Kal Penn Net Worth

Kal Penn Net Worth is
$15 Million

Kal Penn Biography

A global known Actor Kalpen Suresh Modi born in Saturday, April 23, 1977

Known for movies

Quick Facts

Full NameKal Penn
Net Worth$15 Million
Date Of BirthApril 23, 1977
Height1.78 m
ProfessionFilm producer, Actor, Public servant
EducationFreehold Township High School, University of California, Los Angeles, Marlboro Middle School, Howell High School, Stanford University
ParentsAsmita Modi, Suresh Modi
SiblingsPulin Modi
NominationsScreen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series, MTV Movie Award for Best On-Screen Duo, MTV Movie Award for Best Musical Sequence, Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie: Rockstar Moment
MoviesHarold and Kumar Go to White Castle, A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas, Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay, The Namesake, Epic Movie, Superman Returns, Van Wilder: The Rise of Taj, The Girl In The Photographs, National Lampoon's Van Wilder, American Desi, Son of the Mask, Bhopal: A Prayer for Rain, A Lot like Love, Dude, Where's the Party?, Love Don't Cost a Thing, Bachelor Party Vegas, Malibu's Most Wanted, The Sisterhood of Night, Man About Town, Dancing in Twilight, The Layover, Dementamania, Harold & Kumar Go to Amsterdam, Emily & Tim, Ball & Chain, Homeland Security, Cosmopolitan, Sueño, Freshmen, Express: Aisle to Glory, The Call, Badger, Hector, Two Sisters
TV ShowsBattle Creek, We Are Men, The Big Brain Theory, House, All About the Andersons, Designated Survivor, Independent Lens

Interesting Facts

1 Kal Penn has both worked as a real-life White House staffer (as Associate Director of the Obama administration's White House Office of Public Engagement) and played one on TV (as Seth in the TV series Designated Survivor).
2 L.A. [October 2002]
3 Currently teaches a course at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, PA. The course is entitled "Asian-Americans in the Media". [January 2008]
4 With Rachael Leigh Cook, he appeared at Keene State College; Keene, New Hampshire, on November 3rd to campaign for Barack Obama. [November 2008]
5 Played saxophone in his school's marching band.
6 Is best friends with 'John Cho', Ryan Reynolds and Neil Patrick Harris.
7 (Late April 2010) Was robbed at gunpoint at 1:20 a.m. in Washington D.C. His wallet and other belongings were stolen.
8 He was a member of the Freehold Township High School Forensics Speech & Debate Team. His lucky shirt is the team shirt which depicts the "Fighting Opi".
9 Close friends with Olivia Wilde.
10 The brother of one of Peta 2's senior coordinator Pulin Modi.
11 Kal Penn was invited for an audition for the role of "Gogol Ganguly" in the movie The Namesake (2006), because director Mira Nair's son, Zohan, and her agent's son, Sam, were big fans of Kal Penn's earlier movie - Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle (2004).
12 Accepted a position as the associate director in the White House's Office of Public Liaison and Intergovernmental Affairs [April 7, 2009].
13 In April 2009, Penn told Entertainment Weekly Magazine that the writers killed off his character on House M.D. (2004) because he had asked to be allowed to leave the show to go work for the Barack Obama Administration as the Associate Director in the White House Office of Public Liaison.
14 Is in the process of earning a graduate certificate in international security from Stanford University.
15 During the Spring 2008 semester, he was an adjunct faculty member in the Asian American Studies Program at the University of Pennsylvania (familiarly called "Penn") in Philadelphia. He taught a lecture course, "Images of Asian Americans in the Media," and a seminar, "Contemporary American Teen Films," both of which were cross-listed in the Cinema Studies department. His faculty listing on the Asian American Studies Program website gave his name as Kalpen Modi (his real name) first, with his stage name, Kal Penn, in parentheses.
16 Studied acting under the same teacher (Reynold Forman) as Anthony Bradford.
17 His favorite book is "The Namesake" and used to check into hotels under the pseudonym of "Gogol Ganguli", the lead character of the book. When found out that Mira Nair was making a film out of it, despite her having already cast an actor in the part, Penn lobbied for the role and eventually won it.
18 Was offered a part in "Planet Terror," the Robert Rodriguez segment of Grindhouse (2007), but turned it down due to the conflicting shoot of The Namesake (2006).
19 Began using the name Kal Penn, a variation on his first name Kalpen, to get more roles; he believed that his difficult foreign name would scare away potential employers.
20 Attended UCLA.
21 Lives in same Los Angeles apartment building as director Christian Levatino.
22 Although he attended Howell High School's performing arts program, he later transferred to Freehold Township (NJ) High School, where he graduated in 1995.
23 Is of Gujarati Indian descent.
24 When he was in 8th grade he was in a school production of the musical "The Wiz".
25 His father is an engineer and his mother, who has a master's in chemistry, worked as a fragrance evaluator for a perfume company.
26 Has one younger brother.
27 Met future Where's the Party Yaar? (2003) co-star Datta Dave and Dave's current financial adviser Mihir Upadhyaya during college at UCLA. He assisted Dave in his pursuit of an acting career.
28 Is a vegetarian, contrary to the role that he plays in Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle (2004).
29 Once directed Jason Allentoff in a short film for a college project.
30 He attended the Fine and Performing Arts Center at Howell High School in Farmingdale, New Jersey where he went though an intense study of the arts in acting, dance/movement, and vocal training.
31 He and the other students were banned from using the word "like" in his acting classes, this was to make them sound more intelligent during auditions.
32 Born in New Jersey, now resides in L.A.


