Daniel Handler Birthday & Fun Facts

Height, Age, Net Worth, Biography & More

Oluniyi Akande
Nov 30, 2023 By Oluniyi Akande
Originally Published on May 06, 2022
Daniel Handler has come through many ups and downs to be the writer he is today.
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About Daniel Handler

Daniel Handler is an American writer and a rather popular accordionist.
The multi-talented and famous writer was always drawn to writing, even from a very young age. Daniel Handler is most well known for his best-selling series for children called 'Lemony Snicket's A Series Of Unfortunate Events.'
Daniel Handler has been known for other books too. He has written several adult books. Apart from those, he has also written plays and scripts for films. His work is liked by many children and adults of all ages and across the globe, and it is no wonder that he is as popular as he is with his extraordinary writing skills.
The writer has sold over 70 million copies of his books, and some of the more popular ones have been translated into more than 40 languages. Daniel Handler's books have also been adapted to films, television series, and on-stage shows. Continue reading to learn about Daniel Handler's net worth, education, childhood, family, and career. Stay tuned to know some fascinating trivia we have gathered for him just for you!

Net Worth, Earnings, And Spending Habits

What is Daniel Handler’s net worth?

Daniel Handler's income is from the sale of his books. Some of the books he has written so far have done so well that it has generated a good and steady source of income. There isn't a child that will not get hooked on his stories. His books for adults are also very captivating. And with the added benefits from film and television adaptations, he has earned himself a good fortune. Handler's net worth is $3.5 million.

How much does Daniel Handler earn per year?

There is no exact value as to how much the author makes every year. But he sure does make a good amount as there will always be children and adults, and his books will always be on the shelves. It's almost inevitable that someone will pick his storybook up. In articles and interviews, he has also mentioned that people know he is rich and often ask him for donations for their causes. He finds it extremely difficult to refuse, so he gives in most of the time. He lives in an Edwardian house along with his family in California.

Height, Age, And Physical Attributes

How tall is Daniel Handler?

Daniel Handler is 6 ft (183 cm) tall.

How old is Daniel Handler?

The writer was born on February 28, 1970. He was born in San Francisco, California, where he currently resides with his wife and son. As of 2022, he is 52 years old.

Childhood And Education

He grew up in a home that followed Jewish traditions owing to his father's heritage as a child. He was always a bookworm. He loved reading. He recalls in an interview how he used to go with his father to the library to read. He even later got a job at a bookstore to be around books. His favorite author is William Maxwell.
He went to Commodore Sloat Elementary and then to Herber Hoover Middle School. He then went to Lowell High School. After graduating from Lowell High School, he went to study at Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut, from where he graduated in 1992.

Family, Romance, And Relationships

Who are Daniel Handler's parents?

Daniel Handler was born to parents Sandra Handler Day and Lou Handler. Sandra Handler is a retired opera singer and dean of a college and is a distant relative of English writer Hugh Walpole. His father was an accountant. Lou Handler was a Jewish refugee from Germany. He very much kept in touch with his Jewish origin and brought the children up in the same manner too. Daniel Handler has a younger sister named Rebecca Handler.

Who is Daniel Handler's partner?

Danie Handler is married to Lisa Brown, an illustrator. He met his life partner Lisa Brown in college. The couple has collaborated on occasions and have a son named Otto Handler. The couple welcomed Otto Handler, who is now a young adult, in the year 2003. David Handler, Lisa Brown, and Otto Handler live in San Francisco, California.

Career And Professional Highlights

Best Known For…

Daniel Handler is probably most widely known for 'A Series Of Unfortunate Events,' a 13-part novel series for kids. The book was adapted into a Nickelodeon film in 2004 and later into Netflix series that ran from 2017 to 2019. He even narrated as Lemony Snicket in three audiobooks from the series and gave the position back to Tim Curry.
He writes children's books under the pseudonym Lemony Snicket and uses his name Daniel Handler for adult books. Some famous works of his include 'All The Wrong Questions,' 'Adverb,' which is an assembly of short stories on love, 'Why We Broke Up,' 'The Dark', and 'We Are Pirates.' His first novel, however, really questioned his career as a writer. Publishers rejected his book 37 times because it was very dark until it was finally released in 1999, by which time he'd completed his second book.
Daniel Handler is not only an author, and he is a multi-talented person. He has written plays and screenplays. He wrote the screenplay for the opera adaptation 'Rick' and the book adaptation 'Kill The Poor.' He has also written lyrics for the 'Radio' song played by 'One Ring Zero' and 'The Gibbons Girl' by Chris Ewen.
The most outstanding part of his career is that he is an incredible accordionist. He was part of two bands after college. They were Tzamboni and Edith Head Trio. However, he became popular after playing for the album '69 Love Songs' by The Magnetic Fields.

Charity Work

Daniel Handler, as mentioned before, makes several philanthropic donations quite often. Lisa Brown and he had donated $1 million to Planned Parenthood, a nonprofit that seeks to provide reproductive care. He has also stood by and supported the Occupy Wall Street Movement.
Daniel Handler also started his own poetry competition for writers who are starting out called Per Diem Press. He awards them $1000 for winning.

What awards has Daniel Handler won?

Daniel Handler's work has always brought him much praise, be it verbally or in the form of the many awards. He won the Charlotte Zolotow Award for his book 'The Dark.' He was given the Peabody Award for 'Lemony Snicket's A Series Of Unfortunate Events.' He was awarded the Writers Guild of America Award, and while in college, he received the Connecticut Student Poetry Prize in 1992.

Daniel Handler’s Hobbies And Interests

Well, what can a writer like Daniel Handler enjoy other than writing? Reading of course, Daniel Handler loves to read. Yes, he reads everywhere. In his books, the bad guys dislike reading and gaining knowledge. Daniel Handler also revels in poetry from time to time. He is also an octopus enthusiast, apparently! 

Other Interesting Daniel Handler Facts And Trivia

  • Did you know that his book 'Lemony Snicket's A Series Of Unfortunate Events' was actually not meant for kids? After his initial failure to publish his first novel, he was asked to consider writing for kids, which struck him that the characters in the book would be perfect if they were kids, and that's how he became a children's book author.
  • He loves food, and many of his books contain recipes.
  • The pseudonym Lemony Snicket was born when he wanted to be discreet while doing research for a novel on right-wing organizations.
  • Handler often apologizes for Lemony Snicket's absence at book signings and presents himself as his representative.
  • His writing is often likened to British author Roald Dahl.
  • Many famous personalities have gone to Daniel Handler's alma mater Wesleyan University. These alumni include actor Lin-Manuel Miranda and Clark Gregg, who played Agent Phil Coulson in the 'Avengers' and 'Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D.' Wesleyan University is very notable for all its celebrities.

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