Beloved Sex and the City actor Willie Garson dies aged 57: ‘You were a gift from the gods’

Willie Garson

Willie Garson, the actor best known for his role as Stanford Blatch in Sex and the City, has died at the age of 57.

Garson played Carrie Bradshaw’s close friend and confidante in the hit HBO show and films, and was reprising the role in the reboot And Just Like That, which is currently in production. He also starred as Theodore “Mozzie” Winters in the police drama White Collar.

The actor passed away on Tuesday afternoon (21 September) after a short illness. According to People he had been suffering from pancreatic cancer, and was surrounded by family at the time of his death.

A statement from HBO said: “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 25 years.

“We are deeply saddened to learn of his passing and extend our sincere condolences to his family and loved ones.”

After the sad news broke on Tuesday (21 September) a flood of co-stars, colleagues, friends and fans took to social media to pay tribute.

Mario Cantone, who played Garson’s on-screen husband Anthony Marentino, wrote on Instagram: “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 sweet Willie. Rest… I love you.”


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“The Sex and the City family has lost one of its own. Our amazing Willie Garson,” added Michael Patrick King, the executive producer of Sex and the City.

“His spirit and his dedication to his craft was present every day filming And Just Like That. He was there – giving us his all – even while he was sick. His multitude of gifts as an actor and person will be missed by everyone. In this sad, dark moment we are comforted by our memory of his joy and light.”
Cynthia Nixon, who played Miranda Hobbes in the series, said: “We all loved him and adored working with him. He was endlessly funny on-screen and in real life. He was a source of light, friendship and showbusiness lore. He was a consummate professional – always.”

The most touching tribute came from Garson’s son Nathen, whom he adopted in 2009.

“I love you so much papa. Rest in peace,” he wrote. “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.”


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