Kal Penn (born Kalpen Suresh Modi ; April 23, 1977) is an American actor, producer, 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 critically acclaimed film The Namesake . Additionally, Penn has taught at the University of Pennsylvania in the Cinema Studies Program as a visiting lecturer.
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House alum Kal Penn , Nikita leading lady Maggie Q , Californication ‘s Natascha McElhone and Chasing Life star Italia Ricci are set to co-star opposite Kiefer Sutherland in Designated Survivor , ABC ’s straight-to-series conspiracy thriller drama about a low-ranking Cabinet member becoming President of the U.S. Penn, who has White House experience — he served as the associate director for the Office of Public Engagement for President Barack Obama — also will serve as a consultant on the project. Paul McGuigan is directing.
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In the hit stoner film “Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle,” two college buddies are on a quest to satisfy a serious case of the munchies with White Castle burgers. It’s not the usual first job for a political player, but actor Kal Penn, who plays Kumar Patel in the film, somehow parlayed that experience into a very different role — first at the White House and now at the Democratic Convention.