Kendrick Sampson

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Kendrick Sampson
Born Kendrick Smith Sampson
March 8, 1988 (1988-03-08) (age 29)
Houston, Texas
Residence Los Angeles, California
Occupation Actor
Years active 2005–present
Known for

Kendrick Smith Sampson[1] is an American actor best known for his appearances on The Vampire Diaries, Gracepoint and How to Get Away with Murder.

Early life

Sampson was born and raised in Houston, Texas as the son of Daphne Smith Sampson and Hoyle Sampson, Sr.[1][2][3] Sampson revealed that he had always been interested in the arts and his mother enrolled him in music lessons because he comes from a family of musicians and artists.[2][4] Daphne used to play the piano for him as a child.[5] Sampson expressed an interest in acting when he was around 10 after he saw a Gap commercial. His mother told him they needed to find an agent and that agent referred him to the Kim Terry Studio in Texas. He eventually started performing in the theater program in high school at Elkins High School (Texas).[3][2] Sampson is a devout Christian.[5]


In 2008, Sampson appeared in two episodes of the ABC Family series Greek and followed that up with an episode of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation in 2010.[4] In July 2013, Sampson booked the recurring role of Jesse in the fifth season of The CW series, The Vampire Diaries.[6] In January 2014, Sampson was cast in the role of Dean Iverson in the Fox miniseries, Gracepoint.[7] In early 2015, Sampson shot the pilot for a potential ABC series called The Kingmakers but the series wasn't picked up.[8] In July 2015, Sampson booked the recurring role of Caleb Hapstall in season 2 of ABC's prime time legal drama, How to Get Away with Murder, produced by Shonda Rhimes.[9] Sampson has also started his own production company called Sampson Studios.[2]


Year Title Role Notes
2005 Resurrection: The J.R. Richard Story Lamar
2008 Greek Woodchuck Two episodes
2010 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Derrick Gold Episode: "Field Mice"
2011 This Boy's Dream Announcer Short film
2011 Days of Our Lives Jay Jordan One episode
2012 The Sidelines Fred Billings Short film
2013 The Vampire Diaries Jesse Recurring role; 5 episodes
2014 Gracepoint Dean Iverson Miniseries
2015-2016 How to Get Away with Murder Caleb Hapstall Recurring role; 13 episodes
2016 Supernatural Max Banes Two episodes
2017 White Famous Robbie MacDonald Recurring; 4 episodes
2017 Relationship Status Nate 4 episodes


  1. ^ a b (2005). Texas Birth Index, 1903-1997 (Report). Operations Inc. 
  2. ^ a b c d Chang, Kee (January 20, 2014). "Q&A WITH KENDRICK SAMPSON". Anthem. 
  3. ^ a b "Acting Studio in Houston Texas". Parents. The Kim Terry Studio. Retrieved November 7, 2015. 
  4. ^ a b Menza, Kaitlin (December 5, 2013). "OK! Next Big Deal: Kendrick Sampson of Vampire Diaries Chats About Bonding With the Cast". OK! Magazine. American Media, Inc. Retrieved November 7, 2015. 
  5. ^ a b Yoo, Sarah (September 2015). "Kendrick Sampson". Celebrity. Composure Magazine (6): 75–82. Retrieved November 7, 2015. 
  6. ^ Abrams, Natalie (July 12, 2013). "Exclusive: The Vampire Diaries Taps Greek Alum, HIMYM Actress for Season 5". TV Guide. CBS Interactive. Retrieved November 7, 2015. 
  7. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (15 January 2014). "Fox Adds Kendrick Sampson To 'Gracepoint'". Retrieved 3 February 2014. 
  8. ^ Abrams, Sean (November 5, 2015). "Outfitted: Kendrick Sampson". Maxim. Biglari Holdings. Retrieved November 7, 2015. 
  9. ^ Petski, Denise (July 22, 2015). "Kendrick Sampson Joins 'How To Get Away With Murder'". Deadline. Retrieved August 1, 2015. 

External links

  • Kendrick Sampson on IMDb
  • Official website
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