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 won the hearts of fans of the popular HBO series, which first aired in 1998 and lasted six seasons, playing Carrie Bradshaw’s closest friend, talent agent Stanford. 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 remake of the TV series And Just Like That, which is currently in production.
Information about the cause of Garson’s death has not been officially released, but Michael Patrick King, executive producer of Sex and the City and And Just Like That, said Tuesday in a statement that Garson had been ill.
“The Sex and the City family has lost one of its own. Our amazing Willie Garson, “King said.” His spirit and dedication to his craft was present every day filming And Just Like That. He was there, giving it his all, even while he was sick. Everyone will find to miss his multitude of gifts as an actor and person. In this sad and dark moment we are comforted by our memory of his joy and light. “
An HBO statement read: “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 in the HBO pantheon and was a member of our family for almost 25 years. We are deeply saddened to learn of his passing and to give our sincere 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 prominent 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 known for his role as Mozzie in the U.S. police procedure, White Collar.
His film titles include There Something About Mary, Being John Malkovich, Fever Pitch and Groundhog Day.
Garson was a vocal advocate of adoption. His son Nathen, whom he adopted in 2009, wrote on Instagram on Tuesday: “I love you very much dad. Rest in peace and I am very happy to have shared all your adventures with me and to have achieved so many things. I am so proud of you. I will always love you, but I think it’s time for you to go on your adventure. You will always be with me. I love you more than you will ever know and I am glad you can be at peace now. You were always the toughest, funniest and smartest person I’ve ever met. Glad you shared [your] love with me. I will never forget it or lose it ”.
Tributes began to flow on social media as news of Garson’s death was reported.
Seinfeld star Jason Alexander called him “a beloved, funny, kind man and a charming actor.”
“This breaks my heart,” Julie Bowen wrote on Instagram. In a separate message, the actor Modern Family said: “He came to my wedding, reluctantly. “Who’s getting married on Emmy’s weekend?” I loved this guy. “
“I’m in a state of shock,” actor Josh Charles wrote. “This is terribly sad news and I am heartbroken by his son and his family.”