1 [in "New York" Magazine, discussing the dissimilarity between his real life and the "Kumar" character] I don't smoke weed. That's not something that I generally offer up in terms of talking points about the movie, because there are a lot of stoners that like the movie and you never want to make them feel like something's disingenuous. But for me, it was always a buddy comedy or, you know, if it was a stoner movie, it was probably equal parts a hamburger movie.
2 (2005) My friend and I will drive down to Tijuana just for lunch -- it's a 2 1/2-hour drive if you leave early. We go over the border and get these great tacos. There's no sign on the place, so we don't even know the name of it. Behind the shops where all the tourists go, there are these two alleys, and it's there. Half of the appeal, honestly, is that we're going to Mexico for tacos. We're here in Southern California and it's so close to another country, it's awesome that we can just go down there for lunch.
3 [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 about the connection between media images and people's thought processes?


All Kal Penn pictures

Nominated Awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2009 Actor Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series House M.D. (2004) Lisa Edelstein

Omar Epps

Peter Jacobson

Hugh Laurie

Robert Sean Leonard

Jennifer Morrison

Jesse Spencer

Olivia Wilde
2005 MTV Movie Award MTV Movie Awards Best On-Screen Team Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle (2004) John Cho
2005 MTV Movie Award MTV Movie Awards Best Musical Performance Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle (2004) John Cho
2005 Teen Choice Award Teen Choice Awards Choice Movie Rockstar Moment Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle (2004) John Cho
2005 Stinker Award The Stinkers Bad Movie Awards Most Annoying Fake Accent: Male Son of the Mask (2005)



Speech & Debate 2017 post-production James
Once Upon a Time in Venice 2017 post-production
The Ashram 2016 post-production Nitin
The Layover 2016/I post-production Anuj
Designated Survivor 2016-2017 TV Series Seth Wright
Better Off Single 2016 Brice
New Girl 2016 TV Series Tripp
Deadbeat 2016 TV Series Clyde
Mack & Moxy 2016 TV Series Admirable Kal
The Girl in the Photographs 2015 Peter Hemmings
Emily & Tim 2015 Tim (Segment 2)
Battle Creek 2015 TV Series Fontanelle White
Bhopal: A Prayer for Rain 2014 Motwani
The Sisterhood of Night 2014 Gordy Gambhir
How I Met Your Mother 2011-2014 TV Series Kevin
We Are Men 2013 TV Series Gil Bartis / Gil Brooks / Gil
Dementamania 2013 Christian Van Burden
House M.D. 2007-2012 TV Series Dr. Lawrence Kutner
Prairie Dogs 2012 TV Movie Neil
The Daily Show 2011 TV Series Kumar
Lowe's CEO Responds to the All-American Muslim Controversy 2011 Short Assistant
A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas 2011 Kumar
Harold & Kumar's Yuletide Jamz 2011 Short
Harold & Kumar Go to Amsterdam 2008 Video short Kumar
Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay 2008 Kumar
Two Sisters 2008 TV Movie
The Call 2007 TV Movie Ian
Epic Movie 2007 Edward
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit 2007 TV Series Henry Chanoor
24 2007 TV Series Ahmed Amar
Van Wilder 2: The Rise of Taj 2006 Taj
Deck the Halls 2006 Amit Sayid - Satellite Computer Tech (uncredited)
The Namesake 2006 Gogol / Nikhil
Superman Returns 2006 Stanford
The Danny Comden Project 2006 TV Movie Max
Bachelor Party Vegas 2006 Video Z-Bob
Man About Town 2006 Alan Fineberg
Dancing in Twilight 2005 Sam
Sueño 2005 Raj
A Lot Like Love 2005 Jeeter
Son of the Mask 2005 Jorge
Awesometown 2005 TV Short Guy Reading Newspaper
Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle 2004 Kumar Patel
Ball & Chain 2004 Bobby
Homeland Security 2004 TV Movie Harrison
American Made 2003 Short
Love Don't Cost a Thing 2003 Kenneth Warman
Tru Calling 2003 TV Series Steven
Cosmopolitan 2003 TV Movie Vandana's Fiancee
All About the Andersons 2003 TV Series Doctor George
Malibu's Most Wanted 2003 Hadji Amerislani
Where's the Party Yaar? 2003 Mo (Mohan Bakshi)
Regarding Ardy 2003 TV Movie Fred
Hector 2002 Short Kendal Cunningham
Badger 2002 Sanjay
Van Wilder 2002 Taj Mahal Badalandabad
The Agency 2001 TV Series Malek
NYPD Blue 2001 TV Series Solomon Al-Ramai
ER 2001 TV Series Narajan
Angel 2001 TV Series Young Man in Fez
American Desi 2001 Ajay Pandya
Spin City 2000 TV Series Buddy
Sabrina, the Teenage Witch 2000 TV Series Prajeeb
Brookfield 1999 TV Movie Kumar Zimmerman (Series Regular)
Buffy the Vampire Slayer 1999 TV Series Hunt
Freshmen 1999 Ajay
Express: Aisle to Glory 1998 Short Jackie Newton


