He showed great dedication towards his craft for decades. "He was there—giving us his all—even while he was sick," said Michael Patrick King, an executive producer who worked with Garson.
There was never a dull moment when actor Willie Garson appeared on screen in a variety of roles. Sadly, now fans will no longer get to see him step into a new character's shoes and fill the frame with his delightful presence.
The much-loved actor passed away at the age of 57 in the afternoon hours of Tuesday, September 21, 2021. He was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and suffered a short period of illness right before his death, according to PEOPLE. Garson was surrounded by his family as he passed away.
"Willie Garson was in life, as on-screen, a devoted friend and a bright light for everyone in his universe," said an HBO/HBO Max spokesperson, who confirmed Garson's death, as reported by CNN.
"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," the statement continued.
Born in New Jersey as William Garson Paszamant, the actor first dipped his toes into the world of acting when he was 13 years old. He studied at Wesleyan University and later got his break in Hollywood in TV shows like Cheers and Family Ties.
His fame began growing from there, and he went on to share the credits on numerous movies and TV series like White Collar, NYPD Blue, Hawaii Five-0, and Two and a Half Men. The films that Garson has appeared in include Freaky Friday, Soapdish, and Groundhog Day, among others.
I love you forever Willie Garson. Rest in peace my friend. pic.twitter.com/MxsBwq5NEa— Matt Bomer (@MattBomer) September 22, 2021
One of his most acclaimed roles is that of Stanford Blatch on Sex and the City. His most recent projects included filming for the upcoming revival series of HBO Max’s And Just Like That.
"The ‘Sex and the City’ family has lost one of its own. Our amazing Willie Garson," said Michael Patrick King, executive producer of Sex and the City and And Just Like That, according to Variety. "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."
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. pic.twitter.com/Ia4tg1VK1Y— Mario Cantone (@macantone) September 22, 2021
In the year 2009, Garson became a father to his son, Nathen, and has since been a longtime advocate of adoption. He served as the spokesperson for National Adoption Day on two occasions and has often encouraged people to adopt.
Following his untimely death, his son posted a tribute to the actor on Instagram and said: "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 your love with me. I’ll never forget it or lose it."
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