Willie Garson, the actor best known for his character as Carrie Bradshaw’s best male friend Stanford Blatch in Sex and the City, has died. He was 57.
His death was verified on Tuesday by his son, Nathen Garson, in a post that he shared on Instagram. The reason was not immediately publicized.
Along with his famous role in the HBO series Sex and the City, Garson was recognized for his role as con man Mozzie in the TV series White Collar.
Garson is attributed with working in 30 movies, comprising the 2008 movie Sex and the City and its 2010 sequel Sex and the City 2.
Garson, whose original name was William Paszamant, was born February 20th, 1964, in New Jersey and was a son to Muriel Paszamant and Donald M. Paszamant. At the age of 13, he began training at The Actor’s Institute in New York and passed in 1985 from Wesleyan University in Connecticut, where he majored in psychology and theatre, according to the university.
After graduating from Wesleyan, Garson obtained guest roles on many television shows, comprising Family Ties and Cheers.
Along with the Sex and the City movies, Garson worked with the Farrelly brothers in some of their movies, including Kingpin (1996), There’s Something About Mary (1998) and Fever Pitch (2005).
He also depicted Lee Harvey Oswald three times, including in the movie Ruby (1992), and on the TV shows Quantum Leap and MADtv.
Garson also assisted on the advisory board for You Gotta Believe, an alliance that assists find youth permanent families. Garson came to be a parent in 2010 when he adopted his son, Nathen, who was 7 at the time.
“As a narcissist actor, and I was the definition, I immediately became responsible for taking care of someone else,” Garson told in an interview uploaded on Medium last year. “It is a really, special feeling to say that. It is such an important job and makes you grow in so many different ways.”
The news of Garson’s death spread Tuesday night, actors and performers posted their rememberings and praise on social media. Comic actor Mario Cantone, who had the role of Garson’s partner in Sex and the City, said on Twitter that he was “devastated and just overwhelmed with sadness.”
“Taken away from all of us way soon,” he said. “You were a gift from the gods.”
Cynthia Nixon, who portrayed Miranda Hobbes in Sex and the City, said on Twitter that Garson was “endlessly funny on-screen and in real life.”
“We all loved him and adored working with him,” she said. “He was a source of light, friendship and show business lore. He was a consummate professional — always.”