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      Kal Penn

      Kal Penn

      Highest Rated: 90% The Problem With Apu (2017)

      Lowest Rated: Not Available

      Birthday: Apr 23, 1977

      Birthplace: Montclair, New Jersey, USA

      Actor Kal Penn - originally Kalpen Suresh Modi - managed, for the most part, to avoid playing stereotypical characters to become a fast-rising Hollywood star. After spending several years climbing the ladder with episodes of series television, Penn bit the bullet and played an Indian named Taj Mahal, complete with thick accent, in the lowbrow comedy "National Lampoon's Van Wilder" (2002). But he soon had his breakout role playing a stoned Ivy Leaguer in search of tiny delicious hamburgers in the cult hit ""Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle" (2004), which spawned another popular sequel four years later. In between, Penn was seen in blockbusters like "Superman Returns" (2006) while demonstrating his range in the art house drama, "The Namesake" (2007). After playing a conflicted terrorist on the hit action series "24" (Fox, 2001-10) and a sports medicine specialist on "House" (Fox, 2004-12), Penn left acting altogether to work in President Barack Obama's administration, proving that his dedication to public service truly outweighed his dreams for Hollywood stardom. However, Penn soon returned to his first love, appearing in a story arc on the sitcom "How I Met Your Mother" (CBS 2005-2014), hosting the game show "The Big Brain Theory" (Discovery 2013), and co-starring in the series "We Are Men" (CBS 2013-14), "Battle Creek" (CBS 2015) and "Designated Survivor" (ABC 2016- ).

      Highest rated movies

      The Namesake
      Untitled Horror Movie
      The Sisterhood of Night
      Smile Superman Returns
      Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle
      Where's the Party Yaar?
      Bhopal: A Prayer for Rain

      Photos

      Kal Penn HAROLD AND KUMAR GO TO WHITE CASTLE, Kal Penn, John cho, 2004, (c) New Line The Tonight Show With Jay Leno, John Cho (L), Kal Penn (C), Jay Leno (R), 'Season', ©NBC HAROLD & KUMAR ESCAPE FROM GUANTANAMO BAY, Neil Patrick Harris, Kal Penn, John Cho, 2008. ©New Line Cinema Battle Creek, Liza LaPira (L), Damon Herriman (C), Kal Penn (R), 03/01/2015, ©CBS THE NAMESAKE, Tabu, Kal Penn, Jacinda Barrett, 2006, (c) Fox Searchlight A VERY HAROLD & KUMAR 3D CHRISTMAS, John Cho, Neil Patrick Harris, Kal Penn, 2011. ph: Darren Michaels/©Warner Bros. Pictures VAN WILDER 2: THE RISE OF TAJ, (aka NATIONAL LAMPOON'S VAN WILDER: THE RISE OF TAJ), foreground: Holly Davidson, Kal Penn, 2006. ©MGM HAROLD & KUMAR ESCAPE FROM GUANTANAMO BAY, John Cho (second from left), Kal Penn (third from left), 2008. ©New Line Cinema THE NAMESAKE, Kal Penn, Irfan Khan, Sahira Nair, Tabu, 2006. TM &©20th Century Fox. All rights reserved HAROLD & KUMAR ESCAPE FROM GUANTANAMO BAY, from left: Kal Penn, John Cho, 2008. ©New Line Cinema HAROLD & KUMAR ESCAPE FROM GUANTANAMO BAY, John Cho, Kal Penn, 2008. ©New Line Cinema How I Met Your Mother, Kal Penn (L), Cobie Smulders (R), 'The Stinson Missile Crisis', Season 7, Ep. #4, 10/03/2011, ©CBS VAN WILDER 2: THE RISE OF TAJ, (aka NATIONAL LAMPOON'S VAN WILDER: THE RISE OF TAJ), front row: Steve Rathman, Glen Barry, Kal Penn, Anthony Cozens, Holly Davidson, 2006. ©MGM A LOT LIKE LOVE, Kal Penn, Ashton Kutcher, 2005, (c) Touchstone BHOPAL: A PRAYER FOR RAIN, from left: Kal Penn, Martin Sheen, 2014. ©Revolver Entertainment NATIONAL LAMPOON'S VAN WILDER, Jason Winter, Teck Holmes, Ryan Reynolds, Kal Penn, 2002 The Big Picture With Kal Penn, Sharon Osbourne (L), Kal Penn (R), 'Sex Drive', Season 1, Ep. #3, 04/06/2015, ©NATGEOC Superhuman, Kal Penn, 01/04/2016, ©FOX New Girl, Nasim Pedrad (L), Kal Penn (R), 'Helmet', Season 5, Ep. #16, 04/19/2016, ©FOX

