ACTOR Willie Garson was seen filming his final Sex And The City scenes last month in a series of heartbreaking pictures.
The White Collar star died this week aged 57, after a secret battle with cancer, according to reports.
Willie Garson pictured on set of the Sex And The City reboot weeks before his untimely passingCredit: Splash
The actor played Stanford Blatch on the popular show and cinematic seriesCredit: Rex Features
In the weeks leading up to his passing, the TV star was seen hard at work on set of the HBO cinematic revival, titled And Just Like That…, alongside his on-screen husband Mario Cantone on August 2.
In the photos, Willie was first seen heading back to his trailer clad in a navy blue top and light grey chinos as he sipped his morning tea.
The star was later pictured looking dapper in a black suit, white shirt, sunglasses and chiffon neck-tie as he walked to set to shoot his scene.
Days prior to his final shoot, Willie was pictured in one of his character Stanford Blatch’s signature flamboyant ensembles for a scene with Mario and Sarah Jessica Parker, who plays Blatch’s BFF Carrie Bradshaw, on July 23.
Prior to his appearance on set, Willie shared his excitement about the show’s cinematic reboot in June.
Speaking to Us Weekly, he said: “It didn’t hit me until I was in wardrobe yesterday and it was, like, literally stepping into the shoes again.
“It was great. I was just telling my friends… that I probably was wearing about $200,000 worth of clothing yesterday.
“And it was right away and it was like, ‘Oh, this is us, here we are.'”
After news broke of his death, Willie’s SATC castmates paid tribute to the star on social media.
TRIBUTES POUR IN
Cynthia Nixon, 55, who plays Miranda Hobbes on the show was one of the first of Willie’s costars to pay tribute.
Nixon shared a photo of her with Willie at a party along with a heartfelt message which read: “So deeply, deeply sad we have lost @Willie.Garson. We all loved him and adored working with him.
“He was endlessly funny on-screen and and in real life. He was a source of light, friendship and show business lore. He was a consummate professional — always.
“My heart goes out to his son, @Nathen_Garson. Nathen, I hope you know how much he loved you and how proud he was to be your dad.”
Kim Cattrall, who played Samantha Jones in the HBO series, wrote: “Such sad news and a terribly sad loss to the SATC family. Our condolences and RIP dear Willie xo”
Mario Cantone, who stars as Anthony Maranthino on the show, also shared a sweet message on social media.
Mario wrote: “I couldn’t have had a more brilliant TV partner. I’m devastated and just overwhelmed with Sadness. Taken away from all of us way soon. You were a gift from the gods sweet Willie. Rest …I love you.”
Bosch actor Titus Welliver broke the news of Willie’s passing with a post on Tuesday along with a photo of the beloved actor.
“There are no words. I love you dear brother. We are fewer.”
Willie’s son Nathen wrote 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. I’m so proud of you.”
LIFE ON SCREEN
The TV star had been battling cancer, according to TMZ sources, but this has yet to be confirmed.
The actor had starred on SATC in 27 episodes throughout the six seasons from 1998 until its series finale in 2004.
His character Stanford Blatch was a close friend of Carrie Bradshaw’s who often struggled to overcome insecurities around dating in the big city.
As well as the TV show, Willie also appeared in the first Sex And The City feature film in 2008 and its sequel, titled Sex and the City 2, in 2010.
In light of Garson’s untimely passing, his Sex and the City stars paid tribute to the star online.
He was pictured alongside his on-screen husband Mario Cantone on August 2Credit: Splash
The pair were also seen shooting a scene with Sarah Jessica Parker on July 23Credit: Elder Ordonez / SplashNews.com
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