Kendall Francis Schmidt was born on November 2, 1990 Andover, Kansas, is an American actor, dancer and singer best known for his role as Kendall Knight on the Nickelodeon show, Big Time Rush, as well as a member of the boy band 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.
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 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 Rush as 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 Nick 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 (TV series) (along with Carlos Pena, Jr.), Ghost Whisperer, and CSI: Miami, Without a Trace.
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. Kendall is also in a band titled Heffron Drive with fellow actor and singer Dustin Belt.
Big Time Rush is an American pop singing group that formed in 2009. The band consists of Kendall 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 band 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”,” Till I Forget About You”, “Shot in the Dark”, and “Stuck”. Additional songs will be released throughout the show’s first season. They and Nickelodeon are planning on releasing an album of a few songs featured in the first season of the show and some new ones. The album was released on October 11, 2010.