Chris Eigeman

Actor, Parking valet
Scene stealer Chris Eigeman, familiar to movie audiences as the favorite choice for sardonic supporting roles in the films of Whit Stillman and Noah Baumbach, made his mark on television as the newly transplanted New ... Read more »
Born: 02/28/1965 in Denver, Colorado, USA

Filmography

Actor (25)

Bunheads 2012 - 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

Arbitrage 2012 (Movie)

Gavin Briar (Actor)

Girls 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

CSI: Miami 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor

Fringe 2008 (Tv Show)

Actor

Turn the River 2008 (Movie)

Mike Simms (Actor)

The Treatment 2007 (Movie)

Jake Singer (Actor)

Dirty Love 2005 (Movie)

(Actor)

Malcolm in the Middle 2001 - 2003, 2005 (Tv Show)

Actor

Gilmore Girls 2003 - 2004 (Tv Show)

Actor

Clipping Adam 2003 (Movie)

(Actor)

Maid in Manhattan 2002 (Movie)

John Bextram (Actor)

The Next Big Thing 2002 (Movie)

Gus Bishop (Actor)

The Outer Limits 1994 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

The Perfect You 2001 (Movie)

(Actor)

Homicide: Life on the Street 1996 - 2000 (Tv Show)

Actor

It's Like, You Know... 1998 - 2000 (Tv Show)

Actor

Highball 1999 (Movie)

(Actor)

Mr. Jealousy 1998 (Movie)

Dashiell Frank (Actor)

The Last Days of Disco 1998 (Movie)

Des (Actor)

Kicking and Screaming 1995 (Movie)

Max (Actor)

Barcelona 1994 (Movie)

Fred Mason (Actor)

The Obit Writer 1992 (Movie)

Sid (Actor)

Metropolitan 1990 (Movie)

Nick Smith (Actor)

Path To War (TV Show)

Actor
Producer (2)

Turn the River 2008 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Mr. Jealousy 1998 (Movie)

(Associate Producer)
Director (2)

Midnight Sun 2013 (Movie)

(Director)

Turn the River 2008 (Movie)

(Director)
Writer (1)

Midnight Sun 2013 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Biography

Scene stealer Chris Eigeman, familiar to movie audiences as the favorite choice for sardonic supporting roles in the films of Whit Stillman and Noah Baumbach, made his mark on television as the newly transplanted New Yorker at once appalled at and attracted to life in Los Angeles on the ABC sitcom "It's like, you know. .." (1999). A pleasantly attractive actor, with wavy dark hair and WASPy good looks whose privileged background failed to open many doors, Eigeman found himself doing odd jobs as a parking valet and a laborer while studying his craft, appearing in regional and Off-Broadway stage productions, and waiting for his big break.

His breakthrough debut came with a film role among an ensemble cast of fellow newcomers in "Metropolitan" (1990), Stillman's nod to Manhattan's shrinking Upper East Side debutante set. Eigeman emerged as a stand out performer, his take on the rancorous Nick enlivening the talky film with dryly delivered contentious pronouncements. The novice actor showed remarkable promise by making his somewhat abhorrent character entirely likable and proved a welcome screen presence. He reteamed with Stillman and fellow "Metropolitan" actor Taylor Nichols in 1994's "Barcelona", a comedy about two cousins who romance women (including a virtually unknown Mira Sorvino), and debate anti-American sentiments in Cold War-era Spain. Eigeman starred as Fred Mason, an obnoxious US Naval officer turning the studious Nichols' world upside down, again proving his talent at playing a charming antihero. He continued to act as Stillman's wry counterpoint in "The Last Days of Disco" (1998), playing Des, the saturnine manager of the film's central Studio 54-like club who serially breaks up with women by claiming he is gay.

