1. Christopher Ashton Kutcher is an American actor, producer, investor and former model.
2. Kutcher began his career as a model.
3. He began his acting career portraying Michael Kelso in the Fox sitcom That ’70s Show, which aired for eight seasons.
4. He made his film debut in the romantic comedy Coming Soon and became known by audiences in the comedy film Dude, Where’s My Car?, which was a box office hit.
5. In 2003, he appeared in romantic comedies Just Married and My Boss’s Daughter and the same year created, produced and hosted Punk’d which aired on MTV for five seasons until its revival in 2012 which has since completed its ninth season.
6. In 2004, Kutcher starred in the lead role of the psychological film The Butterfly Effect and gained public recognition.
7. Subsequently, Kutcher appeared in more romantic comedies including Guess Who (2005), and A Lot Like Love (2005), his recent ones include What Happens in Vegas (2008) and No Strings Attached (2011).
8. From 2011 to 2015, he starred as Walden Schmidt on the CBS sitcom Two and a Half Men, replacing Charlie Sheen.
9. In 2013, Kutcher portrayed Steve Jobs in the biographical film Jobs.
10. Kutcher was born in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, to Diane (Finnegan), a Procter & Gamble employee, and Larry M. Kutcher, a factory worker.
11. His father is of Czech descent and his mother is of Irish, German, and Czech ancestry.
12. Kutcher was raised in a “relatively conservative” Catholic family.
13. He has an older sister named Tausha and a fraternal twin brother named Michael, who had a heart transplant when the brothers were young children.
14. Michael also has cerebral palsy and is a spokesperson for the advocacy organization Reaching for the Stars.
15. Michael’s cardiomyopathy caused Ashton’s home life to become increasingly stressful. He has stated that he “didn’t want to come home and find more bad news about” his brother, and ” kept myself so busy that I didn’t allow myself to feel”.
16. Kutcher stated that when he was 13, he contemplated committing suicide 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.
17. 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.
18. During high school, he developed a passion for acting and appeared in school plays.
19. 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.
20. 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.
21. Kutcher 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.
22. At college, Kutcher was kicked out of his apartment for being too “noisy” and “wild”.
23. 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.”
24. 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 sold his blood.
25. While in college at the U of I, he was approached by a model scout at a bar called “The Airliner” in Iowa City and was recruited to enter the “Fresh Faces of Iowa” modeling competition.
26. 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.
27. After his stay in New York City, Kutcher returned to Cedar Rapids, before relocating to Los Angeles to pursue a career in acting.
28. After participating in an IMTA competition (losing to Josh Duhamel) in 1998, Kutcher signed with Next modeling agency in New York, appeared in commercials for Calvin Klein, and models in Paris and Milan.
29. Kutcher has invested in an Italian restaurant, Dolce (other owners include Danny Masterson and Wilmer Valderrama) and a Japanese-themed restaurant named Geisha House with locations in Atlanta, Los Angeles and New York City.
30. Kutcher appeared as a guest Shark during the seventh season of Reality TV show Shark Tank, which premiered on September 25, 2015.
31. In mid-2003, Kutcher began dating actress Demi Moore. Kutcher and Moore married on September 24, 2005. On November 17, 2011, Moore announced her intention to end the 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. The divorce was finalized on November 27, 2013.
32. Kutcher began dating his former That ’70s Show co-star Mila Kunis during the first half of 2012. After they became engaged in February 2014, she gave birth to their daughter Wyatt Isabelle Kutcher in October 2014. Kutcher married Mila Kunis on July 4, 2015. Close friend and former co-star Jon Cryer described their secret wedding as “beautiful and sincere”.
33. Since he started acting, Kutcher has been nominated by the Teen Choice Awards the most, he has won awards for his romantic comedies A lot like love, What Happens in Vegas and No Strings Attached.
34. In 1999, he was nominated by the Young Artist Award for Best Performance in a TV Series by a Supporting Young Actor as Michael Kelso in That ’70s Show.
35. He has also been nominated by the Kid’s Choice Awards, MTV Movie Awards, People’s Choice Awards and the Golden Raspberry Awards.
36. On April 16, 2009, Kutcher became the first user of Twitter to have more than 1,000,000 followers, beating CNN in the site’s “Million followers contest”. However, there have been several reports that Twitter manipulated the contest’s results by preventing users from “unfollowing” Kutcher or CNN.
37. Kutcher describes himself as fiscal conservative and social liberal. He has been a student of Kabbalah, a form of Jewish mysticism, for several years.
38. 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.
39. In 2013, Kutcher teamed up with Evan Beard and Kendall Dabaghi to launch A Plus (URL aplus.com), where Kutcher is currently Chairman of the Board. Initially a product discovery service, it morphed in April 2014 to a social media-driven content platform focused on upbeat stories. It was officially launched in that incarnation in January 2015. It has reported 27.5 million monthly uniques in the United States, has an Alexa rank of about 3000 (1400 in the US), and is ranked by Quantcast as a top 50 site in the US in terms of unique visitors.
40. Beyond the entertainment world, Kutcher is also a venture capitalist. Kutcher has also successfully invested in several high technology startups. Some of his investments include Skype, Foursquare, Airbnb, Path and Fab.com. He is a co-founder of the venture capital firm A-Grade Investments.
41. On October 29, 2013, Lenovo announced that it has hired Kutcher as product engineer.
42. 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.
43. 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.