Variety recently reported the tragic news of the passing of Leslie Jordan, the beloved “Will & Grace” star, in a car accident in Los Angeles. At 67, Jordan’s life ended in the early hours of October 24 when his car collided with a building on Cahuenga Blvd. While the details of the accident are still emerging, authorities suspect a possible medical emergency while he was driving.
Leslie Jordan’s Unseen Role in “Star Trek: Voyager”
Beyond his iconic roles in “Will & Grace” and “American Horror Story,” Leslie Jordan made a mark in the sci-fi realm with a lesser-known role on “Star Trek: Voyager” in 1996. Portraying the character Kol, a Ferengi, Jordan’s brief stint on the titanic franchise resonates strongly with the sci-fi community, despite his conflicted feelings toward the show.
Mixed Feelings about “Star Trek”
Despite his contribution to “Star Trek,” Leslie Jordan didn’t hold back his true feelings about the show. In a 2008 interview with Alabama.com, he shared his initial discomfort, saying, “They had these enormous ears. I had been hired because of my size, 4-foot-11.” Jordan recalled walking onto the spaceship set, delivering his first line, and the cast bursting into laughter. While not all memories were positive, he acknowledged that his time on “Star Trek” had its unique moments.
A Fondness for William Shatner
Surprisingly, Leslie Jordan’s distaste for “Star Trek” didn’t extend to his interactions with William Shatner. Working with Shatner on “Boston Legal” created one of Jordan’s most cherished memories. Despite not wanting to return to “Star Trek,” Jordan expressed his love for Shatner, stating, “I love Mr. Shatner. We share a love of saddlebred horses, the high-stepping show horses.”
Sci-Fi Community Mourns the Loss
The news of Leslie Jordan’s death has deeply affected the sci-fi community, with “Star Trek” legend George Takei expressing his shock and grief on Twitter. Despite any mixed feelings about his time on “Star Trek,” Leslie Jordan’s legacy extends beyond, leaving an indelible mark on both fans and colleagues. The journey of this beloved actor, including his unexpected venture into the sci-fi universe, will be remembered by many.