Remembering Actor Willie Garson

Beloved Actor Willie Garson has passed from pancreatic cancer at the age of 57 on September 21, 2021. A spokesperson for HBO/HBO max has confirmed to USA Today.

The statement reads, “Willie Garson was in life, as on-screen, a devoted friend and a bright light for everyone in his universe; he created one of the most beloved characters from the HBO pantheon and was a member of our family for nearly 25 years. We are deeply saddened to learn of his passing and extend our sincere condolences to his family and loved ones.”

Garson’s gay talent character Stanford Blatch was a fan favorite throughout all six seasons of the hit HBO show “Sex and the City” which ran from 1998 to 2004. Earlier this summer, Garson was seen with colleague Sarah Jessica Parker filming the reboot for “Sex and the City” “And Just Like That.” 

Lawyer Miranda Hobbes in the show shared, “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. He was a consummate professional – always.” Mario Cantone shared a snapshot of the two from the show’s original run with the caption, “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. Rest my sweet friend. I love you.”

Photo Credit: Screenshot of Willie Garson Tribute from @macantone on Instagram

In addition to Sex and the City, Garson had over 150 credits on his resume. Including the successful USA Network show “White Collar.” Garson starred in for all six seasons, running from 2009 – 2014 along with co-stars Matt Bomer, Hilarie Burton, Tim Dekay, and Tiffani Theisen. 

Hilarie Burton, who played Insurance investigator Sara Ellis on White Collar shared an emotional post on Instagram paying tribute to not only her co-star but dear friend off-screen. 

She got a tattoo of one of Garson’s beloved catchphrases before his death. “He would pay you the biggest compliment in the world. Tell you that you were the smartest or prettiest or most talented or that your book/show.recipe/charity, etc. mattered and was valuable. And right as you’d blush, he’d temper it with ‘alright calm down!’; and the laughter. He’d stop you before you could rebuff the compliment.”

Photo Credit: Hilarie Burton (@hilarieburton) on Instagram

Burton shared a picture of a letter Garson wrote to Burton and her husband, Jeffery Dean Morgan, following their 2019 marriage. He used the phrase while describing his wedding present: A first edition copy of ‘Grapes of Wrath’ Burton said Garson was a “pivotal player in my life,” and she promised to her his memoir published in honor of Garson and his family “I will see it through.”

White Collar castmate Matt Bomer also shared a tribute sharing a photo of both of them on Instagram with the caption “I love you forever Willie Garson. Rest in peace my friend.”

Garson is survived by his son Nathan Garson who did his own tribute to his father. Sharing a picture on Instagram of his father staring at the ocean with the caption, “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.” He continued, “You’ll always be with me. Love you more than you will ever know and I’m glad you can be at peace now.”

Photo Credit: Nathen Garson (Nathen_Garson) on Instagram

You can celebrate the talented actor’s life by streaming some of the shows he starred in like, “Sex and the City” on HBO Max and White Collar on Hulu.

Who is your favorite character that Garson played throughout his career? Let me know by sharing your thoughts with me on social media @MikeStarkCA on Twitter and Instagram

Written By: Mike Stark | @MikeStarkCA

Remembering Coach Marty Schottenheimer

NFL head coaching legend Marty Schottenheimer passed away Monday, February 8, 2021, in North Carolina at the age of 77.

Schottenheimer is best known for his winning record as a head coach for the Cleveland Browns, Kansas City Chiefs, Washington Redskins, and San Diego Chargers.

It was announced via tweet by Chris Mortensen that Schottenheimer had passed away with his family by his side. In 2014 Schottenheimer was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease which he continued to battle for the next seven years.

Photo Credit: Screenshot of tweet from @mortreport announcing Marty Shottenheimer passing.

Born in Canonsburg, Pennsylvania September 23, 1943, Schottenheimer grew up playing football and was drafted in the seventh round by the Buffalo Bills in the 1965 AFL draft. Schottenheimer played linebacker for the Buffalo Bills and Boston Patriots, he played five years in the league and retired at just 27 years old.

After his playing career Schottenheimer began his coaching career as a linebackers coach for the New York Giants in 1975 but was promoted to defensive coordinator in just two years. After just three years with the Giants Schottenheimer became the new linebackers coach for the Detroit Lions. After two years with the Lions, he was hired as the defensive coordinator for the Cleveland Browns.

Schottenheimer spent four years as the Browns defensive coordinator in 1984 the Browns decided to fire their head coach and promote Schottenheimer mid-season, the Browns would miss the playoffs in 1984 but ended with a winning record. As head coach for the Browns Schottenheimer had an impressive 44-27 record. Schottenheimer turned the team around and made the playoffs all four times as the year-long head coach for the team.

On January 24, 1989, was hired to be the head coach of the Kansas City Chiefs. In just his first year the Chiefs had a winning record but missed the playoffs for just the first time as the season-long head coach. After making the playoffs in 1990, 1991, and 1992 the Chiefs traded for Hall of Famer Joe Montana. Schottenheimer continued to win and make the playoffs, in 1994 Schottenheimer and Montana led an overtime comeback against the Pittsburgh Steelers. In 10 seasons with the Chiefs Schottenheimer only missed the playoffs four times and finished with an overall record of 101-58-1.

Photo Credit: Screenshot of Marty Schottenheimer and Joe Montana from KC Star File Photo

Although he still hadn’t made it to the big game Schottenheimer proved he was a winner and was known for bringing his winning mindset to the field. After the 1998 season Schottenheimer retired to join ESPN as an analyst but couldn’t sit in the booth for too long. Schottenheimer was hired as the head coach for the Redskins, with the Redskins Schottenheimer became the first coach to win five games straight after losing their first five games. The Redskins narrowly missed the playoffs and Schottenheimer was fired after an 8-8 season but wasn’t done coaching in the NFL.

Schottenheimer was known for a style of football coined “Marty Ball” which he brought to each team he coached. Schottenheimer then landed in sunny San Diego, but success didn’t come right away. In his first two seasons, Schottenheimer missed the playoffs, in 2004 the Chargers led by Schottenheimer and Drew Brees made the playoffs but would eventually lose to the New York Jets in the AFC Wild Card game. Schottenheimer would make the playoffs again in 2006, this time with Phillip Rivers at the QB position. Schottenheimer and the Chargers battled against Tom Brady and the Patriots in the divisional round but eventually fell in a close three-point game in San Diego. After the loss to the Patriots Schottenheimer would be fired by owner Dean Spanos but finished with a 47-33 record as a coach of the Chargers.

Photo Credit: Screenshot of Marty Schottenheimer fired up at charger game from NFL Photo Library

Schottenheimer retired as one of the best coaches ever and is eighth all-time in wins, he coached all-time greats like Drew Brees, Phillip Rivers, Joe Montana, Marcus Allen, and Ladainian Tomilson etc. Schottenheimer was a winner, he loved the game of football, and brought the intensity to each team that he coached.

Many of his former players expressed their regards for Schottenheimer like Drew Brees who said, “The lessons and wisdom of Marty Schottenheimer will forever ring in my ears.”

The Cleveland Browns released a tribute video on Twitter titled: “There’s a gleam, men. There’s a gleam.”

Marty Schottenheimer will be known as a husband, father, and football legend. Although he struggled in the playoffs Schottenheimer emphasized “Marty Ball” a philosophy still used today and is recognized as one of the best football coaches of all-time.

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Cover Photo: Marty Schottenheimer Title Card by the National Football League (NFL)