Kendall Schmidt
Kendall Schmidt BTR Paparazzo
Kendall Schmidt appearing with Big Time Rush at Herald Square in New York City on August 15, 2010

Birth name

Kendall Francis Schmidt


November 2, 1990 (age 22) Andover, Kansas, United States


Actor, singer, dancer


Vocals, guitar

Years active

2001 – present


Columbia Records (2009-present)

Associated acts

Carlos Pena Jr., James Maslow, Logan Henderson


Lucy Hale ( Ex Girlfriend Friends)


Kendall Francis Schmidt (born November 2, 1990) is an American actor and singer best known for his role as Kendall on the Nickelodeon show, Big Time Rush, as well as a member of the music group of the same name. In Big Time Rush, Kendall is "the leader of the band." Before Nickelodeon, he had a guest appearance on Frasier. In 2009, he signed a record deal with the Columbia Records with his group Big Time Rush, along with James Maslow, Carlos Pena Jr., and Logan Henderson.

Early lifeEdit

Schmidt was born in Wichita, Kansas to Kent and Kathy Schmidt. The two have three children, Kenneth, Kevin and Kendall.

Career Edit

He is the star of Nickelodeon's hit live-action show, Big Time Rush as Kendall Knight, a 16 year old hockey player from Minnesota. He has played small roles on different TV shows such as ER, Without a Trace and Frasier.

Acting Edit

Schmidt began his acting career at age six, appearing in a Chex television commercial. When he was 10 years old, he was one of three young actors who was 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. He celebrated his birthday on the set, and Spielberg and the cast surprised him with a birthday cake decorated with Star Wars figures. In mid 2009 Schmidt was cast in the Nickelodeon series Big Time Rushas one of the four main characters, Kendall Knight. The show premiered to a record breaking 6.8 million viewers, making it the highest rated premiere for a live action series in Nickelodeon history. In the 2000s, his first speaking role was playing a young Frasier Crane on an episode of Frasier, but he has also had guest-starring roles on Gilmore Girls, ER, Ghost Whisperer, and CSI: Miami, Without a Trace.

Big Time Rush Edit

&nbsp Big Time Rush is an American pop singing group that formed in 2009. The group consists of Schmidt, James Maslow, Carlos Pena Jr., and Logan Henderson, all on vocals. In 2007, Nickelodeon was casting and looking for people to be in a new group to be in a new sitcom called Big Time Rush. Schmidt won the role of Kendall Knight over many other people because of the difficult decision of casting him over others. James Maslow sent in his audition tape when his desire was in singing and acting. He got the role 2 years later. Carlos Pena, Jr. and Logan Henderson sent in their audition tapes and were accepted over thousands of other boys. The boys have recorded many songs including the theme song of the same title as the show, "Any Kind Of Guy", "The City Is Ours", "Halfway There", "Famous", "Shot in the Dark", and "Stuck". Additional songs will be released throughout the show's first season. They and Nickelodeon are planning on releasing a compilation album of all the songs that are in the first season of the show. The album was released on October 11, 2010 and has since been certified gold in the U.S.


Show Entitled Role Year
Robertson's Greatest Hits Bill2001
For Mature Audiences Only Noah2001
According to Spencer Chad2001
Gilmore Girls Kid #1/Peter2001/2002
Frasier Young Frasier2002
ER Damian2003
CSI Miami Dominic Abeyta2004
Poor Paul Guitar John 2008
Ghost Whisperer Jeff2009
The Alyson Stoner Project Rhythm Guitarist2009
Without a Trace Shay Hanson2009
Big Time Rush Kendall Knight2009–present