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Kal Penn appears in a scene from the 2008 film, Harold and Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay. - Provided courtesy of New Line Cinema

Kal Penn, aka 'Kumar', returns to White House

11/16/2010 by Corinne Heller

Kal Penn, star of the "Harold & Kumar" films and the drama series "House", recently returned to work at the White House as an Associate Director at the Office of Public Engagement after leaving a similar position in June.

Penn, whose real name is Kalpen Modi, left his recurring role on "House" in 2009 to begin his first job at the White House. He resigned on June 1, citing "previous obligations". Penn recently filmed the third installment of the "Harold and Kumar" stoner comedy franchise, "A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas", which is set for release in 2011.

The White House is pleased to have Kalpen Modi join the Office of Public Engagement as an Associate Director," ABC News quoted White House spokesman Shin Inouye as saying in a statement. "While OPE works collectively on conducting outreach to the American public and various organizations, he will be the point person for those in the Arts, Youth, and Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) communities."

Prior to taking the job in Washington, Penn often appeared on the campaign trail with Barack Obama during his 2008 presidential campaign. In October, the actor rallied for California Senator Barbara Boxer and appeared at other political events before the November midterm elections.

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