Kal Penn

American actor and politician Kal Penn

Kal Penn is an American actor, producer, and civil servant. As an actor, he is known for his roles portraying the character Dr. Lawrence Kutner on the television program House and the character Kumar Patel in the Harold and Kumar comedy films. He is also recognized for his performance in the critically acclaimed film The Namesake. Penn has also taught at the University of Pennsylvania as a visiting lecturer in the Cinema Studies Program.
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Kal Penn, more resign White House arts committee
CNN - 6 months
The remaining 16 members of the President's Committee on the Arts and the Humanities resigned in protest on Friday.
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Skokie math whiz Mike Byster shows off his skills on Fox's 'Superhuman'
Chicago Times - 9 months
Skokie math whiz Mike Byster gets a star-studded audience for his number-crunching tricks on the new Fox network series "Superhuman." Byster, who claims to have one of the fastest mathematical and processing minds in the world, shows his stuff to host Kal Penn and a panel that includes boxing champion Mike...
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Donald Trump's Weird Typo Becomes The Hot New Word Everyone Is Using [UPDATED]
Huffington Post - 9 months
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Q. and A.: What Kal Penn, Actor and Obama White House Alumnus, Loves About Toronto
NYTimes - 10 months
Now on “Designated Survivor,” the “Harold and Kumar” star is a fan of Croatia, Detroit and having actual conversations with people you disagree with.
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Actors and Filmmakers Talk Hollywood Whitewashing
Huffington Post - 11 months
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Kal Penn Tweets His Old Audition Scripts For Offensive Indian Roles
Huffington Post - 12 months
Actor Kal Penn has played a doctor on “House,” a therapist on “How I Met Your Mother” and a stoner craving tiny burgers on “Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle.” But based on roles offered to him early in his career, you’d think the only character in Penn’s acting range is Stereotypical Indian Guy. Penn, who served in the White House under President Barack Obama’s administration, shared on Tuesday photos of audition scripts he received as a fledgling actor.  The characters available to Penn were painstakingly stereotypical, including a “Gandhi lookalike,” a “quirky, Indian lab buddy” whose “language is peppered with Indian cultural references” and “Careem” with “a slight Hindi accent.” “Found a bunch of old scripts from some of my first years trying to be an actor,” Penn wrote in a series of tweets. “They were awful,” he added. “’Can you make this accent a little more AUTHENTIC?’ That usually meant they wanted Apu.” Jeez I remember this one! They were awful. "Can...
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Kal Penn highlights Hollywood typecasting
CNN - 12 months
Kal Penn spends his days at the fictional White House on ABC's "Designated Survivor." But the actor took to Twitter on Tuesday to remember the days when his acting career's survival meant auditioning for a number of offensive roles.
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Washington DACA Students Face Uncertainty After Detainment Of Seattle DACA Holder
Huffington Post - about 1 year
President Donald Trump has signed executive orders that have proven he will deliver some of his biggest campaign promises. One of his campaign promises remains unfilled: To repeal former President Obama’s executive order on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), and to start the deportation process of about 750,000 young immigrants, who grew up in the United States after being brought here as children. During his campaign, Trump railed against the program even in the face of political backlash. Since the election, Trump’s language on DACA has softened. In his first interview as president-elect, he suggested he would replace DACA with something that would allow young immigrants to stay in the United States. On Tuesday, news broke that 23-year-old, Daniel Ramirez Medina, was detained by immigration and Customs Enforcement Agents in Tacoma, Wash., he was registered under the DACA program. “How can DACA recipients feel safe when one just got detain, and was detained for ...
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Donald Trump Tweets 'Easy D' And The Internet Is Going Mental
Huffington Post - about 1 year
Donald Trump started the day by attacking Nordstrom and defending his daughter’s business. He placed the blame on the company, but the truth is consumers just stopped buying her products. My daughter Ivanka has been treated so unfairly by @Nordstrom. She is a great person -- always pushing me to do the right thing! Terrible! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 8, 2017 .@realDonaldTrump It's NOT Nordstrom, it's the CONSUMERS that decided not to buy all your HYPOCRITICAL products. You lost by over 3 million! — Tommy Campbell (@MrTommyCampbell) February 8, 2017 Many voted their distaste for the tacky brand and the many foreign-made Trump products with Shannon Coulter’s #GrabYourWallet campaign. As of today, you can find the official, always-up-to-date #GrabYourWallet list over at https://t.co/2TQSA4DmH5 — Shannon Coulter (@shannoncoulter) November 27, 2016 Even more interesting and not surprising was the t...
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Kal Penn is 'inspired' after raising more than $600,000 for Syrian refugees
LATimes - about 1 year
After a weekend of airport protests across the country in response to President Trump’s temporary ban on refugees coming into the U.S., pushback has also come in another form: money. The American Civil Liberties Union, which successfully fought for an emergency stay late Saturday night to halt...
