• 38-year-old American actor, Kendrick Smith Sampson
• Grew up in Houston, Texas
• Devout Christian
• Has had 21 acting projects, including “The Vampire Diaries” and “How to Get Away with Murder”
• Thought to be single, despite rumors he is gay

Early Life

Born under the  zodiac sign of Pisces on 8 March 1981, in Houston, Texas, USA, so American by nationality, Kendrick Smith Sampson is best known for working on TV series and silver screen projects such as “The Vampire Diaries” and “How to Get Away with Murder”.

Family and Childhood

Kendrick is the son of Daphne Smith Sampson and Hoyle Sampson, through whom religion plays an important part in Kendrick’s life – he is a devout Christian. He spent his childhood years in Houston, and became interested in the arts from in his childhood – coming from an arts-oriented family, he was reportedly enrolled into music lessons by his mother.

Kendrick’s love for acting began when he was a Gap ad, and having decided to try acting, he quickly began making connections, and was referred to the Texas Kim Terry Institute by an agent. He was a student of the Elkins High School, Texas, and was in the school’s theater program.

Kendrick Sampson


Kendrick made his debut in 2005, when he joined the cast of “Resurrection: The J.R. Richard Story”. He then followed by appearing in two episodes of “Greek”, a series broadcast on ABC. In 2010, he could be seen in “of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation”, then in mid-2013 Sampson landed the recurring role of Jesse in season five of CW’s acclaimed and beloved TV series, “The Vampire Diaries”, based on the book series written by L.J. Smith., which brought him to greater prominence.

Latter Career

Having finished with “The Vampire Diaries”, in January 2014, Kendrick was cast in the role of Dean Iverson in “Gracepoint”. He then went on to appear in the pilot for a new ABC series called “The Kingmakers” in early 2015, but the show didn’t go to air.

In July of the following year, Kendrick portrayed Caleb Hapstall in the second season of 2 ABC’s legal drama “How to Get Away with Murder”, created by Shonda Rhimes, the actor having a chance to work with people such as Viola Davis and Billy Brown.

In 2017, Sampson joined the cast of “Relationship Status” and subsequently worked on “The Flash”, “Insecure” and “Ghosting”. More recently, he’s appeared in TV series “Fshionalbly Yours” (20 20 TV movie), and an episode of “I’m a Virgo”. He also appeared in the film “Something at Tiffany’s” (2022), and as of 2024 is filming “Michael” in the role as Quincy Jones  . Overall, Kendrick has had 30 acting projects, on TV and the big screen.

Does Kendrick Have a Girlfriend? Is he Gay?

Kendrick married Lyndon Smith in late 2020, scotching rumors of Sampson being gay; there are no details of their meeting and previous relationship.

He often speaks out about racism, and about about white supremacy, forcing itself into African-American communities, even though there are no white people present; growing up, he was ridiculed for liking girls with a dark complexion.

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