Kal Penn is an American actor, comedian, and political appointee. He is best known for his character Kumar Patel in the Harold & Kumar film series. In April 2009, Penn joined the Obama administration as an Associate Director in the White House Office of Public Engagement. Penn has taught at the University of Pennsylvania in the Cinema Studies Program as a visiting lecturer. He was born in Montclair, New Jersey, to Gujarati Indian immigrant parents. In August 2017, Penn and the other members of the President's Committee on the Arts and Humanities resigned in response to President Donald Trump's remarks on the Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, Virginia.