Kendall Schmidt

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Kendall Schmidt
Schmidt in 2013
Schmidt in 2013
Background information
Birth nameKendall Francis Schmidt
Born (1990-11-02) November 2, 1990 (age 33)
Wichita, Kansas, U.S.
  • Singer
  • songwriter
  • actor
  • music producer
  • guitarist
Years active2001–present
Member of
Formerly ofHeffron Drive

Kendall Francis Schmidt (born November 2, 1990)[1] is an American singer, songwriter, dancer, music producer, and actor. He played Kendall Knight in Big Time Rush, and is a current member of the boy band of the same name, and has had small roles on TV shows such as ER, Without a Trace, Phil of the Future, Ghost Whisperer, Gilmore Girls, School of Rock and Frasier.[2]

Early life[edit]

Schmidt was born in Wichita, Kansas, to Kathy and Kent Schmidt. His brothers, Kenneth Schmidt and Kevin Schmidt, are actors.[3] He is of German descent.[4] 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 moved from Kansas to California.


2001: Career beginning[edit]

Schmidt in 2010

In 2001, 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, Easy A, Frasier and Phil of the Future. Kendall also guest starred on Without a Trace and Ghost Whisperer. On the big screen, he has appeared in Minority Report and According to Spencer.

2009: Big Time Rush[edit]

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.[5] 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[6] and peaked at number seventy-two on the Billboard Hot 100, becoming their most successful song to date.[7]

Schmidt and the group announced they would be recording their second studio album, just after Nickelodeon renewed the series for a third season.[8] 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.[9] 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. Their third album, 24/Seven, was released on June 11, 2013, and led many critics to draw comparisons between the band's third album and NSYNC's fourth album Celebrity.[10] The band ended in 2014.

2014–present: Heffron Drive and reunion with Big Time Rush[edit]

Schmidt announced that he returned to the duo Heffron Drive, which he had before Big Time Rush.[11][12] Schmidt's first single with Heffron Drive, "Parallel" from the album Happy Mistakes, was released in March 2014 through his very own record label TOLBooth Records. On January 14, 2017, the band released a new song and music video for their single "Living Room". Their next release was on January 19, 2018, when they released a new song and music video titled "Mad At The World". Their latest release is "Black on Black".

On April 20, 2020, Kendall reunited virtually with his former members as they uploaded a video on the band's social media platforms, sharing some wishes to their fans about the COVID-19 pandemic.[13]

Personal life[edit]

Kendall Schmidt got engaged to his girlfriend of seven years, Mica Von Turkovich on June 30, 2022, later getting married.[14][15][16] On November 23, 2023, Schmidt and Von Turkovich announced her pregnancy with their first child via Instagram.



Year Title Role Notes
2001 According to Spencer Chad
2012 Big Time Movie Kendall Knight Television film
2015 Janoskians: Untold and Untrue Himself
2022 We Need To Talk Himself


Year Title Role Notes
2001 Raising Dad Noah Episode: "For Mature Audiences Only"
2001 Gilmore Girls Peter Episodes: "Nick & Nora/Sid & Nancy" and "Application Anxiety"
2002 Frasier Young Frasier Episode: "Rooms with a View"
2004 ER Damian Episode: "Shifts Happen"
2004 Phil of the Future Jake Episode: "Get Ready to Go-Go"
2004 CSI: Miami Dominic Abeyta Episodes: "Legal" and Hell Night"
2009 Ghost Whisperer Jeff Episode: "Slow Burn"
2009 Without a Trace Shay Hanson Episode: "True"
2009–2013 Big Time Rush Kendall Knight Lead role
2011 Hand aufs Herz Himself Episode: "August 11, 2011"
2012 How to Rock Kendall Knight Episode: "How to Rock: An Election"
2013 Marvin Marvin Kendall Knight Episode: "Big Time Marvin"
2014 Hell's Kitchen Himself Episode: "15 Chefs Compete"
2015 The Penguins of Madagascar Beaver Kendall (voice) Episode: "Tunnel of Love"
2016–2018 School of Rock Justin of Night Lizard Recurring role; 4 episodes