Vice News 2015 TV Series documentary producer - 1 episode
The Big Picture with Kal Penn 2015 TV Mini-Series documentary producer - 6 episodes
The Big Brain Theory 2013 TV Series producer - 8 episodes
Van Wilder 2: The Rise of Taj 2006 executive producer
Hector 2002 Short associate producer


Designated Survivor 2016 TV Series consultant - 10 episodes
Vice News 2015 TV Series documentary host - 1 episode
The Big Picture with Kal Penn 2015 TV Mini-Series documentary host
Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle 2004 production assistant: second unit, New Jersey - as Kalpen Modi


How I Met Your Mother 2012 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Regarding Ardy 2003 TV Movie performer: "Tiny Dancer"


To Tell the Truth 2017 TV Series Himself - Panelist
Masterchef 2017 TV Series Himself
Live with Kelly and Michael 2016 TV Series Himself
20/20 2016 TV Series documentary Himself
The Daily Show 2016 TV Series Himself
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert 2016 TV Series Himself
Match Game 2016 TV Series Himself - Celebrity Panelist
Join or Die with Craig Ferguson 2016 TV Series Himself - Special Guest
Superhuman 2016 TV Special Himself - Host
The Soup 2015 TV Series Himself - Guest
The Big Picture with Kal Penn 2015 TV Mini-Series documentary Himself - Host / Himself
Today 2015 TV Series Himself - Guest
The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore 2015 TV Series Himself - Panelist
Last Call with Carson Daly 2013-2015 TV Series Himself - Guest
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson 2007-2015 TV Series Himself - Guest
Real Time with Bill Maher 2014 TV Series Himself - Guest
Dish Nation 2014 TV Series
Next Time on Lonny 2014 TV Series Himself
The Queen Latifah Show 2013 TV Series Himself - Guest
Hollywood Game Night 2013 TV Series Himself - Panelist
The Hour 2013 TV Series Himself - Guest
The Big Brain Theory 2013 TV Series Himself - Host
CBS This Morning 2013 TV Series Himself - Guest
Larry King Now 2013 TV Series Himself - Guest
CBS This Morning: Saturday 2013 TV Series Himself - Guest
Watch What Happens: Live 2013 TV Series Himself - Guest
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon 2011-2013 TV Series Himself - Guest
Nikki & Sara Live 2013 TV Series Himself - Guest
The Future with Emily Heller 2013 Video short Himself
Top Gear USA 2012 TV Series documentary Himself
Up Close with Carrie Keagan 2008-2011 TV Series Himself - Guest
1st Look 2011 TV Series Himself - Interviewee
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno 2004-2011 TV Series Himself - Guest
Scream Awards 2011 2011 TV Special Himself
The Download with Jordan Rubin 2011 TV Mini-Series Himself - Guest
10 Minutes 2010 Short Himself
We Are One: The Obama Inaugural Celebration at the Lincoln Memorial 2009 TV Special Himself
House, M.D., Season Four: New Beginnings 2008 Video documentary short Kutner - Dr Lawrence
Spike Guys Choice 2008 TV Movie Himself - Host
Late Night with Conan O'Brien 2008 TV Series Himself - Guest
Larry King Live 2008 TV Series Himself - Guest
2007 AZN Asian Excellence Awards 2007 TV Special Himself
In Bed with Carrie 2007 TV Series Himself
Fuse Celebrity Playlist 2006 TV Series Himself - Guest
Requiem for Krypton: Making 'Superman Returns' 2006 Video documentary Himself (uncredited)
The Young Hollywood Awards 2006 TV Special Himself
Back in Blue: The 'Superman Returns' Movie Special 2006 TV Movie documentary Himself
Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List 2005 TV Series Himself
HBO First Look 2005 TV Series documentary Himself
I Love the '90s: Part Deux 2005 TV Series documentary Himself
John Cho & Kal Penn: The Backseat Interview 2005 Video short Himself
Howard Stern 2004 TV Series Himself
G-Phoria 2004 2004 TV Movie documentary Himself - Presenter
Jimmy Kimmel Live! 2004 TV Series Himself - Guest
2004 MTV Movie Awards 2004 TV Special Himself
Independent Lens 2003-2004 TV Series documentary Vandana's Fiancee / Jagdesh
The Making of 'Love Don't Cost a Thing' 2004 Video documentary short Himself

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Late Night with Seth Meyers 2015 TV Series Himself - Heads Up America PSA

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