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Ashton Kutcher, born Christopher Ashton Kutcher on February 7, 1978, is an American actor. He came to fame in the late nineties by playing Michael Kelso in the television series That '70s Show, and is known for the MTV celebrity prank show Punk'd. He has become a lead actor in Hollywood films, and a television producer and creator of television series such as Punk'd and Beauty and the Geek, as well as others.
Ashton Kutcher (koo-cher) was born in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Both of his parents were factory workers, with his father employed at General Mills and his mother at Procter & Gamble. He was born with two of his toes on his left foot fused together. He has an older sister, Tausha, and a fraternal twin, Michael, who has cerebral palsy. Michael had an emergency heart transplant at the age of thirteen that was necessitated by cardiomyopathy, a virus-induced illness that weakened and perforated his heart muscle.Ashton's childhood was that of a rugged, outdoorsy Midwesterner, and he had various odd jobs, including carpentry, hay-baling and livestock castration. Kutcher attended Washington High school in Cedar Rapids, Iowa for about a year then his family moved to Tiffin, Iowa, which is not part of the Amana Colonies and he attended the Clear Creek-Amana School District, where he was a student, played on the football team as wide receiver and appeared in school plays. He was close to the school's principal, who later described Kutcher as a "brilliant young man". Meanwhile, his home life was stressful. He has stated that he "saw some stuff probably shouldn't have seen... didn't want to be involved... didn't want to have to take a side... didn't want to come home and find more bad news about my brother" and "kept so busy that didn't allow to feel". At around this time, his parents divorced. During his senior year, he broke into the school at night with his cousin; he was caught 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 though the experience "straightened him out", he lost his girlfriend and anticipated college scholarships, and he was ostracized at school and in his community.
Kutcher attended the University of Iowa, where he majored in biochemical engineering (but did not complete), motivated by the desire to find a cure for his brother's heart ailment. Kutcher also had a college roommate named "Alleigh" (pronounced Ali), but later got kicked out of the apartment for being too "noisy" and "wild." He was also a member of the Delta Chi fraternity. To make ends meet, Kutcher worked as a floor sweeper for a General Mills plant, and sometimes donated blood for money. Despite his studies, he secretly yearned to be an actor, and once packed up his belongings and headed (on foot) for the airport. Quickly exhausted, and without any plan, he called his mom, and she came and picked him up. During his time at the university he was approached by a talent scout at a bar called The Airliner in Iowa City, Iowa, he was recruited to enter the "Fresh Faces of Iowa" modeling competition, and after placing first he won a trip to New York City to the International Modeling and Talent Association (IMTA) Convention. He had callbacks from several modeling and talent agents and decided to stay in New York City and not return to Iowa and finish college. After his stay in New York City Ashton did return home to Cedar Rapids, Iowa for a short time before relocating to Los Angeles to pursue his acting career.
After participating as a modelling contestant in an IMTA competition (taking 1st runner-up to Josh Duhamel) in 1997, Kutcher signed with the Next modeling agency in New York, appeared in ads for Calvin Klein, modeled in Paris and Milan, and appeared in a nationwide Pizza Hut commercial.
After some 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 became a long-running success. Kutcher achieved some stardom and 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), he starred in several comedy films that performed well at the box office, including Dude, Where's My Car? (2000), Just Married (2003), and Guess Who (2005). In addition, he appeared in the family film Cheaper By The Dozen, playing a self-obsessed actor. His 2004 film The Butterfly Effect was an unusually dramatic role for Kutcher, playing a conflicted young man who fell in love with a girl called Kayleigh; the film received very mixed reviews, but became an enormous box-office success. Kutcher's characters are sometimes described in the press as "dim pretty-boys"; Kutcher himself has said that he is working "to change people's perceptions" about himself.
In 2003, Kutcher produced and starred in his own series on MTV's Punk'd. The series involves various hidden camera tricks performed on celebrities. Kutcher is also an executive producer of the reality television show Beauty and the Geek, which debuted in 2005, and will produce a reality show based around the rap group Three 6 Mafia, as well as another reality series entitled The Real Wedding Crashers. Kutcher and his producing partner, Jason Goldberg, are also working on several other series, which are in various stages of pre-production as of September 2006.
Kutcher's most recent film role is in The Guardian, a thriller which opened on September 29, 2006. The film co-stars Kevin Costner and Kutcher as United States Coast Guard rescue swimmers. The studio behind the film, Touchstone Pictures, initially hesitated in casting Kutcher in an action film because of his public image as a comic actor; Kutcher underwent eight months of physical training and quit smoking to prepare for the role. Also, in order to be there for filming, Ashton was forced to quit his role on That 70s Show, leaving after the fourth episode of the 8th and final Season, though he returned for the show's series finale. Kutcher also voiced a leading character in the animated film Open Season, which opened on the same date as The Guardian, and most recently appeared in the drama film Bobby, which was released in the US in November of 2006. Both The Guardian and Open Season did well at the box office, opening up at the number one and two spots. Open Season stayed in the top five for over a month and was a smash hit.
Kutcher has dated actresses January Jones (from 1998 to 2001), Ashley Scott (from 2001 to 2002), Monet Mazur (2002) and his Just Married co-star, Brittany Murphy, 2002 to 2003. Following his break-up with Murphy in early 2003 (though, it seemed to the public that Kutcher still had a bit of a crush on Murphy), Kutcher began dating actress Demi Moore; reports in the media frequently commented on the fifteen-year age difference between the two. Both would eventually spoof the issue in a monologue on the March 19, 2005 episode of Saturday Night Live. Kutcher, who served as guest host, brought Moore on stage while Moore was made-up to appear like an old woman who constantly babied Kutcher. Moore and Kutcher married on September 24, 2005 in a private ceremony conducted by a rabbi of the Kabbalah Centre; the wedding was attended by about 100 close friends and family of the couple, including Bruce Willis, Moore's ex-husband. Kutcher has described the marriage as an "illogical decision", but one he "couldn't help making".
Both Kutcher and Moore are followers of the Kabbalah Centre, a controversial California-based organization which alleges that it teaches Kabbalah, a form of Jewish mysticism. As part of his involvement in the religion, Kutcher has toured Israel with Demi Moore, as well as taken time off from filming to observe traditional Jewish High Holy Days, celebrated the Jewish holiday Purim, and married Moore in a Kabbalah ceremony conducted by a rabbi. Kutcher also usually wears the traditional Kabbalah Red string.
Kutcher is good friends with his former That '70s Show co-stars Danny Masterson and Wilmer Valderrama, as well as actor Seann William Scott whom he co-starred with in Dude, Where's My Car. Kutcher has also invested in an Italian restaurant in Los Angeles named Dolce (other owners include Masterson and Valderrama) and a Japanese-themed restaurant named Geisha House.
In October 2006, Kutcher saved an elderly man from drowning while vacationing in Turkey with some friends. Incidentally this happened just after Kutcher had finished making The Guardian where he played a rescue swimmer.
Kutcher stated in a 2004 article in GQ that he knew why people wanted him to fail, implying it had to do with his marriage to Moore.