Sex And The City’s Willie Garson has passed away at the age of 57.
Sources close to Garson told TMZ that the actor had ‘been battling cancer’ though it is not confirmed that the illness was the cause of his death.
His death was confirmed by his son, Nathen Garson, on his Instagram page.
‘I love you so much papa,’ he wrote. ‘Rest in peace, and I’ 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,’ Nathen continued. ‘You’ll always be with me.
‘[I] 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 ad smartest person I’ve known.
‘I’m glad you shared your love with me,’ he concluded. ‘I’ll never forget it or lose it.’
An HBO spokesperson also confirmed Garson’s passing to CNN, writing: ‘Willie Garson was in life, s on screen, a devoted friend and a bright light for everyone in his universe.
‘He created one of the most beloved characters in the HBO pantheon and was a member of our family for nearly 25 years,’ the spokesperson said in a statement. ‘We are deeply saddened to learn of his passing, and extend our sincere condolences to his family and loved ones.’
Garson is perhaps best known for his role as Carrie Bradshaw’s close pal, Stanford Blatch. Though he was just a supporting character, he had several major storylines, including his courtship and eventual marriage to former rival Antony Marentino.
He reprised the role in the forthcoming Sex And The City reboot titled And Just Like That…, which began production in June.
RIP: Sex And The City’s Willie Garson has passed away at the age of 57; pictured July 24, 2021 on the set of the SATCH reboot in NYC
Grateful for him: ‘I love you so much papa. Rest In Peace and 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,’ he began.
Garson was last pictured on set of the production on July 24 as he shot a scene alongside the series’ central star Sarah Jessica Parker and comedian Mario Cantone in New York City.
Cynthia Nixon, who plays Miranda, was the first of the series’ leading ladies to comment on Garson’s sudden passing.
‘So deeply, deeply sad we have lost @Willie.Garson,’ the actress began. ‘We all loved him and adored working with him.’
She went on to complement how ‘endlessly funny on-screen and and in real life’ he was, as well as being ‘a source of light, friendship and show business lore.’
‘He was a consummate professional— always,’ continued Nixon, before penning a note directly to Garson’s 20-year-old son Nathen, who had announced the death of his father just moments earlier.
‘My heart goes out to his son, @Nathen_Garson. Nathen, I hope you know how much he loved you and how proud he was to be your dad,’ she concluded.
Sex and the City creator Darren Star also described Garson as ‘sweet, soulful and hilariously funny.’
‘Willie touched all of us with his big heart and generous spirit,’ he told People. ‘The man behind Stanford was a loving fther, a mensch to his friends and radiated kindness to all.
‘He is gone much too soon.’
And executive producer Michael Patrick King added that Garson’s ‘spirit’ and ‘dedication’ were always present on the set.
‘The Sex and the City family has lost one of its own, our amazing Willie Garson,’ he said. ‘His spirit and his dedication to his craft was preset every day filming And Just Like That.
‘He was there – giving us his all – even while he was sick,’ King continued. ‘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.’
Reboot: Garson was set to reprise his role as Carrie Bradshaw’s close pal Stanford Blatch in the forthcoming Sex And The City reboot titled And Just Like That…, which began production in June; pictured with Sarah Jessica Parker on July 24 in NYC
Last sighting: He was last pictured on set of the production on July 24 as he shot a scene alongside the series’ central star Sarah Jessica Parker and comedian Mario Cantone in New York City
‘Deeply sad’: Cynthia Nixon, who plays Miranda, was the first of the series’ leading ladies to comment on Garson’s sudden passing
Adored: ‘So deeply, deeply sad we have lost @Willie.Garson,’ the actress began. ‘We all loved him and adored working with him’; the pair pictured in 2003
Brilliant partner: ‘I couldn’t have had a more brilliant TV partner,’ began the 61-year-old actor, who included a sweet snapshot of him and Garson at the premiere of Sex And The City 2 in 2010
Tribute: Once news of Willie’s passing became public, Cantone took to Instagram to express his ‘devastation’ over the loss of his longtime friend
Mario Cantone was the first of the SATC cast members to express ‘devastation’ over the loss of his longtime friend Willie.
‘I couldn’t have had a more brilliant TV partner,’ began the 61-year-old actor, who included a sweet snapshot of him and Garson at the premiere of Sex And The City 2 in 2010.
He continued: ‘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.’
Kim Cattrall, who played Samantha, also sent her condolences, as other actors who have worked with Garson started posting their own tributes to him on social media.
Matt Bomer, who worked alongside Garson on White Collar, on which he had a recurring role as conman Moxie, tweeted a photo of the two of them, writing: ‘I love you forever Willie Garson.’
He added on Instagram: ‘I still haven’t wrapped my hear around a world without you in it – 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 down your mask (I hate COVID), smile and wink at me,’ Bomer wrote.
