Eric Szmanda

 

Date Of Birth

July 24, 1975
 

Biography

Eric Szmanda as Greg Sanders

Eric Kyle Szmanda was born on July 24, 1975 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, but was raised in Mukwonago with his two siblings, Rob and Brett. While he was a student at Carroll College in Wisconsin, he landed the role on Lysander in a production Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

Following college, Szmanda relocated to Los Angeles and eventually appeared on the small screen as Jacob Resh on the television adaptation of The Net and as Mark on the drama series, The Division. His additional television credits include Zoe, Duncan, Jack & Jane, Oh Baby, Dodge’s City, FreakyLinks and Three Sisters. In 2000, he began portraying a recurring character on the television series, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation. In a 2004 interview, Szmanda expressed his delight in getting cast as Greg Sanders on CSI, saying, “I couldn't ask for a better springboard. There was no doubt in my mind, by the time they offered me the role, that the show was going to be huge. It was already doing really well, and I was really lucky to get in when I did. It's also a great learning environment.” Since then, his character has become a more integral part of the show and has begun to appear regularly.

His interest in music has also led Szamnda to explore other areas of the entertainment industry. He worked as a music consultant for the 2001 film Life as a House, a drama that starred Kevin Kline, Kristin Scott Thomas and Hayden Christensen. The production company, doop, is also one of Szmanda’s personal enterprises, and it serves as a meeting point for music and acting. He is a great fan of Marilyn Manson, who also happens to be one of his good friends.

Although he has gained much of his current popularity from his performance on the small screen, Szmanda has also appeared in a number of big screen productions like 100 Girls, The Rules of Attraction, Big Time, True Vinyl and Little Athens.

(Photo courtesy of CBS)
 

Place of Birth

Milwaukee, Wisconsin
 

Birth Name

Eric Kyle Szmanda
 

Gender

Male
 

Fun Facts

Owns a comedy site: www.secretfuntime.com

Attended Carroll College in Wisconsin.

Great-nephew of former Menard's pitchman Ray Szmanda. Name rhymes with raw-panda.

Attended high school in Mukwonago, Wisconsin; graduated in 1993

Acted in numerous plays in high school

Is a fan of Marilyn Manson. In 2003, he appeared in the video to Manson''s song "Saint" along with _Asia Argento_, who also directed it. The video has never aired in the United States.

He has two brothers named Rob and Brett

Played drums until about freshman year in high school

In his first movie the producer he was working with requested that he changed his name

He likes the music of the Icelandic band Sigur R?s.

Lived in the guest quarters of "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation" (2000) co-star George Eads for a couple months and took care of George's dog, Maverick, while he was out of town.

His name is pronounced like "Amanda" with a "z".

Has a golden retriever named Dax.

Is of Polish descent.
 

Filmography

2000-2011: CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (TV series) - Greg Sanders
2005: Snow Wonder (TV movie) - Luke
2005: Little Athens - Derek
2002: The Rules of Attraction - NYU Film Student
2001: The Division (TV series) - Mark
2001: Three Sisters (TV series) - Dave
2000: FreakyLinks (TV series) - Eli
2000: 100 Girls - Sam/Computer Nerd
2000: Zoe, Duncan, Jack & Jane (TV series) - Max
2000: Oh Baby (TV series) - Brent
2000: True Vinyl - Billy Thompson
2000: Big Time - Avery
1998-1999: The Net (TV series) - Jacob Resh/Sorcerer
1999: Dodge's City (TV movie) - Johnny Dodge
 

Nickname

Ercy
 

Height

1.83m
 

Quotes

"I couldn't ask for a better springboard. There was no doubt in my mind, by the time they offered me the role, that the show ( "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation" (2000) )was going to be huge. It was already doing really well, and I was really lucky to get in when I did. It's also a great learning environment." Interview with Joyce Abano, March 31, 2004.

To learn something new everyday. I never thought I would be learning about science after college or after high school for that matter. It's kind of a double life for me, that part of the job. I could be doing a sitcom and I'd just be there making dumb jokes, but now I'm making dumb jokes and learning something.

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