Chicago Fire’s new character “Lieutenant Greg Grainger”, portrayed by Jon-Michael Ecker, quickly became the fans’ favorite after being introduced in the Season 9, episode titled “Funny What Things Remind Us“. Over the show, the firefighter, accustomed to giving out orders, steps in for Christopher Herrmann (David Eigenberg) and adapts himself to follow  Matthew Casey’s (Jesse Spencer) orders.

But what was the actor who played Lieutenant Greg in real-life like? Learn all about him as you tag along with this wiki. 

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How Old Is He?

Jon-Michael Ecker was born on March 16, 1983. That made him 38 years of age in 2021, and of the Pisces zodiac.

Jon-Michael Ecker Mother, Father, Siblings

Many often confuse Jon-Michael Ecker’s mother to be Nia Peeples but in fact,  Jon-Michael was born to Guy Ecker, from a previous relationship. All that’s know about his biological mother was that she is American.

His father, Guy Ecker is a Brazilian actor popular his work in telenovelas like Salome, Guajira, and La Mentira. He was married to Mexican-American actress Estela Sainz in 2000 and the couple has three children namely Sofia, Liam, and Kaelan.

Before that, Guy was also married to another actress Nia Peeples for two years. So, Nia and Estela are Jon-Michael’s stepmothers. 

Trivia: Nia Peeples was married four times. She has one son named Christopher and a daughter named Sienna.

So, from that perspective, Jon-Michael has over 5 step-siblings.

Does He Speak Spanish?

Yes, Jon-Michael Ecker is fluent in Spanish. He inherits Latin American roots from his father’s side.

Jon-Michael Ecker Height

Chicago Fire star, Jon-Michael Ecker stands tall at a height of 6 feet (183 cm).

Jon-Michael Ecker Net Worth

As an actor, Jon-Michael garnered a net worth of over $2.5 million by 2021. He was credited to 18 movies and TV series then. Naming some of the popular are — Popland! (2011), Fearless Heart (2012), Gossip Girl: Acapulco (2013), Narcos (2016), Queen of the South (2018), Firefly Lane (2021), and more.

Jon-Michael was raised in his hometown Texas, where he earned his degree in Aquatic Biology from UCSB. Then he moved to Mexico City to pursue acting, and started his career in Latin America, and moved back to The U.S. Thus, he stepped into the English-language market.

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Is Jon-Michael Ecker Gay?

No, Jon-Michael Ecker isn’t gay. He has dated a few girls who themselves flaunts quite a resume.

Jon-Michael Ecker Wife, Girlfriend, Laura James

According to “”, Jon-Michael Ecker’s wife was the Uruguayan-born Mexican actress, Barbara Mori. They reported that Jon-Michael and Barbara got married in 2014, after 2 years of dating history. Unfortunately, the two spit soon after.

As of March 2021, Jon-Michael was in a relationship with a model named Laura James for over two years. They appeared to be very happy together and often flaunted each other over their Instagram. Be it on celebrations or just another normal day, the two never failed to express what they meant for the other.

On Jon-Michael’s 38th birthday, Laura took it to her IG to write, 

“Happy birthday to the man that continues to inspire me more and more each day (love emoji)”.

Also, she wished him over IG with a long caption on his previous birthday. The two were quarantined together at the time. She shared that they were “slowly becoming addicted to bad reality shows” during the time. Apart from laying in bed a watching series, they would also hit their back yard for “physical exertion” playing frisbees.

But unlike Laura, Jon-Michael has a different way of expressing his love. He said, there were very few people he’ll put on nice clothes for, and one of them was Laura.

Talking about how they first met, Laura recalled she first met Jon-Michael at a “weird dive bar” where she beat him at Pac-man (multiple times) and then proceeded to beat him in darts a few days later. And the rest is history!

For Halloween 2019, Jon-Michael was dressed as Ted Bundy and his girlfriend Laura as Jessica Rabbit.


Jon Michael Ecker with his girlfriend, Laura James (Source: Instagram)

Little info about Laura James: She was born on November 18, 1990, and is eight years younger than Jon-Michael. In 2021, she competed for America’s Next Top Model season 19, but couldn’t take the trophy home. However, she became the show’s face for fragrance Dream Come True, won a spread in Nylon magazine, campaigns with Nine West and Smashbox Cosmetics, and a $100,000 cash prize, as well as the $30,000 from the three challenges she won.

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