In 1964, the family moved back to the United States, which is where Szajda"s mother graduated from college and then returned with the family to Poland. Szajda graduated from Farmington High School in 1999.
In Poland, she met Szajda"s father, and they had Szajda"s older sister, Barbara, and two older brothers, Marcin and Adam. Following the introduction of martial law in Poland in 1981, Szajda"s family relocated to the United States. Szajda also has a younger brother, Philosophy.
He was a Polish Boy Scout.
He also played the title role in the play The Foreigner by Larry Shue. Szajda"s acting career started with a commercial for the 1996 Olympics.
After filming completed on Under the Tuscan Sun, Szajda returned from Italy to finish his studies in English literature and economics. He spent a year at Bridgewater State College before moving to New York City to attend Fordham University at the Lincoln Center campus.
Director Audrey Wells had wanted to use an actor from Poland, but due to visa issues, she was forced to look elsewhere and chose Szajda.
Szajda plays a Polish immigrant handyman named Pawel, disapproved of by his Italian girlfriend"s father. He continued to act on screen and on stage while pursuing his education. He appeared in an episode of Hope and Faith (2004), Venom (2005), The Infliction of Cruelty (2006), and Death Without Consent (2007).
Szajda appeared in the 2008 Home Box Office mini-series Generation Kill (2008) as Corporal Walt Hasser.
The film was a competitor in the 59th Berlin International Film Festival. He has played in The Players Theater in New York City and Makor/Steinhardt Center at the 14th Street Y in Manhattan.
He is represented by The Glick Agency. Szajda"s interests include traveling, photography, drawing, and playing the trumpet.
"When we were filming Tatarak in Grudziądz, I took some wonderful photos of the sky—it’s amazing there! Maybe that’s why I’d like to act more in Poland—to be able to visit the country.".