Kal Penn Biography

Biography by Published on Updated on 19 Aug, 2018
Facts of Kal Penn
Date of Birth: 1977 , April-23
Age: 41 years old
Birth Nation: United States of America
Height: 5 Feet 10 Inch
Name Kal Penn
Birth Name Kalpen Suresh Modi
Father Suresh Modi
Mother Asmita Modi
Nationality American
Birth Place/City Montclair, New Jersey
Ethnicity Mix Ethnicity
Profession Associate Director, White House Office of Public Liaison
Net Worth $15 million
Eye Color Black
Hair Color Black
Weight in KG 79 KG
Married N/A
Education Freehold Township High School (1995)
Awards N/A
Movies Going Under
TV Show Designated Survivor
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sAmerican actor Kal Penn is widely known for his breakout role in the critically acclaimed film The Namesake. He is also a comedian, producer, and former civil servant. He is also mostly known for his performance in the Harold & Kumar and How I Met Your Mother. In the year 2009, he became an Associate Director for the Obama administration. From 2016-18, he was a cast in Designated Survivor. He has also played in several movies and TV shows. 

Earl Life And Childhood Of Kal Penn 

Kal Penn was born as Kalpen Suresh Modi on April 23, 1977, in Montclair, New Jersey to evaluator Asmita Fragrance and Suresh Modi, is an engineer. His mother has master’s degree in Chemistry. Penn grew up in a traditional Indian family and became an actor. Both of his parents are Indian (Gujarati) immigrants. They both dreamed of their son being a doctor or lawyer. 

Penn also rejected to join the soccer team and instead joined school’s drama classes. He also has a younger brother, Pulin Modi. His ethnicity is Indian-American and ethnicity wise, he is of Gujarati Indian descent. Kal also states his grandparents were fighting along with Mahatma Gandhi for Indian independence and that inspired him to pursue his interest in politics as well. 

Penn attended the Marlboro Middle School in Marlboro, New Jersey and played baritone saxophone in the school band. Then he attended Howell High School's Academy for The Fine and Performing Arts for three years. After that, he attended the University of California, Los Angeles, majoring in sociology and performance, being active in the theater program at both schools. 

Penn later went on to study at the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) and graduated with a double major in film and sociology. While performing in several school productions in the 1990s, he simultaneously landed parts on such television programs as Buffy the Vampire SlayerSpin City and Sabrina, the Teenage Witch. When he was in 8th grade he was in a school production of the musical "The Wiz". Although he attended Howell High School's performing arts program, he later transferred to Freehold Township (New Jersey) High School, where he graduated in the year 1995.

Kal Penn's Professional Career 

Kal Penn kick-started his film career appearing in Express: Aisle to Glory in 1988. Began using the name Kal Penn, a variation on his birth name Kalpen, to get more roles. He believed that his difficult foreign name would scare away potential employe.

Penn changed his stage name to "Kal Penn", largely to disprove to his friends that his Indian surname was affecting his ability to obtain acting work. Instead, all calls made on it were true and his callbacks rose by 50%. He still prefers to be addressed by his birth name.

During Barack Obama's presidential campaign, Penn was a strong supporter and a member of Obama's National Arts Policy Committee. In April 2009, Penn said that the television writers killed off his character on House (2004) because he had asked to be allowed to leave the show to go work for the Barack Obama Administration as the Associate Director of the White House Office of Public Liaison. He accepted the position.

CAPTION: Kal Penn SOURCE: Time

In Late April 2010, Penn was robbed at gunpoint at 1:20 a.m. in Washington D.C. His wallet and other belongings were stolen. Penn won an Asian Excellence Award for Outstanding Actor for his splendid work in the film The Namesake. He was also nominated for an MTV Movie Award (for Harold & Kumar), a Screen Actors Guild Award (as part of the cast of House), and a Teen Choice Award (for Harold & Kumar).

In 2014, Penn was working on graduating in international security from Stanford University. He also served as visiting lecturer in Asian American Studies at the University of Pennsylvania. From 2016-17, he was a cast in TV series Superhuman. 

In October 2016, Penn landed a regular role a White House speechwriter Seth in the ABC drama series Designated Survivor Kiefer Sutherland, Natascha McElhone, Adan Canto, and Italia Ricci. He played the role from in the series from 2016-18. 

Kal Penn's Net Worth And Earnings 

Standing at the height of 5ft 10 inch Kal Penn has earned a decent amount of money from his career. As per Celebrity net worth, he has an estimated net worth of around $15 million. He is a former civil servant and his annual salary was over $52,000. 

In the year 2011, Penn was a cast in the comedy movie A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas. The movie generally received positive reviews as well as was turned out to be commercially successful as it grossed over $36 million on a budget $19 million. In 20054, he also appeared in the movie Harold & Kumar Got to White Castle which also became the instant hit at the box office making over $23 million whereas its production was $9 million. 

Kal Penn's Personal Life And Affair 

Kal Penn is quite popular in social networking sites, however, he has managed to keep his personal life away from the limelight. He is not married yet and neither dating anyone at present officially. 

Penn does not seem to be dating nor has a girlfriend right now. Kal is definitely not gay however he has not clearly stated about gender. There are no records of his extramarital affair as well. He frequently links to some of his acting co-stars on several occasions.  

News of Kal Penn’s death spread in June 2016 causing concern among fans across the world. However, the June 2016 report has confirmed as a complete hoax and just the latest in a string of fake celebrity death reports.

Kal Penn death hoax spreads on Facebook. Rumors of the actor’s alleged demise gained popularity after an ‘R.I.P. Kal Penn’ Facebook page attracted nearly one million of ‘likes’. Those who read the ‘About’ page were given a believable account of the American actor’s passing. 

Penn is also busy on social media like Facebook and Instagram. On his Instagram account, he frequently shares a photo along with Italia Ricci

Penn is a vegetarian. 

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