American actor Evan Handler was born on January 10, 1961 in New York City. His fascination with acting began after high school, when he worked as an intern at the defunct Chelsea Theater Center. While there, he appeared in some of the group’s off-Broadway plays, and before turning 18, he earned a slot in the play Striders. Before the production moved to Broadway, he left to pursue training at the Juilliard School; he left after less than two years to pursue roles on Broadway and off-Broadway productions.
Handler’s career also came to a stand-still when he was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia, which was said to be incurable. Four years later, he was completely cured of the illness, and was back to performing both on stage and on screen, including the much-publicized original Broadway run of I Hate Hamlet, which he walked out of after an on-stage accident with actor Nicol Williamson. His experiences became the basis of his first book, Time on Fire: My Comedy of Terrors, which was released in 1996. It was later adapted into a successful one-man stage production.
Handler grew to mainstream prominence in the late 1990s, when he intensified his appearances on television. His first regular role was in the sitcom It’s Like, You Know…; it was cancelled in the middle of the (already shortened) second season. After recurring roles in The Guardian and The West Wing, he played what some consider his most memorable role: Harry Goldenblatt, the divorce lawyer who’s attracted to his client Charlotte (Kristin Davis), in Sex and the City. He then took a role in the ensemble comedy Hot Properties, which was panned for being very similar to Sex and the City. In 2006, he joined the cast of Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip, playing the show’s former executive producer, Ricky Tahoe. His most recent work is in the drama series Californication, where he plays Charlie Runkle, the agent of novelist Hank Moody (David Duchovny).