Stars of ‘Will & Grace’ pay tribute to Leslie Jordan
Megan Mullally and Debra Messing paid respects to the actor who was killed in a car accident on Monday.
Lester Fabian Brathwaite
Will & Grace
Well, well, well, Leslie Jordan. We can only thank you for your assistance. The beloved actor died Monday after suffering a medical emergency and crashing his BMW into the side of a building. He was 67.
Over the course of nearly 20 years (on and off) and across 17 episodes, Jordan played catty, pint-sized socialite Beverley Leslie, archrival to Megan Mullally‘s iconic, boozily bawdy Karen Walker on Will & Grace.
The role earned Jordan an Emmy for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series in 2006. As an unforgettable part of the cast, the stars of Will & Grace have begun to pay tribute to the late actor on social media.
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Leslie Jordan, left, with Eric McCormack and Sean Hayes on ‘Will & Grace’
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“Crushed to learn about the loss of @thelesliejordan, the funniest & flirtiest southern gent I’ve ever known,” Eric McCormack, who played protagonist Will Truman, shared on Twitter. “The joy and laughter that he brought to each one of his #WillandGrace shows was palpable.” Gone too soon, thirty years ago. Sweet man, you were loved. “
“My heart is broken,” Sean Hayes, Jack MacFarland on W&G, wrote. “Leslie Jordan was one the most funniest people I had the pleasure to work with. Every person who met him loved him. There will never be another like him. He is a rare talent with a caring heart. My dear friend, you will be missed. “
Mullally reflected on her friendship with Jordan, whom she saw just last month at an event for his book, How Y’all Doing, in D.C.
“My heart is breaking,” she wrote on Instagram. “I can’t believe it. Leslie Jordan was hands down one of the greatest. This expression is used a lot and I don’t think it’s ever true. There aren’t many people who are truly exceptional at anything. Leslie was a comedian extraordinaire. His timing and delivery seem effortless. It doesn’t get much better than that. “
Mullally went on to call her former frequent scene partner “a friendly, fun-loving, dear person” and noted that “it meant so much to him” that he was able to share so much of his stories and of himself on Instagram.
He was truly unique. He was one of a kind. We are grateful to all his fans. Mullally said that he loved you all and was so grateful for you.”
How can this be? Messing wrote, “Oh dear, dear Leslie! The whole world has dimmed.” “The joy and delight that you have brought into mine has been a beautiful gift. I wish I could say ….Fly like the angels, dear friend. 66894294 31701 4294. ”
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