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Kalpen Suresh Modi

Birthplace: Montclair, Essex County, New Jersey, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Private and Private

Occupation: actor, comedian, producer, and former civil servant
Managed by: Erica Howton
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Immediate Family

    • Private
    • Private

About Kal Penn

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.


Penn was born in Montclair, New Jersey, to Gujarati Indian immigrant parents. His mother, Asmita, is a fragrance evaluator for a perfume company, and his father, Suresh Modi, is an engineer. He regularly visited Gujarat as a child during vacations, which he fondly remembers, and he can speak some Gujarati. He has stated that stories of his grandparents marching with MK Gandhi during the Indian independence movement were a significant influence on his interest in politics.


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Kal Penn's Timeline

April 23, 1977
Montclair, Essex County, New Jersey, United States