HAROLD AND KUMAR ESCAPE
FROM GUANTANAMO BAY
2008 is proving to be one of KAL PENN's most successful and demanding years yet. Penn is currently starring on Fox's critically acclaimed series, "House,ā€¯ as a new young doctor, Lawrence Kutner, who relates to House's unorthodox ways of approaching medicine.
Penn recently received rave reviews for his portrayal of Gogol Ganguli in the Fox Searchlight film The Namesake, based on the novel by Pulitzer Prize winner Jhumpa Lahiri and directed by Mira Nair (Vanity Fair, Monsoon Wedding). The film, which won praises internationally, deals with issues of family, love, loss, and struggle - the things that form the American experience.
Penn was born and raised in New Jersey which allowed him to train extensively in theatre all over the metropolitan New York area. His most memorable experiences include working with the George Street Playhouse, The Atlantic Theatre Company, The New Jersey Governor's School of the Arts and Rutger's University Summer Arts Institute.
When Penn graduated from the Freehold Regional High School District's Performing Arts High School, he was accepted into the prestigious School of Theater, Film and Television at the University of California Los Angeles. During his time at UCLA, Penn continued to build his body of work in film and television both inside and outside of the classroom.
In his spare time, Penn is pursuing a Graduate Certificate in International Security at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies at Stanford University. He serves on the celebrity board of the International Red Cross.
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