Kal Penn


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Kal Penn was born and raised in Montclair, New Jersey, to Asmita, a fragrance evaluator, and Suresh Modi, an engineer. His parents are Gujarati immigrants to America from India. He attended the Freehold Regional High School District's Performing Arts High School where he participated in the school's theater productions. In 1995, he moved to Los ... See full bio »

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Van Wilder: Party Liaison Taj Mahal Badalandabad
(2002)
House Dr. Lawrence Kutner
(2007-2012)

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 2020 Clarice (TV Series) (pre-production)
Emin Grigoryan
- Episode #1.1 (2020) ... Emin Grigoryan
 2020 It's Pony (TV Series)
Fred
- School Dance/Dad's Speech (2020) ... Fred (voice)
- Game Horse/Unicorn (2020) ... Fred (voice)
 2020 The Girl in the Woods (TV Movie)
 2019 Sunnyside (TV Series)
Garrett Modi
- Multicultural Tube of Meat (2019) ... Garrett Modi
- I Don't Know Her (2019) ... Garrett Modi
- Sigma Triangle Squiggly Thing (2019) ... Garrett Modi
- Too Many Lumpies (2019) ... Garrett Modi
- Pants Full of Sandwiches (2019) ... Garrett Modi
 2016-2019 Designated Survivor (TV Series)
Seth Wright
- #truthorconsequences (2019) ... Seth Wright
- #undecided (2019) ... Seth Wright
- #scaredsh*tless (2019) ... Seth Wright
- #identity/crisis (2019) ... Seth Wright
- #whocares (2019) ... Seth Wright
 2019 The Big Bang Theory (TV Series)
Dr. Kevin Campbell
- The Plagiarism Schism (2019) ... Dr. Kevin Campbell
- The Laureate Accumulation (2019) ... Dr. Kevin Campbell
- The Confirmation Polarization (2019) ... Dr. Kevin Campbell
 2018 The Ashram
Nitin
 2017/I The Layover
Anuj
 2017 Speech & Debate
James Merrick
 2016 Better Off Single
Brice
 2016 New Girl (TV Series)
Tripp
- A Chill Day In (2016) ... Tripp
- Helmet (2016) ... Tripp
 2016 Deadbeat (TV Series)
Clyde
- Death List Three (2016) ... Clyde
- Abra-Cadaver (2016) ... Clyde
- Medieval Dead (2016) ... Clyde
- Diaper Training (2016) ... Clyde
- The Shawshanked Redemption (2016) ... Clyde
 2016 Mack & Moxy (TV Series)
Admirable Kal
- Always Be Prepared (2016) ... Admirable Kal
 2016 Above Average Presents (TV Series)
Gary Leland
- Sex for Athletes: No Strings Attached (2016) ... Gary Leland
 2015 Heads Up America (Video short)
 2015 The Girl in the Photographs
Peter Hemmings
 2015 Emily & Tim
Tim Hanratty (segment 'Discord')
 2015 Battle Creek (TV Series)
Fontanelle White
- Sympathy for the Devil (2015) ... Fontanelle White
- Homecoming (2015) ... Fontanelle White
- The Hand-Off (2015) ... Fontanelle White (credit only)
- Stockholm (2015) ... Fontanelle White (credit only)
- Gingerbread Man (2015) ... Fontanelle White
 2014 Bhopal: A Prayer for Rain
Motwani
 2014 The Sisterhood of Night
Gordy Gambhir
 2011-2014 How I Met Your Mother (TV Series)
Kevin
- Gary Blauman (2014) ... Kevin
- The Drunk Train (2012) ... Kevin
- 46 Minutes (2012) ... Kevin
- Tailgate (2012) ... Kevin
- Tick Tick Tick (2011) ... Kevin
 2013 We Are Men (TV Series)
Gil Bartis
- We Are Dognappers (2013) ... Gil Bartis
- Pilot (2013) ... Gil Bartis
- We Are Carter's Dad Visits ... Gil Bartis
- We Are Learning to Swim ... Gil Bartis
- We Are One Night Stands ... Gil Bartis
 2013 Dementamania
Christian Van Burden
 2012 Prairie Dogs (TV Short)
Neil
 2007-2012 House (TV Series)
Dr. Lawrence Kutner
- Everybody Dies (2012) ... Dr. Lawrence Kutner
- Both Sides Now (2009) ... Dr. Lawrence Kutner
