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Willie Garson (1964–2021), “Sex and the City” star

by Linnea Crowther

Willie Garson was an actor best known for playing Stanford Blatch on “Sex and the City.”

Acting career

Garson’s “Sex and the City” character was a close friend of Sarah Jessica Parker’s character, Carrie Bradshaw. He was one of the show’s most prominent supporting characters, and he also appeared in the 2008 “Sex and the City” movie and its 2010 sequel. Garson had a broad career outside the HBO hit, starring in “White Collar” as well as taking recurring TV roles in “Mr. Belvedere,” “NYPD Blue,” “Hawaii Five-0,” and “Supergirl.” He also made guest appearances on a wide variety of TV shows, including “Family Ties,” “Twin Peaks,” “Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” “Medium,” and “Two and a Half Men.” His movies include “Troop Beverly Hills,” “Soapdish,” “There’s Something About Mary,” “Being John Malkovich,” and “Fever Pitch.”

Garson on being a straight man playing a gay character

“For years I didn’t talk about it because I found it to be offensive to gay people. When the question would come up (in interviews) I would say, ‘When I was on ‘White Collar’ no one ever asked me if I was a conman, and when I was on ‘NYPD Blue,’ nobody ever asked me if I was a murderer. This is what we do for a living, portray people.” —from a 2020 interview for Page Six

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