Leslie was born on April 29, 1955 in Chattanooga, Tennessee. In 1982, he moved to Hollywood to pursue his acting career. He began to book commercials, but eventually set his sights on acting for television and film. Some of his acting credits include Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman, Wings, Dharma & Greg, Caroline in the City, Boston Public, Boston Legal, Reba, Sordid Lives, Desperate Housewives, and Raising Hope to name a few. But Leslie is perhaps best known for playing Karen Walkers nemesis, Beverly Leslie, on Will & Grace. The role won him a Primetime Emmy Award for Best Guest Actor in a Comedy Series in 2006.
In addition to film and television, Leslie has acted in a few plays. He won the Ovation Award, The Garland Award, and the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award for his role as Preston Leroy in the play Southern Baptist.
In addition to acting, Leslie is also an established writer and playwright. His book is called My Trip Down the Pink Carpet for Simon and Schuster. He wrote and starred in an autobiographical one-man show called Like a Dog on Linoleum. He also wrote the play Hysterical Blindness and Other Southern Tragedies That Have Plagued My Life Thus Far, which was very successful. His screenplay, Lost in the Perishing Point Hotel, won the Los Angeles Independent Film Festival's Production Grant Award, and was made into an independent feature film.
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