“Sex and the City” and “White Collar” actor Willie Garson dies at 57
A member of Garson’s family confirmed his death to Variety. The cause was not immediately revealed.
In HBO’s hugely popular “Sex and the City”, Garson portrayed talent agent Stanford as the witty and stylish best friend of Carrie Bradshaw (Sarah Jessica Parker). Garson reprized the role in the franchise films, “Sex and the City” and “Sex and the City 2,” and had recently filmed HBO Max’s upcoming revival series, “And Just Like That”.
“The ‘Sex and the City’ family has lost one of their own. Our amazing Willie Garson, “Michael Patrick King, executive producer of” SATC “and” And Just Like That “said in a statement. “His spirit and dedication to his profession were present every day on the set of ‘And just like that’. He was there – giving us everything – even while he was sick. His multitude of gifts as an actor and a person will be missed by everyone. In this sad and gloomy moment, we are comforted by our memory of his joy and his light. “
Mario Cantone, Garson’s onscreen partner on “Sex and the City,” paid tribute to his friend on Twitter.
“I couldn’t have had a brighter TV partner,” he tweeted. “I am devastated and just overwhelmed with sadness. Soon removed from all of us. You were a gift from the gods. Rest my sweet friend. I love you.”
“Willie Garson was in life, as on screen, a devoted friend and a bright light to everyone in his world,” read a statement from HBO / HBO Max. “He created one of the most beloved characters in the HBO Hall of Fame and has been a member of our family for almost twenty-five years. We are deeply saddened to learn of his passing and extend our deepest condolences to his family and loved ones. “
Beyond “Sex and the City,” Garson played the cunning con artist Mozzie in USA Network’s “White Collar” from 2009 to 2014. Garson was also known for playing the friendly doorman Ralph in the romantic comedy from 2005 “Little Manhattan”, Gerald. Hirsch in the reboot of “Hawaii Five-0” from 2015 to 2020, and Henry Coffield in “NYPD Blue” in 1993.
Born William Garson Paszamant in Highland Park, NJ, Garson studied acting at Wesleyan University and received a Masters of Fine Arts from the Yale School of Drama. After graduating, Garson began playing small roles in some of the most popular television series of the time, including “Cheers” (1982), “Family Ties” (1982) and “LA Law” (1986). . Her other early television appearances included “Boy Meets World”, “The X-Files”, “Friends”, “Twin Peaks”, “Melrose Place”, “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” and “Ally McBeal”. Most recently, Garson has held roles in “Two and a Half Men”, “Hot in Cleveland”, “Stargate SG-1” and “Pushing Daisies”. He also dipped his toes into directing, having directed episodes of “White Collar” and “Girl Meets World” for the Disney Channel, in which he also starred.
Garson was also a persistent force in film, having worked with directors Peter and Bobby Farrelly on “KingPin” (1996), “There’s Something About Mary” (1998) and “Fever Pitch” (2005). His other movie credits included “Soapdish” (1991), “Groundhog Day” (1993), “Being John Malkovich” (1999) and “Freaky Friday” (2003).
Most recently, Garson lent his voice to “Big Mouth” and had a recurring role on “Supergirl” from 2019-2020. Garson’s upcoming projects included “And Just Like That” and the “Duke of the Valley” series. .
Garson adopted a son, Nathen, in 2009. He has remained an active voice in the adoption community, having twice served as National Adoption Day spokesperson.
Nathen paid tribute to Garson on Instagram, writing, “I love you so much daddy. Rest In Peace and I am 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 am happy that 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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