His parents were traditional Gujrati immigrants who wanted their son to become a lawyer or a doctor, but Kal chose to be an actor instead. In 2006, he starred in the films ‘Superman Returns’ and ‘National Lampoon’s Van Wilder: The Rise of Taj’. [51], We Are One: The Obama Inaugural Celebration at the Lincoln Memorial, White House Office of Public Engagement and Intergovernmental Affairs, President's Committee on the Arts and Humanities, Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay, "Why do Indian-Americans flock to the Democratic Party? [14][44] His course was titled "Images of Asian Americans in the Media. The show was renewed by Netflix for a third season which was released on June 7, 2019. During his political career, he offered his services to the Asian-American and Pacific Islander communities as a liaison. After all his hard work he eventually got roles in films and television movies and made his mark on the audience of different age groups. In 2014, he joined the ‘Stanford University’ to get a degree on international security.

His father is from Kaira and his mother was born in Baroda. Kad, Other Works The clip of him saying "Too bad it isn't true" was taken from a previous filming. He and the other students were banned from using the word "like" in his acting classes, this was to make them sound more intelligent during auditions. He campaigned for Hillary Clinton after she became the nominee. Kal Penn was reported to have died in June 2016 in Facebook. On March 7, 2019, Penn was cast in the main role of Garrett Modi on the NBC comedy Sunnyside[25] and the series was ordered on May 6, 2019. He attended the Freehold Regional High School District's Performing Arts High School where he participated in the school's theater productions. In late April 2010, at 1:20 a.m., he was robbed of his wallet and other belongings at gunpoint on the streets of Washington, D.C. He resigned from this post in 2010 for a brief period and went back to acting.

His father’s name is Suresh Modi and is an engineer.

The famous actor and politician have managed to keep his personal life a very low profile. A Very Harold and Kumar 3D Christmas 2011 premiere, Harold and Kumar go to White Castle 2004 premiere.

He graduated from the ‘Freehold Township High School’ in 1995 and moved to Los Angeles to attend the ‘University of California School of Theatre, Film and Television’ and graduated from there with a major in sociology and the performing arts. Although he attended Howell High School's performing arts program, he later transferred to Freehold Township (NJ) High School, where he graduated in 1995. Penn says he nearly turned down the role due to personal ethics: I have a huge political problem with the role.

His faculty listing on the Asian American Studies Program website gave his name as Kalpen Modi (his real name) first, with his stage name, Kal Penn, in parentheses. [in New York Magazine, commenting about his recurring role as a terrorist on TV's. His parents are Gujarati immigrants to America from India. Farah Pandith and Kal Penn discuss how to inoculate communities against extremism, as well as Pandith’s new book, How We Win: How Cutting …

In 2014, he was cast in Ravi Kumar's film Bhopal: A Prayer for Rain, a film about the Bhopal gas tragedy, considered by many to be the world's worst industrial disaster. However, due to his new job at the White House, Penn could not be present for the filming of this episode. Kal was born on 23rd April 1977 as Kalpen Suresh Modi in Montclaire, New Jersey, United States. Famous as: Actor, Producer, Civil Servant, See the events in life of Kal Penn in Chronological Order. Because I'm brown and I should be scared about the connection between media images and people's thought processes? He went to Freehold Regional High School District’s Performing Arts High School where he became the part of the school’s theater productions. [7] and served as host of the game show Superhuman. At the time Penn had read Obama's book but wasn't interested in getting involved in politics. Kal Penn was born and raised in Montclair, New Jersey, to Asmita, a fragrance evaluator, and Suresh Modi, an engineer. It was essentially accepting a form of racial profiling. In the year 2007, he acted in the FOX’s medical drama “House” where he starred as Dr. Lawrence Kutner and continues to appear its two seasons. In the year 1998, he made the debut on the big screen from “Express: Aisle to Glory.” Later in the year 2001, he acted in “American Desi” which was a film filled with comedy and romance. Firstly, he rejected the role considering that it supported racial profiling, but later he accepted the role. [12] He has stated that stories of his grandparents marching with Mahatma Gandhi during the Indian independence movement were a significant influence on his interest in politics. While talking about his family members, his father, Suresh Modi, is an engineer while his mother, Asmita, is a fragrance evaluator at a perfume company with a master's degree in Chemistry. His parents are Gujarati immigrants to America from India. In the year 2009, he was even appointed as the Associate Director of White House Office of Public Engagement. He has stated that he prefers his birth name and uses "Kal Penn" only for professional purposes. He made an appearance in a couple of other television series such as “ER,””Laws & Order: Special Victims Unit” and also “How I Met Your Mother.”. [17] E!

