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Kal Penn is best known for his performance in the Harold and Kumar comedy films. He has also performed on several television shows, including House and 24.
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In early 2009, he was offered and accepted the position of associate director of the White House Office of Public Engagement. During this time, Penn went back to his original name of Kalpen Modi, and served as a liaison with the Asian-American and Pacific Islander communities.
In June 2010, he briefly left his post in the Obama Administration to fulfill a precious commitment as Kal Penn,
completing the film A Very Merry Harold and Kumar 3D Christmas. He returned to his office as associate director of public engagement in November 2010.
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