Max Handelman

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Max Handelman
Born (1973-05-03) May 3, 1973 (age 44)
Portland, Oregon, U.S.
Alma mater University of Pennsylvania
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Elizabeth Banks (2003-present; 2 children)

Max Handelman (born May 3, 1973) is an American author, film producer, and blogger. He wrote the book (with co-author Erik Barmack) Why Fantasy Football Matters: (And Our Lives Do Not).[1] Handelman is married to actress Elizabeth Banks.

Early life[edit]

Handelman was born and raised in Portland, Oregon. He was raised in a Jewish household. Handelman attended Catlin Gabel School, graduating in 1991. He received his bachelor's degree from the University of Pennsylvania in 1995, where he was a member of the Alpha Epsilon Pi fraternity and received an MBA degree from UCLA in 2003.[2]

Career and works[edit]

After a short stint as an investment banker, Handelman became a director at News Corporation, where he helped to launch Fox Sports' fantasy football division. He is an avid fan of fantasy football and other fantasy sports, and penned a work on the subject, Why Fantasy Football Matters: (And Our Lives Do Not), with boyhood friend Erik Barmack. Handelman and Barmack also collaborated on a weblog covering the Portland Trail Blazers entitled Beyond Bowie.

In addition to his sports-related work, Handelman is a partner in a film production company Productions, whose first film, Surrogates, was released in 2009.[3][4]

Personal life[edit]

Handelman is married to actress Elizabeth Banks, his college girlfriend, whom he wed in 2003.[5] The couple live in Los Angeles.[4] He and his wife had their first child, a boy named Felix, via surrogacy in March 2011.[6] On November 14, 2012, they had a second boy, Magnus Mitchell Handelman, again via gestational surrogacy.[7] He is also a huge fan of the Portland Trail Blazers.[citation needed]


  1. ^ Max Handelman and Erik Barmack (2006-08-01). Why Fantasy Football Matters: (And Our Lives Do Not). Simon and Schuster. ISBN 1-4169-0996-6. 
  2. ^ "Max Handelman's 03 FootbalFantasy". University of California Los Angeles. Retrieved 2009-04-22. 
  3. ^ Jonathon Mostow (2007-11-18). "Bruce Willis to star in 'Surrogates'". Retrieved 2009-04-22. 
  4. ^ a b "About". Beyond Bowie. Archived from the original on April 24, 2009. Retrieved 2009-04-22. 
  5. ^ "She's game". USA Today. 2006-08-20. 
  6. ^ Sarah Michaud. "Elizabeth Banks Welcomes 'Miracle' Baby via Surrogate". Retrieved 2011-03-30. 
  7. ^ Hazlett, Courtney. "Elizabeth Banks welcomes another baby to the family - TODAY Entertainment". Retrieved 2012-11-15.