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Kal Penn Biography

Birth Name:
Kalpen Suresh Modi
Birth Place:
Montclair, New Jersey, United States
Actor, producer

Fast Facts

  • Split his first name in two to form his professional moniker
  • Made his film debut in the 1999 drama Freshmen
  • Is a vegetarian and ate veggie burgers during the filming of his hit comedy Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle
  • In addition to guest spots on shows such as Six Feet Under, Spin City and Sabrina, the Teenage Witch, he appeared in Buffy the Vampire Slayer and its spin-off, Angel
  • In 2007, joined the cast of the Fox drama House, but he left the series in 2009 to take a position in the Obama administration as Associate Director of the White House Office of Public Engagement
  • In February 2012, was named a co-chair of the re-election campaign for Barack Obama


  • 2008Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series: nominated


  • Suresh Modi -- Father
  • Asmita Modi -- Mother