Kalpen Suresh Modi, better known by his screen name Kal Penn, is an American actor and comedian known for his roles in the ‘Harold & Kumar’ film series and television program ‘House’. He was also critically acclaimed for his performance in the film ‘The Namesake’. In 2011, he bagged a role in television series ‘How I Met Your Mother’ and recently starred in the television series ‘Designated Survivor’. Below are the complete details about career, biography and net worth of Kal Penn in 2020.
Early Life & Biography:
Kal Penn was born to Suresh Modi and Asmita Modi on April 23, 1977, in Montclair, New Jersey. His father Suresh was an engineer while his mother Asmita was a Fragrance evaluator. He started his schooling at Marlboro Middle School in New Jersey and then attended the Fine and Performing Arts Academy at the Howell High School. Later, he completed his junior and senior years at Freehold Township High School. In 2000, he graduated from UCLA with a majors degree in Film and Sociology.
Kal Penn is not married till now and does not have a wife. Also, Kal Penn likes to keep his relationships private, and that is why there is no information about his love interests and affairs. Currently, he is believed to be single. Talking about his family, his younger brother Pulin Modi is working as a campaigner at change.org while his father and mother are engineer and fragrance evaluator respectively.
Career, Awards & Nominations:
Kal Penn started his acting career in 1998 with the feature film ‘Express: Aisle to Glory’. After that, there was no looking back. He starred in many acclaimed movies and television series. His most renowned work has been ‘Harold & Kumar’, a recurring role in ‘How I Met Your Mother’, host of the show ‘Big Brain Theory: Pure Genius’ on the Discovery Channel and a role in the critically acclaimed movies like ‘The Namesake’ and ‘Bhopal: A Prayer For Rain’.
Apart from his acting career, he was also active in politics and became a member of Obama’s National Arts Policy Committee in 2008. In 2009, he bagged the position of Associate Director in Obama’s administration. In following years he was also appointed as the co-chair for the re-election campaign of Barack Obama. In 2007, he also received the Asian Excellence Award for his performance in the movie ‘The Namesake’.
Net Worth & Earnings:
Being an actor along with working as a civil servant, Kal Penn has been successful in life by managing both of his careers side by side. With his years of hard work, he has managed to attain a net worth of $20 million.
Kal Penn is an influential personality and has also worked a lot for society. He won the show ‘Master Chef Celebrity Showdown’ and then donated his entire cash award of $25,000 to United Nations Relief and Human Development. He also raised a fund of $517,646 for the Syrian refugees in less than 24 hours.