Year Title Role Notes
2017 Are You There, God? It's Me, Margot Ryan Main role


Promotional singles[edit]

List of promotional singles, with selected chart positions, showing year released and album name
Title Year Peak chart positions Album

"Blame It on the Mistletoe"[18] 2014 27 Non-album single

Albums appearances[edit]

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

Writing credits[edit]

Year Title Artist(s) Album Notes
2012 "Music Sounds Better with U" Big Time Rush Elevate Written
"Cover Girl"
"Love Me, Love Me"
"You're Not Alone"
2013 "24/Seven" Big Time Rush 24/Seven Written
"Get Up"
"Crazy for U"
"We Are"
"Confetti Falling"
"Love Me Again"
"Just Getting Started"
2014 "Happy Mistakes" Heffron Drive Happy Mistakes Writer, producer, executive producer
"One Way Ticket"
"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


  1. ^ Kendall Schmidt [@HeffronDrive] (November 2, 2013). "#23 !!!! :)" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  2. ^ Kendall Schmidt Archived June 20, 2012, at the Wayback Machine.
  3. ^ a b c Abejo, Jerry. " Currently married to Kendall Stone (2008-) Andover Boy's Film Career at 'A.I.' High. Archived November 12, 2013, at the Wayback Machine" Wichita Eagle. July 8, 2001.
  4. ^ Schmidt, Kendall [@HeffronDrive] (January 29, 2012). "And just like that...I'm in Germany. My ancestors homeland. Feels good to be "home"" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  5. ^ "Bridgit Mendler signs with Hollywood Records, Big Time Rush certified Gold, Will Joe Jonas open for Britney Spears, Pics from Savannah Outen and Josh Golden's music video, Destinee and Paris sing The Big Bang, Disney to make song for Japan, Kids' Choice Awards flashback, Tron: Legacy Reconfigured, Zendaya appearance at World of Wheels". April 1, 2011. Archived from the original on April 3, 2011. Retrieved September 10, 2011.
  6. ^ "Radio Industry News, Music Industry Updates, Arbitron Ratings, Music News and more!". FMQB. Archived from the original on April 11, 2016. Retrieved August 6, 2013.
  7. ^ "Featured News Post | The Official Big Time Rush Site". Archived from the original on September 11, 2011. Retrieved September 10, 2011.
  8. ^ "'Big Time Rush' Renewed By Nickelodeon For A Third Season - Ratings -". TVbytheNumbers. Archived from the original on May 27, 2011. Retrieved March 9, 2015.
  9. ^ "Michael Buble Bests Nickelback, Rihanna on Billboard 200". Archived May 3, 2014, at the Wayback Machine Billboard. November 30, 2011. Retrieved December 1, 2011.
  10. ^ "And the 2014 World Music Awards goes to". Archived from the original on August 8, 2014. Retrieved July 23, 2015.
  11. ^ Shea, Danny (October 17, 2013). "Kendall Schmidt Announces Heffron Drive Tour". Archived from the original on January 14, 2017. Retrieved November 15, 2013.
  12. ^ "Hello -" (PDF). Archived (PDF) from the original on November 23, 2018. Retrieved December 4, 2016.
  13. ^ "In Case You're in Need of a Monday Pick-Me-Up, Here's One from Big Time Rush". BuzzFeed. April 20, 2020. Archived from the original on December 29, 2021. Retrieved December 29, 2021.
  14. ^ Avila, Daniela. "Big Time Rush's Kendall Schmidt Is Engaged to Longtime Girlfriend Mica von Turkovich: See the Proposal". People Magazine. Archived from the original on October 8, 2023. Retrieved November 7, 2023.
  15. ^ Martin, Annie. "Look: Kendall Schmidt engaged to Mica von Turkovich -". UPI. Archived from the original on August 16, 2022. Retrieved November 7, 2023.
  16. ^ "Instagram".
  17. ^ "Kendall Schmidt Chart History (Adult Contemporary)". Billboard. Archived from the original on May 27, 2020. Retrieved October 13, 2022.
  18. ^ "Blame It on the Mistletoe - Single by Kendall Schmidt". Apple Music. Archived from the original on October 14, 2022. Retrieved October 13, 2022.

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