Quit the Broadway show, "I Hate Hamlet", mid-performance after his co-star, Nicol Williamson, hit him with a sword and chased him off-stage. This situation was used as a plotline in the "NYPD Blue" (1993) episode, "NYPD Blue: Cold Heaters (#3.8)" (1995).
Wrote the book "Time on Fire: My Comedy of Terrors" (about his experience of being a leukemia patient) that was published in 1996 by Little, Brown, and Company. This book is reviewed and written about in great deal in the January, 2003 issue of "The Oprah Magazine" in an article about patient health-care advocacy.
Dropped out of the Broadway production of "Biloxi Blues" when he was diagnosed with cancer. He was Matthew Broderick's understudy. He also played "Harold" in the touring company of "Master Harold and the Boys", a role which Broderick had played in a television production, and he appeared on "Sex and the City" (1998), with Broderick's wife, Sarah Jessica Parker.
Daughter, Sofia Clementina Handler, born 17 January 2007.
Father of a daughter, Sofia Clementina Handler (born January 17, 2007), with his wife, Elisa Atti.