Willie Garson has died.
The Sex and the City actor — who recently reprised his role as Stanford Blatch for upcoming reboot 'And Just Like That...' — passed away on Tuesday (Sept 21) afternoon aged 57 surrounded by his family following a short illness.
It hasn't been confirmed how Willie died, but sources told TMZ he had been battling cancer.
The White Collar actor's son Nathen — who he adopted in 2009 — shared a touching tribute to his dad on Instagram.
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 you’re love with me. I’ll never forget it or lose it."
Willie began his acting career after graduating with a master of fine arts from Yale Drama School with small roles in the likes of Cheers, Family Ties, and L.A Law.
As well as his extensive acting career in both TV and film — with movie credits including Kingpin, There's Something About Mary', Groundhog Day and Fever Pitch — he had also stepped behind the camera for episodes of White Collar and Girl Meets World.
Most recently, Willie had a voice role in Big Mouth and had a recurring part of Supergirl. As well as his upcoming appearance in And Just Like That..., the actor also had the series Duke of the Valley in the pipeline.
Willie's Sex and the City colleagues also took to social media to pay their respects. Cynthia Nixon, who plays Miranda Hobbes, wrote on Twitter,"So deeply, deeply sad we have lost @WillieGarson. We all loved him and adored working with him. He was endlessly funny on-screen and in real life. He was a source of light, friendship and show business lore. He was a consummate professional — always.”
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. pic.twitter.com/G63EJIj8lG— Cynthia Nixon (@CynthiaNixon) September 22, 2021
Mario Cantone, who plays Willie's on-screen husband in the series, tweeted, “I couldn’t have had a more brilliant TV partner I’m devastated and just overwhelmed with sadness. Taken away from all of us way soon. You were a gift from the gods. Rest my sweet friend. I love you.”
I couldn’t have had a more brilliant TV partner. I’m devastated and just overwhelmed with Sadness. Taken away from all of us way soon. You were a gift from the gods. Rest my sweet friend. I love you. pic.twitter.com/Ia4tg1VK1Y— Mario Cantone (@macantone) September 22, 2021
Bosch actor Titus Welliver broke the news of Willie's passing online.
He shared a photo of the star and wrote: "There are no words. I love you dear brother. We are fewer,"
There are no words. I love you dear brother. We are fewer pic.twitter.com/Q4Sblb7Nqw— TitusWelliver (@welliver_titus) September 21, 2021
The Hawaii Five-0 actor's close friend, Rob Morrow, also paid tribute on Twitter. He tweeted: "Our sweet pal #WillieGarson has passed on. Dear soul, rest easy.(sic)"
Willie's White Collar co-star Matt Bomer wrote on Instagram: “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. 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: some one who lifted me up, who made me better, and who always, always made me smile.
"This also reminded me how strong our White Collar family is. We were all there for Willie, and for each other. I love you forever Willie Garson. You live on in our hearts and minds always: and your White Collar family is always here for Nathen. Save a place for me, because you know I want to be at your table up there.”
— BANG SHOWBIZ
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