- Simple Explanation (2009) ... Dr. Lawrence Kutner (credit only)
- Locked In (2009) ... Dr. Lawrence Kutner
- Here Kitty (2009) ... Dr. Lawrence Kutner
 2011 The Daily Show (TV Series)
Kumar
- Matt Damon (2011) ... Kumar
 2008 Two Sisters (TV Movie)
 2008 Harold & Kumar Go to Amsterdam (Video short)
Kumar
 2007 The Call (TV Movie)
Ian
 2007 Epic Movie
Edward
 2007 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (TV Series)
Henry Chanoor
- Outsider (2007) ... Henry Chanoor
 2007 24 (TV Series)
Ahmed Amar
- Day 6: 9:00 a.m.-10:00 a.m. (2007) ... Ahmed Amar
- Day 6: 8:00 a.m.-9:00 a.m. (2007) ... Ahmed Amar
- Day 6: 7:00 a.m.-8:00 a.m. (2007) ... Ahmed Amar
- Day 6: 6:00 a.m.-7:00 a.m. (2007) ... Ahmed Amar
 2006 Deck the Halls
Amit Sayid - Satellite Computer Tech (uncredited)
 2006 The Namesake
Nikhil a.k.a. Gogol
 2006 Superman Returns
Stanford
 2006 The Danny Comden Project (TV Short)
Max
 2006 Vegas, Baby (Video)
Z-Bob
 2006 Man About Town
Alan Fineberg
 2005 Awesometown (TV Short)
Guy Reading Newspaper
 2005 Dancing in Twilight
Sam
 2005 Dream
Raj
 2005 A Lot Like Love
Jeeter
 2005 Son of the Mask
Jorge
 2004 Ball & Chain
Bobby
 2004 Homeland Security (TV Movie)
Harrison
 2003 American Made (Short)
 2003 Love Don't Cost a Thing
Kenneth Warman
 2003 Tru Calling (TV Series)
Steven
- Haunted (2003) ... Steven
 2003 Cosmopolitan (TV Movie)
Vandana's Fiancee
 2003 All About the Andersons (TV Series)
Doctor George
- Pilot (2003) ... Doctor George
 2003 Malibu's Most Wanted
Hadji Amerislani
 2003 Where's the Party Yaar?
Mo (Mohan Bakshi)
 2003 Regarding Ardy (TV Short)
Fred
 2002 Hector (Short)
Kendal Cunningham
 2002 Badger (Short)
Sanjay
 2002 Van Wilder: Party Liaison
Taj Mahal Badalandabad
 2001 The Agency (TV Series)
Malek
- Rules of the Game (2001) ... Malek
 2001 NYPD Blue (TV Series)
Solomon Al-Ramai
- Baby Love (2001) ... Solomon Al-Ramai
 2001 ER (TV Series)
Narajan
- The Longer You Stay (2001) ... Narajan
 2001 Angel (TV Series)
Young Man in Fez
- That Vision Thing (2001) ... Young Man in Fez
 2001 American Desi
Ajay Pandya
 2000 Spin City (TV Series)
Buddy
- The Spanish Prisoner (2000) ... Buddy
 2000 Sabrina the Teenage Witch (TV Series)
Prajeeb
- You Can't Twin (2000) ... Prajeeb
 1999 Brookfield (TV Movie)
Kumar Zimmerman (Series Regular)
 1999 Buffy the Vampire Slayer (TV Series)
Hunt
- Beer Bad (1999) ... Hunt
 1999 Freshmen
Ajay
 1998 Express: Aisle to Glory (Short)
Jackie Newton
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Other Works:

In February 2003, appeared as "Fred" in The Lonely Island's Episode 2: Regarding Andy. http://www.thelonelyisland.com/episodes.html

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Alternate Names:

Kalpen Modi

Height:

5' 10" (1.78 m)
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[in New York Magazine, commenting about his recurring role as a terrorist on TV's 24 (2001)] I have a huge political problem with the role. It was essentially accepting a form of racial profiling. I think it's repulsive. But it was the first time I had a chance to blow stuff up and take a family hostage. As an actor, why shouldn't I have that opportunity? Because I'm brown and I should be scared ... See more »

Trivia:

Began using the name Kal Penn, a variation on his first name Kalpen, to get more roles; he believed that his difficult foreign name would scare away potential employers. See more »

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