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Leslie Jordan  

Emmy Award Winning Actor

In 1982, Leslie Jordan stepped off a Greyhound bus from the hills of Tennessee with $1,200 sewn into his underpants, said �hello� to Hollywood and has never looked back.

Raised in a conservative family in Chattanooga, Tennessee, Leslie describes himself as �the gayest man I know.� His pocket-sized physique and inescapable talent for high camp paved the way to a lucrative and varied career in commercials and on television. Along the way he immersed himself in writing for the stage, and his one-man testimonials have become cult off-Broadway hits. But with success came dangerous temptations: a self proclaimed former substance abuser and sexaholic, Leslie has spent time in jail and struggled to overcome his addictions and self-loathing. His book My Trip Down the Pink Carpet is a rollicking, fast-paced collection of stories, served with wit, panache, and plenty of biting asides. Filled with comically overwrought childhood agonies, offbeat observations, and revealing celebrity encounters-from Boy George to George Clooney � it delivers a fresh, laugh-out-loud take on Hollywood, fame, addiction, gay culture and learning to love oneself.

With hundreds of television shows, films and commercials to his credit, he has become a familiar face on the entertainment scene.

Leslie is the 2006 Emmy Award Winner for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series for his delicious portrayal of �Beverley Leslie� on �Will and Grace.� Television audiences will also remember him for his recurring roles on �Ugly Betty,� �Boston Legal,� and �Reba.�

Feature film audiences will recognize Leslie from his performance as �Brother Boy� in Del Shores� adaptation of his play �Sordid Lives�� with Olivia Newton-John, Delta Burke and Beau Bridges. He continued the role in �Sordid Lives� the Series� for the cable network Logo, which starred Rue McClanahan, Caroline Rhea and Bonnie Bedelia among others. Other upcoming feature film appearances include �Love Ranch� in a wonderful scene with Helen Mirren directed by Taylor Hackford.

On stage, Mr. Jordan won the Ovation Award, The Garland Award and The Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award for his portrayal of �Preston Leroy,� the aging, sodden barfly in Del Shores hit play �Southern Baptist Sissies.�

Mr. Jordan has enjoyed considerable success as a writer. His book My Trip Down the Pink Carpet for Simon and Schuster is currently in bookstores. Material from the book formed the basis of a 90-minute one-man show, which had a successful 45 city book-signing/performance tour in 2008. A dvd of the show shot during performances in Atlanta is now available. The play will be opening at the Midtown Theater on 46th Street in New York City on April 19th and will run through July 2010.

Leslie�s autobiographical one-man show �Like a Dog on Linoleum� performed to sold-out audiences at the Elephant Asylum Theater in Los Angeles, the Annenberg Theater in Palm Springs, the Bailiwick Theater in Chicago, the 14th Street Playhouse in Atlanta and the Lorraine Hansberry Theater in San Francisco. Subsequent shows that he has taken to venues across the country are �Full of Gin and Regret� and �From Whence I Came.�

Mr. Jordan�s play �Hysterical Blindness and Other Southern Tragedies That Have Plagued My Life Thus Far� ran to sold-out houses in Los Angeles and had a successful seven month run Off-Broadway at the Playhouse on Van Dam in New York City. His screenplay �Lost in the Pershing Point Hotel� won the Los Angeles Independent Film Festival�s Production Grant Award, winning the competition from over 600 other scripts. Subsequently, it was made into an independent feature film distributed by Northern Arts Entertainment.

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