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How Leslie Jordan's 'Will & Grace' Co-Stars Paid Tribute to Him
The late actor left an unforgettable mark on his 'Will & Grace' co-stars.
Beloved actor and meme king Leslie Jordan may be gone, but he won't be forgotten.
After passing away earlier this week, the 67-year-old Emmy winner and comic extraordinaire was remembered by many folks for the laughs he brought to the world, especially from those who worked closely with him during his illustrious film and television career. He especially left a mark on those he worked with on NBC's groundbreaking gay sitcom Will & Grace, where he played probably his most well-known role as Karen's frenemy, the fabulous, rich, hilarious socialite Beverley Leslie. He even won the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series in 2006 for the role.
Scroll through to see how Jordan's Will & Grace colleagues paid tribute to him on social media.
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"How can this be? Oh dear dear Leslie, the whole world has dimmed," Grace actress Debra Messing wrote in her post memorializing Jordan. "The joy & delight you have brought into my life has been a beautiful gift."
"I wish I had the words... Fly with the angels, friend. And sing, sing, sing."
"Lunch with my friend #LeslieJordan in London, 2014." Will actor Eric McCormack wrote, sharing a pic of him and Jordan sharing lunch together. "RIP you sweet, hilarious man. We all adored you."
Photo: Instagram (@eric_mccormack)
"My heart is broken. Leslie Jordan was one of the funniest people I ever had the pleasure of working with," Hayes wrote in an Instagram post. "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 friend."
"My heart is breaking," Mullally wrote on Instagram. "I really can't believe it. Leslie Jordan was, hands down, one of the greats. People use that expression a lot, and I'm not sure it's always applicable. There aren't that many people who are truly great at anything. But Leslie was flawlessly funny, a virtuoso of comedy. His timing, his delivery, all apparently effortless. You can't get any better than that."
"And what a friendly, fun-loving, dear person. I was just with him last month. The prestigious National Book Festival was showcasing Leslie and his best-selling book in Washington, D.C. and he'd asked me to come interview him for his event. I'd done my prep, but it was all completely unnecessary, of course, as I just had to barely unleash him and he went off on a series of absolutely hilarious stories that had the very large audience in hysterics for a solid hour. Off-stage, he was so relaxed and happy, there with his best friend Mike. He truly seemed so happy. How brilliant it was that millions of people were able to discover the real Leslie and his love of life and unparalleled story-telling abilities on Instagram. He had so much to share, and it meant so much to him that finally, he'd found a vehicle through which to share it. He was absolutely unique. One of a kind. Thank you to all of his fans! He really loved you all and was so genuinely appreciative of you. I'm so so glad that I got to spend some time with Leslie that day before and after the event, just us, catching up. I felt such a deep affection for him that day; he was so warm and present and darling. As we were leaving, I got a couple more big hugs and told him I loved him, as usual. So glad! What a gift!
And so. Love you, Leslie. Miss you already. And one thing I know for sure... there will never ever be another you."