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Kal Penn

Kal Penn recently returned from India where he had an incredible experience filming The Namesake, based on the novel by Pulitzer Prize winner Jhumpa Lahiri and directed by Mira Nair. The film deals with issues that many immigrants around the world face on a daily basis, trying to discover their identity when they are forced to grow up in two worlds simultaneously and having to choose which world they ultimately want.

Kal recently spent some time in Romania and London where he filmed the starring role in Van Wilder 2: Rise Of The Taj. Also in this last year, Kal was in Australia where he filmed Superman Returns, directed by Bryan Singer, alongside Kevin Spacey and Kate Bosworth.

Released in 2005, Kal starred in A Lot Like Love, alongside Ashton Kutcher and Amanda Peet. He has also since been recently nominated for an MTV Movie Award for his role as Kumar in Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle, alongside John Cho. Kal also shined playing the best friend and co-worker, Jorge, to Jamie Kennedy's character Tim Avery in Son of The Mask.

Kal is also making a name for himself on the indie film circuit. He plays Bobby in Victory Productions Arrangement and El Camino Pictures' Sueno. He can also be seen in 2005's Dancing in Twilight with Mimi Rogers and Erik Avari and 2003's American Made.

Kal will forever be remembered for his hilarious role as Taj opposite Ryan Reynolds and Tara Reid in the comedy National Lampoon's Van Wilder. In addition, Kal starred in Love Don't Cost a Thing, an urban re-make of the 80's hit comedy Can't Buy Me Love, alongside Christina Milian and Steve Harvey. Kal was also seen in Malibu's Most Wanted opposite Jamie Kennedy. Kal's additional feature film credits include Eros Entertainment's American Desi and Tom Huang's Freshman.

After his supporting role in the Emmy Award winning HBO Films comedy Express: Aisle To Glory, Kal went to work on episodes of Spin City, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Sabrina the Teenage Witch and The Steve Harvey Show. During the 1999-2000 TV season, Kal was a series regular on the ABC/Touchstone pilot Brookfield produced by the Shepard-Robin Company. During the 2001-2002 TV season Kal had guest spots on NYPD Blue, The Agency, Angel and That's Life.

Kal was born and raised in New Jersey, which allowed him to train extensively in theatre all over the metropolitan New York area. His most memorable experiences include working with the George Street Playhouse, The Atlantic Theatre Company, The New Jersey Governor's School of the Arts and Rutgers' University Summer Arts Institute.

When Kal graduated from the Freehold Regional High School District's Performing Arts High School, he was accepted into the prestigious School of Theater, Film and Television at the University of California Los Angeles. During his time at UCLA, Kal continued to build his body of work in film and television both inside and outside of the classroom.

Note: This profile was written in or before 2007.
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Kal Penn Facts

Birth NameKalpen Modi
BirthdayApril 23, 1977 (46)
BirthplaceMontclair, New Jersey, USA
Height5' 11" (1m80)  How tall is Kal Penn compared to you?

Selected Filmography

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