Willie Garson, star of Sex and the City and White Collar, has died at the age of 57 after a battle with cancer.
Garson’s son Nathan and actor Titus Welliver were among the first to announce Garcon’s death on social media.
“I love you so much papa,” Nathan wrote on Instagram. “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.”
“There are no words,” Welliver wrote, “I love you dear brother. We are fewer,”
Garson was currently shooting the Sex and the City revival And Just Like That…reprising the role of Stanford Blatch in New York City. But his career in television began many years before the HBO series made him a star.
He often popped up in many small but notable roles in the 80s and 90s including Mr. Belvedere, Family Ties, Coach, Quantum Leap, Monk, Ally McBeal, Party of Five, and Friends. His big opportunity arrived in 1996 when he joined the cast of NYPD Blue in the role of Henry Coffield in 7 episodes until 1999.
He followed that successful gig by playing Sarah Jessica Parker’s gay best friend in Sex and the City for the entirety of the series and the two films. Parker and Garson met after they were set-up on a blind date.
In 2009, he joined the cast of freshman series White Collar for USA Network during their blue skies era playing clever conman Mozzie, close friend of lead protagonist Neal Caffrey (Matt Bomer).