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David Eigenberg (born May 17, 1964)[1] is an American actor.

Eigenberg is best known for his long-running role as Steve Brady on the HBO sit-com, Sex and the City, and for his role as a firefighter, Christopher Herrmann, on NBC's Chicago Fire.

Early life and education

Eigenberg was born in Manhasset, New York, on Long Island, and grew up in Naperville, Illinois,[2] the only boy in a family of six children.[1] A younger sister is named Betsy, and an older sister is Helen.[3] Their mother, Beverly, owns pre-schools, and their father, Harry Eigenberg, is a retired Certified Public Accountant.[4]

Eigenberg was raised in his mother's Episcopalian religion (Eigenberg's father was Jewish).[5]

The family moved to Illinois when Eigenberg was four.[1] His first acting job was at age 12 in a community theater production of Kurt Vonnegut's Happy Birthday, Wanda June.[citation needed] While playing football at Naperville Central High School, the quarterback on his team was Sean Payton,[citation needed] who became the coach of the New Orleans Saints.

After graduating from high school in 1982, Eigenberg enlisted in the United States Marine Corps Reserve, serving for three years (1982–1986), and was Honorably Discharged at the rank of Lance Corporal.[6][7]


Eigenberg's first recurring role was on Homicide: Life on the Street, where he portrayed a copycat sniper, before acting in The Practice. He voiced the role of Nermal in the movie, Garfield. He made an appearance on an episode of ER during the show's final season, and he made an appearance in the movie, Daybreak. He appeared in the American TV show, The King of Queens, the episode entitled Flash Photography, where he portrayed the groom of Carrie's annoying friend. He appeared in an episode of Ghost Whisperer alongside Jennifer Love Hewitt, and in CBS's NCIS as Ted Bankston, a former NSA Analyst who was suspected of mishandling classified information which was eventually proved to be true. His character, Bankston who had kidnapped Lee's daughter/sister, Amanda and had forced her to work for him was killed off during a stand-off between himself, Michelle Lee (Liza Lapira) and Leroy Jethro Gibbs (Mark Harmon) in the Season 6 episode, "Dagger."[8] Eigenberg had a recurring role in HBO series Sex and The City as Steve Brady, Miranda Hobbs's on and off again boyfriend and eventually husband.

Eigenberg appeared as a suspect in the 6th episode called Inner Child of the TV series Raines which first aired on April 20, 2007.

In March 2011, he appeared in Season 3 of Castle as Peter Connelly in the episode One Life to Lose.

He appeared in the May 16, 2012 episode of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit entitled Strange Beauty.

In the fall of 2012, Eigenberg joined the cast of NBC's Chicago Fire as firefighter Christopher Herrmann.

Personal life

Eigenberg and his wife Chrysti (née Kotik) have a son, Louie Steven (born January 19, 2009) and a daughter, Myrna Belle (born January 31, 2014).[2][9][10]


  1. ^ a b c Southern, Nathan. "David Eigenberg". All Movie Guide / Rovi. Retrieved May 25, 2015. 
  2. ^ a b Weigel, Jenniffer (November 26, 2014). "10 things I learned playing a reporter on 'Chicago Fire'". Chicago Tribune. 
  3. ^ French, Franny and Rudy Joggerst. "Interview: David Eigenberg". Archived from the original on November 28, 2007. Retrieved January 17, 2008. 
  4. ^ "Star File: David Eigenberg". Broadway Buzz. Archived from the original on 2006-03-21. Retrieved April 2, 2014. 
  5. ^ Powers, Annette (June 26, 2003). "5 Questions with David Eigenberg". The Jerusalem Post. Retrieved December 10, 2007. 
  6. ^ "Quick Facts". David Eigenberg Online. Retrieved August 29, 2008. 
  7. ^ "Marines Who Have Made it in the Limelight". Marines Magazine. United States Marine Corps. 36 (1). January–March 2007. Archived from the original on July 31, 2008. Retrieved December 14, 2008. 
  8. ^ "Exclusive New Details: NCIS Gets Sexy". TV Guide. October 13, 2008. Retrieved October 14, 2008. 
  9. ^ It's a Boy of Sex and the City's David Eigenberg Celebrity Baby Blog, January 30, 2009
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