Eric Szmanda

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Eric Szmanda
Szmanda in 2015
Born Eric Kyle Szmanda
(1975-07-24) July 24, 1975 (age 42)
Mukwonago, Wisconsin, United States
Nationality American
Alma mater American Academy of Dramatic Arts
Occupation Actor
Years active 1998–present

Eric Kyle Szmanda (/səˈmændə/; born July 24, 1975) is an American actor. He 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.

Early life and education[edit]

Szmanda was born in Mukwonago, Wisconsin, to Elaine (née Enders) and Donald Szmanda,[1] and has two brothers, Brett and Robert. He attended Mukwonago High School and graduated at the age of nineteen from Caroll College (Wisconsin). He went on to the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in Pasadena, California, where he attended classes for four years. 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.[2] His great-uncle Ray Szmanda is the "Menard's Guy," a local celebrity in the Midwest famous for his enthusiastic ads for Menard's hardware stores.


CSI: Crime Scene Investigation[edit]

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, before being 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 supports the U.S. Campaign for Burma and traveled to Thailand to see the conditions of Burmese refugees who have fled their native country.[3]



  1. ^ News Archives
  2. ^ TV Guide - Eric Szmanda
  3. ^ Corben, Ron (November 1, 2009). "US Campaign Hopes Celebrities Can Help Burma". VOA. Retrieved 2017-04-06. 

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