Willie Garson, known for 'Sex and the City' and 'White Collar,' dies at 57

Garson played the role of Stanford Blatch in 'Sex and the City' and had recently been filming 'And Just Like That.'

9/22/2021 5:17:00 AM

Willie Garson, an actor best known for playing Stanford Blatch on 'Sex and the City' and Mozzie on 'White Collar,' has died at age 57, his family says.

Garson played the role of Stanford Blatch in 'Sex and the City' and had recently been filming 'And Just Like That.'

"Willie Garson was in life, as on screen, a devoted friend and a bright light for everyone in his universe," reads a statement from HBO/HBO Max."He created one of the most beloved characters from the HBO pantheon and was a member of our family for nearly twenty-five years. We are deeply saddened to learn of his passing and extend our sincere condolences to his family and loved ones."

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Beyond"Sex and the City," Garson co-starred as cunning conman Mozzie on USA Network's"White Collar" from 2009 to 2014. Garson was also known for playing the friendly doorman Ralph in the 2005 rom-com"Little Manhattan," Gerald Hirsch in the"Hawaii Five-0" reboot from 2015 to 2020, and Henry Coffield on"NYPD Blue" in 1993.

Born William Garson Paszamant in Highland Park, N.J., Garson studied theater at Wesleyan University and received a Master of Fine Arts from Yale School of Drama.After graduating, Garson began to book small roles on some of the most popular television series of the day, including"Cheers" (1982),"Family Ties" (1982) and"L.A. Law" (1986). His other early television appearances included"Boy Meets World,""The X-Files,""Friends,""Twin Peaks,""Melrose Place,""Buffy the Vampire Slayer" and"Ally McBeal." headtopics.com

More recently, Garson has held roles on"Two and a Half Men,""Hot in Cleveland,""Stargate SG-1" and"Pushing Daisies." He also dipped his toes in directing, having helmed episodes of"White Collar" and"Girl Meets World" for Disney Channel, in which he also guest 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 film credits included"Soapdish" (1991),"Groundhog Day" (1993),"Being John Malkovich" (1999) and"Freaky Friday" (2003).

Oct. 10, 201303:58Most recently, Garson lent his voice to"Big Mouth" and had a recurring role on"Supergirl" from 2019 to 2020. Garson's upcoming projects included"And Just Like That" and the series"Duke of the Valley."

Garson adopted a son, Nathen, in 2009. He remained an active voice in the adoption community, having served twice as a spokesperson for National Adoption Day.Nathen paid tribute to Garsonon Instagram, writing Read more: NBC News »

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So sad 😢🖤 RIP Willie. Nobody cares How many times are y’all gonna tweet this? Sad 😞 💔 My he R.I.P. RIP Willie Garson 💐 What! Only 57? For all those who played characters that cared & did everything to help their friends. It couldn't have been that far from the real him. RIP Mr. Garson! 😌🙁☹️ And he had a art thief role on Hawaii 5-O

I just saw him on a brand new game show today on ABC called 25 words. Great actor; RIP.

'Sex And The City' Actor Willie Garson Dies At Age 57BREAKING: Willie Garson, who played Stanford Blatch on 'Sex and the City,' has died. He was great on “NYPD Blue” too. Alas. Mozzie! 😞 No. 😭

I was so shocked to hear this! Willie was so young. My condolences to his family 🙏🏻 🙏🙏💔💔 Sad. I loved him on Sex in the City. RIP ' Stanford. 💔 Mozzie and Neal's buddy-like chemistry was top notch Oh no!!❤❤❤ So sad. Loved him and my dog Frankie died today. I hope they are free together ❤ Too young too soon to lose. 💔 Thank you for bringing me so many laughs and smiles. RIP.

😔 so sad

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'Sex and the City' Star Willie Garson Dead at 57Actor Willie Garson, best known for his roles in ‘White Collar’ and ‘Sex and the City,’ has died — read more So sad 😢 🙏🏽🕊💔 This guy was a great character actor. Loved him in Freaky Friday and Fever Pitch. I even thought he played a convincing villain in Untamed Heart.

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