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Congratulations to alumnus Leslie Jordan!

UTC alumnus, Leslie Jordan, has been nominated for an Emmy for his recurring role as Beverley Leslie on NBC’s Will & Grace.

Jordan is among five to be nominated by The Academy of Television Arts and Sciences for “Guest Actor in a Comedy Series.” This award will be presented Aug. 19 at the Creative Arts Emmy Awards at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, CA. The winner will go on to present at the 58th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards on Aug. 27, which will broadcast on NBC at 8 p.m.

Leslie Jordan, second from left, on stage while a student at UTC.

“As my manager said, even if I don’t win, from here on out I’m always going to be listed as ‘Emmy-nominated actor Leslie Jordan,’” said Jordan.

Jordan has appeared in 12 episodes over a five-year period on Will & Grace, and was honored with the request of appearing in the series finale.

Jordan is a native of Chattanooga and a 1982 graduate of The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.

““We are so happy for Leslie and his Emmy nomination,” said University spokesman Chuck Cantrell. “He brought down the curtain every time he took the stage at UTC. As someone who shared the stage with Leslie in a couple of productions as undergraduates, I can testify to both his being a great performer and an all around nice guy. We wish him the best of luck and much continued success.”

Among his guest appearance on Will & Grace, Jordan has guest starred in hit television series such as Murphy Brown, Lois and Clark: The Adventures of Superman, Boston Public, Reba, Ally McBeal, and Boston Legal.

The talented actor is also author of several successful plays. Jordan’s play, Hysterical Blindness and Other Southern Tragedies That Have Plagued My Life Thus Far, had a successful seven-month run Off-Broadway in New York City. His screenplay, Lost in the Pershing Point Hotel, won the Los Angeles Film Festival’s Production Grant and was made into an independent film.

He is currently touring his one-man show, “Like a Dog on Linoleum,” which will be preformed in Chattanooga, Oct. 14, as a benefit for Chattanooga CARES.

July 10, 2006

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