[43], In 2008, Penn served as a visiting lecturer in Asian American Studies at the University of Pennsylvania.

He campaigned for Hillary Clinton after she became the nominee. Was offered a part in "Planet Terror," the, His favorite book is "The Namesake" and used to check into hotels under the pseudonym of "Gogol Ganguli", the lead character of the book. [2][3] Penn briefly left his post in June 2010 to film the third installment of the Harold & Kumar series, A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas,[4] returning to his White House job upon the movie's completion. Will it Keep Us Around to Enjoy It? Kalpen Suresh Modi (born April 23, 1977), known professionally as Kal Penn, is an American actor, comedian, and former White House staff member in the Obama administration. [34], Penn was a co-chair of Obama's reelection campaign. He attended the Freehold Regional High School District's Performing Arts High School where he participated in the school's theater productions. [7] Penn also served as a political consultant for the series. Penn has taught at the University of Pennsylvania in the Cinema Studies Program as a visiting lecturer. He is a supporter of the ‘International Red Cross’ and in January 2017 he raised more than $500,000 for refugees from Syria. |  ", "'House' exclusive: The shocking story behind last night's big death", "It'll be the White House for Kal Penn now", "Kalpen Modi, aka Kal Penn, aka Kumar, leaves the White House, returns to showbiz", "Kalpen Modi Returns To White House Job After Leaving To Film 'Harold & Kumar' Sequel", "Happy Birthday, Asian American Arts Alliance", Actor Kal Penn to Teach at the University of Pennsylvania, "Asian Excellence Awards – Winners (archive)", "THIS JUST IN: Kal Penn joining How I Met Your Mother", "Kal Penn, host of the Discovery Channel's The Big Brain Theory : Discovery Channel", "Fall TV Scoop: CBS Picks Up 8 Series, Including Sarah Michelle Gellar's Crazy Comedy, Josh Holloway's Intelligence and Chuck Lorre's Mom", "Interview: Interview: 'Battle Creek' star Kal Penn on 'House' reunions and pot differentiation", "NBC Assembles Cast Of Mostly Immigrant Actors For Kal Penn Pilot 'Sunnyside, "Drama 'Bluff City Law' Starring Jimmy Smits & Kal Penn Comedy 'Sunnyside' Picked Up To Series By NBC", "Open Letter to Two Undeclared College Superdelegates", "Kal Penn Leaves House for the White House", "Watch the 2012 Democratic National Convention Live on BarackObama.com", "Kal Penn Speech At Democratic Convention: My Four-Letter Word Is 'Vote, "Kal Penn appointed to rejoin Obama team", "Students Are Stars at White House Film Festival", "Quirky caucuses pose organizational challenge for Sanders", "Members of White House presidential arts commission resigning to protest Trump's comments", "Feel good comedy brings people together", "Asian American Studies Program at University of Pennsylvania", "The 'Hilarious' Xenophobia of Time's Joel Stein", "Kal Penn to Address Class of 2014 at May's 175th Annual Commencement", "Kal Penn Wins 'MasterChef Celebrity Showdown', Prize Money to Support Palestinian Refugees through the UN", "Kal Penn Raises Over $360,000 for Refugees in Response to Racist Tweet", "Judge Blocks Part of Trump's Ban on Citizens From 7 Muslim Nations and Refugees", https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Kal_Penn&oldid=986504514, People from Freehold Township, New Jersey, People from Marlboro Township, New Jersey, University of California, Los Angeles alumni, All Wikipedia articles written in American English, Wikipedia articles with BIBSYS identifiers, Wikipedia articles with SUDOC identifiers, Wikipedia articles with WORLDCATID identifiers, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, Main role (seasons 4–5); guest (season 8), This page was last edited on 1 November 2020, at 08:09. [January 2017].