Before his run on "Sex and the City," Evan Handler had a long battle with blood cancer. After the show ended, he went on to do even greater things in his career. Take a look!
"Sex and the City" star Evan Handler has come a long way from his days on the franchise. Now, the actor is a loving husband and a doting dad of one.
His career also seems to be thriving as he has appeared in several series and movies in the past years. Here's a look into his journey so far!
Evan Handler at Vanity Fair and FX's annual Primetime Emmy Nominations Party on September 21, 2019 | Photo: Getty Images
HANDLER'S CANCER JOURNEY
Long before Handler became a star on "Sex and the City," the actor struggled through a pretty tough life and battled a severe health condition for years.
In the early '80s, a then 23-year-old Handler was given six months to live. The actor, however, refused to go by the doctor's diagnosis and started treatment shortly after.
The actor found himself in multiple chemotherapy sessions, underwent a bone marrow transplant, and eventually defied the 50 percent chance of remission. Handler survived.
Not only did he survive, but Handler has also made it a point of duty to share his story and experience with cancer to all who care to listen.
In his memoirs, "It's Only Temporary" and "Time on Fire," Handler gave readers a glimpse into how life was for him during his nearly eight months period in the hospital.
For Handler, it was not only the treatments that saved him; it was also his willingness to speak out against negligent health workers when necessary.
He also landed a role in the popular Starz series "Power," and in 2019, Handler hosted "Time on Fire," making it his first solo show in 25 years.
During his time in Memorial Sloan-Kettering Hospital in New York, the actor shared that he was given the wrong intravenous drugs meant for other patients.
He also accused nurses at the hospital of trying to administer medications that he had said would have adverse effects on him and which doctors had altogether forbidden.
Handler partly attributed his survival to being rebellious, and his advice to many is not to be good patients but to be bad patients. It's what saved his life, and he believes it will do the same for many more.
A LOVE STORY
In his memoirs, Handler gave a glimpse into his love life, revealing he broke up with several women in his prime. Surely, this actor had a field day in the dating department.
But while his love life was seemingly tumultuous for a while, he found his happily ever after in the early 2000s with Italian-born medical researcher Elisa Atti.
The pair tied the knot in October 2003 in a beautiful, low-key ceremony held in Quest, a restaurant in the Manhattan Upper West Side.
Four years after tying the knot, Handler and Atti welcomed their first and only daughter Sofia Clementina in January 2007. Like every first-timer, becoming a father was a life-changing event for Handler, who in 2008 described being a dad to Sofia as a privilege.
The actor explained that the best part of parenthood was watching the woman he loved be a loving mom to their daughter. And while Sofia is now a teenager with a large following on Instagram, there is no doubt that Handler and Atti continue to dote on their beautiful daughter.
BETTER DAYS IN HIS CAREER
Following the end of the "Sex and the City" franchise, Handler continued pushing his career forward and landed roles in several popular series.
In 2007, the same year he became a dad, Handler was cast as Charlie Runkle in the comedy-drama "Carlifornification," which ran for seven seasons.
He also landed a role in the popular Starz series "Power," and in 2019, Handler hosted "Time on Fire," his first solo show in 25 years.
Amid plans for a "Sex and The City" reboot, Handler has also been confirmed to be reprising his role as Harry Goldenblatt. No doubt, fans can't wait to see him back on their screen.
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