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Born: January 10, 1961 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: New York City, New York, USA Profession: actor

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A prominent theater actor who developed into a well-known supporting player on television, Evan Handler's life and career were almost cut short when he was diagnosed with a supposedly incurable form of leukemia in 1985. But instead of succumbing to the disease, Handler drew upon his youthful exuberance and stubbornness to combat his cancer, though he faced myriad challenges that included shoddy care from health professionals in addition to an already low chance of survival. After four years of his life spent beating the disease with chemotherapy and a risky bone marrow transplant, Handler emerged with renewed vigor, establishing himself as a key performer on hit shows like "Sex and the City" (HBO, 1998-2004), "The West Wing" (NBC, 1999-2006) and "Californication" (Showtime, 2007- ). Because of his success against cancer, Handler turned into an outspoken health care advocate, writing a scathing novel, Time on Fire: My Comedy of Terrors, which savaged the treatment he received, while subsequently inspiring readers with his valiant fight. He also routinely spoke to various health care groups and wrote articles for major magazines about the poor state of medical care in the United States. Never one to...

A prominent theater actor who developed into a well-known supporting player on television, Evan Handler's life and career were almost cut short when he was diagnosed with a supposedly incurable form of leukemia in 1985. But instead of succumbing to the disease, Handler drew upon his youthful exuberance and stubbornness to combat his cancer, though he faced myriad challenges that included shoddy care from health professionals in addition to an already low chance of survival. After four years of his life spent beating the disease with chemotherapy and a risky bone marrow transplant, Handler emerged with renewed vigor, establishing himself as a key performer on hit shows like "Sex and the City" (HBO, 1998-2004), "The West Wing" (NBC, 1999-2006) and "Californication" (Showtime, 2007- ). Because of his success against cancer, Handler turned into an outspoken health care advocate, writing a scathing novel, Time on Fire: My Comedy of Terrors, which savaged the treatment he received, while subsequently inspiring readers with his valiant fight. He also routinely spoke to various health care groups and wrote articles for major magazines about the poor state of medical care in the United States. Never one to fall into sentimentality, Handler proved to be an effective activist and talented performer, establishing himself as a vibrant presence both on screen and off.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Too Big to Fail (2011)
2.
3.
 Sex and the City (2008)
4.
 Three Stooges, The (2000) Larry Fine
5.
 Cash Crop (1998) Ray Baker
6.
 Ransom (1996) Miles Roberts
7.
 Ride For Your Life (1995) Charlie
8.
 Natural Born Killers (1994) David
9.
 Sweet Lorraine (1987) Bobby
10.
 War and Love (1985) Elie
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Began career as an intern at the now defunct, Chelsea Theatre Center in NYC
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First professional leading role in the off-Broadway production, "Strider: The Story of a Horse"; left the show before it moved to Broadway in order to accept a spot in the actor training program at The Juilliard School
1981:
Made feature film debut in the military school drama, "Taps"
1983:
Played Eugene in Neil Simon¿s "Brighton Beach Memoirs"
1985:
Was Matthew Broderick¿s understudy in Broadway's "Biloxi Blues"; had to drop out after he was diagnosed with cancer
1985:
Diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia at age 24
1987:
Went on to star in "Sweet Lorraine" after successful treatments sent his cancer into remission
1986:
Cast in Neil Simon¿s "Broadway Bound," but was forced to withdrawal from the play when his illness recurred
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Returned to treatment at John Hopkins Hospital and received a bone marrow transplant
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After a successful recovery, returned to acting in the New York Shakespeare festival production of "The Winter's Tale"
1990:
Original cast member in John Guare's off-Broadway and Broadway productions of "Six Degrees of Separation"
1991:
Made a dramatic exit from the Broadway play, "I Hate Hamlet" when he quit mid-performance after being struck by a sword-wielding Nicol Williamson
1993:
Performed (also wrote) the critically acclaimed one-man off-Broadway show, "Time On Fire" detailing his fight with leukemia
1994:
Featured in Oliver Stone's "Natural Born Killers"
1996:
Played one of the kidnappers in Ron Howard's "Ransom"
1996:
Wrote first book, <i>Time On Fire: My Comedy of Terrors</i>, about his unlikely recovery from Acute myeloid leukemia
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Wrote the screenplay adaptation of "Time on Fire" that garnered an invitation to Robert Redford's Sundance Institute Screenwriter's Lab
1999:
Cast as an angst-ridden multi-millionaire on ABC's "It's Like, You Know..."
2000:
Offered a critically-acclaimed performance as Larry Fine in the ABC movie, "The Three Stooges"
2001:
Had a recurring role on NBC's political drama, "The West Wing" as campaign strategists, Douglas Wegland
2002:
Joined the cast of HBO's "Sex and the City" as Harry Goldenblatt, Charlotte's (Kristin Davis) divorce lawyer-turned love interest
2006:
Played a disgruntled writer on NBC's "Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip"
2007:
Cast as Charlie Runkle, Hank Moody's (David Duchovny) agent in Showtime's "Californication"
2008:
Wrote second book, <i>It's Only Temporary...The Good News and the Bad News of Being Alive</i>
2008:
Reprised role as Harry Goldenblatt for "Sex and the City: The Movie"
2010:
Reprised his role of Harry Goldenblatt for "Sex and the City 2"
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Education

The Juilliard School: New York , New York -
Hendrick Hudson High School: Montrose , New York - 1976

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companion:
Elisa Atti. Medical researcher. Born c. 1970; engaged as of July 2003; married on October 12, 2003.

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mother:
Enid Handler. Mental-health administrator.
father:
Murry Handler. Ad-agency owner.

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