On September 21, reports revealed that after a battle with cancer, Sex in the City star Willie Garson passed away. He was just 57 years old.
And while Garson was very well known for his role as Carrie Bradshaw’s best friend, Stanford, that wasn’t what he was most beloved for. And as his Sex in the City co-star, Kristin Davis revealed in her Instagram tribute to her longtime friend, his best and most important role was being a single father to his son.
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As Today reported, Willie Garson adopted his now 20-year-old son when Nathen was 7 years old. Nathen was in the foster care system and prior to adopting him in 2009, Garson admitted that he had dreamed of being a father for a very long time.
And over the last 13 years, Garson had become a great one. In a past interview with People, according to Today, the actor said, “We had a smooth transition because we both wanted this adoption. Fatherhood is what I always wanted it to be. I wanted it so badly and he wanted it so badly. I think often it can be difficult because it’s not that balanced.”
And as his co-star revealed on Instagram, he was a natural when it came to being a father. “I first met Willie in 1995 on the spooky nighttime set of the X-files,” Davis wrote.
“He immediately made me laugh. Little did I know that we would have the joy of sharing Sex and the City + And Just Like That together. Willie is beloved by our entire community.”
Willie Garson was set to guest star on the Sex and the City reboot titled, And Just Like That. However, it’s unclear if Garson filmed any of his scenes prior to his passing.
“He was smarter and funnier than you ever would have imagined. We are bereft without him,” Davis continued. “But I really want to pay tribute to his fearless commitment to single fatherhood.”
Like Willie Garson, Davis is also a single parent, who adopted her children. And as she revealed, “we spoke about being single parents through adoption often.”
“And nothing gave him more joy and pride than his son Nathen. Nathen’s strength and wisdom beyond his years are evident in his beautiful tribute to his dad.”
As Davis concluded her tribute, she wrote that “the outpouring of love is earned, dear Willie. I am thankful for all of the time we had and grateful that so much of your bright light is on film forever. Maybe we can do our podcast the next time around? We love you forever xoxo.”
“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. You always were the toughest and funniest and smartest person I’ve known. I’m glad you shared your love with me. I’ll never forget it or lose it.”
Our thoughts are with Nathen and the rest of Willie Garson’s family.
Sara Vallone has been a writer and editor for the last four and a half years. A graduate of Ohio University, she enjoys celebrity news, sports, and articles that enhance people’s lives.
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