David Eigenberg

Highest Rated: 60% Love, Ludlow (2004)
Lowest Rated: 14% An Acceptable Loss (2019)
Birthday: May 17, 1964
Birthplace: Manhasset, New York, USA
Best known as Steve, the boyishly charming nice-guy bartender (and the perfect complement to his onscreen romantic partner, snappish Miranda Hobbes) in HBO's blockbuster original series Sex and the City, the slightly diminutive, raven-haired American character actor David Eigenberg was born in Manhasset, NY, on May 17, 1964. As the only boy in a family of six children, Eigenberg moved with his parents and sisters at age four to Naperville, IL, a farming community just outside of the Windy City -- where he remained through the end of adolescence. Eigenberg reportedly struggled as a student, barely scraping by; a handful of run-ins with the law and minor recreational drug abuse allegedly ensued. Eigenberg did graduate from Naperville High School in 1982, however, and was promptly accepted to the University of Iowa, where he planned to study social work. For better or worse, this was not to be, for the Chicagoan ripped his dormitory apart during the first semester and was promptly booted out of the university after five weeks.A stint in the Marines and various construction jobs followed, instilling in Eigenberg healthy amounts of much-needed self-discipline and a sharply honed work ethic. These skills paved the way for Eigenberg's true calling: acting. A love of the dramatic arts had already taken root for the thespian when -- at age 12 -- he had signed on to play a key role in a local production of Kurt Vonnegut's Happy Birthday, Wanda June, and received an outstanding review from a local critic. These fond memories doubtless came flooding back when an adult Eigenberg auditioned -- and was selected for -- a large part in the Dennis Rosa-directed Chicago stage musical One Shining Moment, opposite Megan Mullally and Alan Ruck. Dissatisfied with a mere taste of the theatrical arts and eager to extend acting into a full-time passion, Eigenberg subsequently moved to New York and attended the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, working odd jobs on the side (construction et al.) to put himself through school.Scattered roles followed, including a guest appearance on The Cosby Show and a bit part in the awful 1989 generation-gap comedy Rude Awakening (co-starring Cheech Marin and Eric Roberts), but Sex and the City (which Eigenberg auditioned for out of innumerable hopefuls) represented the actor's first huge break. He reportedly auditioned for a small part, and though the show's producers did not deem him right for the characterization, they felt so impressed by Eigenberg's presence that they created the character of Steve Brady especially for him, as an extension of his own personality; the plan, again, was to create a sincere, committed, down-to-earth male paramour to offset Miranda's (Cynthia Nixon) cynicism.Though initially intended as a temporary part, the popularity of the character among viewers (and Eigenberg's onscreen chemistry with Nixon) led to Eigenberg's permanent inclusion on the show, as well as subsuquent movies.Circa 2002, Eigenberg expanded into film roles by playing the business partner of Richard Gere in Mark Pellington's underrated supernatural thriller The Mothman Prophecies. When Eigenberg's Sex and the City run ended with the wrap-up of that series (at the end of the 2003-2004 season), he continued his cinematic work, first voicing Nermal the Cat in the FX-extravaganza Garfield: The Movie, then playing Reggie, the lover of Alicia Goranson's Myra, in Adrienne Weiss' quirky indie romantic comedy Love, Ludlow. Eigenberg returned to the same genre amid a cast of unknowns with the 2007 film The Trouble with Romance, directed by Gene Rhee. He reprised his role in the Sex and the City movie in 2008 and the sequel in 2010. In 2012, he joined the cast of NBC's Chicago Fire, playing a firefighter in the Windy City.

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

CREDIT
14% An Acceptable Loss Actor 2019
No Score Yet Cody the Robosapien Allan 2013
33% Liz & Dick Ernest Lehman 2012
16% Sex and the City 2 Steve Brady $95.4M 2010
17% The Trouble with Romance Paul 2009
No Score Yet See You in September Max 2009
50% Sex and the City Steve Brady $152.6M 2008
No Score Yet Driftwood Norris 2006
29% Around the Bend John $0.2M 2004
15% Garfield - The Movie Nermal $75.3M 2004
60% Love, Ludlow Reginald Baron 2004
52% The Mothman Prophecies Ed Fleischman $35.3M 2002
29% Coming Soon Andy 1999
55% A Perfect Murder Stein 1998
No Score Yet Daybreak Bucky 1993
19% Rude Awakening Lawrence 1989

TV

CREDIT
No Score Yet Chicago Fire
2012
Christopher Herrmann
  • 2019
  • 2018
  • 2017
  • 2016
  • 2015
  • 2014
  • 2013
  • 2012
73% Chicago Justice
2017
  • 2017
No Score Yet Chicago Med
2015
Christopher Herrmann
  • 2017
  • 2016
  • 2015
No Score Yet Chicago P.D.
2014
Christopher Herrmann
  • 2017
  • 2016
  • 2015
  • 2014
No Score Yet Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
1999
  • 2012
No Score Yet The Game
2006-2015
  • 2012
52% Private Practice
2007-2013
Frank
  • 2011
No Score Yet Cold Case
2003-2010
Young Nathan Kravet
  • 2010
No Score Yet Criminal Minds
2005
Agent Goldman
  • 2010
97% Justified
2010-2015
Pinter
  • 2010
No Score Yet NCIS
2003
Ted Bankston
  • 2008
No Score Yet Close to Home
2005-2007
Greg Paulson
  • 2007
90% Monk
2002-2009
Tim Hayden
  • 2007
No Score Yet CSI: Crime Scene Investigation
2000-2015
Gavin McGill
  • 2006
95% The 4400
2004-2007
Carl Morrissey
  • 2006
  • 2004
No Score Yet Ghost Whisperer
2005-2010
Hank Dale
  • 2005
No Score Yet Judging Amy
1999-2005
Jerry Lambert
  • 2005
92% Everwood
2002-2006
Chris Templeman
  • 2004
71% Sex and the City
1998-2004
Steve Brady
  • 2004
  • 2003
  • 2002
  • 2001
  • 2000
  • 1998
No Score Yet The King of Queens
1998-2007
Jake
  • 2002
No Score Yet Third Watch
1999-2005
Ross
  • 2002
No Score Yet Ed
2000-2004
Jeff Alexander
  • 2001
No Score Yet The Practice
1997-2004
Welk
  • 1997
91% Homicide: Life on the Street
1993-1999
Alex Robey
  • 1996
No Score Yet The Cosby Show
1984-1992
  • 1992
No Score Yet Madigan Men
2000
Fred Mizzulli
No Score Yet Without a Trace
2002-2009
Teddy Cota

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