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Willie Garson, Sex and the City and White Collar actor, dies at 57

Willie Garson, an actor best known for playing Stanford Blatch in Sex and the City and Mozzie in White Collar, has died. He was 57.

A family member of Garson’s confirmed his death to Variety. A cause of death has not been disclosed.

In HBO’s wildly popular Sex and the City series, Garson portrayed talent agent Stanford, the witty and stylish best male friend of Carrie Bradshaw (Sarah Jessica Parker). Garson reprised the role in the franchise’s films, Sex and the City and Sex and the City 2, and had recently been filming HBO’s upcoming revival series, And Just Like That.

Willie Garson pictured in February 2020 in West Hollywood, California. (Getty Images for Neuro Brands)

Beyond Sex and the City, Garson co-starred as cunning con man 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, New Jersey, Garson studied theatre at Wesleyan University and received a master of fine arts from Yale Drama School. After graduating, Garson began to book small roles on some of the most popular television programs 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. 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) and Being John Malkovich (1999).

Sarah Jessica Parker, Willie Garson
Actress Sarah Jessica Parker and actor Willie Garson sighting filming a scence for the movie “Sex and The City” on location in the west village on October 01 2007 in New Yrk City, NY (FilmMagic)

Most 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 Garson on Instagram, writing: “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. I will always love you, but I think it’s time for you to go on an adventure of your own. You’ll always be with me. Love you more than you will ever know and I’m glad you can be at peace now. You always were the toughest and funniest and smartest person I’ve known. I’m glad you shared you’re love with me. I’ll never forget it or lose it.”

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