Sarah Jessica Parker took to Instagram to open up about the “anguish” of losing a “30+ year friendship.” In her heartbreaking post, she began by acknowledging that she had remained publicly silent following the death of co-star and friend Willie Garson.
The Sex and the City star called losing Willie Garson “unbearable,” and stated that “sometimes silence is a statement.”
Originaly Published 9/22/2021
Actor Willie Garson has died at the age of 57, following a battle with pancreatic cancer.
Willie Garson Is Survived by His Son, Nathen
The actor’s son, Nathen Garson, took to Instagram to remember his late father.
“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 wrote in the post, which was accompanied by photos and videos of Willie.
“Love you more than you will ever know and I’m glad you can be at peace now,” Nathen’s post continued. “You always were the toughest and funniest and smartest person I’ve known. I’m glad you shared you’re [sic] love with me. I’ll never forget it or lose it.”
An Outpouring of Love for the Late Actor
A spokesperson for HBO released a statement honoring his contributions.
“Willie Garson was in life, as on screen, a devoted friend and a bright light for everyone in his universe,” the statement said. “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.”
In the wake of his death, many of Willie’s friends and co-stars have expressed their love for the actor.
Mario Cantone, who played his on-screen husband in Sex and the City, called him “a gift from the gods.”
“Willie touched all of us with his big heart and generous spirit,” SATC creator Darren Star told PEOPLE. “The man behind Stanford was a loving father, a mensch to his friends and radiated kindness to all. He is gone much too soon.”
Cynthia Nixon also shared a tribute to her SATC co-star, writing that he was “a source of light.”
White Collar co-star Matt Bomer wrote, “I love you forever Willie Garson.”
Ben Stiller took to Twitter to express his condolences for Willie’s son.
Garson’s Roles in TV and Film
Willie Garson was best known for his role as Stanford Blatch on the Sex and the City series and films. As the best friend of Sarah Jessica Parker’s Carrie Bradshaw, he appeared on the show regularly and did spots in both SATC movies.
The actor was also slated to reprise his role as “Stanny” in the show’s HBO Max revival, And Just Like That… The series is set to premiere in the fall of 2021. Fans can still expect to see Willie in it. The actor had already filmed scenes for the reboot in New York City this summer, alongside Sarah Jessica Parker and Mario Cantone.
His roles went well beyond the SATC series, though. Willie began training at the Actors Institute in New York in his teens. He later studied theater at Wesleyan University and received a Masters of Fine Arts from Yale School of Drama.
He landed plenty of guest roles on shows like Family Ties and Cheers, before going on to make a name for himself as a beloved character actor. We’ve seen him in tons of shows and movies over the years, including the likes of White Collar, Hawaii Five-O, Something About Mary, NYPD Blue, and many more.
All in all, Willie Garson has appeared in hundreds of episodes of television shows, and more than 70 films. He will be deeply missed.