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Alumnus Leslie Jordan wins an Emmy

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

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

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 congratulate Leslie on his Emmy achievement,” 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.”

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

Besides his guest appearances on Will & Grace, Jordan has guest starred in several hit television shows 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.

August 25, 2006

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