Kal Penn Biography, Real Name, Age, Education, Career and Net Worth

Kal Penn Biography

Kalpen Suresh Modi popularly known as Kal Penn is an American civil servant, actor and television personality. He was a former White House staff member in the Barack Obama administration. Kal Penn was born on April 23, 1977 in Montclair, New Jersey, U.S.

Kal Penn Profile


Kal Penn

Real Name

Kalpen Suresh Modi


April 23, 1977


44 years (2021)

State of Origin

New Jersey


United States


Gujarati, India





Political Party




Net Worth

$5 million

Educational Background

Kal Penn Education and Career

Kal Penn attended Marlboro Middle School in Marlboro Township, New Jersey and Performing Arts Academy as a Theater major at Howell High School.

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He studied at Freehold Township High School and Freehold Regional High School District.

In 2000, he obtained a degree from University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) where he majored in film and sociology.

Career and Movies

Kal Penn Movies

Kal Penn started acting in 1998. He featured in his debut movie Express: Aisle to Glory in 1998.

Since then Kal Penn have featured in several movies including but not limited to

  • American Desi
  • How I met your mother
  • Van Wilder
  • Designated Survivors
  • The Lonely Island
  • Malibu’s Most Wanted
  • A Lot Like Love
  • Dude
  • Where’s the Party?
  • Love Don’t Cost a Thing
  • Superman Returns
  • The Namesake
  • The Harold & Kumar series and many others.

Kal Penn gained popularity for featuring as Lawrence Kutner on the television program House, as well as Kumar Patel in the Harold & Kumar film series.

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In 2007, he guest featured as Ahmed Amar, a teenage terrorist in the sixth season of 24 television series. He featured as Lawrence Kutner in the TV series House. However, he could not continue his role after his appointment to the White House.

Kal Penn was an advocate for Barack Obama’s campaign in 2007.

In 2008, Kal Penn was a visiting lecturer in Asian American Studies at the University of Pennsylvania. He lectured on the “Images of Asian Americans in the Media”

In 2009, Kal Penn was appointed an Associate Director of the White House Office of Public Engagement and Intergovernmental Affairs by the Obama administration.

He served as a liaison with the Asian-American and Pacific Islander communities.

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In June 2010, Kal Penn temporarily left his position at White House for the movie “Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas” he returned in November 2010 upon completion of the movie.

In 2012, Kal Penn co chaired Obama’s re-election campaign. He was appointed President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities in November 2013.

Kal Penn was working on a graduate certificate in international security from Stanford University in 2014.

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In August 2017, Penn and the other members of the President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities resigned in response to President Donald Trump’s remarks on the Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, Virginia.

He featured as Seth Wright in ABC Television series Designated Survivor from 2016 to 2019.

Kal Penn supported Joe Biden in the 2020 United States presidential election.

Instagram Handle

Kal Penn Instagram handle is @kalpenn

Personal Life

Kal Penn Gay Partner Josh

Kal Penn is of Gujarati Indian origin. His mother, Asmita Bhatt, is a fragrance evaluator for a perfume company, and his father, Suresh Modi, is an engineer.

Kal Penn announced he is gay. He revealed he was engaged to Josh, his partner of 11 years in October 2021.

Kal Penn Net Worth

Kal Penn Net Worth

Kal Penn net worth is estimated to be $10 million


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