Willie Garson, the actor who played Stanford Blatch in Sex and the City, has died. He was 57.
The actor’s beloved character on SATC was truly iconic. Stanford Blatch, or Stanny, was Carrie Bradshaw’s best male friend and confidant. He was funny and upbeat and had the best one-liners. But he also helped viewers relate to the life and struggles of an openly gay man who was also looking for love, just like the ladies of the show.
In addition to his role on SATC, Willie was also well-known for his role as Mozzie in the show White Collar. He appeared in 30 movies throughout his career.
Willie’s death was confirmed by his only son, Nathen, who took to Instagram to share the devastating news. In a heartfelt post, Nathen 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.”
The post continued, “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 ❤️😘”.
Cynthia Nixon, who plays Miranda on SATC, wrote on Twitter that Willie was “endlessly funny on-screen and in real life.”
“We all loved him and adored working with him,” she said. “He was a source of light, friendship and show business lore. He was a consummate professional — always.”
BE KIND TO EACH OTHER……ALWAYS. LOVE TO ALL. APRROACH KINDNESS.
— Willie Garson 🇺🇸 (@WillieGarson) September 5, 2021
While Willie often used his social media platform to talk about politics, his final social media post was a personal message. It’s one that now feels deeply important since his death. On September 5, he wrote, “BE KIND TO EACH OTHER……ALWAYS.”
TMZ reported the Willie had been fighting a long, private battle with cancer. It’s such a sad loss for Willie’s family and loved ones, as well as all of his fans. He will be deeply missed.