Kal Penn

Actor and Producer

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Kal Penn

Kal Penn is an accomplished actor and producer. His notable feature credits include “Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle” and its follow-up “Harold and Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay”, "The Namesake”, based on the novel by Pulitzer-winner Jhumpa Lahiri, “Van Wilder” and its sequel “The Rise of Taj”, “A Lot Like Love” and “Superman Returns.” Known for his role as young Dr. Lawrence Kutner on the critically acclaimed television series “House,” Penn also had a recurring role on season six of “24” and guest starred on the hit series “Law & Order: SVU.”

Born and raised in New Jersey, Penn graduated from the Freehold Regional High School District’s Performing Arts High School, attended the Governor's School for the Arts, and received a degree from the prestigious School of Theater, Film and Television at UCLA.

Penn recently returned to acting from a 2-year sabbatical during which he served as an Associate Director of the White House Office of Public Engagement. During his time there, he served a variety of roles, including that of President Obama’s Liaison to the Arts communities, Young Americans, and Asian Americans & Pacific Islanders. He also served as an Adjunct Professor of Cinema, Sociology and Asian American Studies at the University of Pennsylvania, and is currently pursuing a Graduate Certificate in International Security at Stanford University.

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