Kutcher at the premiere of New Year's Eve in 2011
|Born||Christopher Ashton Kutcher
February 7, 1978
Cedar Rapids, Iowa, U.S.
|Occupation||Actor, producer, fashion model, comedian|
|Spouse(s)||Demi Moore (m. 2005– )
(2012 filed for divorce)
Christopher Ashton Kutcher (//; born February 7, 1978), known professionally as Ashton Kutcher, is an American actor, producer, former fashion model and comedian. He is known for his portrayal of Michael Kelso in the Fox sitcom That '70s Show. He 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. He is the producer and co-creator of the supernatural TV show Room 401 and the reality TV show Beauty and the Geek. Since 2011, Kutcher has co-starred in the CBS sitcom Two and a Half Men, playing Walden Schmidt.
Kutcher was born in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. He is the son of Diane (née Finnegan), a Procter & Gamble employee, and Larry M. Kutcher, a factory worker. His father is of Bohemian descent and his 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.
Michael's cardiomyopathy caused his home life to become increasingly stressful. Ashton revealed "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 when he was 13, he contemplated committing suicide in order to save his brother's life with a heart transplant; when he told his father he was considering jumping from a Cedar Rapids hospital balcony, his father dissuaded him from doing so shortly before doctors announced that a transplant had become available from an accident victim in another state. Kutcher attended Washington High School in Cedar Rapids for his freshman year, before his family moved to Homestead, Iowa, where he attended Clear Creek Amana High School. During high school, he developed a passion for acting and appeared in school plays. However, Kutcher's home life worsened as his parents divorced when he was 16. During his senior year, he broke into his high school at midnight with his cousin in an attempt to steal money; he 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", he lost his girlfriend and anticipated college scholarships, and he was ostracized at school and in his community.
He enrolled at the University of Iowa in August 1996, where his planned major was biochemical engineering, motivated by the desire to find a cure for his brother's heart ailment. At college, Kutcher was kicked out of his 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 his 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 his time at UI he 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, he dropped out of college and won a trip to New York City to the International Modeling and Talent Association (IMTA) Convention. Following his stay in New York City, Kutcher returned to Cedar Rapids before relocating to Los Angeles to pursue a career in acting.
After participating 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 success in modeling, Kutcher moved to Los Angeles and, after his 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 he auditioned but was not cast for the role of Danny Walker in Pearl Harbor (2001) (the role went to Josh Hartnett), he starred in several comedy films, including Dude, Where's My Car? (2000), Just Married (2003), and Guess Who (2005). He appeared in the 2003 family film, Cheaper By The Dozen, playing a self-obsessed actor. His 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 his 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 his production credits, including Punk'd, come through Katalyst Films, a production company he runs with partner Jason Goldberg.
A 2004 interviewer described Kutcher as a "hunky young actor [who] is heading in all different directions at once", including "the hot L.A. restaurant Dolce":
"If anything, I'm a trier," says Kutcher between puffs of filtered Lucky Strikes. "I think, more than anything, it comes from the fact that my father always had several irons in the fire. Also, I don't want to fail. If something doesn't work out - if That '70s Show got canceled or if I wasn't going to have a film career - I always wanted to have backup contingency plans. So I just started doing other things; and on a half-hour sitcom, you're really only working for 30 hours a week. It allows a lot of time for sitting around, which I always kind of filled with work."
Because of scheduling conflicts with the filming of The Guardian, Kutcher was forced not to renew his contract for the eighth and final season of That '70s Show, although he did appear in the first four episodes of it (credited as a special guest star) and returned for the series finale.
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. His 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. He spearheaded a marketing campaign and produced viral videos to promote this service. Kutcher also created an interactive arm of Katalyst called Katalyst Media, with his 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.
In 2009, Kutcher established an international human rights organization with his then wife, Demi Moore. DNA Foundation, later known as Thorn, works to address the sexual exploitation of children and the proliferation of child pornography on a global scale.
He also appears in advertisements for Nikon cameras.
On March 23, 2011, Kutcher launched his 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.
Kutcher has also successfully invested in several technology startups. Some of his investments include Skype, Foursquare, Airbnb, Path and Fab.com. He is a co-founder of the venture capital fund A-Grade Investments.
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. Kutcher and Moore met with co-director of the Kabbalah Center Rabbi Yehuda Berg in Israel in October 2010. On November 17, 2011, Moore released a statement announcing her intention to end her marriage to Kutcher. The announcement followed weeks of media speculation about the state of the couple's marriage. After over a year of separation, Kutcher filed for divorce from Moore on December 21, 2012, in Los Angeles Superior Court, citing irreconcilable differences. Moore filed her response papers in March 2013, requesting spousal support and payment of legal fees from Kutcher.
Interests and beliefs
Kutcher is a self-described fiscal conservative and social liberal. He has been a student of Jewish mysticism (Kabbalah), for several years. His 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".In trips to Israel, Kutcher visited Kabbalah centers in Tel Aviv and in Tsfat. In 2013, Kutcher recently remarked that “Israel is near and dear to my heart…coming to Israel is sort of coming back to the source of creation – trying to get closer to that. And as a creative person, going to the source of creation is really inspiring. And this place has been really inspiring for me - not only on a spiritual level, but also on an artistic and creative level.”
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. On September 17, 2008, Kutcher was named the assistant coach for the freshman football team at Harvard-Westlake School in Los Angeles. However, he was unable to return in 2009 because he was filming Spread. In February 2011, Kutcher sold his Hollywood Hills home, which he originally bought in 2004. In April 2012, Ashton Kutcher became the 500th paying customer to sign up to ride Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo.
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 he 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.
|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|
|The Guardian||Jake Fischer||Lead Role|
|2008||What Happens in Vegas||Jack Fuller||Lead 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|
|1998–2006||That '70s Show||Michael Kelso||Seasons 1–7 (Regular); Season 8 (Recurring)
|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|
|2008||Miss Guided||Beaux||1 episode|
|2011–present||Two and a Half Men||Walden Schmidt||Main role
|2014-||Boys & Girls||Rory Brown||TV Series|
|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|
|Year||Award||Category||Title of work||Result|
|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||Nominated|
|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||Nominated|
|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|
|Hollywood Film Award||Ensemble of the Year||Bobby||Won|
|2007||Critics Choice Award||Best Acting Ensemble||Nominated|
|Screen Actors Guild Award||Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture||Nominated|
|Kid's Choice Award||Favorite Voice in a Cartoon||Open Season||Nominated|
|Teen Choice Award||Choice Movie Actor: Drama||The Guardian||Nominated|
|2008||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 Day||Won|
|2011||Golden Raspberry Awards||Razzie Award for Worst Actor||Killers, Valentine's Day||Won|
|MTV Movie Awards||Best Comedic Performance||No Strings Attached||Nominated|
|Teen Choice Award||Choice Movie Actor: Romantic Comedy||Won|
|2012||Choice TV Actor: Comedy||Two and a Half Men||Nominated|
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