In addition to his partnership with Stillman, Eigeman also has worked with writer-director Noah Baumbach on notable projects, including 1995's "Kicking and Screaming", co-starring Josh Hamilton, Eric Stoltz, Parker Posey and Carlos Jacott. Not unlike Stillman's "Metropolitan", Baumbach's film chronicled a group of college graduates seeking to put off the inevitable real world jump by hanging around their college town. Eigeman brought a sharp and ironic spin to Max, the group's unromantic cynic. He also starred in Baumbach's "Mr. Jealousy" (1998), again with Stoltz and Jacott, playing the successful former boyfriend of Stoltz's current flame (Annabella Sciorra). In the film, Stoltz's Lester Grimm is so obsessed with Eigeman's Dashiell Frank that the former joins the latter's therapy group to learn more about him. While similarly humored and equally well acted as his previous work, the scenes within the therapy group allow the audience to see Eigeman in a different sort of portrayal, playing in an emoting and honest scene as opposed to scenes that feature the generally self-aware and fabricated characters he has taken on in the past. Shortly after completing filming "Mr. Jealousy" in 1997, Baumbach and much of the same cast made "Highball", an as yet unreleased comedy about a group of friends set against the backdrop of three parties.

With a failed pilot for a US remake of the popular British sci-fi comedy "Red Dwarf" to his credit, Eigeman next appeared on television in a 1996 Stillman-directed episode of the acclaimed NBC police drama "Homicide: Life on the Street". He made his debut as a regular on the cultural satire "It's like, you know ...", a 1999 ABC midseason replacement series. The actor starred as Arthur Garment, a quintessential Los Angeles-hating New Yorker who ends up staying in Southern California after a two-month research visit to write a book about the evils of L.A. An engaging comedy from "Seinfeld" veteran Peter Mehlman, "It's like, you know ..." offered Eigeman the opportunity to reach a larger audience than his indie film work could ever grab, and cast him for a change as the sensible yet startled straight man.

Relationships

Linda Eigeman

Wife
married c. 1993 works at CNN

EDUCATION

Kenyon College

Gambier , Ohio
won Paul Newman Award for best actor in graduating class

Putney School

Putney , Vermont
began acting in high school productions

Kenyon College

Gambier , Ohio
won Paul Newman Award for best actor in graduating class

Circle in the Square Professional Theater School

New York , New York

Milestones

2007

Co-starred with Famke Janssen and Ian Holm in "The Treatment"

2004

Cast opposite Jenny McCarthy in John Mallory Asher's "Dirty Love"

2003

Had a recurring role on the WB's "Gilmore Girls"

2001

Had a recurring role on the Fox sitcom, "Malcolm in the Middle"

1999

Starred in the ABC sitcom "It's like, you know...", opposite Jennifer Grey

1998

Served as associate producer and star of Baumbach's "Mr. Jealousy"

1998

Reunited with Stillman to play the club's assistant manager in "The Last Days of Disco"

1997

Starred in Baumbach's "Highball"

1996

Made rare TV guest appearance on an episode of NBC's "Homicide: Life on the Street" directed by Stillman

1995

First collaboration with writer-director Noah Baumbach, "Kicking and Screaming", billed as Chris Eigeman

1994

Second collaboration with Stillman, "Barcelona"

1992

Co-starred in unsold pilot, "Red Dwarf", a remake of the British TV series

1990

Feature film debut in Stillman's "Metropolitan", billed as Christopher Eigeman

After college, briefly moved to Seattle, Washington

Answered advertisement for actors and was cast by director Whit Stillman

Interned at Actors Theatre of Louisville (Kentucky)

Born and raised in Denver, Colorado

Appeared in commercials for Pacific Bell

Moved to NYC; studied acting at Circle in the Square Theatre School

Bonus Trivia

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He was the commercial spokesperson for Pacific Bell in a series of widely-seen and appreciated commercials in 1996.

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"One day I'm lugging walls back and forth in Louisville and the next day I'm at Cannes giving interviews next to Ben Kingsley. I'm nowhere near cynical or jaded enough not to be incredibly thrilled by that." --Eigeman quoted in The New York Times, August 30, 1990.

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"After 'Metropolitan', people had the feeling that I was that guy: clever and sardonic, a kind of refugee from the Algonquin Roundtable."Whenever a scene called for a guy in a tuxedo who could drink a martini convincingly--I'd get the script." --Eigeman quoted as part of the Sundance Channel's coverage of 1998's Los Angeles International Film Festival

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