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Kal Penn            

Actor Known for His Role in "House" and "Harold and Kumar" Films, Producer and Political Activist

Kal Penn, an accomplished actor and producer with credits in both feature films and television. 

Penn will star in a trio of feature films, The Sisterhood Of Night, a thriller in which Penn will play a guidance counselor to a nefarious group of high school girls,  Dementamania; a psychological thriller directed by Kit Ryan, and the Randall Einhorn-directed Late Bloomer with Elijah Wood. 

Penn is most markedly recognized for his starring role as Kumar  in Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle and follow-ups Harold and Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay, and A Very Harold and Kumar Christmas. 

Penn has other notable  work in the feature films, Van Wilder and its sequel The Rise of Taj, and more dramatic turns in A Lot Like Love, The Namesake  based on the novel by Pulitzer-winner Jhumpa Lahiri, “and “Superman Returns.”  

Penn has also appeared as Dr. Lawrence Kutner on the critically acclaimed television series House, and had a season long recurring role on the fan favorite show 24. More recently, Penn played a therapist-turned-boyfriend named Kevin in a recurring role on the CBS hit show "How I Met Your Mother".

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 has returned to his acting career after taking 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.  

Penn continues his philanthropy and civil service through volunteer work and charitable causes.

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'Fair And Balanced' News Channel Comedy Starring Kal Penn Set ...

'Harold & Kumar's Kal Penn is set to star in 'Fair And Balanced' news channel comedy in the works at ABC.

Kal Penn Signs With Hollywood Agency UTA | Deadline

EXCLUSIVE: Kal Penn has signed with UTA for representation in all areas. The news comes the same day Fox announced that he will host Superhuman, ...

Kal Penn To Co-Star In Hulu Comedy Series 'Deadbeat' | Deadline

Harold & Kumar alum Kal Penn is set to co-star with Tyler Labine in the upcoming third season of Hulu's original comedy series Deadbeat.

Kal Penn to Host Fox Competition Special 'Superhuman'

Kal Penn will serve as host of the upcoming Fox competition special ... Penn, along with a guest panel that includes boxer Mike Tyson, actress Mary Lynn ...

Kal Penn is making a comedy about TV news for ABC - The Verge

Kal Penn is reuniting with the writers behind the Harold & Kumar series for a TV comedy that sounds like equal parts The Office and The Newsroom. Deadline is ...

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