Learn about actor Kal Penn biography, Family life, Education, Age, net worth, career, and more.
Kal Penn was born in Montclair, New Jersey, United States. in April 1977. His parent’s name is Suresh Modi, an engineer and his mother is Asmita working at a perfume company with a master’s degree in chemistry, and a younger brother named Pullin.
Who is Kal Penn?
Kal’s parents were traditionally Gujarati later migrated to the United States who wanted to make the son a lawyer or a doctor, but Kal had a dream of entertaining people from his very childhood and choose to become an actor instead.
Penn attended schooling at Howell High School Academy for “The Fine and Performing Arts” for three years but before completing studies moved to the “Freehold Township High School” in New Jersey.
Kal Penn was involved in different activities like used to play saxophone, joining the drama classes, and becoming a member of the school’s Forensics Speech and Debate Team.
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Kal Penn graduated from the “Freehold Township High School” in 1995 and for further study moved to Los Angeles and joined ‘University of California School of Theatre, Film, and Television and graduated with a major in sociology and performing arts. He was born on April 23, 1977, and now he is 44 years old.
Kal Penn Acting Career
Kal Penn started his acting career in 1988 in the film ‘Express: Aisle to Glory’ though he was studying at ‘University of California’. Actually, his real name was Kalpen Suresh Modi, but this long and difficult Indian name compelled him to change in short form ‘Kal Penn’ so he wouldn’t shun by any employers.
Kal Penn on his memoir, “You Can’t Be Serious”
During the 1990s. Kall Pen appeared on television in ‘Spin City’, Teenage Witch’, ‘Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and ‘Sabina’. He even directed a short film while studying college but the lead role was played by Jason Allentoff.
In 2001, Harold & Kumar actor starred ‘American Desi’, in 2002 ‘National Lampoon’s Van Wilder’, and in 2003 ‘Love Don’t Cost a Thing’. Kal Pen played the role of an Indian American student Kumar Patel in the comedy feature film ‘Harold & Kumar To White Castle’ in 2004 etc.
Kal Penn may be best known for his role in the Harold and Kumar movies, but IMDb confirms he has a number of other films that are also his best.
Kal was not only an actor but he served at the ‘University of Phhsylvania’ in Philadelphia as a visiting professor in ‘Asian American Studies Program’ and taught the subject ‘Images of Asian-American in the Medi’.
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In 2009, he got the post of Associate Director of the ‘White House Office of Public Liaison and Intergovernmental Affairs at the request of the Barack Obama administration.
This necessitated that his TV character, Lawrence Kutner, be written out of House but resigned from this post in 2010 for a certain period and went back to acting then again joined the same post.
Finally, fully resigned from this post in July 2011. In 2014, he joined ‘Stafford University to get a degree in International Security.
Kal Penn Net Worth is in $ Millions!
Kal Penn is an American actor and former White House staff member in the Barack Obamas administration whose net worth as of October 2021 is estimated at $18 million dollars. He makes most of his income with his multiple careers as an actor.
The reason behind such big fortune is credited to his starred blockbuster hit movies like Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle which grossed a worldwide box office collection of $19,474,552, similarly, another sequel Guantanamo Bay which grossed $43, 353, 117.
Similarly, he also starred in the 2007 Epic Movie which grossed a worldwide collection of $86,858,578, and Son of the Mask which made $59, 918, 422 as per sources from The-Number.
Similarly, as per Salary.com, an average salary of an actor ranges from $48,072 and $71,225. So accounting for all his income sources, Kal Penn’s net worth reaches $18 million.
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