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Kal Penn Biography


Kal Penn

Kal Penn at the premiere of 'Superman Returns.'

© Richard Chavez

Kal Penn's Birth Date:

April 23, 1977

Place of Birth:

Montclair, New Jersey

Role That Got Him Noticed:

Starring opposite Ryan Reynolds in National Lampoon's Van Wilder got him noticed, but he'll forever be known for the Harold and Kumar stoner movies. And although his character, Kumar, is on the hunt for White Castle burgers in the first Harold and Kumar movie, Penn is actually a vegetarian.

Educational Background:

After graduating from the Freehold Regional High School District's Performing Arts High School, Kal Penn attended the prestigious School of Theater, Film and Television at the University of California Los Angeles.

And His Full Name is...:

Kalpen Suresh Modi

Kal Penn Enters the World of Politics:

(April 2009) Kal Penn left his role on the critically acclaimed series House behind to join President Obama's team as public liaison assistant director at the White House.

Notable Movie Credits:

Freshman (1999)
American Desi (2001)
Van Wilder (2002)
Badger (2002)
Malibu's Most Wanted (2003)
Love Don't Cost a Thing (2003)
Arrangement (2004)
Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle (2004)
Dancing in Twilight (2005)
Son of the Mask (2005)
A Lot Like Love (2005)
Sueno (2005)
Man About Town (2006)
Superman Returns (2006)
The Namesake (2006)
Van Wilder 2: The Rise of Taj (2006)
Epic Movie (2007)
Harold and Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay (2008)
Under New Management (2009)
A Very Harold and Kumar 3D Christmas

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