Kendall Schmidt

Kendall Schmidt

Kendall Schmidt in 2013.
Background information
Birth name Kendall Francis Schmidt
Born (1990-11-02) November 2, 1990
Wichita, Kansas, U.S.
Years active 2001–present
Associated acts

Kendall Francis Schmidt (born November 2, 1990)[1] is an American actor, pop rock singer-songwriter and music producer. He is best known for playing Kendall Knight in Big Time Rush, participating in a boy band with the same name, and playing small roles on several TV shows such as ER, Without a Trace, Phil of the Future, Ghost Whisperer, Gilmore Girls, and Frasier.[2] Schmidt's first single with Heffron Drive, "Parallel," was released in March 2014 through his very own record label TOLBooth Records.

Life and career

2001–08: Career beginning

Schmidt in 2010

Schmidt was born in Wichita, Kansas, to Kathy and Kent Schmidt. His brothers, Kenneth Schmidt and Kevin Schmidt, are actors.[3] He began his acting career at age five, appearing in a Chex TV commercial. When he was nine years old, he was one of two young actors who were hired to be Haley Joel Osment's stand-in and body double (they shared the same agent) in the Steven Spielberg film, A.I. Artificial Intelligence.[3] He celebrated his birthday on the set, and Spielberg and the cast surprised him with a birthday cake decorated with Star Wars figures.[3] When he was 10 years old, his family finally made the move from Kansas to California. Schmidt soon landed recurring roles on General Hospital, Titus, Raising Dad, Gilmore Girls and CSI: Miami.

He guest-starred on a variety of TV shows, including ER, MADtv, Frasier and Phil of the Future. Most recently, Kendall guest starred on Without a Trace and Ghost Whisperer. On the big screen, he has appeared in Minority Report and According to Spencer.

2009–13: Big Time Rush

Schmidt with the Big Time Rush in 2010.

In 2009, Schmidt was cast as the lead of the TV show Big Time Rush. Kendall portrays a character like himself with the name of Kendall Knight, the calm and relaxed member of Big Time Rush. He also was a member of boy band Big Time Rush. Nickelodeon signed Big Time Rush and the debut album, titled BTR, was released on October 11, 2010 and debuted at number 3 on the Billboard 200. Later was certified Gold for shipments of 500,000 copies in the U.S.[4] In November 2010, it was announced that a Christmas special of Big Time Rush would debut later that month, and that a Christmas EP would be released to coincide with the episode. On November 30, 2010, they released the Holiday EP Holiday Bundle, with two songs: "Beautiful Christmas" and the cover of "All I Want for Christmas is You", originally performed by Mariah Carey. On February 15, 2011, "Boyfriend" was released as the band's first official single to mainstream US radio[5] and peaked at number seventy-two on the Billboard Hot 100, becoming their most successful song to date.[6]

Schmidt and the group announced they would be recording their second studio album, just after Nickelodeon renewed the series for a third season.[7] Their second album, Elevate, was released on November 21, 2011 and debuted at number 12 on the Billboard 200, selling over 70,000 copies in its first week. Though for a lower peaking than their previous, the album sold more copies than the previous album.[8] The first single, "Music Sounds Better with U", was released on November 1, 2011. He announced would be starring in their full-length 2012 film, Big Time Movie. In 2013 Nickelodeon renewed the Big Time Rush series for a 13-episode fourth season, production started on January 7. The third album, 24/Seven, was released on June 11, 2013 and many critics to draw comparisons between the band's third album and NSYNC's third album Celebrity.[9] The band went on hiatus in March, 2014.


Year Title Role Notes
2001 According to Spencer Chad Uncredited
2012 Big Time Movie Kendall Knight
2016 The Great Migration Brando Post-producing
Year Title Role Notes
2001 Raising Dad Noah "For Mature Audiences Only" (Season 1, Episode 4)
2001–02 Gilmore Girls Peter "Nick & Nora/Sid & Nancy" (Season 2, Episode 5)
"Application Anxiety" (Season 3, Episode 3)
2002 Frasier Young Frasier "Rooms with a View" (Season 10, Episode 8)
2004 ER Damian "Shifts Happen" (Season 10, Episode 4)
2004 Phil of the Future Jake "Get Ready to Go-Go" (Season 2, Episode 6)
2004 CSI: Miami Dominic Abeyta "Legal" (Season 3, Episode 6)
"Hell Night" (Season 3, Episode 6)
2006 Romeo! Jimmy "Go to England, Part 1" (Season 3, Episode 16)
"Go to England, Part 2" (Season 3, Episode 17)
"Go to England, Part 3" (Season 3, Episode 18)
2009 Ghost Whisperer Jeff "Slow Burn" (Season 4, Episode 14)
2009 Without a Trace Shay Hanson "True" (Season 7, Episode 23)
2009–13 Big Time Rush Kendall Knight "Main Role"/Lead Role
2011 Hand aufs Herz Himself "Season 1, Episode 210"
2012 How to Rock Himself "How to Rock: An Election" (Season 1, Episode 6)
2013 Marvin Marvin Himself "Big Time Marvin" (Season 1, Episode 19)
2014 Hell's Kitchen Himself "15 Chefs Compete" (Season 13, Episode 4)
2015 The Penguins of Madagascar Kendall the Beaver "Tunnel of Love" (Season 3, Episode 29)
2016 School of Rock Justin "Should I Stay or Should I Go?" (Season 1, Episode 8)
Year Title Role Notes
2008–11 Poor Paul Guitar John Main role; Also production assistant


Promotional singles

List of singles
Song Year Album
"Blame It on the Mistletoe"[10] 2014 Non-album single

Albums appearances

Title Year Other artist(s) Album
"Night Like This" 2015 Hilary Duff Breathe In. Breathe Out.

Writing credits

Title Year Artist(s) Album Notes
"Boneyard (Dick Tracy Theme)" 2004 The Blasters 4-11-44 Written
"Music Sounds Better with U" 2011 Big Time Rush Elevate
"Cover Girl"
"Love Me, Love Me"
"You're Not Alone"
"24/Seven" 2012 24/Seven
"Get Up"
"Crazy for U"
"We Are"
"Confetti Falling"
"Love Me Again"
"Just Getting Started"
"Happy Mistakes" 2014 Heffron Drive Happy Mistakes Writer, producer, executive producer
"Division of the Heart"
"Had to Be Panama"
"Art of Moving On"
"Passing Time"
"Could You Be Home"
"That's What Makes You Mine"
"Everything Has Changed"
"3 2 1" Shinee I'm Your Boy Writer


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