“You were a gift from the gods”
tribute has been paid to sex and the City Star Willie Garson, who has died at the age of 57.
The actor was best known for playing talent agent Stanford Blatch, a close friend and confidante of Sarah Jessica Parker’s character Carrie Bradshaw.
Gerson appeared in the entire series and two films in the franchise. His film credits also include Groundhog Dayhandjob There’s Something About Mary And fever pitch.
Mario Cantone, who played Anthony Marantino, Garson’s on-screen partner in the series, wrote on Twitter: “I am devastated and just overwhelmed with sadness… you were a gift from the gods.”
Cynthia Nixon, who played Miranda Hobbes in the series, said: “We all loved her and loved working with her. He was extremely funny on-screen and in real life. He was a source of light, friendship and business knowledge. “
I couldn’t have had a more wonderful TV partner than this. I am devastated and just overwhelmed with sadness. Soon we were all taken away. You were a gift from the gods. Rest my dear friend. I love you. pic.twitter.com/Ia4tg1VK1Y
— mario cantone (@macantone) September 22, 2021
So deep, deep sadness we’ve lost @ Willie Garson. We all loved him and loved working with him. He was extremely funny on-screen 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
The cause of his death is yet to be revealed but the executive producer sex and the City, Michael Patrick King said that Garson was working “even when he was sick”, without giving further details.
“His spirit and his dedication to his craft was present every day,” he said in a statement.
“His gifts as an actor and person will be remembered by everyone.”
His adopted son Nathan paid further tribute, who wrote: “I love you so much Papa. Rest in Peace and I am so glad that you shared all your adventures with me and were able to achieve so much. I’m proud of you.”
“Willie Garson was a devoted friend in life, on screen, a devoted friend and a bright light to everyone in his universe,” an HBO statement said.
“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 by the news of his passing and we extend our deepest condolences to his family and loved ones.”
Willie Garson was in life, as if on screen, a light for all in his universe. He created one of HBO’s most beloved characters and has been a member of our family for nearly 25 years. We are deeply saddened to learn of his passing and extend our condolences to his family and loved ones. pic.twitter.com/EPU4skdLL3
— HBO (@HBO) September 22, 2021