Actor Willie Garson, 57, dies

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  • Willie Garson has died at the age of 57.
  • The actor was best known for his roles in Sex and the City and White Collar.
  • Garson was due to star in the Sex and the City reboot, And Just Like That..., and had been filming the HBO Max series before his death.

Willie Garson has died.

The actor, known for playing the lovable, funny guy in shows such as Sex and the City and White Collar, was 57 years old. A family member confirmed his death to Variety, but a cause of death was not disclosed.

Garson starred in many films, including Kingpin, There's Something About Mary, and Fever Pitch, as well as TV shows such as Cheers, Family Ties, Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Two and a Half Men. He even directed episodes of White Collar and Girl Meets World.

His most notable roles were that of conman Mozzie alongside Matt Bomer in White Collar and talent agent Stanford Blatch, the witty and stylish best male friend of Carrie Bradshaw (Sarah Jessica Parker) in Sex and the City. He'd been filming episodes of the reboot And Just Like That... before his death.

"The Sex and the City family has lost one of its own. Our amazing Willie Garson," Michael Patrick King, the executive producer of SATC and And Just Like That... said in a statement. "His spirit and his dedication to his craft was present every day 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."

Mario Cantone, Garson's love interest in SATC, also paid tribute to his onscreen partner, so too did Cynthia Nixon, and Nathen Garson, whom the actor – an active voice in the adoption community, having served twice as a spokesperson for National Adoption Day – adopted in 2009.

"I love you so much papa," he said. "Rest In Peace and I'm so glad you got to share all your adventures with me and were able to accomplish so much."

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