Actor Evan Handler on Beating Cancer with Comedy

Tuesday, June 05, 2012

He has played some unforgettable characters on "Sex and the City" and "Californication," but actor Evan Handler's toughest challenge came earlier in his life. At age 24, Handler was diagnosed with leukemia, which he eventually beat.

It's no surprise that comedy, what would come to be Handler's acting forte, was an integral part of his healing process. "Humor continued to exist right alongside the tragedy," Handler explains. "It didn't stop funny things from occurring, and it didn't stop my family and me from finding things funny." Handler talks about laughter's affect on cancer, and what comes after.


Evan Handler

Produced by:

Arwa Gunja and Jillian Weinberger

Comments [1]

I remember Handler in an episode of Miami Vice. He played a newbie drug smuggler if I recall correctly. When I saw him again playing a guy named Shrug in an ABC sitcom his head was completely shaved. I thought that since his castmate Jennifer Grey got a nose job maybe this guy thought a shaved head would improve his chances at getting more work in Hollywood. Now I'm wondering if maybe it was cancer that had him making such a big change to his appearance.

Jun. 05 2012 09:42 AM

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