Board of Believers
ACTOR & ADOPTIVE PARENT
Garson has appeared in over 300 episodes of television and more than 70 films. He is best known for his long runs on television, as Mozzie on White Collar, Stanford Blatch on Sex and the City, and Henry Coffield on NYPD Blue. Other Regulars include Ask Harriet and John From Cincinnati. He recurred as the grifter with a heart of gold Gerard Hirsch on Hawaii 5-0 since 2015, and now on Magnum P.I., and currently on Supergirl.
Born in New Jersey, he began training at The Actors Institute In New York at 13, before majoring in Psychology and Theater at Wesleyan University. After graduation, he quickly started landing guest roles on shows such as Cheers, Family Ties, Thirtysomething, L.A. Law, as well as recurring on a wide array of shows including X-Files, Twin Peaks, Two & A Half Man, Stargate, Pushing Daisies, The Practice, Ally McBeal, Just Shoot Me, Spin, Salvation, etc etc. His favorite long form miniseries on TV was Dr. Kreutz for Steven Spielberg in the acclaimed miniseries Taken.
In film, other than reprising his Sex and the City role for two features, he has collaborated with the Farrely Brothers three times, in Something About Mary, Kingpin, and Fever Pitch. Others include Soapdish, Groundhog Day, Mars Attacks, The Rock, Being John Malkovich, Feed, Polka King, and many more. He is often been re used by such varied directors as Spike Jonze, Michael Bay, the late great Mike Nichols, and Ron Shelton. Current films include Walk To Vegas, Magic Camp, Bellmen, and God The Worm.
As a director, Garson has directed episodes of White Collar, Girl Meets World, and, with Warner Brothers, is developing a half hour as producer/creator, in which he will also appear. Lone Pine, a feature for Garson to direct, is currently in development.
Onstage, Garson performs with theater companies such as Naked Angels, Manhattan Theater Club, Roundabout Theater, and The Geffen. He is very involved with many charities: AMFAR, Camp Joslin for Diabetes, Doctors Without Borders, Habitat for Humanity, and especially The Alliance for Children’s Rights, which facilitates adoptions in LA County.
Willie adopted son Nathen in Los Angeles in 2010, has twice served as National Spokesman for National Adoption Day, has been honored with the Francis Wheat Award from The Alliance, and many other honors. Willie and Nathen speak about adoption nationwide.
Aside from acting, Garson is known as a world-class poker player. Having been nicknamed “Evil Willie”, Garson plays in tournaments all over the world, for charity, and through the WORLD POKER TOUR.