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Kal Penn

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 ... See full bio »

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 2015 The Girl in the Photographs
Peter Hemmings
 2015 Outliving Emily
Tim (Segment 2)
 2014 Bhopal: A Prayer for Rain
 2014 The Sisterhood of Night
Gordy Gambhir
 2011-2014 How I Met Your Mother (TV Series)
- Gary Blauman (2014) ... Kevin
- The Drunk Train (2012) ... Kevin
- 46 Minutes (2012) ... Kevin
- Tailgate (2012) ... Kevin
- Tick Tick Tick (2011) ... Kevin
 2013 Dementamania
Christian Van Burden
 2012 Prairie Dogs (TV Movie)
 2008 Harold & Kumar Go to Amsterdam (Video short)
 2008 Two Sisters (TV Movie)
 2007 The Call (TV Movie)
 2007 Epic Movie
 2007 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (TV Series)
Henry Chanoor
- Outsider (2007) ... Henry Chanoor
 2006 Deck the Halls
Amit Sayid - Satellite Computer Tech (uncredited)
 2006 The Namesake
Gogol / Nikhil
 2006 The Danny Comden Project (TV Movie)
 2006 Bachelor Party Vegas (Video)
 2006 Man About Town
Alan Fineberg
 2005 Dancing in Twilight
 2005 Sueño
 2005 Son of the Mask
 2005 Awesometown (TV Short)
Guy Reading Newspaper
 2003-2004 Independent Lens (TV Series documentary)
Vandana's Fiancee / Jagdesh
- Cosmopolitan (2004) ... Vandana's Fiancee
- American Made (2003) ... Jagdesh (as Kalpen Modi)
 2004 Ball & Chain
 2004 Homeland Security (TV Movie)
 2003 American Made (Short)
 2003 Cosmopolitan (TV Movie)
Vandana's Fiancee
 2003 Tru Calling (TV Series)
- Haunted (2003) ... Steven
 2003 All About the Andersons (TV Series)
Doctor George
- Pilot (2003) ... Doctor George
 2003 Where's the Party Yaar?
Mo (Mohan Bakshi)
 2003 Regarding Ardy (TV Movie)
 2002 Hector (Short)
Kendal Cunningham
 2002 Badger
 2001 The Agency (TV Series)
- Rules of the Game (2001) ... Malek
 2001 NYPD Blue (TV Series)
Solomon Al-Ramai
- Baby Love (2001) ... Solomon Al-Ramai
 2001 ER (TV Series)
- The Longer You Stay (2001) ... Narajan
 2001 Angel (TV Series)
Young Man in Fez
- That Vision Thing (2001) ... Young Man in Fez
 2001 That's Life (TV Series)
- Larva (2001)
 2001 American Desi
Ajay Pandya
 2000 Spin City (TV Series)
- The Spanish Prisoner (2000) ... Buddy
 2000 Sabrina, the Teenage Witch (TV Series)
- You Can't Twin (2000) ... Prajeeb
 1999 Brookfield (TV Movie)
Kumar Zimmerman (Series Regular)
 1999 Buffy the Vampire Slayer (TV Series)
- Beer Bad (1999) ... Hunt
 1999 Freshmen
 1998 Express: Aisle to Glory (Short)
Jackie Newton
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Other Works:

In February 2003, appeared as "Fred" in The Lonely Island's Episode 2: Regarding Andy.

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Alternate Names:

Kalpen Modi


5' 10" (1.78 m)

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[in New York Magazine, commenting about his recurring role as a terrorist on TV's 24 (2001)] I have a huge political problem with the role. It was essentially accepting a form of racial profiling. I think it's repulsive. But it was the first time I had a chance to blow stuff up and take a family hostage. As an actor, why shouldn't I have that opportunity? Because I'm brown and I should be scared ... See more »


(Late April 2010) Was robbed at gunpoint at 1:20 a.m. in Washington D.C. His wallet and other belongings were stolen. See more »


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