Leslie Jordan, who died in October 2022, was one of the most popular pop culture figures of the last few decades. A talented comedian and actor, he had an expansive career in both television and film, defying genres and winning new fans everywhere. Known for his sense of humor and outspoken personality, Jordan frequently told reporters and the media about his past and the unconventional way he got into show business. Notably, in a 2021 interview with Ellen DeGeneres, the actor discussed his early career opportunities and revealed that at one point in his life he wanted to be a jockey.
Jordan was born in Tennessee in 1955 and grew up in a Southern Baptist family. According to IMDb, Jordan struggled with his deeply conservative upbringing. After his father died in a plane crash when he was just 11, Jordan turned to comedy to help him cope. He moved to Los Angeles, where he became involved with drugs and alcohol. Eventually, Jordan was able to overcome his addiction with the help of journaling and began to think about his career options.
As he further said The Ellen DeGeneres Show, he even worked with the training of racehorses for a time. “I grew up horseback riding,” Jordan told DeGeneres. “I’ve been horseback riding my whole life.” After DeGeneres noted that Jordan could have been a jockey, the comedian said, “I wanted to… that was the problem,” he joked, grabbing his stomach. “You must weigh about 109,” Jordan said. “You must be small.”
By the late ’80s, Jordan had started landing acting jobs on television shows. In the following years he appeared in shows like Murphy Brown, The Fall Guy, Will & Graceand Carolina in town. He made a name for himself as a light-hearted comedian with an outrageous sense of humor — and he began earning fans in droves.
Never content to be lumped into just one genre, Jordan caused quite a stir in 2013 when he appeared on the Ryan Murphy series American Horror Story: Coven. He became a recurring character on the series, appearing for a total of three seasons.
The star also had a successful career in films, appearing in The help, the dirty life, the love ranchand The United States vs. Billie Holiday. Multifaceted and talented, Jordan released a gospel album and published his autobiography in 2021. How are you? Misfortunes and misfortunes from a life well lived in April 2021.
Even after more than four decades in the entertainment industry, Jordan still had a few tricks up his sleeve. In the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic, he took to Instagram to share a series of hilarious videos about life in quarantine. Thanks to his iconic videos, Jordan earned more than 5.8 million followers in 2020.
After reaching one million followers, Jordan released a special video to celebrate, saying, “Nothing has really changed, I’m still just sitting here watching killer shows. But you may be wondering why I’m wearing sunglasses and a little suit because that’s how people who have a million Instagram followers dress.”
Sadly, Jordan passed away in October 2022, shocking fans around the world. Though he’s no longer in person to share adorable remarks and social media videos, his influence on pop culture will live on for years to come.
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