Kalpen Suresh Modi (born April 23, 1977), known professionally as Kal Penn, is an American actor, comedian, producer, and former civil servant.
As an actor, he is known for his role portraying Lawrence Kutner on the television program House, as well as the character Kumar Patel in the Harold & Kumar film series.
In May 2007, Penn received the Asian Excellence Award for Outstanding Actor for his performance in The Namesake. reported that Penn had signed on as a regular on the show along with Olivia Wilde and Peter Jacobson and this was confirmed in the plot of the episode "Games".
Penn continued with the series through to the episode "Simple Explanation", which aired April 6, 2009.
Penn attended The Fine and Performing Arts Academy (a magnet program) as a Theater major at Howell High School for freshman year; he transferred to Freehold Township High School for sophomore, junior, and senior years; both schools are part of the Freehold Regional High School District.
He was active in the schools' theater productions and competed on the Freehold Township forensics team.
He is also recognized for his performance in the film The Namesake.