Kal Penn

Actor, Film actor

1977 –

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Who is Kal Penn?

Kal Penn is an American actor, producer, and civil servant.

As an actor, he is known for his role portraying Dr. Lawrence Kutner on the television program House, as well as the character Kumar Patel in the Harold and Kumar film series. He is also recognized for his performance in the critically acclaimed film, The Namesake. Additionally, Penn has taught at the University of Pennsylvania in the Cinema Studies Program as a visiting lecturer.

On April 8, 2009, it was announced that Penn would join the Obama administration as an Associate Director in the White House Office of Public Engagement. This necessitated that his character, Lawrence Kutner, be written out of the TV series House. Penn resigned his post as Barack Obama's Associate Director of Public Engagement on June 1, 2010, for a brief return to his acting career. He filmed the third installment of the Harold and Kumar series, A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas, and subsequently returned to the White House Office of Public Engagement as an Associate Director. In July 2011, he again left the White House to accept a role in How I Met Your Mother. He has since returned to his role with the White House.

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Apr 23, 1977
Also known as
  • Kalpen Suresh Modi
  • K-Kal
  • Kalpen Modi
  • Hollywood
  • Hinduism
  • Asian American
  • Indian American
  • Gujarati people
  • United States of America
  • Marlboro Middle School
  • Howell High School
  • Freehold Township High School
    ( - 1995)
  • Bachelor of Arts, University of California, Los Angeles
    (1995 - )
  • Sociology
  • Stanford University
    International Security
  • Visiting Lecturer, University of Pennsylvania
  • Associate Director, White House Office of Public Engagement and Intergovernmental Affairs
    (2009/04/08 - )
Lived in
  • Montclair
  • Los Angeles

on July 23, 2013


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