In this series of posts leading up to this year’s Emmy Awards (going down on August 25th), we’re highlighting the 13 LGBT actors who were nominated for playing LGBT characters in years past, in honor of the fact that a whopping 7 new additions to that list have been nominated this year (Matt Bomer, Jim Parsons, Laverne Cox, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Nathan Lane, Joe Mantello and Kate McKinnon).
Nominated For: In 2006, Leslie Jordan’s recurring role as a Karen Walker’s bitter rival Beverley Leslie got him a guest actor nomination.
Did He Win?: Yep — Jordan beat out Alec Baldwin (also from “Will & Grace”), Martin Sheen (“Two and a Half Men”), Patrick Stewart and Ben Stiller (both from “Extras”) to become the third winner in the category from the series (Bobby Cannavale and Gene Wilder came before him).
Significance: With the asterisk surrounding Sean Hayes’ win (he wasn’t completely out at the time), Jordan is really the first openly gay man to win an Emmy for playing an openly character. He also impressively beat out that aforementioned quartet of high profile actors, which is quite notable in itself. The character actor — who had small roles on shows like “Lois & Clark,” “Caroline in the City,” “Boston Legal,” “Coach,” “Murphy Brown” and “Ellen” — finally got what a deserved moment in the spotlight.
Watch a clip of Jordan on “Will & Grace” below:
Check back tomorrow for the next nominee… and check out the previous posts below: