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

Though he had a tough time breaking into Hollywood due to his ethnicity, actor Kal Penn - originally Kalpen Suresh Modi - managed for the most part to avoid playing stereotypical characters and 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
Superman Returns
Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle
Bhopal: A Prayer for Rain
Where's the Party Yaar?
A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas

Photos

Filmography

Movies

Credit
83% 76% 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% 30% 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% 47% Speech & Debate James (Character) - 2017
No Score Yet 43% 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
80% 65% The Sisterhood of Night Gordy Gambhir (Character) - 2014
71% 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 67% 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 33% 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 Mira, Royal Detective Mikku (Voice) 2020-2022
No Score Yet No Score Yet It's Pony Fred (Voice) 2020-2022
No Score Yet No Score Yet Money Hungry Host 2021
No Score Yet 24% The Drew Barrymore Show Guest 2021
No Score Yet 28% The Late Late Show With James Corden Guest 2017 2019 2021
No Score Yet 50% The Kelly Clarkson Show Guest 2019 2021
No Score Yet 10% Jimmy Kimmel Live! Guest 2017 2020-2021
No Score Yet 0% 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
40% 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 48% Late Night With Seth Meyers Guest 2018-2019
No Score Yet 100% Hollywood Game Night Guest 2013 2019
No Score Yet 83% Match Game Guest 2016 2019
71% 53% Designated Survivor Seth Wright (Character) 2016-2019
81% 82% The Big Bang Theory Doctor Campbell (Guest Star) 2019
43% 62% This Giant Beast That Is the Global Economy Host 2019
No Score Yet 87% 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 66% The Chew Guest 2018
No Score Yet 66% 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 50% 20/20 Guest 2016
No Score Yet 25% The Daily Show With Trevor Noah Guest 2016
No Score Yet 44% The Late Show With Stephen Colbert Guest 2016
No Score Yet No Score Yet Mack & Moxy Unknown (Guest Star) 2016
95% 84% New Girl Tripp (Guest Star) 2016
No Score Yet 76% 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 Today Guest 2015
No Score Yet No Score Yet Big Morning Buzz Live Guest 2015
No Score Yet No Score Yet Last Call With Carson Daly Guest 2015
No Score Yet 66% Real Time With Bill Maher Guest 2014
84% 84% How I Met Your Mother Kevin (Guest Star) 2011-2012 2014
4% 33% We Are Men Gil Bartis (Character) 2013
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Big Brain Theory: Pure Genius Host 2013
No Score Yet No Score Yet Larry King Now Guest 2013
No Score Yet No Score Yet CBS This Morning Guest 2013
No Score Yet No Score Yet Watch What Happens Live With Andy Cohen Guest 2013
No Score Yet 20% 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% 89% Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Henry Chanoor (Guest Star) 2007
87% 86% 24 Ahmed Amar (Guest Star) 2007
42% 83% Tru Calling Unknown (Guest Star) 2003
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Agency Unknown (Guest Star) 2001
83% 83% NYPD Blue Solomon Al-Ramai (Guest Star) 2001
69% No Score Yet Spin City Unknown (Guest Star) 2000
84% 93% Buffy the Vampire Slayer Hunt (Guest Star) 1999