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Kal Penn played Ahmed Amar in Season 6 of 24. He is perhaps best known as Kumar of the Harold and Kumar comedy movie franchise as well as for his supporting roles on shows such as House, M.D.


Kal Penn was born Kalpen Suresh Modi in Montclair, NJ and attended the Performing and Fine Arts Center at Howell High School in Farmingdale, NJ. He is of Gujarati Indian descent. He attended UCLA and is currently working towards a Graduate Certificate in International Security at Stanford University. His father is an engineer and his mother holds a master's in chemistry.

In early 2007, the University of Pennsylvania announced that Penn would be teaching classes there in the Spring 2008 semester. The two undergraduate courses he will be teaching are entitled "Images of Asian Americans in the Media" and "Contemporary American Teen Films."

Penn is a vegetarian.

In April 2009, Penn announced that he was leaving acting to work as the associate director of the White House office of public liaison.[1]

24 credits

Selected filmography

  • A Very Harold and Kumar 3D Christmas (2011)
  • Harold and Kumar Escape From Guantanamo Bay (2008)
  • Epic Movie (2007)
  • The Namesake (2007)
  • Van Wilder: The Rise of Taj (2006)
  • Superman Returns (2006)
  • Sueño (2005)
  • Son of the Mask (2005)
  • Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle (2004)
  • Love Don't Cost A Thing (2003)
  • Van Wilder (2002)

Television appearances

  • Battle Creek (2015-)
  • How I Met Your Mother (2011-2012)
  • House MD (2007-2012)
  • Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (2007)
  • Tru Calling (2003)
  • The Agency (2001)
  • ER (2001)
  • Angel (2001)
  • Sabrina the Teenage Witch (2000)
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1999)

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