‘Chicago Fire’ Star David Eigenberg’s Character Shares One Characteristic With Another Role

by Megan Molseed

It could simply be a certain vibe he gives off, notes Chicago Fire’s David Eigenberg’s apparent propensity for portraying a very specific profession on both the small screen as well as the big screen. Or, it could simply be a coincidence. Whatever the case, longtime actor David Eigenberg seems to be drawn to bartender roles. Or, rather, the bartender roles seem to be drawn to him.

“I think it is a coincidence,” Eigenberg says about his tendency to land roles in which his characters not only tend bar but are also part-owners in their own establishments. “But there’s something about my personality about that bartending thing.”

Since 2013 David Eisenberg has portrayed the veteran firefighter Christopher Herrmann a veteran firefighter on the hit NBC drama series Chicago Fire. In the popular series, the longtime actor’s character is also a self-described entrepreneur. A businessman who has invested in a variety of businesses during the show’s run. The most successful of which is his co-ownership of Molly’s with Christian Stolte’s character Randall “Mouch” McHolland.

However, this role where he plays a character who, among other things, is a part-owner of a bar isn’t a new one for Eigenberg. Since the second season of the HBO hit series Sex and the City, Eigenberg has portrayed Steve Brady. In this series, Eigenberg’s character enters into a co-ownership of a bar. Eigenberg recently reprised his role as the husband of Cynthia Nixon’s Miranda Brady in the Sex and the City revival, And Just Like That.

“I find it weird because I’ve been sober for 34 years,” David Eigenberg tells Entertainment Weekly in a recent interview.

‘Chicago Fire’s’ Eigenberg Was Never A ‘Bar Guy’

“I was never really a bar guy though,” the Chicago Fire star continues.

So, he may not be much of a “bar guy.” But, the And Just Like That actor says this doesn’t stop him from lending his quasi expertise to help out whenever he can.

“I don’t know how to make a drink,” David Eigenberg quips. “Though I have done charity bartending events.”

Sure Eigenberg is less practiced behind the bar than his on-screen counterparts. But there are a few bar skills Eigneberg has picked up over the years. As long as the order is fairly straightforward.

“I don’t even know how to make a cosmopolitan. But if anyone needs me to pour some draft beer or a glass of wine, I’m your guy,” the actor jokes. “I kind of know what goes into a screwdriver but I’m not really sure.”