Eric Kyle Szmanda (//; born July 24, 1975) is an American actor. He is best known for having played Greg Sanders in the CBS police drama CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, a role he held from the show's beginning in 2000 until it ended in 2015.
Szmanda in 2015
Eric Kyle Szmanda
July 24, 1975
|Alma mater||American Academy of Dramatic Arts; Carroll College|
|Known for||Greg Sanders on CSI: Crime Scene Investigation|
Early life and educationEdit
Szmanda was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, to Elaine (née Enders) and Donald Szmanda, and has two brothers, Brett and Robert. His great-uncle Ray Szmanda was the "Menard's Guy," a local celebrity in the Midwest famous for his enthusiastic ads for Menard's, a chain of hardware stores.
When Eric was very young, the family moved to Mukwonago, Wisconsin. He attended Mukwonago High School and subsequently Carroll College in Waukesha, Wisconsin. While he was in school, he began marketing internships with music conglomerate BMG and moved to Chicago, Illinois, to take a full-time job in the music business.
In 2000, Szmanda began a recurring role in the CBS police drama CSI: Crime Scene Investigation in the first two seasons as Greg Sanders, a DNA technician and investigator. He was subsequently added to the main cast in the third season. He remained on the show until it ended after the fifteenth season in September 2015.
Szmanda showed his support for Animal Defenders International (ADI) in March 2017 along with former CSI co-star Jorja Fox. The two helped to host a benefit to raise money for the charity that aims to help and save animals all over the world from circuses and from other forms of animal cruelty. He and Fox attended the White House to help put forward a bill to stop circuses from using animals and protect them.
Film & Television CreditsEdit
|1998-1999||The Net||Jacob Resh/Sorcerer||television debut|
series regular; 13 episodes
|1999||Dodge's City||Johnny Dodge||Television Movie|
|2000||Oh Baby||Brent||2 episodes|
|2000||Zoe, Duncan, Jack & Jane||Max||Episode: "A Midsummer Night's Nightmare"|
|2000||100 Girls||Sam/Computer Nerd||film debut|
|2000||FreakyLinks||Eli||Episode: "Subject: Edith Keeler Must Die"|
|2000||Big Time||Avery||Short film|
|2000-2015||CSI: Crime Scene Investigation||Greg Sanders||46 episodes; recurring role|
287 episodes; series regular
Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series (2005)
Nominated - Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series (2002-2004)
|2001||Three Sisters||Dave||Episode: "The Faculty Party"|
|2001||The Division||Mark||Episode: "The Parent Trap"|
|2002||The Rules of Attraction||NYU Film Student|
|2004||Marilyn Manson: Saint||Himself||Video Short/Music Video|
|2004||True Vinyl||Billy Thompson|
|2005||Snow Wonder||Luke||Television Movie|
|2012||Shadow of Fear||Detective Dominic Leary||Television Movie|
|2015||CSI: Immortality||Greg Sanders||Television Movie|
|2018||Near Extinction: Shangri-La||Vargas||Television Movie|
|2003||CSI: Crime Scene Investigation||Greg Sanders (voice role)|
|2004||CSI: Crime Scene Investigation - Dark Motives||Lab Technician Greg Sanders (voice role)|
|2006||CSI: 3 Dimensions of Murder||Greg Sanders (voice role)|
|2007||CSI: Crime Scene Investigation - Hard Evidence||Greg Sanders (voice role)|
|2009||CSI: Crime Scene Investigation - Deadly Intent||Greg Sanders (voice role)|
|2010||CSI: Fatal Conspiracy||Greg Sanders (voice role)|
|2015||The Nerd||Willum Cubbert||Totem Pole Playhouse|
- "Eric Szmanda". TV Guide.
- "Search results for news archive: Enders, Lorna Jean (obituary); Milwaukee Journal Sentinel". newsbank.com. Retrieved May 23, 2019.
- Corben, Ron (November 1, 2009). "US Campaign Hopes Celebrities Can Help Burma". VOA. Retrieved 2017-04-06.