Willie Garson was an American actor famous for his role in “Sex and the City.”
According to the obituary posted in The New York Times, the actor died in his Los Angeles home at age 57 due to an aggressive case of pancreatic cancer.
Garson’s character, Stanford Blatch, was with the show for six seasons and was supposed to appear in “And Just Like That.”
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Besides the series reboot, Garson was involved in a personal second project. After the actor died, Hilarie Burton disclosed that he was working on a book, but it wasn’t published yet. Now, Burton took to Instagram to promise Garson’s family that she would see the project through as a parting gift to her bosom friend.
Willie Garson Died Of Pancreatic Cancer
Garson fought bravely and lost to Pancreatic cancer on September 21, 2021, at the age of 57. The actor was a favorite of many fans and even within the entertainment industry.
He discovered his love for acting at an early age, and by the time he graduated from high school, he already had an agent. He finished from Wesleyan University with a B.A. in Theatre and Psychology and moved to Los Angeles when he was 21 years old.
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A year later, Garson became a working actor and starred in over 300 TV shows and more than 70 films in the past four decades. The actor worked with many notable stars like Micheal Bay, the Farrelly brothers, Spike Jonze and Mike Nichols. The noted stage, film, and television actor was best known for his role in “Sex and the City.” He played Stanford Blatch, Carrie Bradshaw’s best male friend, and always had a wisecrack in handy.
After his death, Micheal Patrick King, the show’s executive producer, released a statement that the cast was aware of the diagnosis while filming “And Just Like That….” The actor lives on through his family and friends. His son Nathan Garson was adopted in 2010, and Garson raised him as a single parent. The actor was a known adoption advocate and involved himself with several charities and organizations.
Hilarie Burton Has Promised To Finish Garson’s Book Project
Hours after mourning her friend, actress Hilarie Burton vowed to help publish Garson’s book. On Wednesday, she took to Instagram to promise Garson’s family that she would help with the book and showed a tattoo she got in the actor’s honor.
The 39-year-old actress revealed that the last time she saw him, she was in the final stage of editing her book, “The Rural Diaries: Love, Livestock, and Big Life Lessons Down on Mischief Farm.”
She added that the actor “came to play on a movie I was producing…elevating the material, always. We talked a lot about memoir, this weird industry, our families.” While with her, he disclosed that he was also considering writing a book about his acting career, and Burton encouraged him.
“So he did it. He wrote the book. And recently, he asked if I’d help his family get it published for his son Nathen,” the actress continued. According to Burton, the book was “a love letter to our industry, to storytelling and to the hundreds of people he worked with and made better over the decades.”
The “One Tree Hill” actress concluded with, “To Willie’s family, especially @nathen_garson, …on my honor I will see it through. You have been so generous in sharing him with the rest of us. Love you.”
HBO Paid Homage To Willie Garson In ‘Sex And The City’
In the wake of his death, many celebrities went on social media to pay homage to the star and share their thoughts. Stars like Ben Stiller, Kristin Davis, Mario Cantone, and Sarah Jessica shared their best memories of the actor with the public.
HBO wasn’t left out as the network issued a statement about the tragic passing.
The streaming platform also paid homage to the actor by adding a title card reading “In memory of a beloved friend” to all the season premieres of “Sex and the City.”
The page will also have a picture of Garson and his last tweet. According to fans, “And Just Like That…” may also be dedicated to the single father.
The Cast Of ‘Sex And The City’ Pay Tribute To Willie Garson
The news of Garson’s death hit the cast and crew of “Sex and the City” really hard. Many cast members took to social media to express their grief and pay tribute to their colleague and friend.
His on-screen partner Mario Cantone also went on Instagram to write, “Taken away from all of us way soon. You were a gift from the gods, sweet Willie.”
Additionally, Micheal Patrick said some things about Garson in a statement to Variety. “His spirit and his dedication to his craft were 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.”