Tuesday, September 7, 2010
From the Big Screen to the White House: Kal Penn
Kalpen Suresh Modi (born April 23, 1977), best known by his stage name Kal Penn, is an American film actor and politician. He is the first Indian-American to find a successful acting career among Hollywood's mainstream.
As an actor, he is known for roles on the television programs House and 24, and for the Harold and Kumar comedy films. Penn also taught at the University of Pennsylvania as a visiting lecturer in the Cinema Studies Program.
On April 8, 2009, it was announced that Penn would join the Obama administration as an Associate Director in the White House Office of Public Engagement. This necessitated that his character Lawrence Kutner be written out of the TV series House.Penn resigned his post as Barack Obama's associate director of public engagement on June 1, 2010, to return to his acting career.