‘I know that it wasn’t reflective of the pain you were going through, but it was indicative of everything you were and are to me: Someone who lifted me up, who made me better and who always, always made me smile.
‘You live on in our hearts and minds always, and your White Collar family is always here for Nathen.
‘Save a place for me,’ he concluded, ‘because you know I want to be at your table up there.’
Losing a father: Willie’s 20-year-old son Nathen published a heartfelt Instagram tribute in memory of his father; the pair pictured in 2019
Always there: ‘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,’ he continued
Precious moments: Nathen included some of his favorite shots of Willie, as well as a playful video of him playing the trombone
Modern Family’s Julie Bowen, who said she had a close bond with Garson, wrote on Twitter and Instagram that the news of his passing ‘breaks my heart.’
She continued: ‘Willie Garson, a friend who loved me at my worst, (and always let me know it) is gone. Goodbye, Fatty. I love you always.’
Bowen revealed that Garson jokingly ‘came to [her] wedding – begrudgingly’ due to it being held on Emmy Awards weekend in 2004.
She included a sepia-toned snap of her planting a kiss on Willie’s cheek during her wedding reception.
‘Funniest and smartest person I’ve known’: ‘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,’ wrote Nathen of his father
Never forget: ‘I’m glad you shared [your] love with me. I’ll never forget it or lose it,’ he concluded
Sharing a tweet Willie posted on September 4 encouraging people to be ‘kind’ to one another, Kathy Griffin paid homage to the late actor by revealing how they met.
‘[broken heart emoji] We met on the “best friend of lead character” tv audition circuit a million years ago. This was his last tweet to us,’ the 60-year-old comedian wrote.
Jennifer Tilly said she ‘always loved being around’ Garson because he ‘was so funny and amiable.’
She continued: ‘If you were sitting next to him at a party or a Poker game you knew it would always be a good time.’
From 1998 until its series finale in 2004, Willie Garson famously appeared in 27 of Sex And The City’s 98 episode run on HBO.
Defining role: From 1998 until its series finale in 2004, Willie (pictured with Sarah Jessica Parker in 1998) appeared as ‘gay talent agent’ Stanford Blatch in 27 of Sex And The City’s 98 episode run on HBO
His character Stanford Blatch was a ‘gay talent agent’ and close friend of Carrie’s who often struggled to overcome insecurities around dating in the big city.
Along with being apart of the beloved series, Garson also appeared in the first Sex And The City feature film in 2008 and its sequel, titled Sex and the City 2, in 2010.
With SATC soon making a return on HBO Max with the reboot And Just Like That…, Willie expressed excitement over ‘stepping into the shoes again’ in an interview with Us Weekly in June.
‘It didn’t hit me until I was in wardrobe yesterday and it was, like, literally stepping into the shoes again,’ he told the outlet of his first day on set.
‘It was great. I was just telling my friends … that I probably was wearing about $200,000 worth of clothing yesterday. And it was right away. It’s like, “Oh, this is us, here we are.”‘
Memory: Modern Family’s Julie Bowen revealed that Garson jokingly ‘came to [her] wedding – begrudgingly’ due to its being held on Emmy Awards weekend in 2004
Heartbreaking: Bowen, who had a close bond with Garson, wrote on Twitter and Instagram that the news of his passing ‘breaks my heart.
Matt Bowen, who worked alongside Garson on White Collar, tweeted that he would ‘love’ him ‘forever’
Loved being around him: Jennifer Tilly said she ‘always loved being around’ Garson because he ‘was so funny and amiable’
Final tweet: Sharing a tweet Willie posted on September 4 encouraging people to be ‘kind’ to one another, Kathy Griffin paid homage to the late actor by revealing how they met
Garson was born and raised in New Jersey and, according to Variety, studied theater at Wesleyan University and received a Master of Fine Arts from Yale School of Drama.
He now boasts 170 acting credits, and has appeared in a plethora of other highly regarded television shows and films over the span of his impressive Hollywood career.
Following his graduation, Garson took on a number of small roles in popular 80s television shows like Cheers, Family Ties and LA Law.
He also graced television screens in 1993 on the crime-drama series NYPD Blue, which ran for 12 seasons on ABC, and famously starred in the USA series White Collar, which ran six seasons on the cable network from 2009 to 2014.
The following year, Garson joined CBS’ reboot of Hawaii Five-O, which aired its final season last year, as the character Gerald Hirsch.
Most recently, he had a recurring role on the CW series Supergirl and lent his voice acting chops to Netflix’s animated show Big Mouth.
Garson also had roles in a number of popular movies like 1998’s There’s Something About Mary, the Billy Murray-led feature Groundhog Day, and the multi Academy Award nominated film Being John Malkovich – just to name a few.