Biography

Kalpen Suresh Modi (born April 23, 1977), best known by his stage name Kal Penn, is an American film actor and politician.

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

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 and Kumar Christmas, then returned to the White House Office of Public Engagement as an Associate Director.

Description above from the Wikipedia article Kal Penn, licensed under CC-BY-SA, full list of contributors on Wikipedia.

Kalpen Suresh Modi (born April 23, 1977), best known by his stage name Kal Penn, is an American film actor and politician.

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

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 and Kumar Christmas, then returned to the White House Office of Public Engagement as an Associate Director.

Description above from the Wikipedia article Kal Penn, licensed under CC-BY-SA, full list of contributors on Wikipedia.

Personal Info

Known For Acting

Gender Male

Known Credits 54

Birthday 1977-04-23

Place of Birth Montclair, New Jersey, USA

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Also Known As

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Acting TV ShowsMovies

Fancy Nancy(1 episode) as Mr. Singh (voice)
2018 The Ashram as Nitin
2017 The Problem with Apu as Himself
2017 The Layover as Anuj
2017 Superhuman(9 episodes) as Himself - Host
2017 Once Upon a Time in Venice as Rajeesh
2017 Speech & Debate as James
2016 Better Off Single as Brice
2016 Designated Survivor(43 episodes) as Seth Wheeler
2016 Match Game(1 episode) as Himself
2015 The Girl in the Photographs as Peter Hemmings
2015 Emily & Tim as Tim (Segment 2)
2015 The Sisterhood of Night as Gordy Gambhir
2015 The Big Picture with Kal Penn(12 episodes) as Himself - Host
2015 Battle Creek(13 episodes) as Detective Fontanelle
2014 A Prayer for Rain as Motwani
2014 Deadbeat(13 episodes) as Clyde
2013 We Are Men(8 episodes) as Gil Bartis
2011 A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas as Kumar Patel
2010 Top Gear(1 episode)
2008 Harold & Kumar Go to Amsterdam as Kumar
2008 Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay as Kumar Patel
2007 Epic Movie as Edward
2006 Van Wilder 2: The Rise of Taj as Taj
2006 Deck the Halls as Amit Sayid (uncredited)
2006 The Namesake as Gogol/Nikhil
2006 Superman Returns as Stanford
2006 Man About Town as Alan Fineberg
2006 Bachelor Party Vegas as Z-Bob
2005 Sueno as Raj
2005 How I Met Your Mother(7 episodes)
2005 A Lot Like Love as Jeeter
2005 Son of the Mask as Jorge
2005 Awesometown as Guy Reading Newspaper
2005 Dancing in Twilight as Sam
2004 House(9 episodes) as Dr. Lawrence Kutner
2004 Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle as Kumar Patel
2004 Where's the Party Yaar? as Mo
2004 Ball and Chain as Bobby
2003 Love Don't Cost a Thing as Kenneth Warman
2003 All About the Andersons(16 episodes) as George
2003 Malibu's Most Wanted as Hadji Amerislani
2003 Jimmy Kimmel Live!(1 episode)
2003 Cosmopolitan as Vandana's Fiancee
2002 National Lampoon's Van Wilder as Taj Mahal Badalandabad
2001 24(4 episodes) as Ahmed Amar
2001 American Desi as Ajay Pandya
1999 Angel(1 episode) as Young Man in Fez
1999 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit(1 episode)
1999 Independent Lens(278 episodes) as Jagdesh
1996 Sabrina, the Teenage Witch(1 episode) as Prajeeb
1996 Spin City(1 episode)
1994 ER(1 episode)
1992 The Tonight Show with Jay Leno(1 episode)

Production

2006 Van Wilder 2: The Rise of TajExecutive Producer

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