Rest in peace Willie Garson, and thank you for the entertainment.
Willie Garson, best known for playing Stanford Blatch, best friend to the sometimes likeable, sometimes insufferable Sex and the City protagonist Carrie Bradshaw (Sarah Jessica Parker), passed away on Tuesday. He was 57.
Garson played the classy, wealthy and openly gay talent agent throughout the show’s six season run, and even reprised the role in the consequent feature films.
Before his unexpected demise, Garson was shooting for the SATC spin-off series, And Just Like That.
Stanford’s characterisation often steered into the stereotypical depiction of LGBTQ+ persons on screen, and was treated like the token queer friend, yet he brought wisdom and comic relief that Carrie sorely lacked.
In honour of Garson and his iconic character, OTTPlay recalls some of his best moments on the show.
1. When Stanford revealed his foolproof litmus test of how to spot a real New Yorker.
2. In Season two's episode "Games People Play", Stanford wonders why Carrie, living in the wild, wild metropolis of New York City, does not have a therapist. Though it was a remark in passing, Carrie honestly needed a good therapist to avoid falling back on unhealthy behavioural patterns.
Stanford: "How can you not have a shrink? This is Manhattan. Even the shrinks have shrinks.
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.
3. When his favourite pastime was not unlike ours.
4. When Stanford called out Carrie for engaging with a man toxic — the "loathe" of her life he calls him — for her once again.
5. Stanford, who was short and balding, almost always let the insecurity of his looks get in the way of pursuing a man he was interested in. However, he does get his happily ever after after he meets Anthony and they finally marry in Sex and the City 2.
But here is a dejected Stanford, whose one-liner did elicit a chuckle.