Sex and the City stars pay tribute to late castmate Willie Garson: 'He was a source of light'
Gone, but never forgotten.
Garson, who memorably played Stanford Blatch, best (male) friend to Sarah Jessica Parker's Carrie Bradshaw in HBO's Sex and the City and its spinoff films, returned to take part in the series' upcoming reboot, And Just Like That... His costars from the series expressed their shock and sadness upon hearing the news. Cynthia Nixon shared a sweet photo of herself and Garson, alongside the caption, "So deeply, deeply sad we have lost @WillieGarson. 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."
She added, "My heart goes out to his son, Nathen Garson. Nathen, I hope you know how much he loved you and how proud he was to be your dad."
Kristin Davis shared her thoughts on how "beloved" Garson was and also gave tribute to him as a single father. "Willie is beloved by our entire community," she wrote. "He was smarter and funnier than you ever would have imagined. We are bereft without him. But I really want to pay tribute to his fearless commitment to single fatherhood. We spoke about being single parents through adoption often. And nothing gave him more joy and pride than his son Nathen."
Samantha herself also weighed in. "Such sad news and a terribly sad loss to the SATC family. Our condolences and RIP dear Willie xo," Kim Cattrall wrote on her Twitter. Cattrall played the character in the original series and its films, but will not be returning for the upcoming reboot.
Mario Cantone, who played Anthony on the show, wrote, "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."
Evan Handler, who played Harry, also shared his thoughts, calling the loss "a tragedy" for the Sex and the City family. "Willie was a prince, the Mayor of every group he ever existed within, and - most importantly - a parent. My heart grieves for his son. A consumate funny man. Bless you," he wrote.
David Eigenberg, who played Steve Brady, shared a portrait of Garson, and wrote simply, "Beloved Goodbye my old friend."
A representative for HBO and HBO Max said in a statement, "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 25 years. We are deeply saddened to learn of his passing and extend our sincere condolences to his family and loved ones."
With 170 acting credits to his name, Garson was known for much more than just SATC. He also had roles in the likes of White Collar, Hawaii Five-0, Quantum Leap, Girl Meets World, Big Mouth, Supergirl, and many others.
Garson's White Collar costar Matt Bomer shared a touching tribute to his friend on Instagram. "Willie. I don't understand. And it's not fair," he wrote. "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."
His post continued, "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: some one who lifted me up, who made me better, and who always, always made me smile." See the full message below.
Titus Welliver, who worked with Garson on the 1991 film Mobsters as well as White Collar, shared a picture of Garson on Twitter with the caption, "There are no words. I love you dear brother. We are fewer."
Bradley Whitford, Kevin McHale, Rob Morrow, Jason Alexander, and more also shared their condolences.
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