Kal Penn, Actor: Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay.
As an actor, he is known for his role on the television program House portraying the character Dr. Lawrence Kutner and in the Harold and Kumar comedy films as Kumar Patel. He is also recognized for 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.1 This necessitated that his character Lawrence Kutner be written out of the TV series House.12 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.3 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.4 In July 2011, he again left the White House, this time for a role in How I Met Your Mother.5
Contents1 Early life and education2 Acting career3 Political interests4 Other activities5 Filmography5.1 Films5.2 Television roles6 References7 External linksedit Early life and educationPenn was born as Kalpen Suresh Modi in Montclair, New Jersey, the son of Asmita, a fragrance evaluator for a perfume company, and Suresh Modi, an engineer.67 Both of his parents are Gujarati immigrants from India.8 He has stated that stories of his grandparents marching with Mahatma Gandhi for Indian independence were a significant influence on his interest in politics.9
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