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Christopher Ashton Kutcher, born February 7, 1978),
is best known as Ashton Kutcher. Kutcher is an American actor,
producer, former fashion model, and comedian, known for his
portrayal of Michael Kelso in the Fox sitcom That '70s Show. Ashton
Kutcher also created, produced and hosted Punk'd, and played lead
roles in the Hollywood films Dude, Where's My Car?, Just Married,
The Butterfly Effect, The Guardian, and What Happens in Vegas.
Ashton Kutcher is also the producer and co-creator of the
supernatural TV show Room 401 and the reality TV show Beauty and the
Geek. Kutcher currently co-stars in the hit CBS sitcom Two and a
Half Men as the character Walden Schmidt.
ASHTON KUTCHER STARTED AS A MALE MODEL
THEN WENT TO LOS ANGELES TO PURSUE ACTING
Kutcher was born in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Ashton Kutcher is the son of
Diane (née Finnegan), a Procter & Gamble employee, and Larry M.
Kutcher, a factory worker. Ashton Kutcher's father is of
Bohemian descent and Ashton Kutcher's mother is of Irish, German,
and Bohemian ancestry. Kutcher was raised in a conservative
Roman Catholic family, with an older sister, Tausha, and a
fraternal twin, Michael, who had a heart transplant when the
brothers were young children. Kutcher's twin brother also has
cerebral palsy and is a spokesperson for the advocacy organization
Reaching for the Stars. In later life, Kutcher became a student
of Judaism and associated with many Jewish girl friends, social set,
and others within the Jewish community-at-large.
Kutcher's brother's cardiomyopathy caused Ashton Kutcher's home life
to become increasingly stressful. Ashton Kutcher stated that "I
didn't want to come home and find more bad news about my brother"
and "kept myself so busy that I didn't allow myself to feel".
Kutcher stated that during adolescence, Ashton Kutcher contemplated
committing suicide. At thirteen, Ashton Kutcher attempted to jump
from a Cedar Rapids hospital balcony, with Ashton Kutcher's father
intervening in the incident. Kutcher attended Washington High
School in Cedar Rapids for Ashton Kutcher's freshman year, before
Ashton Kutcher's family moved to Homestead, Iowa, where Ashton
Kutcher attended Clear Creek Amana High School. During high school,
Ashton Kutcher developed a passion for acting and appeared in school
plays. However, Kutcher's home life worsened as Ashton Kutcher's
parents divorced when Ashton Kutcher was sixteen. During Ashton
Kutcher's senior year, Ashton Kutcher broke into Ashton Kutcher's
high school at midnight with Ashton Kutcher's cousin in an attempt
to steal money; Ashton Kutcher was arrested leaving the scene.
Kutcher was convicted of third-degree burglary and sentenced to
three years' probation and 180 hours of community service. Kutcher
stated that although the experience "straightened him out", Ashton
Kutcher lost Ashton Kutcher's girlfriend and anticipated college
scholarships, and Ashton Kutcher was ostracized at school and in
Ashton Kutcher's community.
Kutcher enrolled at the University of Iowa in August 1996, where
Ashton Kutcher's planned major was biochemical engineering,
motivated by the desire to find a cure for Ashton Kutcher's
brother's heart ailment. At college, Kutcher was kicked out of
Ashton Kutcher's apartment for being too "noisy" and "wild".
Kutcher stated, "I thought I knew everything but I didn't have a
clue. I was partying, and I woke up many mornings not knowing what I
had done the night before. I played way too hard. I am amazed I am
not dead." To earn money for Ashton Kutcher's tuition, Kutcher
worked as a college summer hire in the cereal department for the
General Mills plant in Cedar Rapids, and sometimes donated blood for
money. During Ashton Kutcher's time at UI Ashton Kutcher was
approached by a scout at a bar called "The Airliner" in Iowa City
and was recruited to enter the "Fresh Faces of Iowa" modeling
competition. After placing first, Ashton Kutcher dropped out of
college and won a trip to New York City to the International
Modeling and Talent Association (IMTA) Convention. Following Ashton
Kutcher's stay in New York City, Kutcher returned to Cedar Rapids
before relocating to Los Angeles to pursue a career in acting.