      Filmography

      Movies

      Credit
      79% 77% Smile Unknown (Character) $105.9M 2022
      82% 71% Untitled Horror Movie Mark (Character) - 2021
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Hot Mess Holiday Self,
      Executive Producer
      - 2021
      No Score Yet 33% The Ashram Nitin (Character) - 2018
      90% 28% The Problem With Apu Self - 2017
      0% 21% The Layover Anuj (Character) - 2017
      21% 28% Once Upon a Time in Venice Rajeesh (Character) - 2017
      55% 46% Speech & Debate James (Character) - 2017
      No Score Yet 44% Stereotypically You Brice (Character) - 2016
      No Score Yet 17% Outliving Emily Tim (Character) - 2015
      17% 21% The Girl in the Photographs Peter Hemmings (Character) - 2015
      81% 65% The Sisterhood of Night Gordy Gambhir (Character) - 2014
      68% 59% Bhopal: A Prayer for Rain Motwani (Character) $12.1K 2013
      No Score Yet 68% Dementamania Christian Van Burden (Character) - 2013
      68% 59% A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas Kumar (Character) $35.0M 2011
      52% 60% Harold & Kumar Escape From Guantanamo Bay Kumar (Character) $38.1M 2008
      2% 29% Epic Movie Edward (Character) $39.7M 2007
      85% 79% The Namesake Gogol Ganguli (Character) $13.6M 2006
      38% 29% Man About Town Alan Fineberg (Character) - 2006
      7% 38% National Lampoon's Van Wilder: The Rise of Taj Taj (Character),
      Executive Producer
      $4.3M 2006
      74% 61% Superman Returns Stanford (Character) $200.1M 2006
      No Score Yet 71% Dancing in Twilight Sam (Character) - 2005
      No Score Yet 35% Bachelor Party Vegas Z-Bob (Character) - 2005
      43% 36% Sueño Raj (Character) - 2005
      41% 77% A Lot Like Love Jeeter (Character) $21.8M 2005
      No Score Yet 32% Ball & Chain Bobby (Character) - 2004
      74% 80% Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle Kumar (Character) $18.2M 2004
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Cosmopolitan Vandana's Fiance (Character) - 2003
      69% 62% Where's the Party Yaar? Mo (Mohan Bakshi) (Character) $48.8K 2003
      13% 65% Love Don't Cost a Thing Kenneth Warman (Character) $21.9M 2003
      No Score Yet No Score Yet American Made Unknown (Character) - 2003
      18% 73% National Lampoon's Van Wilder Taj (Character) $21.0M 2002
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Badger Sanjay (Character) - 2002
      38% 73% American Desi Ajay Pandya (Character) $902.8K 2001

      TV

      Credit
      No Score Yet No Score Yet It's Pony Fred (Voice) 2020-2023
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Daily Show Host 2023
      No Score Yet 29% The Daily Show With Trevor Noah Guest,
      Host
      2016 2023
      No Score Yet 48% The Late Show With Stephen Colbert Guest 2016 2023
      57% 67% The Santa Clauses Simon Choksi (Character) 2022
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Celebrity Wheel of Fortune Guest 2022
      No Score Yet 19% The Late Late Show With James Corden Guest 2017 2019 2021-2022
      No Score Yet 10% The View Guest 2022
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Celebrity Family Feud Guest 2022
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Mira, Royal Detective Mikku (Voice) 2020-2022
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Money Hungry Host 2021
      No Score Yet 31% The Drew Barrymore Show Guest 2021
      No Score Yet 62% The Kelly Clarkson Show Guest 2019 2021
      No Score Yet 36% Jimmy Kimmel Live! Guest 2017 2020-2021
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Talk Guest 2013 2021
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Let's Make a Deal Guest 2021
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The $100,000 Pyramid Guest 2017 2019 2021
      42% 59% Clarice Shaan Tripathi (Character) 2021
      82% 15% A Little Late With Lilly Singh Guest 2019 2021
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Tooning Out the News Guest 2020
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Kal Penn Approves This Message Executive Producer,
      Host
      2020
      36% 57% Sunnyside Garrett Modi (Character),
      Executive Producer,
      Writer
      2019
      No Score Yet 61% Late Night With Seth Meyers Guest 2018-2019
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Hollywood Game Night Guest 2013 2019
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Match Game Guest 2016 2019
      71% 53% Designated Survivor Seth Wright (Character) 2016-2019
      81% 83% The Big Bang Theory Doctor Campbell (Guest Star) 2019
      43% 62% This Giant Beast That Is the Global Economy Host 2019
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Finding Your Roots Guest 2019
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Fancy Nancy Mr. Singh (Guest Voice) 2018
      No Score Yet No Score Yet To Tell the Truth Guest 2017-2018
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Chew Guest 2018
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Superhuman Host 2017
      No Score Yet 35% The F Word With Gordon Ramsay Guest 2017
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Rachel Dratch's Late Night Snack Guest 2016
      No Score Yet No Score Yet 20/20 Guest 2016
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Mack & Moxy Unknown (Guest Star) 2016
      95% 85% New Girl Tripp (Guest Star) 2016
      No Score Yet 79% Deadbeat Clyde Shapiro (Character) 2016
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Soup Unknown (Character) 2015
      96% 67% Battle Creek Fontanelle White (Character) 2015
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Big Picture With Kal Penn Host 2015
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Last Call With Carson Daly Guest 2015
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Real Time With Bill Maher Guest 2014
      84% 85% How I Met Your Mother Kevin (Guest Star) 2011-2012 2014
      4% No Score Yet We Are Men Gil Bartis (Character) 2013
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Big Brain Theory: Pure Genius Host,
      Producer
      2013
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Larry King Now Guest 2013
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Watch What Happens Live With Andy Cohen Guest 2013
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Late Night With Jimmy Fallon Guest 2011 2013
      90% 96% House Dr. Lawrence Kutner (Character),
      Unknown (Guest Star)
      2007-2009 2012
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Late Night With Conan O'Brien Guest 2008
      78% 80% Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Henry Chanoor (Guest Star) 2007
      87% 87% 24 Ahmed Amar (Guest Star) 2007
      39% 80% Tru Calling Unknown (Guest Star) 2003
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Agency Unknown (Guest Star) 2001
      83% No Score Yet NYPD Blue Solomon Al-Ramai (Guest Star) 2001
      69% No Score Yet Spin City Unknown (Guest Star) 2000
      85% 92% Buffy the Vampire Slayer Hunt (Guest Star) 1999