Indian American actor Kal Penn, star of the film "Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle", has joined the cast of Fox TV's popular series "24".
Penn will star in a recurring role as a villain in the sixth season of the series, which starts in January 2007. He will play a guy who is somehow involved with the Islamic guru running the neighbourhood mosque and might be the key to a terrorist plot.
First aired in November 2001, "24" covers the events of a 24-hour period in the life of federal agent Jack Bauer, played by Kiefer Sutherland, as he tries to prevent one or more domestic terrorist attacks, set largely in Los Angeles.
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Born of Indian ancestry in Montclair, New Jersey, Penn is a graduate of the University of California Los Angeles, where he double majored in film and sociology.
Penn's feature film debut came in 1998 in "Express: Aisle to Glory".
Penn, along with John Cho, toplined New Line Cinema's 2004 comedy "Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle" and is attached to the upcoming sequel, "Harold & Kumar Go to Amsterdam".
Penn, whose most recent credits include the feature "Superman Returns" and ABC's untitled Danny Comden comedy pilot, next stars in the feature comedy "Van Wilder 2: Rise of the Taj," a sequel to the 2002 film 'Van Wilder' film centered on Penn's character Taj.