One of Willie Garson’s signature roles was Carrie Bradshaw’s close friend and confidant Stanford Blatch on HBO’s Sex and the City. The actor, who died of cancer today at 57, had been filming the upcoming sequel series for HBO Max, And Just Like That …, in the weeks leading to his death.
“The Sex And The City family has lost one of its own. Our amazing Willie Garson,” Sex and the City executive producer/showrunner Michael Patrick King said. “His spirit and his dedication to his craft was present everyday 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.”
HBO, which ran the original Emmy-winning Sex and the City series, and HBO Max, home of the upcoming sequel, issued a joint statement following Garson’s death.
“Willie Garson was in life, as on screen, a devoted friend and a bright light for everyone in his universe,” the sister platforms said through a spokesperson. “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.”
Garson made his debut on Sex and the City in the first episode after the pilot and appeared in a total of 27 episodes through the series’ six-season run.