Sex and the City and White Collar actor Willie Garson dies at 57 | TV entertainment

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

Garson captured the hearts of fans of the popular HBO series, which first aired in 1998 and spanned six seasons, playing the closest male friend of Carrie Bradshaw, the Stanford talent agent. Garson also appeared in the follow-up films, Sex and the City and Sex and the City 2. He recently reprized the role in a reboot of the TV series And Just Like That, which is currently in production.

Information on Garson’s cause of death has not been officially released, but Michael Patrick King, executive producer of Sex and the City and And Just Like That, said in a statement Tuesday that Garson was ill.

Sarah Jessica Parker and Willie Garson Film on the set of Sex and the City. Photography: New Line Cinema / Allstar

“The Sex and the City family lost one of their own. Our amazing Willie Garson,” King said. “His spirit and dedication to his craft was present every day on the set of And Just Like That. He was there. – giving us everything – even when he was sick. His multitude of gifts as an actor and a person will be missed by everyone. At this sad and dark time, we are comforted by our memory of his joy and light. “

A statement from HBO said: “Willie Garson was in life, and on screen, a devoted friend and a bright light to everyone in his universe. He created one of the most beloved characters in the HBO pantheon. and has been a member of our family for almost 25 years. We are deeply saddened to learn of his passing and extend our deepest condolences to his family and loved ones. “

Born William Garson Paszamant in New Jersey in 1964, Garson had a prolific screen career that began in the late 1980s.

Garson’s television career has included parts in some of the most high-profile shows of the ’90s and 2000s, including Twin Peaks, Friends, The X-Files, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Ally McBeal, Boy Meets World, and more. He was also well known for his role as Mozzie in American police procedure, White Collar.

His film credits include There’s Something About Mary, Being John Malkovich, Fever Pitch, and Groundhog Day.

Garson was a strong advocate for adoption. His son Nathen, whom he adopted in 2009, wrote on Instagram on Tuesday: “I love you so much daddy. Rest In Peace and I’m so happy that you were able to share all of your adventures with me and that you 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 have your own adventure. You will always be with me. I love you more than you will ever know and I’m glad you can be at peace now. You’ve always been the toughest, funniest, smartest person I know. I’m glad you shared [your] love with me. I will never forget or lose it.

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Tributes started pouring in on social media when news of Garson’s death broke.

Seinfeld star Jason Alexander called him “a dear, funny, kind man and a charming actor.”

“It breaks my heart,” Julie Bowen wrote on Instagram. In a separate article, the Modern Family actor said, “He came to my wedding – reluctantly. “Who gets married on Emmy weekend?” I loved this guy.

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“I’m in shock,” actor Josh Charles wrote. “This is horribly sad news and I am heartbroken for his son and his family.”

Elizabeth J. Harless