The character he played on Will & Grace, Beverly Leslie was created when Joan Collins who had previously appeared in one episode was asked to come back but refused.
He acted in a series of on-tape ads for Blockbuster Video, in which a dog would retrieve videotapes from the shelves by title.
Leslie was nominated and won the Emmy for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series for Will & Grace in 2006.
Jailed for drunk driving, he once shared a cell with Robert Downey Jr.
Claims his childhood heroes were Christopher Isherwood, Truman Capote, Tennessee Williams, and gay hustler boys.
Leslie: The problem with all us boys is that we equate God with religion. I still struggle; I do lash out at what I perceive as God, but it's really the bastardization of God by these people who hide behind their church, their book.
Leslie: Someone said there are two classes of gay people in the United States: the fabulous and the fearful. There's nothing really in between. The fabulous, we're on both coasts, but we forget about that huge country out there.