Evan Handler is an actor, author, screenwriter, and journalist who is probably best known as one of the stars of the HBO television show, and films, Sex and the City, as well as for his current role as Charlie Runkle, best friend to David Duchovny’s Hank Moody, on Showtime’s hit comedy “Californication.” Evan’s past film and TV credits include leading and featured roles in Ron Howard’s film Ransom, the early ‘80’s box office smash Taps, Oliver Stone’s Natural Born Killers, Aaron Sorkin’s “Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip,” and “The West Wing;” the ABC TV movie The Three Stooges, and the sit-com “It’s Like, You Know…,” as well as memorable guest appearances on “Lost,” “Six Feet Under,” “Law and Order,” and “Friends.”

Prior to his work in film and television Evan played leading roles in seven Broadway productions – all prior to his thirtieth birthday. Among them were Six Degrees of Separation; I Hate Hamlet; Brighton Beach Memoirs; Broadway Bound; and Master Harold...and the boys. Off-Broadway, Evan appeared in two Donald Margulies world premieres, Found a Peanut (NYSF/Public Theater), and What’s Wrong with this Picture? (Manhattan Theater Club); SLAM in EST’s Marathon ’84; and Jacquelyn Reingold’s String Fever, also at EST.

In addition to his acting appearances, Evan is the author of two books. "Time on Fire: My Comedy of Terrors," is Handler’s critically acclaimed debut memoir, detailing his unlikely recovery from leukemia, and his escape from the clutches of those supposedly devoted to its treatment. His most recent book, " It's Only Temporary: The Good New and the Bad News of Being Alive," describes the years since the illness, and the surprisingly long and complex journey toward long-delayed gratitude. A regular featured contributor to the Huffington Post, more information about Evan and his books is available at EvanHandler.com.   (Photo Courtesy of Kirk Edwards/Showtime Networks)