- The Washington Times - Wednesday, April 8, 2009

The White House has hired actor Kal Penn as a liaison between President Obama’s administration and arts groups.

White House spokesman Shin Inouye said Tuesday that the actor, who had a recurring role on Fox’s TV show “House” and has starred in several movies, would join the staff as an associate director in the Office of Public Liaison. His role will be to connect Mr. Obama with the Asian-American and Pacific Islander communities, as well as arts and entertainment groups.

Mr. Penn, 31 — who once served as a visiting lecturer in Asian-American studies at the University of Pennsylvania — starred as Kumar in the films “Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle” and “Harold and Kumar Escape From Guantanamo Bay.”

His “House” character committed suicide in Monday’s episode.

Mr. Penn backed Mr. Obama during the campaign. The White House says a start date for Mr. Penn has not been set.

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