him being a jolly old man wearing a tank top on Tik Tok…he impacted people during covid really positively as he always made people laugh and helped quarantine become much more bearable.””

— Chloe Kim

 During the height of the pandemic, Jordan took to social media to share  his struggles, memories, and family stories through the “prism of humor,” stated CNN. “This summer, I really blew up on ‘the gram,’” he mentioned in an appearance guest hosting the Ellen DeGeneres Show” according to NBC.news. During the time of his career, Jordan inspired over millions of people and gathered over 5.8 million followers. Greeting his followers daily with his memorable, “Well, s—, what are y’all doin ‘” according to la.times. 

According to NBC.news, Jordan was known as a “Queer icon” and had such a bright light of joy wherever he went. “For many, Jordan was a symbol of the joy of unquestionably visible queerness — of reclaiming and rejoicing in long-held stereotypes about the feminine effects of gay men.” Following his death, many tributes and messages of remembrance to the actor flooded social media. Chloe Kim (10) remembered Jordan as a “jolly man” who always made people laugh. “I remember him being a jolly old man wearing a tank top on Tik Tok…he impacted people during covid really positively as he always made people laugh and helped quarantine become much more bearable.”