Kal Penn

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Date of Birth April 23, 1977
Place of Birth Montclair, New Jersey
Age 43 years old
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Kal Penn

Kalpen Suresh Modi, known professionally as Kal Penn, is an American actor, comedian, and civil servant. As an actor, he is known for his role portraying Lawrence Kutner on the television program House, as well as the character Kumar Patel in the Harold & Kumar film series. He is also recognized for his performance in the film The Namesake. Penn has taught at the University of Pennsylvania in the Cinema Studies Program as a visiting lecturer. In April 2009, Penn joined the Obama administration as an Associate Director in the White House Office of Public Engagement. This necessitated that his TV character, Lawrence Kutner, be written out of House. Penn briefly left his post in June 2010 to film the third installment of the Harold & Kumar series, A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas, returning to his White House job upon the movie's completion. In July 2011, he again left the White House to accept a role in the television series How I Met Your Mother.

Born: Kalpen Suresh Modi, April 23, 1977, Montclair, New Jersey, U.S.
Political party: Democratic
Alma mater: University of California, Los Angeles
Occupation: Actor, comedian, political appointee
President: Barack Obama
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About Kal Penn

Actor best know for his starring role as Kumar Patel in Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle, as well as the film's 2008 and 2011 sequels. He also portrayed Dr. Lawrence Kutner on House. In 2016, he began starring in the ABC drama Designated Survivor.

Before Fame

He attended and graduated from UCLA with degrees in film and sociology.


He worked as the Associate Director in the Office of Public Engagement at the White House during Barack Obama's presidency.

Family Life

His parents are fragrance evaluator Asmita and engineer Sureshi Modi. He has one brother, Pulin Modi.


He co-starred with John Cho in the Harold and Kumar films.

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