Willie Garson, ‘Sex and the City’ Star, Dead at 57

by Joe Rutland
(Photo by James Devaney/GC Images)

Actor Willie Garson, known for playing gay socialite Stanford Blatch in “Sex and the City,” has died at age 57, according to news reports.

Variety was able to have a family member confirm Garson’s death.

According to TMZ, Willie Garson has been battling cancer for a number of months. No official cause of death has been released.

“Bosch” star Titus Welliver reportedly broke the news of Garson’s death on Twitter.

Willie Garson Appeared in 57 Episodes On ‘Sex and the City’ Over Six-Year Run

In his role on “Sex and the City,” Garson became a fan favorite. He appeared as Blatch in 27 episodes through the series’ six-year run.

Garson also played Mozzie on “White Collar” from 2009-14. He played doorman Ralph in the 2005 film “Little Manhattan,” Gerald Hirsch on “Hawaii Five-0” from 2015 to 2020, and Henry Coffield on “NYPD Blue” in 1993.

He worked with directors Peter and Bobby Farrelly on “KingPin” (1996), “There’s Something About Mary” (1998), and “Fever Pitch” (2005). Outsiders, you may also remember Willie Garson from a memorable turn in the Bill Murray comedy “Groundhog Day.”

Most recently, Wilie Garson provided his voice for “Big Mouth” and had a recurring role on “Supergirl” from 2019-20. He even had future projects lined up including “And Just Like That” and “Duke of the Valley.”

‘Sex and the City’ Actor Was Born In New Jersey, And Would Find Early Work In TV

He was born William Garson Paszamant in Highland Park, N.J.

Garson studied theater at Wesleyan University and received a master of fine arts from Yale Drama School.

He would then turn to small roles on TV shows like “Cheers,” “Family Ties,” and “L.A. Law” Other shows Garson appeared on early in his career included “The X-Files,” “Friends,” “Melrose Place,” and “Ally McBeal” among many others.

Garson’s recent roles in TV work included “Two and a Half Men,” “Hot in Cleveland,” and “Stargate SG-1.”

Willie Garson adopted a son, Nathen, in 2009. Nathen Garson paid tribute to his father, Willie, on Instagram.

He wrote: “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.”