Mouch (Christian Stolte) is simply the best. He’s a straight shooter who says what he thinks and always takes other people’s feelings into account. He’s also one of the most experienced members of the 51, along with Herrmann (David Eigenberg), and his hi-jinx can serve as a nice change from the drama involving the younger members.
He’s also responsible for one of Chicago Fire‘s biggest cliffhangers. The character was injured in the season 11 finale, and despite being rushed to the hospital right away, he looked to be in pretty bad shape. It’s possible he could either die from injury or be forced to retire from the 51.
In the case of the latter, we figured we’d break down his age, and how close he is to retirement to begin with.
How old is Christian Stolte on Chicago Fire?
Mouch turned 60 during season 11, which means he’s had to start thinking about what he wants to do when he’s longer allowed to fight fires. For real world context, he mandatory retirement age for Chicago firefighters is 63.
It was established early on that Mouch and Herrmann are the same age, so that means the latter will also have to consider what he’ll want to do once he’s been given his gold watch (we’re going to guess it’s running Molly’s Pub full-time).
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Christian Stolte was born in 1962, which means he’s the exact same age as his TV counterpart. It’s a convenient choice whenever writers align the age of the character with the actor, as they’re able to pull from personal experiences during key scenes.
The older Mouch gets, the more the topic of age will be important for his storyline, so it’s helpful that Stolte will understand where the character is coming from. Because he’s been faced with a near-deadly encounter (we say near-deadly as a means of positive manifestation), we can’t help but feel like Mouch will be forced to do some reflecting about whether he wants to continue to risk his life on the job.
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