Willie Garson – Best Known For Playing Stanford In SATC – Sadly Dies Aged 57

Willie had been filming scenes for the upcoming reboot of SATC, And Just Like That.

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by Bonnie McLaren |
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Willie Garson - best known for playing Stanford in Sex and The City - has passed away at 57. His son, Nathen, who Willie adopted in 2009, shared a tribute on Instagram. '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,' he wrote. Willie's cause of death has not been confirmed, but TMZ have reported he had been unwell with cancer. His last tweet, on September 5, urged people to be kind.

The actor also had roles in Hawaii Five-0, White Collar, Girl Meets World and Quantum Leap. Willie had also been filming scenes for the upcoming reboot of SATC, And Just Like That. 'The Sex and the City family has lost one of its own. Our amazing Willie Garson,' Michael Patrick King, the executive producer of both SATC series, 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.'

The cast of SATC have paid tribute to 'endlessly funny' actor, who played the gay socialite and Carrie's best friend. 'I'm devastated and just overwhelmed with sadness... You were a gift from the gods,' Mario Cantone, who played Garson's on-screen partner Anthony, wrote on Instagram. Cynthia Nixon, who played Miranda, also said: '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.' Kim Cattrall, who played Samantha Jones, tweeted a pic of the pair captioned: 'Such sad news and a terribly sad loss to the SATC family. Our condolences and RIP dear Willie xo.'

Here, we take a look back at some of Stanford's funniest quotes from SATC, the role which led to so many fans falling in love with Willie:

'Puberty is a phase. Fifteen years of rejection is a lifestyle.'

Stanford: I can only stay a few minutes. I've got tickets to the "Vagina Monologues." Carrie: Why? Stanford: Just because I don't eat at the restaurant, doesn't mean I can't hear the specials.

Carrie: How do you even know he's gay? Stanford: I've seen him roller blading on Eighth Avenue. That's enough.

Stanford: How can you not have a shrink? This is Manhattan. Even the shrinks have shrinks. I have three. Carrie: No, you don't. Stanford: Yes, one for when I want to be cuddled, one for when I want tough love and one for when I want to look at a beautiful man. Carrie: That's sick! Stanford: Which is why I see the other two

(watching Carrie get stepped over by Heidi Klum) Oh my god, she's fashion roadkill!

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