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Kal Penn

Kalpen Modi
Kal Penn in 2009
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Personal data
Date of birthApril 23, 1977(age 39)
Montclair, New Jersey
NationalityAmerican
Political partyDemocratic
Alma materUniversity of California, Los Angeles (B.A.)
OccupationFormer Professor of Cinema Studies at the University of Pennsylvania
ProfessionActor
ReligionHinduism
Associate Director of the White House Office of Public Engagement
Assumed officeApril 8, 2009
PresidentBarack Obama

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

As an actor, he is known for his roles portraying the character Dr. Lawrence Kutner on the television program House and the character Kumar Patel in the Harold and Kumar comedy films. He is also recognized for his performance in 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. In July 2011, he again left the White House, this time for a role in How I Met Your Mother.


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