Sex and the City stars mourn as the news came out that Willie Garson dead at age 57. The late actor appeared on the infamous show which ran for six seasons. At the same time, he reprised his iconic role in the follow-up films. Recently, the reboot of the show, And Just Like That was under-production. Therefore, Garson was going to come back as Stanford. Apart from SATC, he appeared in White Collar, Friends, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and Ally McBeal. His co-stars and his son, Nathan mourn the beloved actor.
With his iconic gay character, Willie Garson played a vital role for the LGBTQ community
When Sex and The City came out in 1998, the world was not familiar or accepting of the LGBTQ community. Therefore, Stanford Blatch was a revolutionary character. After the news came out that Willie Garson died, people remembered that iconic role. While playing Carrie Bradshaw’s gay best friend, he represented the gay people on mainstream television. This created opportunities for other members of the LGBTQ community. At the same time, his wedding ceremony on Sex and the City 2 came five years before Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriages. Although he was not gay in real life, he was proud to represent the community that was marginalized at that time. In an interview, he said:
“It was also very important to the show to show someone having fun being gay, being proud, open and comfortable with who they are.”
The news of Willie Garson dead was confirmed by his son, Nathan.
Apart from being an incredible actor, he was a vocal advocate of adoption. In 2009, he adopted his son, Nathan who is 20 years old now. According to an old interview, Garson had expressed that he had dreamed of becoming a father. In an Instagram post, Nathan announced the news that Willie Garson died. He wrote:
“I love you so much papa. Rest In Peace and I’m so glad you got to share all your adventures with me and were able to accomplish so much. I’m so proud of you. I will always love you, but I think it’s time for you to go on an adventure of your own. You’ll always be with me. Love you more than you will ever know and I’m glad you can be at peace now. You always were the toughest and funniest and smartest person I’ve known. I’m glad you shared [your] love with me. I’ll never forget it or lose it.”
Shortly after the news broke, his co-stars and other celebrities paid their tributes
From his co-stars of SATC to the producers of the show, everyone was devastated over the news that Willie Garson dead. Kim Cattrall posted a tweet and wrote:
Such sad news and a terribly sad loss to the SATC family. Our condolences and RIP dear Willie xo
On the other hand, Cynthia Nixon wrote:
So deeply, deeply sad we have lost @WillieGarson. We all loved him and adored working with him. He was endlessly funny on-screen and and in real life. He was a source of light, friendship and show business lore. He was a consummate professional— always.
Willie Garson’s on-screen husband, Mario Cantone expressed how overwhelmed with sadness he felt because of the news. At the same time, his co-star from White Collar, Matt Bomer wrote a long tribute. He said:
Willie. I don’t understand. And it’s not fair. 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.
Although Willie Garson’s death news has devastated everyone, his legacy will live on. Rest in peace.