‘NCIS’ Alum Pauley Perrette Mourns Death of ‘Sex and the City’ Actor Willie Garson: ‘Another Awesome One Gone’

by Suzanne Halliburton

Pauley Perrette, the NCIS alum, was crushed when she heard the news that character actor Willie Garson had died.

Garson, who was best known as Stanford Blatch on Sex and the City, died Tuesday. On the show, Stanford was Carrie Bradshaw’s best guy friend. He appeared in both Sex and the City movies and had shot scenes for the reboot, And Just Like That. Garson’s son announced the news of his father’s passing.

Perrette tweeted: “Good Lord. Another awesome one gone. I met Willie Garson when I was new in LA. So funny, so cool, such a goof ball and I have SUCH a funny story about him that’s to long to type here. #RIPWillieGarson one of a kind #WillieGarson”

Perrette played Abby Sciutto, a forensics specialist, for the first 15 seasons on NCIS. The show filmed in Los Angeles. Although Willie Garson was best known for “Sex and the City,” which filmed in New York, he played other characters in shows produced in California.

Willie Garson Was a Scene Stealer on Sex and the City

HBO, which broadcast Sex and the City, issued a statement after Willie Garson died.

“Willie Garson was in life, as on screen, a devoted friend and a bright light for everyone in his universe,” the HBO 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.”

(Photo by James Devaney/GC Images)

Garson’s Stanford met Carrie Bradshaw back in the 1980s, when both were in their 20s and hitting the popular NYC bars and clubs. Sex and the City, which ran from 1998 through 2004, was about the relationships between a group of four women, with three in their 30s and one older than 40. Willie Garson played a recurring character and appeared in 27 episodes. The only men on the show who appeared in more were David Eigenberg (Steve) and Chris Noth (Mr. Big).

In the second movie, Stanford married Anthony Marentino, who had been Charlotte’s best guy friend. The wedding was lavish.

Matt Bomer Remembered His White Collar Star

Perrette wasn’t the only celebrity paying tribute to Willie Garson. While no cause of death was revealed, other friends confirmed Garson had suffered from cancer.

Matt Bomer starred with Garson on White Collar. He admitted he was heartbroken.

“Willie, I don’t understand,” Bomer began his Instagram tribute. “And it’s not fair. This past year, you taught me so much about courage and resilience and love. I still haven’t wrapped my head around a world without you in it — where I can’t call you when I need to laugh, or be inspired. The last thing you did when we said goodbye was pull down your mask (I hate covid), smile, and wink at me. 

He concluded by writing: “I know that it wasn’t reflective of the pain you were going through, but it was indicative of everything you were and are to me: someone who lifted me up, who made me better, and who always, always made me smile. This also reminded me how strong our White Collar family is. We were all there for Willie, and for each other.”