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Overview (4)

Date of Birth 24 July 1975Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA
Birth NameEric Kyle Szmanda
Nickname Ercy
Height 6' (1.83 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Eric Szmanda is an American actor best known for his role of forensic investigator "Greg Sanders" on "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation". Eric was born and raised in Wisconsin where he was active in school plays and community theatre. He moved to LA at the age of 19 to study acting at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts. While in school, Eric began a marketing internship with music conglomerate BMG. He graduated in 1996 and moved to Chicago to take a full time job in the music business.

One year later, Eric moved back to LA to accept a role in a play at the Odyssey Theatre which garnered him the attention of an agent and manager. Within a few months, he landed the series regular role of "Jacob" on USA's TV series "The Net", which lasted for one season. Soon after, Eric was cast in the central role of "Johnny Dodge" in the UPN pilot "Dodge's City". The show was not picked up by the network, but Eric soon landed a recurring role as a DNA tech on the CBS pilot "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation".

In addition to his work on CSI, Szmanda has continued his involvement in theatre, guest-starred and recurred on several TV shows, and appeared in independent films. He has also produced a variety of internet content ranging from comedy videos to music interviews. In 2008, he helped launch a digital radio station erockster.com. As part of his support for human rights and the US Campaign for Burma, Szmanda traveled to Thailand to witness the conditions of Burmese refugees who have fled their native country.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Jeremy Loethen

Trivia (17)

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 Rós.
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.
His paternal great-grandfather was of Polish descent. His other ancestry includes German and English.
Szmanda attended The American Academy of Dramatic Arts, Los Angeles campus, and graduated in 1996.
Has a brother who teaches high-school. He has visited his brothers classes on several occasions as a surprise to his students.
Is currently in a play called "Hyenas" at Stages Theatre Center in Hollywood. [October 2004]
Surname pronounced "sh:mahn-duh".

Personal Quotes (2)

"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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