As many of you have no doubt heard, actor Willie Garson passed away at the all too young age of 57. Most media cite his work on shows like Sex and the City and White Collar, but of course Stargate fans fondly remember him for his portrayal of the Martin Lloyd, the lovable fugitive alien-turned-television producer on Stargate: SG-1. Although he only appeared in three episodes of the series, they were milestone episodes and among my very favorites, in large part due to Willie’s performance which was at turns humorous and heartfelt. He made us laugh but, more importantly, made us care about his character.
I never had the opportunity to interact with Willie personally as I spent most of my days up in my office writing, rarely venturing to set where production rested in infinitely more capable hands, but I heard nothing but great things about him and his overwhelmingly positive spirit. I do recall that Richard Dean Anderson got along famously with Willie and this was noteworthy because, while Rick generally got on with everyone, it was very rare that a guest star would have him in stitches to the point that they were having trouble getting through scenes amid all of the laughter.
A wonderful actor and a wonderful human being gone way too soon.