Kal Penn

Kal Penn

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

Lowest Rated: 2% Epic Movie (2007)

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- ).

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Credit
No Score Yet 25% The Ashram Nitin (Character) - 2018
21% 28% Once Upon a Time in Venice Rajeesh (Character) - 2017
55% 48% Speech & Debate James (Character) - 2017
90% 32% The Problem With Apu Self - 2017
No Score Yet 8% The Layover Anuj (Character) - 2017
No Score Yet 43% Stereotypically You Brice (Character) - 2016
No Score Yet 17% Outliving Emily Tim (Character) - 2015
18% 21% The Girl in the Photographs Peter Hemmings (Character) - 2015
80% 65% The Sisterhood of Night Gordy Gambhir (Character) - 2014
No Score Yet 68% Dementamania Christian Van Burden (Character) - 2013
71% 60% Bhopal: A Prayer for Rain Motwani (Character) $12.1K 2013
68% 59% A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas Kumar (Character) $35M 2011
52% 60% Harold & Kumar Escape From Guantanamo Bay Kumar (Character) $38.1M 2008
2% 29% Epic Movie Edward (Character) $39.7M 2007
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
85% 79% The Namesake Gogol Ganguli (Character) $13.6M 2006
75% 61% Superman Returns Stanford (Character) $200.1M 2006
No Score Yet 35% Bachelor Party Vegas Z-Bob (Character) - 2005
No Score Yet 67% Dancing in Twilight Sam (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 American Made Unknown (Character) - 2003
69% 62% Where's the Party Yaar? Mo (Mohan Bakshi) (Character) $48.8K 2003
No Score Yet No Score Yet Cosmopolitan Vandana's Fiance (Character) - 2003
13% 65% Love Don't Cost a Thing Kenneth Warman (Character) $21.9M 2003
18% 73% National Lampoon's Van Wilder Taj (Character) $21M 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) 2020-2021
35% 62% Clarice Shaan Tripathi (Character) 2021
No Score Yet No Score Yet Mira, Royal Detective Mikku (Voice) 2020-2021
No Score Yet No Score Yet Live with Kelly and Ryan Guest 2019-2021 2017
No Score Yet 33% The Late Late Show With James Corden Guest 2021 2019 2017
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
No Score Yet No Score Yet Jimmy Kimmel Live! Guest 2020 2017
36% 59% Sunnyside Garrett Modi (Character),
Executive Producer,
Writer
2019
No Score Yet No Score Yet Access Daily Guest 2019
82% 16% A Little Late With Lilly Singh Guest 2019
No Score Yet 50% The Kelly Clarkson Show Guest 2019
No Score Yet 37% Late Night With Seth Meyers Guest 2018-2019
No Score Yet No Score Yet Today 3rd Hour Guest 2019
No Score Yet No Score Yet Hollywood Game Night Guest 2019 2013
No Score Yet No Score Yet Match Game Guest 2019 2016
No Score Yet No Score Yet The $100,000 Pyramid Guest 2019 2017
71% 53% Designated Survivor Seth Wright (Character) 2016-2019
81% 82% The Big Bang Theory Doctor Campbell (Guest Star) 2019
43% 57% 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 Dish Nation Guest 2017
No Score Yet No Score Yet LIVE with Kelly Guest 2016-2017
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 The Daily Show With Trevor Noah Guest 2016
No Score Yet 39% 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 94% 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 No Score Yet Real Time With Bill Maher Guest 2014
83% 83% How I Met Your Mother Kevin (Guest Star) 2014 2011-2012
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Queen Latifah Show Guest 2013
4% No Score Yet We Are Men Gil Bartis (Character) 2013
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Talk Guest 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 No Score Yet Late Night With Jimmy Fallon Guest 2013 2011
90% 96% House Dr. Lawrence Kutner (Character),
Unknown (Guest Star)
2012 2007-2009
No Score Yet No Score Yet Entertainment Studios.com Guest 2008
No Score Yet No Score Yet Entertainers: With Byron Allen Guest 2008
No Score Yet No Score Yet Kickin' It: With Byron Allen Guest 2008
No Score Yet No Score Yet Late Night With Conan O'Brien Guest 2008
78% 88% Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Henry Chanoor (Guest Star) 2007
87% 84% 24 Ahmed Amar (Guest Star) 2007
42% 82% 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
66% No Score Yet Spin City Unknown (Guest Star) 2000
82% 92% Buffy the Vampire Slayer Hunt (Guest Star) 1999

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