Kal PennDreaming of a New Land

Kal Penn 

Kal Penn is featured in Season 5, Episode 4: Dreaming of a New Land (check local listings).

Kal Penn can currently be seen starring as Seth Wright on ABC’s acclaimed hit drama, Designated Survivor.  

Penn is known for his starring roles in House, How I Met Your Mother, and, of course, the “Harold and “Kumar” franchise.  Other credits include the series “New Girl,” “24,” “Deadbeat” and “Battle Creek. He recently in appeared in a number of independent films including Sisterhood of Night, Outliving Emily, Dementemania and Stereotypically You and Mira Nair’s The Namesake, about which The New York Times called his lead role a "crackling, star-making performance."

From 2009 to 2011, Penn took a sabbatical from acting, and served as an Associate Director of the White House Office of Public Engagement, where he focused primarily on outreach related to Young Americans, including related issues such as the Affordable Care Act, repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell and veterans benefits for servicemembers returning from Iraq and Afghanistan.

Penn has taught courses at the University of Pennsylvania, and the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA).  Originally from New Jersey, Penn received his undergraduate degree in Sociology, Theater, Film, and Television at the University of California, Los Angeles, and a graduate certificate in International Security from Stanford University.

Season 5 Finding Your Roots


Season 5 

Discover the surprising ancestral stories of 25 fascinating guests, including Marisa Tomei, Felicity Huffman, Laura Linney, S. Epatha Merkerson, Michael K. Williams, Andy Samberg, Chloe Sevigny, Kal Penn, George R.R. Martin, Christiane Amanpour, Ann Curry, Joe Madison, Lisa Ling, Sheryl Sandberg, Seth Meyers, Michael Strahan and more in season five of Finding Your Roots. Learn more here.

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