The actor, who is perhaps best known for his role as Stanford Blatch on 'SATC', is survived by his son Nathen.
Willie Garson, the actor best known for playing Stanford Blatch on Sex and the City and Mozzie on White Collar, has died. He was 57 years old. Garson had been suffering from pancreatic cancer, reports PEOPLE, and was surrounded by loved ones at the time of his death. Garson played Sarah Jessica Parker’s gay best friend in HBO's Sex and the City and its spinoff movies. The two reunited again for the upcoming reboot of the show: the HBO Max limited series And Just Like That… alongside Mario Cantone, who played his husband Anthony Marentino. “Willie Garson was in life, as on-screen, a devoted friend and a bright light for everyone in his universe,” read a statement from HBO/HBO Max. “He created one of the most beloved characters from the HBO pantheon and was a member of our family for nearly twenty-five years. We are deeply saddened to learn of his passing and extend our sincere condolences to his family and loved ones.”
On-screen husband Cantone also paid tribute to his friend on Twitter, writing: I couldn’t have had a more brilliant TV partner. I’m devastated and just overwhelmed with Sadness. Taken away from all of us way soon. You were a gift from the gods. Rest my sweet friend. I love you. Sex and the City creator Darren Star described Garson to PEOPLE as "sweet, soulful and hilariously funny." "Willie touched all of us with his big heart and generous spirit," Star shared. "The man behind Stanford was a loving father, a mensch to his friends and radiated kindness to all. He is gone much too soon." In his final post on Twitter, on September 4, he wrote, "BE KIND TO EACH OTHER......ALWAYS. LOVE TO ALL. APPROACH [sic] KINDNESS."
BE KIND TO EACH OTHER......ALWAYS. LOVE TO ALL. APRROACH KINDNESS.— Willie Garson 🇺🇸 (@WillieGarson) September 5, 2021
Such sad news and a terribly sad loss to the SATC family. Our condolences and RIP dear Willie xo pic.twitter.com/yXhPkxRTv3— Kim Cattrall (@KimCattrall) September 22, 2021
So deeply, deeply sad we have lost @WillieGarson. We all loved him and adored working with him. He was endlessly funny on-screen and and in real life. He was a source of light, friendship and show business lore. He was a consummate professional— always. pic.twitter.com/G63EJIj8lG— Cynthia Nixon (@CynthiaNixon) September 22, 2021
According to Deadline Garson's film credits include Troop Beverly Hills, Soapdish, Groundhog Day, Black Sheep, Things to Do in Denver When You’re Dead, Kingpin, Being John Malkovich, Just Like Heaven, There’s Something About Mary, Freaky Friday and The Polka King. His TV roles included a series-regular stint on HBO’s John from Cincinnati; recurring on Hawaii Five-O, Supergirl, CSI: Miami, Stargate SG-1 and the outrageously funny animated series Big Mouth. He also had guest turns on Code Blue, Spin City, CSI, Monk, Las Vegas, Medium, Hot in Cleveland and Two and a Half Men. White Collar costar Matt Bomer also honored the late actor, writing: love you forever Willie Garson. You live on in our hearts and minds always: and your White Collar family is always here for Nathen. Save a place for me, because you know I want to be at your table up there.
Garson is survived by his son Nathen, who he adopted in 2009. According to Variety, the actor was a strong supporter of advocating adoption and remained an active voice in the community, having served twice as a spokesperson for National Adoption Day. His son paid tribute on Instagram, remembering his father fondly. He wrote: 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 your love with me. I’ll never forget it or lose it.