*** Actor Willie Garson, best known for his role as Stanford Blatch in the original series of And the City, has died at the age of 57.
Garson won the hearts of fans of the popular HBO series, which first aired in 1998 and ran for six seasons playing talent agent Stanford, Carrie Bradshaw’s closest male friend. Garson also appeared in the follow-up films, *** and the City, and *** and the City 2. He was most recently reprising the role in the reboot of the TV series, And Just Like That, which is currently in production.
Information about Garson’s cause of death has not been officially released, but Michael Patrick King, the executive producer of And the City’s End Just Like That, said in a statement Tuesday that Garson was ill. “* and the Citi family has lost one of theirs. Our wonderful Willie Garson,” said King. “His spirit and his dedication to his craft were present every day shooting for End Just Like That. He was there – Giving us his all – even when he was ill. His many gifts as an actor and person will be remembered by everyone. We are comforted by the memory of his joy and light in this sad, dark moment. “
An HBO statement said: “Willie Garson was in life, as if on-screen, a devoted friend and a bright light to everyone in his universe. He created one of the most beloved characters in the HBO pantheon and almost A member of our family for 25 years. We are deeply saddened to learn of his passing and express our deepest condolences to his family and loved ones.”
Born William Garson Paszamant in 1964 in New Jersey, Garson had a prolific screen career that began in the late ’80s.
Garson’s television career has included some of the most high-profile shows of the 90s and 2000s, including Twin Peaks, Friends, The X-Files, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Ellie McBeal, Boy Meets World, and more. She was also known for her role as Mozzie in American Police Procedure, White Collar.
His film credits include Something About Mary, Being John Malkovich, Fever Pitch, and Groundhog Day.
Gerson was a vocal supporter of adoption. Her son Nathan, whom she adopted in 2009, wrote on Instagram on Tuesday: “I love you so much, papa. Rest in Peace and I am so glad that you shared all your adventures with me and were able to achieve so much. I’m proud of you I will always love you, but I think it is time for you to go on an adventure of your own. You will always be with me. You are loved more than I know and I am glad that you can now live in peace. You were always the toughest and funniest and smartest person I have known. I’m glad you shared [you’re] love with me. I will never forget it or lose it. “