Described by many as the epitome of a mensch, Willie Garson passed away on Tuesday. His passing was announced by his son, Nathen.
The American-Jewish actor was best known for portraying Carrie Bradshaw’s best friend Stanford Blatch in Sex and the City and was seen filming scenes for the upcoming revival series And Just Like That. While no details were immediately released, it has since been revealed that Garson passed away after recently being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.
Tributes have poured in from those who worked with Garson, recently and in the past.
Sending love to @WillieGarson’s son Nathen. Your dad was strong and respected in his community of fellow actors and his philanthropy was constant and committed. I’m grateful I knew him. He was also really really funny.❤️
— Ben Stiller (@RedHourBen) September 22, 2021
Darren Star, creator of Sex and The City described Garson as “sweet, soulful and hilariously funny,” telling People that “Willie touched all of us with his big heart and generous spirit. The man behind Stanford was a loving father, a mensch to his friends and radiated kindness to all. He is gone much too soon.”
According to executive producer, Michael Patrick King, Garson was filming, despite his illness, showing his dedication to the craft and his wonderful spirit.
Garson was also known for playing Mozzie in police procedural drama, White Collar from 2009 to 2014. Garson’s co-star Matt Bomer shared a tribute on Instagram, writing “The last thing you did when we said goodbye was pull down your mask (I hate covid), smile, and wink at me.
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: someone who lifted me up, who made me better, and who always, always made me smile.”
His final tweet, published earlier this month, seems to mirror his attitude to life – “be kind to each other… always. Love to all. Approach kindness.”