Actor Willie Garson, best known for his roles in the “Sex and the City” series and movies, has died, according to his son, Nathan Garson. He was 57 years old.
“I love you papa. Rest in peace and I am so glad that you shared all your adventures with me and were able to achieve so much,” his son wrote on Instagram. “I am so proud of you “
An HBO/HBO Max spokesperson also confirmed Garson’s passing, and the network honored his contribution to one of its most iconic shows in a statement.
“Willie Garson was in life, as if on screen, a devoted friend and a bright light to everyone in his universe,” the statement read. “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 by the news of his passing and we extend our deepest condolences to his family and loved ones.”
On “Sex and the City” Garson played Stanford Blatch, friend and confidant of protagonist Carrie Bradshaw (Sarah Jessica Parker). He appeared as a series regular throughout his run and in both films.
Born in New Jersey, Garson began training as an actor at age 13 and went on to study at Wesleyan University, according to a bio posted on the university’s website.
Her first break in Hollywood was in guest roles in TV shows such as “Cheers” and “Family Ties”.
It was on television that Garson would go on to build a reputation for himself as a beloved character actor. In addition to his role in “Sex and the City,” he had recurring parts on USA Network’s “White Collar,” ABC’s “NYPD Blue,” and CBS’s “Hawaii Five-0.”
He was recently set to appear in the reboot of the series, “And Just Like That,” which is set to premiere on HBO Max later this year.
Garson was the proud parents of one child, their son Nathan. He was also an advocate for organizations that help children find homes through adoption.
In January, Garson marked her son’s adoption day in an Instagram post, saying, “Best day of my life. Always. It’s an honor to have @nathen_garson today and every day.”
Following his passing, many of Garson’s friends and former colleagues expressed their love for the actor.
Mario Cantone, who played Garson’s on-screen husband in ‘Sex and the City,’ called Garson a “fantastic TV partner” in a heartfelt post.
“I’m devastated and just overwhelmed with sadness. Too soon we were all taken away. You were a gift from the gods,” he wrote. “Relax my dear friend. I love you.”
Cynthia Nixon also paid tribute, writing that Garson was “loved” by her colleagues.
“So deep, deeply saddened that we have lost @WillieGarson. We all loved him and loved working with him,” Nixon wrote. “He was extremely funny on-screen and in real life. He was a source of light, friendship and show business lore. He was a great professional – always.”
Matt Bomer, Garson’s co-star on “White Collar,” which ran for six seasons, recalled his friend saying that Garson “taught me a lot about courage and resilience and love.”
“I still can’t wrap my head around the world without you—where I can’t call you when I need to laugh or be inspired. The last thing you did when we said goodbye was pull your mask down ( I hate covid), smile, and wink at me,” he wrote. “I know it was not a reflection of the pain you were going through, but it was a sign of everything you were and to me Are: someone who raised me up, who made me better, and who always made me smile.”
He continued: “You are always in our hearts and minds: and your white collar family is always here for Nathan. Save a place for me, because you know I want to be there at your desk.”
Garson’s friend, “Modern Family” actress Julie Bowen, wrote: “It breaks my heart. Willie Garson, a friend who loved me at my worst, (and always tells me this) is gone. Goodbye, fat. I’ll always love you.”