[42], During the 2020 Democratic presidential primaries, Penn expressed interest in the messages of Pete Buttigieg, Bernie Sanders, and Elizabeth Warren. Before completing his studies here he moved to the ‘Freehold Township High School’ in New Jersey where he became a member of the school’s ‘Forensics Speech & Debate Team’. His mother’s name is Asmerelda and is working as an evaluator for fragrance in a perfume company. He resigned from this post in 2010 for a brief period and went back to acting. In addition to his role on the TV series House, he is best known from his role in Harold & Kumar, as Kumar Patel, a cannabis smoker who goes with Harold Lee (John Cho) to White Castle for a hamburger. His audition callbacks rose by 50 percent. In May 2007, Penn received the Asian Excellence Award for Outstanding Actor for his performance in The Namesake. In the year 2007, he acted in the FOX’s medical drama “House” where he starred as Dr. Lawrence Kutner and continues to appear its two seasons. Raised Over $500,000 for Syrian Refugees. He campaigned for Hillary Clinton after she became the nominee. He was active in the schools' theater productions and competed on the Freehold Township public speaking team. Penn has taught at the University of Pennsylvania in the Cinema Studies Program as a visiting lecturer. [39] On February 28, 2014, Penn served as the Master of Ceremonies for the White House Student Film Festival. That's not something that I generally offer up in terms of talking points about the movie, because there are a lot of stoners that like the movie and you never want to make them feel like something's disingenuous. In 2014, he was cast in Ravi Kumar's film Bhopal: A Prayer for Rain, a film about the Bhopal gas tragedy, considered by many to be the world's worst industrial disaster. It was essentially accepting a form of racial profiling. He won nominations for an ‘MTV Movie Award’, a ‘Screen Actors Guild Award’ and a ‘Teen Choice Award’ for his role of Kumar Patel in the television movie ‘Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle’ released in 2004. Check out some of the IMDb editors' favorites movies and shows to round out your Watchlist. He also starred in the sequels ‘Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay’ in 2008 and ‘A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas’ in 2011. The course is entitled "Asian-Americans in the Media". He played in the sequel of the series “Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay” in 2008 and “A Very Merry Harold and Kumar 3-d Christmas” in 2011. Behind the shops where all the tourists go, there are these two alleys, and it's there. Unlike his character, he does not smoke marijuana, saying it is not for him,[19] nor does he eat meat. [49] On January 28, 2017, following a racist comment from a user on Penn's Twitter feed, Penn crowd-funded a fundraiser for refugees of the Syrian Civil War and raised $813,533. His father’s name is Suresh Modi and is an engineer. His parents are Gujarati immigrants to America from India. This necessitated his character Lawrence Kutner being written out of the TV series House. Penn attended The Fine and Performing Arts Academy (a magnet program) as a Theater major at Howell High School for freshman year; he transferred to Freehold Township High School for sophomore, junior, and senior years; both schools are part of the Freehold Regional High School District. [January 2008]. He graduated from UCLA in 2000, and double majored in film and sociology.[14]. |  [4] He returned to office on November 15, 2010, following completion of A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas. Penn had a recurring role on How I Met Your Mother for the seventh season of the show,[20] in which he played Kevin, a therapist and later boyfriend of Robin Scherbatsky. His father is an engineer and his mother, who has a master's in chemistry, worked as a fragrance evaluator for a perfume company. [on President Donald Trump's Muslim ban]Shame on us. [24], Penn has expressed some interest in working in Indian cinema, particularly in Gujarati cinema.[12]. His father is Sursesh Modi, an engineer, and his mother is Asmita, a fragrance evaluator at a perfume company with a master’s degree in chemistry. 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. As of July 2017, Kal Penn’s net worth is estimated to be $15 million. In October 2016, Penn began a regular role in the ABC drama series Designated Survivor as Seth, a White House speech writer who originally worked under the previous president's administration. [26] The show was cancelled after eight episodes were produced. His audition callbacks rose by 50 percent. He has stated that stories of his grandparents marching with Mahatma Gandhi during the Indian independence movement were a significant influence on his interest in politics. Kal Penn, Actor: Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle. The actor is highly recognized by his stage name Kal Penn. In 1995, he moved to Los Angeles to study at the UCLA's prestigious School of Theatre, Film and Television. As an actor, why shouldn't I have that opportunity? This is un-American What he and the Republican party are doing is wholly un-American, View agent, publicist, legal and company contact details on IMDbPro, A Very Harold and Kumar 3D Christmas 2011 premiere, Harold and Kumar go to White Castle 2004 premiere. A.I. Kal Penn hosts an unscripted comedy series that explores issues relevant to … 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. Penn says that he derived his acting name, Kal Penn, as a lark: "Almost as a joke to prove friends wrong, and half as an attempt to see if what I was told would work (that anglicized names appeal more to a white-dominated industry), I put 'Kal Penn' on my resume and photos." In 2019, Penn portrayed Garrett Modi in the NBC sitcom series Sunnyside. Television writers did some character assassination when he asked to be relieved from taking part in the show ‘House’ which had been running since 2004. He actually started to get fifty per cent more calls after the change though he still likes to be called by his original name. In 2014, he joined the ‘Stanford University’ to get a degree on international security. He was raised in a typical Indian family, and his parents wanted to become a doctor or engineer.

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