Sex And The City's Willie Garson dies aged 57

Sex And The City actor Willie Garson has died aged 57.

According to TMZ, sources close to the star said he had ‘been battling cancer’ though it is not confirmed the illness was the cause of his death.

Garson was best-known for playing flamboyant talent agent Stanford Blatch, the close friend and confidante of Sarah Jessica Parker’s Carrie Bradshaw.

He reprised the role in the two Sex And The City films and had been filming in the upcoming HBO Max spin-off series And Just Like That.

A number of his co-stars have paid tribute, including Cynthia Nixon, who plays Miranda Hobbes in the franchise.

‘So deeply, deeply sad we have lost @WillieGarson,’ she penned. ‘We all loved him and adored working with him. He was endlessly funny on-screen and in real life. He was a source of light, friendship and show business lore. He was a consummate professional— always.’

Cynthia also sent her condolences to Garson’s adopted son, Nathen.

Kim Cattrall, who won a Golden Globe for her turn as Samantha Jones, also shared a tribute, writing: ‘Such sad news and a terribly sad loss to the SATC family. Our condolences and RIP dear Willie xo.’


Michael Patrick King, executive producer of Sex And The City and And Just Like That, said Garson had been dedicated to his work even while ill.

He said: ‘The Sex And The City family has lost one of its own. Our amazing Willie Garson.

‘His spirit and his dedication to his craft was present every day filming And Just Like That. He was there — giving us his all — even while he was sick. His multitude of gifts as an actor and person will be missed by everyone. In this sad, dark moment we are comforted by our memory of his joy and light.’

Mario Cantone played Garson’s on-screen partner in the show.

He added: ‘I couldn’t have had a more brilliant TV partner. I’m devastated and just overwhelmed with Sadness. Taken away from all of us way soon. You were a gift from the gods. Rest my sweet friend. I love you.’

A spokesperson for HBO and HBO Max said: ‘Willie Garson was in life, as on screen, a devoted friend and a bright light for everyone in his universe.

‘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.’

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As well as Sex And The City, which originally ran from 1998-2004, Garson was known for his role as Mozzie in police procedural White Collar.

Garson’s son Nathen shared the news of his father’s death on Instagram.

‘I love you so much papa,’ he wrote. ‘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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