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What Happened to David Eigenberg? What Steve From ‘Sex and the City’ is Up to Now

What Happened to David Eigenberg? What Steve From ‘Sex and the City’ is Up to Now

David Eigenberg picked up a lot of fans from his days playing Steve Brady on HBO’s Sex and the City and he’s still around. Eigenberg also plays Steve in the follow-up series And Just Like That… But he’s not slowing down in his career one bit.

Television fans are quite familiar with his work on the NBC periodical Chicago Fire as Lieutenant Christopher Hermann. His career, though, has gone through some different cycles. Born in Manhasset, New York, and raised in Naperville, Illinois, Eigenberg entered the Marine Corps Reserve after graduating from high school in 1982. He was honorably discharged in 1986 with the rank of Lance Corporal.

Before appearing in Sex and the City, Eigenberg had several TV roles to his credit. Among them are Homicide: Life on the Street, The Practice, ER, and The King of Queens. Other work on the small screen includes Third Watch, The 4400, Raines, Cold Case, Criminal Minds, Castle, and Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.

All of that work, though, led Eigenberg to a role of a lifetime. He’s married to his wife Chrysti and they have two children, Louie and Myrna.

David Eigenberg Doing Well On ‘Chicago Fire

Eigenberg’s career is soaring high these days, sticking with his role as Herrmann on Chicago Fire. There’s no word about the show going off the air anytime soon. That gives the actor some sense of security while also pursuing other work if he chooses to do so.

While his career has been going swimmingly, Eigenberg ran into something that could have cost him some roles. He has been suffering from hearing loss, which he corrects thanks to hearing aids. Mind you, this issue arose just a few years ago. Still, seeing him on Chicago Fire sends a message to people with hearing issues. It’s basically telling them that they can get over any obstacle they choose to overcome.

This season on Chicago Fire, Herrmann also is wearing hearing aids. Herrmann suffered hearing loss while saving his team members from a package bomb. What adjustments are in the works for his character now that this has happened?

“It’s a vulnerability because you never know when your hearing starts to deteriorate, what the arc of that will be,” Eigenberg told The Hollywood Reporter in an interview. “Although they have one-eyed firefighters in Chicago, and they have firefighters with hearing loss and hearing aids, at a certain point, if you can’t keep yourself safe and other people safe, you can’t do the job. And with Herrmann, I think it’s pretty apparent he loves the job. He loves the people he works with and there’s just a vulnerability. And it’s also contending with your age out in the real CFD. At a certain point, you’ve got to retire.”

Actor Gets Hearing Aids For Himself

Chicago Fire is in its 12th season as part of the powerhouse Wednesday night NBC “Chicago” lineup of programs. Eigenberg also addressed the need for hearing aids when watching television or being at home. “I need them in real life, so it was written in the show because I’ve gotten to the point where I need them,” he said. “I’ve been needing them for years. I’ve been wearing them, but then this year, I sent an email to the writers and I was like, ‘You know, I’m kind of at a point where really, I just can’t hear very well. (And) I’ve abused my body and I’ve had enough concussions and done enough things in my life where my hearing is shot.’”

When Eigenberg is not working on Chicago Fire, he’s probably going over to work on And Just Like That… Now, what does he plan to do once Chicago Fire comes to a close? Eigenberg can turn to the world of stage work, where he’s appeared in his career. Also, he did put together some clever roles on TV too.

But the NBC show does not look like it’s calling it quits soon. Eigenberg is one lucky actor with two popular series on TV at the same time. His career looks like it is squaring up quite well.