EVAN HANDLER is best known for playing Harry Goldenblatt on HBO’s groundbreaking series (and films) “Sex and the City,” as well as Charlie Runkle on Showtime’s “Californication,” which completed a seven season run in 2014. More recently, Handler was seen as legendary lawyer Alan Dershowitz, in FX’s highly awarded series “The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story.” His newest project, “The Breaks,” premiered on VH1 on February 20, 2017.
Prior to his film and television work, Evan earned acclaim in seven Broadway productions, all performed prior to his thirtieth birthday, which included Neil Simon’s “Brighton Beach Memoirs” and “Broadway Bound”; the national touring company of “Master Harold...and the boys” (directed by Athol Fugard, and co-starring Zakes Mokae); “I Hate Hamlet”; and the original cast of John Gaure’s “Six Degrees of Separation,” directed by Jerry Zaks, at Lincoln Center Theatre. Numerous Off-Broadway and regional appearances included world and American premieres by Donald Margulies, Jez Butterworth, Howard Brenton, Tony Kushner, Arthur Laurents, and Jacquelyn Reingold at New York’s Public Theater, Manhattan Theater Club, Ensemble Studio Theater, and Playwright’s Horizons, as well as Chicago’s Steppenwolf Theater, and Seattle Rep.
Evan has played leading roles in many additional films and TV shows, including ABC’s “It’s Like, You Know…,” and NBC’s “Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip,” and has made numerous memorable guest appearances on “Lost,” “The West Wing,” “Six Feet Under,” and “Friends.” In 2000, Evan played Larry Fine in ABC’s TV movie “The Three Stooges,” and in 2011 he played Goldman Sachs CEO Lloyd Blankfein in HBO’s “Too Big to Fail.” On the big screen, Evan was one of the stars of Ron Howard’s “Ransom,” and played featured and leading roles in Oliver Stone’s “Natural Born Killers,” “Taps,” “The Chosen,” and “Sweet Lorraine.”
Evan is also the author of two highly acclaimed books, each detailing different aspects of his exceptionally long-term survival of a supposedly “incurable” leukemia, originally diagnosed in 1985. Time On Fire: My Comedy of Terrors, was published by Little, Brown, and Co. in 1996, and was adapted from Handler’s hit solo theater piece of the same title, originally presented at New York’s 2nd Stage Theater, and later at Boston’s American Repertory Theater, and in many additional cities. Handler’s follow-up book, It’s Only Temporary: The Good News and the Bad News of Being Alive, was released by Riverhead Books in 2008. Handler has also written for The New Yorker; Elle; O, the Oprah Magazine; USA Weekend; Mirabella, and is a regular contributor to Huffington Post.