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Actor Kal Penn raises thousands for Syrian refugees after vile social media comment
Yahoo News - about 1 year
What Kal Penn calls turning bigotry into love is a powerful force indeed.  The actor flipped a vile social media comment on its head Saturday, using the message of hate to rally support for Syrian refugees to the tune of $50,000.  SEE ALSO: Hollywood rallies to support Iranian Asghar Farhadi, barred from Oscars by Muslim ban Penn shared a screenshot of what appeared to be an Instagram comment in which someone said "you don't belong in this country you fucking joke." He linked to a crowdfunding page entitled, appropriately enough, "Donating to Syrian Refugees in the Name of the Dude Who Said I Don't Belong in America." To the dude who said I don't belong in America, I started a fundraising page for Syrian Refugees in your name. https://t.co/NOR5P48fBi pic.twitter.com/jtJOsK9GrU — Kal Penn (@kalpenn) January 28, 2017 To the dude who said I don't belong in America, I started a fundraising page for Syrian Refugees in your name. (Clickable link in my profile if you would like to donate!) h...
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Kal Penn Responds To Racist Troll By Raising Thousands For Refugees
Huffington Post - about 1 year
Kal Penn is turning racist vitriol into meaningful action to help other people. On Saturday, the Indian-American actor posted a screenshot on Instagram showing a text-message conversation with a friend. The friend was talking about an Iraqi refugee turned away from the United States in the wake of President Donald Trump’s executive order halting the U.S. refugee program and suspending immigration from several countries. ‪My friend Mike just sent this heartbreaking text about his refugee friend. Families are being torn apart. Shame on us. This is un-American. ‬What Donald Trump and the Republican Party are doing is wholly unAmerican. A photo posted by Kal Penn (@kalpenn) on Jan 28, 2017 at 9:24am PST Someone then messaged Penn saying that he doesn’t “belong in this country” and is a “fucking joke.” So Penn responded in about the best way possible: by raising money to help refugees. To the dude who said I don't belong in America,...
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Kal Penn Starts Fundraiser for Syrian Refugees in Honor of Critic Who Said He Didn't Belong in America - PEOPLE.com
Google News - about 1 year
PEOPLE.com Kal Penn Starts Fundraiser for Syrian Refugees in Honor of Critic Who Said He Didn't Belong in America PEOPLE.com Kal Penn is clapping back at his haters with a fundraiser for Syrian refugees. The 39-year-old American actor has started a CrowdRise fundraiser in the name of a commenter who told him he doesn't belong in America. The message appeared to be written in ... Kal Penn fundraises for Syrian refugees after hateful tweetNew York Daily News Kal Penn raises over $200000 for refugees in response to racist tweetEW.com Kal Penn Responds To Racist Troll By Raising Thousands For RefugeesHuffington Post The Hill (blog) -Vulture -Consequence of Sound (blog) -The Inquisitr all 22 news articles »
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Kal Penn
    THIRTIES
  • 2016
    Age 38
    In February 2016, it was announced that Penn would co-star opposite Kiefer Sutherland in the ABC drama series Designated Survivor as Seth, a White House speech writer who originally worked under the President Richman administration.
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    In January 2016, Penn announced that he supported Bernie Sanders for the 2016 Democratic nomination.
  • 2014
    Age 36
    On February 28, 2014, Penn served as the Master of Ceremonies for the White House Student Film Festival.
  • 2013
    Age 35
    On November 18, 2013, President Obama appointed Penn to serve on the President's Committee on the Arts and Humanities.
  • 2012
    Age 34
    On September 3, 2012, Obama for America released a video featuring President Obama and Penn which announced that Penn would host the September 6 coverage of the 2012 Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina.
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    In February 2012, it was announced that Penn would be a co-chair for the re-election campaign of President Barack Obama.
  • 2010
    Age 32
    He returned to office on November 15, 2010, following completion of A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas.
    Having made a commitment before his employment at the White House, Penn amicably left his post as President Barack Obama's associate director of public engagement on June 1, 2010, to return to his acting career.
    Penn resigned his post as Barack Obama's Associate Director of Public Engagement on June 1, 2010, for a brief return to his acting career.
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  • 2009
    Age 31
    In early 2009, Penn was offered the position of Associate Director of the White House Office of Public Engagement in the Obama administration, which he accepted.
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    He made an additional appearance as Lawrence Kutner on the fifth season finale, "Both Sides Now", that aired on May 11, 2009.
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    Penn continued with the series through to the episode "Simple Explanation", which aired April 6, 2009.
    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.
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    He appears in the Barack Obama-supporting video "Sí Se Puede Cambiar" by Andres Useche and appeared with comedian George Lopez on January 18, 2009, at "We Are One: The Obama Inaugural Celebration at the Lincoln Memorial".
  • TWENTIES
  • 2007
    Age 29
    Penn was an advocate for Barack Obama's presidential campaign in 2007 and 2008 and a member of Obama's National Arts Policy Committee.
    In fall 2007, Penn joined the cast of the Fox medical drama House as a fellowship applicant.
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    In May 2007, Penn received the Asian Excellence Award for Outstanding Actor for his performance in The Namesake.
    Also in January 2007, he appeared in the spoof comedy Epic Movie as well as the television show Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.
    In January 2007, Penn appeared in the first four episodes of the sixth season of 24 as Ahmed Amar, a teenage terrorist.
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  • 1998
    Age 20
    Penn's feature film debut came in 1998 in Express: Aisle to Glory.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1977
    Born
    Born on April 23, 1977.
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