Willie Garson aka William Garson Paszamant, the celebrated American actor passed away at the age of 57. Social media users are curious to know if Willie Garson was gay in real life. The ‘Sex and the City’ actor once won the hearts of viewers with his stellar character portrayal of Stanford Blatch, an openly gay man.
Along with ‘Sex and the City,’ Garson boasts an acting legacy that spans over five decades with 75 films and 300 television episodes. Some of his notable works include his character Henry Coffield on NYPD Blue, Mozzie in the USA Network series White Collar and Ralph the kindest doorman on rom-com Little Manhattan.
Was Willie Garson gay in real life?
Willie Garson’s portrayal of Stanford Blatch made many curious if Willie Garson was gay. As a heterosexual man, the pressure to do justice to the role was immense. The ‘Sex and the City’ actor addressed this issue in a Huffington Post UK interview where the straight actor said, “Most of the pressure I felt was to not be offensive.”
“I didn’t want to offend the community at all, and that was a really big concern of mine.” He explained, “To the point where I didn’t even have HBO for the first three years, because I didn’t want to see it, because I was so terrified of being offensive.”
He later said, “But, the gay community really rose up, and said ‘we know people like this, this is real.’ And so that made me feel great, and I could start watching the show.”
He further commented that the character being openly gay was important to SATC as “to show someone having fun being gay, being proud, open and comfortable with who they are.”
“Stanford was like, ‘hey, I’m gay. Really gay. Super gay. And I’m happy about it, I’m looking for a boyfriend, looking for a husband’, and it was very open, and different to what had been shown before,” Garson shared.
SATC star’s son writes touching tribute to his father
Willie Garson adopted seven-year-old Nathan in 2009. After Willie Garson’s demise on September 21st, the SATC star’s son wrote a heart-piercing tribute to his father. He called him “the toughest and funniest and smartest person” he has known.
He shared, “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. I’m glad you shared you’re love with me. I’ll never forget it or lose it.”