After participating as a modeling
contestant in an IMTA competition (losing to Josh Duhamel) in 1998,
Kutcher signed with Next modeling agency in New York, appeared in
ads for Calvin Klein, and modeled in Paris and Milan.
Television and film career
After some success in modeling, Kutcher moved to Los Angeles and,
after Ashton Kutcher's first audition, was cast as
Michael Kelso in the television series That '70s Show, which debuted
in 1998 and ended in 2006. Kutcher was cast in a series of film
roles; although Ashton Kutcher auditioned but was not cast for the
role of Danny Walker in Pearl Harbor (2001) (the role went to Josh
Hartnett), Ashton Kutcher starred in several comedy films, including
Dude, Where's My Car? (2000), Just Married (2003), and Guess Who
(2005). Ashton Kutcher appeared in the 2003 family film, Cheaper By
The Dozen, playing a self-obsessed actor. Ashton Kutcher's 2004 film
The Butterfly Effect was a dramatic role for Kutcher, playing a
conflicted young man who time travels; the film received mixed to
negative reviews, but was a box office success.
In 2003, Kutcher produced and starred in Ashton Kutcher's own
series, MTV's Punk'd, as the host. The series involved hidden camera
tricks performed on celebrities. Kutcher is also an executive
producer of the reality television shows Beauty and the Geek,
Adventures in Hollyhood (based around the rap group Three 6 Mafia),
The Real Wedding Crashers, and the game show Opportunity Knocks.
Many of Ashton Kutcher's production credits, including Punk'd, come
through Katalyst Films, a production company Ashton Kutcher runs
with partner Jason Goldberg. In 2006, People magazine ranked him
third in its annual list of "The Sexiest Men Alive".
Because of scheduling conflicts with the filming of The Guardian,
Kutcher was forced not to renew Ashton Kutcher's contract for the
eighth and final season of That '70s Show, although Ashton Kutcher
did appear in the first four episodes of it (credited as a special
guest star) and returned for the series finale.
Kutcher produced and starred in the 2010 action comedy, Killers, in
which Ashton Kutcher played a hitman.
In May 2011, Kutcher was announced as Charlie Sheen's replacement on
the series Two and a Half Men. Kutcher's contract was for one
year and was believed to be worth nearly $20 million. Ashton
Kutcher's debut as the character Walden Schmidt, entitled "Nice to
Meet You, Walden Schmidt", was seen by 28.7 million people on
September 19, 2011. The Nielsen ratings company reported that figure
was more than any episode in the show's first eight seasons, when
Sheen starred in it.
Kutcher was part of the management team for Ooma, a tech start-up
launched in September 2007. Ooma is in the Voice over Internet
Protocol business and Kutcher's role was as Creative Director.
Ashton Kutcher spearheaded a marketing campaign and produced viral
videos to promote this service. Kutcher also created an interactive
arm of Katalyst called Katalyst Media, with Ashton Kutcher's partner
from Katalyst Films, Jason Goldberg. Their first site was the
animated cartoon Blah Girls. Ooma revamped its sales and marketing
strategy with a new management team in the summer of 2008, replacing
Kutcher as their creative director. Rich Buchanan, from Sling Media,
became Ooma's Chief Marketing Officer.
Kutcher appears in advertisements for Nikon cameras.
On March 23, 2011, Kutcher launched Ashton Kutcher's own Twitter
client with UberMedia, called A.plus. While the app was initially
available exclusively for desktop computers with Adobe Air
installed, it eventually became available on mobile platforms, for
iPhone, Android, and BlackBerry. In order to download on one of the
3 mobile platforms, users must first have the UberSocial client
installed on their device, and then proceed to the device's browser
to download A.plus.
In July 2011, Brazilian fashion label Colcci hired Kutcher and
Alessandra Ambrosio to feature in a denim advertisement.
