Willie Garson, an actor best known for playing Stanford Blatch on HBO’s “Sex and the City,” has died. He was 57.
His son, Nathen Garson, confirmed the news on Instagram:
“I love you so much papa. Rest In Peace and I’m so glad you got to share all your adventures with me and were able to accomplish so much. I’m so proud of you. I will always love you, but I think it’s time for you to go on an adventure of your own. You’ll always be with me. Love you more than you will ever know and I’m glad you can be at peace now. You always were the toughest and funniest and smartest person I’ve known. I’m glad you shared you’re love with me. I’ll never forget it or lose it”
Garson reprised his role as Stanford, Carrie’s (Sarah Jessica Parker) gay best friend, in HBO Max’s “Sex and the City” follow-up, “And Just Like That…” It is not known if he finished filming his scenes prior to his death.
“Willie Garson was in life, as on screen, a devoted friend and a bright light for everyone in his universe. He created one of the most beloved characters from the HBO pantheon and was a member of our family for nearly twenty-five years,” an HBO spokesperson told TheWrap via statement. “We are deeply saddened to learn of his passing and extend our sincere condolences to his family and loved ones.”
After “Sex and the City,” Garson played Mozzie on the USA drama “White Collar” opposite Matt Bomer.
“No matter what project he was on, Willie was always a fan favorite. Nowhere was that more true than on ‘White Collar,’ where he took the character of Mozzie, an outcast conspiracy theorist, and made him lovable to the core. He will be missed,” a statement from NBC Universal read.
Read loving tributes from his many peers here.
Garson enjoyed a lengthy TV career, having also appeared in series including “White Collar,” “Hawaii Five-0,” “Quantum Leap,” “Girl Meets World,” “Mr. Belvedere,” “Just Shoot Me!” “Big Mouth” and “Supergirl.” On the film side, he can be seen in “KingPin,” “There’s Something About Mary,” “Fever Pitch,” “Soapdish,” “Groundhog Day” and “Being John Malkovich.”