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KAL PENN (Kumar Patel) returns to the role he made popular in "Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle” and its follow-up "Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay.” His other notable feature credits include Mira Nair's film "The Namesake,” based on the novel by Pulitzer Prize-winner Jhumpa Lahiri; "Van Wilder” and its sequel, "The Rise of Taj”; "A Lot Like Love”; and "Superman Returns.” Known for his role as young Dr. Lawrence Kutner on the critically acclaimed television series "House,” Penn also had a recurring role on season six of "24” and guest starred on the hit series "Law & Order: SVU.” He currently has a recurring role as Kevin, a therapist-turned-boyfriend on "How I Met Your Mother.

Born and raised in New Jersey, Penn graduated from the Freehold Regional High School District's Performing Arts High School, attended the Governor's School for the Arts, and received a degree from the prestigious School of Theater, Film and Television at UCLA.

Penn recently returned to acting from a 2-year sabbatical, during which he served as an Associate Director of the White House Office of Public Engagement. During his time there, he served in a variety of roles, including that of President Obama's Liaison to the Arts communities, Young Americans, and Asian Americans & Pacific Islanders. He also served as an Adjunct Professor of Cinema, Sociology and Asian American Studies at the University of Pennsylvania, and is currently pursuing a Graduate Certificate in International Security at Stanford University.


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