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Willie Garson

Highest Rated:   96% Groundhog Day (1993)
Lowest Rated:   0% The Suburbans (1999)
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A bald and frequently bespectacled screen presence whose "average Joe" appearance and keen talent allow him the unique ability to truly transform into the character at hand, Willie Garson may have won over Sex and the City viewers as protagonist Carrie's (Sarah Jessica Parker) endlessly loyal friend, but with over a decade of film and television appearances to his credit by that time, his success should certainly be labeled more "long-time coming" than "overnight sensation." Garson began training as an actor at New York's Actor's Institute in his early teens, and in the years following high school graduation he studied theater and psychology at Wesleyan University. It didn't take long for the talented stage and screen presence to find roles following his higher education, with guest appearances in such popular television shows as Family Ties, Mr. Belvedere, and Quantum Leap eventually leading to a supporting role in the well-received made-for-television feature The Deliberate Stranger. If his film roles throughout the majority of the '90s were generally of the thankless variety, Garson nevertheless grew increasingly active thanks to roles in such high-profile features as Groundhog Day, Things to Do in Denver When You're Dead, The Rock, and There's Something About Mary. A three-year stint in a supporting role in NYPD Blue showed Garson lending the series a decidedly human presence as Detective Simone's (Jimmy Smits) landlord. The stage-minded actor never forgot his roots, remaining constantly active with such New York-based theater companies as The Manhattan Theatre Club and The Roundabout Table. A long-time friend of actress Parker, Garson's friendship with the actress no doubt contributed to the easy rapport shared by the duo in the hit HBO series Sex and the City. With subsequent roles in Steven Spielberg's acclaimed sci-fi miniseries Taken, and in addition to such features as Freaky Friday proving that he was as much an "actor's actor" as a crowd-pleaser, Garson's post-Sex and the City career seemed as healthy as ever. He worked steadily in projects such as House of D, Fever Pitch, and in appeared in Jackass: Number Two. He returned to the small-screen as the lead in the series White Collar in 2009. In his increasingly non-existent spare time, Garson can be found reading to school children on a weekly basis as part of the Screen Actors Guild popular "Bookpals" program.

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Trust Fund
  • Jerry Peters
2016
12% Walk Of Shame
  • Dan Karlin
2014
15% Sex and the City 2
  • Stanford Blatch
2010
No Score Yet Ashley's Ashes
  • Actor
2010
No Score Yet Shannon's Rainbow
  • Richard
2009
49% Sex and the City
  • Standford Blatch
2008
No Score Yet Beau Jest
  • Joel Goldman
2008
64% The TV Set
  • Brian
2007
63% Jackass: Number Two
  • Willie Garson
2006
3% Zoom
  • Dick
2006
No Score Yet Thank Heaven
  • Grant Strong
2006
77% Little Manhattan
  • Ralph
2005
56% Just Like Heaven
  • Host
2005
No Score Yet Hard Four
  • Actor
2005
65% Fever Pitch
  • Kevin
2005
No Score Yet Wiseguys On - Texas Hold 'Em
  • Actor
2005
10% House of D
  • Ticket Agent
2004
17% A Problem with Fear
  • Actor
2003
88% Freaky Friday
  • Evan
2003
50% Luster
  • Sonny Spike
2002
8% Out Cold
  • Ted Muntz
2001
No Score Yet Thank Heaven
  • Actor
2001
42% What Planet Are You From?
  • Brett
2000
No Score Yet Our Lips Are Sealed
  • Agent Norm
2000
11% Play It to the Bone
  • Cappie Caplan
1999
0% The Suburbans
  • Craig/Sponsor
1999
No Score Yet Come On, Get Happy: The Partridge Family Story
  • Sam
1999
93% Being John Malkovich
  • Guy In Restaurant
1999
0% Fortress 2: Re-Entry
  • Nussbaum
1999
59% Living Out Loud
  • Man in Elevator
1998
83% There's Something About Mary
  • Doctor Zit Face/High School Pal
1998
No Score Yet Alone in the Woods
  • Lyle
1997
52% Mars Attacks!
  • Corporate Guy
1996
50% Kingpin
  • Purse Snatcher
1996
66% The Rock
  • Francis Reynolds
1996
33% Things to Do in Denver...When You're Dead
  • Cuffy
1995
9% The Tie That Binds
  • Ray Tanton
1995
12% Speechless
  • Dick
1994
No Score Yet Daybreak
  • Simon
1993
No Score Yet Every Breath
  • Bob
1993
96% Groundhog Day
  • Kenny, Phil's Assistant
1993
54% Untamed Heart
  • Patsy
1993
40% Ruby
  • Lee Harvey Oswald
1992
6% Mobsters
  • Telephone Operator
1991
No Score Yet When the Party's Over
  • Vic Montana
1991
69% Soapdish
  • Nitwit
1991
0% Repossessed
  • Nerd Student
1990
29% The Adventures of Ford Fairlane
  • Frat Boy
1990
17% Brain Dead
  • Board Member
1989
8% Troop Beverly Hills
  • Bruce
1989
No Score Yet Across the Tracks
  • Salesman
1989

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT
No Score Yet CSI: Miami
2002-2012
  • Ian Sutter
No Score Yet Cheers
1982-1993
  • Guest
No Score Yet Two and a Half Men
2003-2015
  • Dr. Staven
No Score Yet Ally McBeal
1997-2002
  • District Attorney Frank Shea Alan Farmer
Monk
2002-2009
  • Leo Navarro
No Score Yet Pushing Daisies
2007-2009
  • Dick Dicker
No Score Yet Buffy the Vampire Slayer
1997-2003
  • Security guard
No Score Yet Hawaii Five-0
2010
  • Gerard Hirsch
No Score Yet Franklin & Bash
2011-2014
  • Actor
No Score Yet Star Trek: Voyager
1995-2001
  • Riga
18% How to Live with Your Parents (for the Rest of Your Life)
2013
  • Harry
No Score Yet CSI
2003-2012
  • Brad Simmons
No Score Yet The X-Files
1993
  • Henry Weems Freeley
22% The Mysteries of Laura
2014-2016
  • Georges Tilieu
No Score Yet CSI: Crime Scene Investigation
2000-2015
  • Brad Simmons
100% White Collar
2009-2014
  • Mozzie
  • Director
No Score Yet Hot in Cleveland
2010-2015
  • Actor

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