Kutcher has also successfully invested in several technology
startups. Some of Ashton Kutcher's investments include
Skype, Foursquare, Airbnb, Path and Fab.com. Ashton Kutcher is a
co-founder of the venture capital fund A-Grade Investments.
Kutcher and Moore, September 2008
In 2003, Kutcher began dating actress Demi Moore. Moore and Kutcher
married on September 24, 2005, in a private ceremony conducted
by a Rabbi of the Kabbalah Center. The wedding was attended by about
150 close friends and family of the couple, including Bruce Willis,
Moore's ex-husband. In October 2010, Kutcher and Moore met with
co-director of the Kabbalah Center Rabbi Yehuda Berg in Israel.
On November 17, 2011, Moore released a statement announcing her
intention to divorce Kutcher. The announcement followed weeks of
media speculation about the state of the couple's marriage.
Kutcher has invested in an Italian restaurant, Dolce (other
owners include Danny Masterson and Wilmer Valderrama) and a
Japanese-themed restaurant named Geisha House located in Atlanta,
Los Angeles and New York City.
Kutcher is a self-described fiscal conservative and social
liberal. Ashton Kutcher is a student of
Kutcher's No Strings Attached co-star, Natalie Portman, stated in
2011 that Kutcher "has taught me more about
Judaism than I think I
have ever learned from anyone else".
On September 17, 2008, Kutcher was named the assistant coach for the
freshman football team at Harvard-Westlake School in Los Angeles.
However, Ashton Kutcher was unable to return in 2009 because Ashton
Kutcher was filming Spread.
In February 2011, Kutcher sold Ashton Kutcher's Hollywood Hills
home, which Ashton Kutcher originally bought in 2004.
In April 2012, Ashton Kutcher became the 500th paying customer to
sign up to ride Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo.
Ashton Kutcher has been dating Ashton Kutcher's former co-star Mila
Kunis for a few months.
On April 16, 2009, Kutcher became the first user of Twitter to have
more than 1,000,000 followers, beating CNN in the "Million
followers contest". Kutcher announced via Twitter that
Ashton Kutcher would be donating $100,000 to a charity to fight
malaria. However, there have been several reports that Twitter
manipulated the contest's results by preventing users from "unfollowing"
Kutcher or CNN.
In April 2011, Kutcher and wife Demi
Moore began a public service announcement campaign claiming that
"Real Men" do not engage the services of child prostitutes who are
the victims of human trafficking. Kutcher's claims that 100,000
to 300,000 American children were sold into sexual slavery were
criticized by newspaper the Village Voice, which gave evidence
refuting the claims. Kutcher represented a study referring to minors
"at risk" for sexual exploitation as referring to children actually
being prostituted. Experts estimate the true numbers to be in the
hundreds, not the hundreds of thousands. Kutcher reacted to the
criticism by accusing the Village Voice of promoting child
prostitution and using Twitter to request that Village Voice
advertisers including American Airlines, Disney, the City of
Seattle, and Domino's Pizza withdraw their advertising from
publications owned by the Voice's parent company.
