Eric Szmanda

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Eric Szmanda
as Greg Sanders

Eric Szmanda

Birthday: July 24, 1975


Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Where he grew up:
Mukwanago, Wisconsin

Where he lives now:
Los Angeles, California

Height: 5'10

Family: Two brothers named Rob and Brett . Parents Elaine and Don.


Golden Retriever, Dax

Eric Szmanda's bio:


Non-acting careers: Producer

Eric Szmanda's movies: Little Athens; Big Time; True Vinyl; 100 Girls; The Rules of Attraction

TV shows: Dodge's City; The Net; Snow Wonder; Oh, Baby; The Division


Eric Szmanda's
big break: Starring as Greg on "CSI."

Best known for: Greg Sanders


Upcoming projects:

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Eric Szmanda Videos

Talk about Eric/Greg

Memorable quotes (on/off the set)
"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."
"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."
"That boy you left in the jungle was me."- SECRETFUNTIME
Grissom: Where's your enthusiasm?
Greg: Whenever I find a match in here, my world gets a little smaller. Out there I felt large.
Grissom: Out there means a pay cut.
Greg: I'm not about the money.
Greg: I guess I should stop trying to impress you.
Grissom: That would impress me.
Grissom: Greg!
Greg: Yeah.
Grissom: Take off your shoes and socks.
Greg: See, now we're getting into this whole strip forensics thing and I'm not too sure I can hang with that - even if you are my boss.
Grissom: Your mother's maiden name was Hojem? Hojem is Norwegian, right?
Greg: Yeah, and you know my grandfather was tossed from Norway for getting my grandmother pregnant before they got married. To this day he still tells me "Som man reder sa ligger man". [long pause] One must lie in the bed one has made.
Grissom: That's true.
Catherine: So, any luck with the blood and hair samples I gave you?
Greg: Don't insult me. Luck is only for those without skill.
Catherine: Spoken like a man who's never hit the jackpot.
Greg: Sad, but true.
Greg: Ninety-nine bottles of beer on the wall, ninety-nine bottles of beer. Swab one down, run it through CODIS, ninety-eight bottles of beer on the wall.
Nick: Hey, what happened to "take one down, pass it around"? That was the best part!
Greg: [about orthodontia] I had it all - palate expander, braces, retainer, headgear. Five years of torture, but worth every penny, don't you think?
Greg: I'm like a sponge: I just absorb information.
Grissom: I thought that was MY line.
Greg: Yeah, and I absorbed it.
Grissom: So, let's see. You surf, you scuba dive. You're into latex, you like fashion models and Marilyn Manson. And you also have a coin collection?
Greg: Weird, huh?
Grissom: Well, I race cockroaches!
Greg: That's when I saw her -a flower- and not the kind you pin on a lapel. She was long stemmed.
Grissom: Don't worry, its only a mildew-induced skin disease.
Greg: You infected me with mildew?!
Greg: Grass. So '70s, man. Sticky green, the dank, the chronic, the cush, happy stick, wacky-tobaccy ...
Sara: So relax and lie down on your back...
Greg: You know, this is exactly like a dream I had once, except it wasn't in a garage and Grissom wasn't watching. That was a different dream.

When he's not acting
  • Eric Szmanda has a production company called "Doop".
  • He and a friend have a music website -

Fascinating Facts
  • He can be seen wearing a denim miniskirt in the Marilyn Manson video for "(S)AINT".
  • Has a competition going with CSI co-star Marg Helgenberger over who will have the most hair styles before the show ends.
  • Eric Szmanda invited Jill Prescott to his home to conduct an interactive participation cooking class with the cast of CSI . (Photos can be seen here.)
  • He is the great nephew of Menards spokesperson Ray Szmanda.
  • Attended Carroll College in Waukesha, Wisconsin.
  • A graduate of the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in Pasadena, California.
  • Attended high school in Mukwonago, Wisconsin; graduated in 1993.
  • 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 Ros.
  • Lived in the guest quarters of CSI co-star George Eads for a couple months and took care of George's dog, Maverick, while he was out of town.
  • Is of Polish descent.
  • Eric Szmanda is the host of a new internet show called SecretFunTime on Youtube. You can find their videos with Eric in it. Or visit the official site
  • He lost his virginity when he was 16.

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