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Biography #2 (for Sex and the City)

Evan Handler's acting career began over twenty years ago, in his late teens. Since then, he has worked extensively on Broadway, in films and television, as well as adding the vocations of director, author, journalist, and screenwriter to his list of credits.

Handler is currently shooting the sixth season of HBO's award winning Sex and the City where he returns as a series regular in the role of Harry Goldenblatt, Charlotte's (Kristin Davis) divorce lawyer-turned love interest. The season premieres on June 22nd.

Handler starred as Stooge Larry Fine in the 2000 ABC movie The Three Stooges. Co-starring Michael Chiklis and Paul Ben-Victor, the film was directed by James Frawley. A series regular on It's Like You Know..., Handler has also played recent recurring roles on The West Wing and The Guardian, as well as making guest star appearances on Ed, Six Feet Under, and Friends.

Handler's big screen successes have spanned co-starring roles as one of the kidnappers in Ron Howard's film Ransom, back to the seminal early eighties blockbuster Taps. He has also played leading roles in such films as Cash Crop, Sweet Lorraine and Dear Mr. Wonderful, as well as featured roles in Oliver Stone's Natural Born Killers and The Chosen.

A seasoned theater actor, Handler is a veteran of seven Broadway shows- six of them performed before his thirtieth birthday- including I Hate Hamlet, where he exited the show after being struck by a sword, Six Degrees of Separation, for director Jerry Zaks, Neil Simon's Brighton Beach Memoirs, Biloxi Blues, and Broadway Bound, Solomon's Child, and the national tour of Master Harold and the Boys.

Additional theater roles include Big Al and Slam at the Ensemble Studio Theater, Donald Marguilles' Found A Peanut at the Public Theatre, and What's Wrong With This Picture at the Manhattan Theatre Club, as well as performances with the Seattle Repertory, Steppenwolf Theater and the Mark Taper Forum. Most recently, in his first New York theater appearance in over ten years, Evan completed a sold-out run of Jacquelyn Reingold's String Fever with his Sex and the City co-star Cynthia Nixon at Ensemble Studio Theater.

In 1993 Handler first presented his self-authored, autobiographical solo off-Broadway show Time On Fire to critical acclaim, and sold-out audiences in New York, Los Angeles, Boston, and Baltimore. Single performances were booked in cities as disparate as Las Vegas and Stockholm, Sweden, with venues ranging from the grand stage at Carnegie Hall to a ballroom at Caesar's Palace. Writing assignments followed from The New Yorker, Elle, Mirabella, USA Weekend, and O, the Oprah Magazine.

Handler's first book, Time on Fire: My Comedy of Terrors, an expanded telling of his on-stage memoir, was published to overwhelmingly positive critical response by Little, Brown and Company in 1996, and again in paperback by Henry Holt in 1997. The book has since been adapted by Handler for a film version as a directing project for himself, which has been work-shopped at the prestigious Sundance Institute Screenwriter's Lab. Handler was subsequently invited back to participate as a director in the even more competitive Sundance Institute Filmmaker's Lab, and directed a Sundance sponsored reading of the project shortly thereafter in Los Angeles. The film is currently seeking financing as Handler works on his second book, a collection of autobiographical essays titled Woe Is Me: The Musings of a Man Who Really Should Feel Better.

Handler currently lives in New York.

Bio courtesy HBO for "Sex and the City" (11-Nov-2003)


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