Year Film Role Notes
1999 Coming Soon Louie
2000 Down to You Jim Morrison
Reindeer Games College Kid
Dude, Where's My Car? Jesse Montgomery III
2001 Texas Rangers George Durham
2003 Just Married Tom Leezak Main role
My Boss's Daughter Tom Stansfield
Cheaper by the Dozen Hank Supporting role
2004 The Butterfly Effect Evan Treborn Main role
2005 Guess Who Simon Green
A Lot Like Love Oliver Martin
2006 Bobby Fisher
The Guardian Jake Fischer Lead Role
Open Season Elliot Voice
2008 What Happens in Vegas Jack Fuller Lead role
2009 Spread Nikki Main role
Personal Effects Walter Main role
2010 Valentine's Day Reed Bennet Main role
Killers Spencer Aimes Main role
2011 No Strings Attached Adam Franklin Main role
New Year's Eve Randy Supporting role
2013 Jobs Steve Jobs Main role
Year Title Role Notes
1998–2006 That '70s Show Michael Kelso Seasons 1–7 (Regular); Season
2001 Just Shoot Me Dean Cassidy 1 episode
2002 Grounded for Life Cousin Scott 1 episode
2003–2007,2012 Punk'd Himself/Host Creator, 2003-2007: Full-time
Host, 2012: Celebrity Host
2005 Robot Chicken Various Voice
2008 Miss Guided Beaux 1 episode
2011–present Two and a Half Men Walden Schmidt Main role
As a producer
2003–2007,2012-present Punk'd Executive producer/host
2003 My Boss's Daughter Co-producer
2004 The Butterfly Effect Executive producer
You've Got a Friend 8 episodes Executive producer
2005 A Lot Like Love
2005–2008 Beauty and the Geek 48 episodes Executive producer
2007 Adventures in Hollyhood 8 episodes Executive producer
Miss Guided 7 episodes Executive producer
Game Show in My Head Executive producer
The Real Wedding Crashers 7 episodes Executive producer
Room 401 8 episodes Executive producer
2008 Pop Fiction Executive producer
2008–2009 Opportunity Knocks TV series (Executive producer)
2009 True Beauty Executive producer
The Beautiful Life 5 episodes
2010 Killers Executive producer
Awards and nominations
1999 Young Artist Award Best Performance in a TV Series – Young
Ensemble (shared with Topher Grace, Laura Prepon, Mila Kunis, Wilmer
Valderrama and Danny Masterson) That '70s Show Nominated
2000 Las Vegas Film Critics Society Sierra Award Best Male Newcomer
Dude, Where's My Car? Nominated
2001 MTV Movie Awards Breakthrough Male Performance Dude, Where's My
2003 Teen Choice Award Choice Reality Hunk Punk'd Won
Choice TV Reality/Variety Host Won
Choice TV Actor That '70s Show Won
Golden Raspberry Awards Razzie Award for Worst Screen Couple (shared
with Brittany Murphy) Just Married Nominated
Razzie Award for Worst Screen Couple (shared with Tara Reid) My
Boss's Daughter Nominated
2004 Kid's Choice Awards Favourite Movie Actor Just Married, My
Boss's Daughter, Cheaper by the Dozen Nominated
Favorite TV Actor That '70s Show, Punk'd Won
Teen Choice Award Choice TV Personality Won
Choice Reality/Variety TV Star – Male Punk'd Won
Choice TV Actor – Comedy That '70s Show Won
Choice Movie Hissy Fit Cheaper by the Dozen Nominated
Choice Movie Liplock (shared with Piper Perabo) Nominated
Golden Raspberry Awards Razzie Award for Worst Actor Cheaper By The
Dozen, Just Married, My Boss's Daughter Nominated
2005 Kid's Choice Awards Favorite TV Actor That '70s Show, Punk'd
Teen Choice Award Choice TV Male Personality Punk'd Won
Choice TV Actor: Comedy That '70s Show Won
Choice Movie Actor: Comedy Guess Who, A Lot Like Love Nominated
Choice Movie Rockstar Moment A Lot Like Love Won
2006 Kid's Choice Award Favorite TV Actor That '70s Show Nominated
2007 Kid's Choice Award Favorite Voice in a Cartoon Open Season
Teen Choice Award Choice Movie Actor: Drama The Guardian Nominated
2008 Teen Choice Award Choice Movie Actor: Romantic Comedy What
Happens In Vegas Won
2010 People's Choice Awards Favorite Web Celeb Won
Teen Choice Award Choice Movie Actor: Romantic Comedy Valentine's
Golden Raspberry Awards Razzie Award for Worst Actor Killers,
Valentine's Day Won
2011 MTV Movie Awards Best Comedic Performance No Strings Attached
Teen Choice Award Choice Movie Actor: Romantic Comedy Won
2012 Teen Choice Award Choice TV Actor: Comedy Two and a Half Men
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