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Kal Penn was born and raised in Montclair, New Jersey, to Asmita, a fragrance evaluator, and Suresh Modi, an engineer. His parents are Gujarati immigrants to America from India. He attended the Freehold Regional High School District's Performing Arts High School where he participated in the school's theater productions. In 1995, he moved to Los Angeles to study at the UCLA's prestigious School of Theatre, Film and Television. He majored in film and sociology. He began his acting career in several indie films. His breakthrough film role came in the comedy Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle. Several Harold & Kumar films have followed. He went on to appear for 2 years in the television series House M.D.. He developed an interest in politics from his grandparents who marched for India's independence. In 2009, he joined the Obama administration as an Associate Director.  See full bio on IMDb »

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Kal Penn -- My Flight was Grounded Over Crapper Emergency

Kal Penn
My Flight was Grounded Over Crapper Emergency

Kal Penn had a mid-air bathroom emergency during an American Airlines flight earlier today ... as in, the toilets BROKE at 10,000 feet ... and the pilot decided to ground the plane ASAP. The… READ MORE >

Guy Who Robbed Kal Penn -- Stop, SlammerTime

Guy Who Robbed Kal Penn -- Stop, SlammerTime

The guy who pulled a gun on Kal Penn -- and stole his wallet and government issued cell phone -- has been sentenced to 3 years in prison ... because everyone knows you don't mess with Kumar.The… READ MORE >

- 1968 days ago
'Kumar' Actor's Gun-Toting Robber Pleads Guilty

'Kumar' Actor's Gun-Toting Robber Pleads Guilty

Kal Penn -- aka Kumar from the White Castle movies -- has the taste of sweet justice on his lips ... because the dude who robbed him at GUNPOINT last year just pled guilty to the crime.  … READ MORE >

- 2074 days ago
Harold vs. Kumar: Who'd You Rather?

Harold vs. Kumar
Who'd You Rather?

Stars of the "Harold & Kumar" film franchise John Cho and Kal Penn reunited at White Castle the same event in Burbank on Monday.Question is ... READ MORE >

- 2298 days ago
Kal Penn -- Feelin' 'Good' After Robbery

Kal Penn -- Feelin' 'Good' After Robbery

Kal Penn wasn't sweating after being robbed at gunpoint in Washington D.C. yesterday -- in fact, dude told cameras he was doing "good" after the entire ordeal. A little thing like robbery ain't… READ MORE >

- 2424 days ago
Secret Service Investigating Kal Penn Robbery

Secret Service
Investigating Kal Penn Robbery

The scumbag who robbed Kal Penn at gunpoint in D.C. yesterday picked the wrong guy to mess with -- law enforcement sources tell TMZ the Secret Service is now on the case. Turns out, the bad guy… READ MORE >

- 2424 days ago
'Kumar' Actor Robbed at Gunpoint in D.C.

'Kumar' Actor Robbed at Gunpoint in D.C.

TMZ has learned Kal Penn -- aka Kumar from that "White Castle" movie -- was robbed at gunpoint  early this morning while walking in a neighborhood in Washington D.C. Law enforcement sources… READ MORE >

- 2425 days ago

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