Eric Szmanda

Szmanda in 2011, photo by

Birth Name: Eric Kyle Szmanda

Place of Birth: Milwaukee, Wisconsin, U.S.

Date of Birth: July 24, 1975

Ethnicity: Polish, German, Swiss-German, English

Eric Szmanda is an American actor.

Eric is the son of Elaine and Donald Szmanda. His surname is pronounced sh-muhn-duh, and is Polish. Eric’s father has Polish, German, and Swiss-German ancestry. Eric’s mother has German and English roots.

His uncle was Ray Szmanda, the “Menard’s Guy,” a celebrity in the Midwest who was in ads for Menard’s, a chain of hardware stores.

Eric is a half-second cousin, once removed, of model and actor Trevor Donovan. Eric’s maternal great-great-grandfather Lester Elwin Rasey was a half-brother of Trevor’s paternal great-grandmother, Inez Mae Rasey.

Eric’s paternal grandfather was Robert L. “Bob” Szmanda, Sr. (the son of Casmer/Charles Szmanda and Marie Gertrude Baumann). Robert was born in Wisconsin. Casmer was born in Wisconsin, to Polish parents, Anton/Anthony Szmanda and Angeline/Angela/Amelia Rossa. Marie Gertrude was also born in Wisconsin, the daughter of Henry Baumann, who was Swiss, and of Mary Imanski, who was Polish.

Eric’s paternal grandmother was Lucille Dirkman/Dirkmann (the daughter of Walter Jacob Dirkman and Clara M. Heinzen). Lucille was born in Wisconsin. Walter was born in Wisconsin, the son of Valentine/Valatine Dirkman and Elizabeth/Elisabetha Hausherr. Clara was born in Iowa, the daughter of Jacob Heinzen and Mary Neuser. Eric’s great-great-grandparents Valentine, Elizabeth, Jacob, and Mary, were born in Wisconsin, all of them to parents from Germany.

Eric’s maternal grandfather was named William “Bill” Enders.

Eric’s maternal grandmother was Lorna Jean Courtright (the daughter of Forest/Forrest Roland Courtright and Ruth Irene Rasey). Lorna was born in Iowa. Forest was the son of Oran Abram Courtright and Delilah/Dialilha Ann Coulson. Ruth was the daughter of Lester Elwin Rasey and Nettie Edith Dushnell.

Sources: Genealogy of Eric Szmanda (focusing on his father’s side) –

Eric’s paternal grandfather, Robert L. “Bob” Szmanda, on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Marriage record of Eric’s paternal great-great-grandparents, Anton/Anthony Szmanda and Angeline/Angela/Amelia Rossa –

Eric’s paternal grandmother, Lucille Dirkman/Dirkmann, on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Eric’s paternal great-grandfather, Walter Jacob Dirkman, on the 1910 U.S. Census –

Eric’s paternal great-grandmother, Clara M. Heinzen, on the 1910 U.S. Census –

Obituary of Eric’s paternal great-grandmother, Clara M. (Heinzen) Dirkman –

Obituary of Eric’s maternal grandmother, Lorna Jean (Courtright) Enders –

Genealogies of Eric’s maternal great-great-grandparents, Oran Abram Courtright and Delilah/Dialilha Ann Coulson –

11 Responses

  1. Morrigan Ni Boii says:

    His surname pronounced as “sh-muhn-duh”

  2. stlucas says:

    I’m not sure. But I’ve found Henryk Rossa, a Polish lawyer who was born in Madgeburg, Germany.

  3. madman says:

    “and of Mary, who was German.”

    Mary was Polish. Her surname was Imanski.

  4. follers says:

    Was Charles/Casmer Szmanda ethnically Polish?

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