An HBO/HBO Max spokesperson also confirmed Garson’s passing, and the network honored his contribution to one of its most iconic shows in a statement.
“Willie Garson was a devoted friend in life, on screen, and a bright light to everyone in his universe,” the statement read. “He created one of the most beloved characters in the HBO pantheon and has been a member of our family for nearly twenty-five years. We are deeply saddened by the news of his passing and we extend our deepest condolences to his family and loved ones. ”
On “Sex and the City” Garson played Stanford Blatch, friend and confidant of protagonist Carrie Bradshaw (Sarah Jessica Parker). He appeared as a series regular throughout his run and in both films.
Her first break in Hollywood was in guest roles in TV shows such as “Cheers” and “Family Ties”.
It was on television that Garson would go on to build a reputation for himself as a beloved character actor. In addition to his role in “Sex and the City,” he had recurring parts on USA Network’s “White Collar,” ABC’s “NYPD Blue,” and CBS’s “Hawaii Five-0.”
He was recently set to appear in the reboot of the series, “And Just Like That,” which is set to premiere on HBO Max later this year.
Following his passing, many of Garson’s friends and former colleagues expressed their love for the actor.
Mario Cantone, who played Garson’s on-screen husband in “Sex and the City,” called Garson a “fantastic TV partner” in a heartfelt post.
“I’m devastated and just overwhelmed with sadness. Got away from all of us too soon. You were a gift from the gods,” he wrote. “Rest my dear friend. I love you.”
“I still can’t wrap my head around the world without you—where I can’t call you when you need to laugh, or be inspired. The last thing you did when we said goodbye was pull your mask down ( I hate covid), smile, and wink at me,” he wrote. “I know it wasn’t a reflection of the pain you were going through, but it was a sign of everything you were and are for me: someone who raised me up, who made me better, and who always made me feel better.” smiled.”
He continued: “You are always in our hearts and minds: and your White Collar family is always here for Nathan. Save a space for me, because you know I want to be there at your table.”