Ashton Kutcher: From That 70s Show To Two And A Half Men

Christopher Ashton Kutcher was born on February 7th, 1978 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and began his career as a model. Following his first taste of the media spotlight, he quickly relocated to Los Angeles to pursue a career in acting. There, he nailed his first audition, and landed the role of the immature and absent-minded Michael Kelso in the long-running period sitcom “That ‘70s Show,” which debuted in 1998. The young talent’s immediate popularity launched him into the world of film. As a result, he appeared in 2000’s cult hit comedy “Dude, Where’s My Car?” Later, he made headlines when he began dating actress Demi Moore, who was over 15 years his senior, with the two marrying just two years later. Join WatchMojo.com as we take a look at the career of actor Ashton Kutcher.
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Ashton Kutcher: From That 70s Show To Two And A Half Men

He’s not stupid; he just plays it on TV. Welcome to Watchmojo.com and today we’ll be taking a look at the career of Ashton Kutcher.

Christopher Ashton Kutcher was born on February 7th, 1978 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and was raised in a conservative Roman Catholic family.

Kutcher grew up with a fraternal twin who suffered from a heart muscle disease. The stress of this ordeal forced him to keep busy in order to deal with his emotions. However, those feelings occasionally turned to suicidal urges.

To make matters worse, his parents divorced when he was only 16, and this spurred him to lash out by burglarizing his own high school. He was caught, convicted and sentenced to three years’ probation as well as 180 hours of community service.

He also lost his girlfriend and any chance he had at a scholarship, so he enrolled at the University of Iowa. There, he decided to register for biochemical engineering in the hope that he could discover a cure for his brother’s heart condition.

At that time, he was only able to land summer employment, and was forced to donate blood for money to pay his rent and tuition. Fortunately, all that changed when he was approached by a scout, and was asked to enter the “Fresh Faces of Iowa” modeling competition.

He placed first, and won a trip to New York City’s International Modeling and Talent Association convention. This caused him to drop out of college to sign with the Next modeling agency. He then appeared in a series of Calvin Klein ads.

Following his first taste of the media spotlight, he quickly relocated to Los Angeles to pursue a career in acting. He nailed his first audition, and landed the role of the immature and absent-minded Michael Kelso in the long-running period sitcom “That ‘70s Show,” which debuted in 1998.

The young talent’s immediate popularity launched him into the world of film. As a result, he made his film debut as a college kid in “Reindeer Games.” He then appeared in a string of comedies, such as 2000’s cult hit “Dude, Where’s My Car?”

These roles also included a brief appearance as a self-obsessed actor in 2003’s “Cheaper by the Dozen,” the hapless Tom Stansfield in “My Boss’s Daughter,” and as a newlywed in the hit “Just Married,” alongside the late Brittany Murphy.

At this time, Kutcher made headlines when he began dating actress Demi Moore, who was over 15 years his senior. The two married just two years later.

Meanwhile, he produced and starred as the host on his own MTV series “Punk’d,” which was a reality show involving hidden cameras. He also formed the production company “Katalist Films,” and used that platform to launch several other reality-based television programs.

During his rapid rise within the comedy genre, Kutcher shocked audiences when he starred in the unusually dramatic sci-fi film “The Butterfly Effect.” He then returned to lighter comedic fare opposite the late Bernie Mac in 2005’s “Guess Who.”

In 2006, he departed from his full-time role on “That ‘70s Show” in order to star opposite Kevin Costner as an aviation survival technician in “The Guardian.”

Kutcher showcased his skill at multi-tasking when he also began voicing various characters on the stop-motion animation comedy program “Robot Chicken.” He similarly lent his comical voice to the computer animated kids’ film “Open Season.”

He later returned to the top of the box office when he starred opposite Cameron Diaz in the hit “What Happens in Vegas” and in 2010’s holiday romance “Valentine’s Day.”

He followed that by playing a hitman in the action comedy “Killers,” and by taking on a casual relationship with Natalie Portman’s character in the film “No Strings Attached.”

While his career was filled with high profile successes and headlines, he made unprecedented waves when he landed the coveted role as Charlie Sheen’s replacement in the wildly popular sitcom “Two and a Half Men.”

While he has continued to entertain countless fans, Ashton Kutcher has also developed a passionate Twitter following, found success as a venture capitalist, and has even become an outspoken protester against human trafficking.
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