Hollywood has presented various stars with incredible talents and tremendous acting skills. Today, we’re shedding light on one of the most talented actors that put on different suits, the handsome Ashton Kutcher. Besides his famous layered hairstyle and acting career, he’s been known for being a producer, entrepreneur, and former model.
Before becoming an actor, Ashton Kutcher was a biochemical engineering student; however, he didn’t pursue a career in engineering after a local talent scout discovered him. Given his exceptional height, Kutcher got into modelling before his first role in the hit series That ’70s Show as Michael Kelso. The show started in 1998 and lasted for eight seasons.
The actor has shared many inspiring stories. He has also narrated his life story to his fans, telling us about his childhood, how he got into the acting career, his relationships, and challenging times.
So, let’s take a quick glimpse into the life of this talented actor, Ashton Kutcher.
Ashton Kutcher’s Early Life: His Childhood and Relationships
Christopher Ashton Kutcher rose to fame in 1998, but long before that, he had a different life that had nothing to do with stardom or films. He was born in 1978 in Iowa to a Catholic family that was deemed quite conservative. Kutcher descends from multiple heritages, including Czech, Irish, and German. Yet, he was born and raised in the States.
Tausha is his eldest sister, and Michael is his fraternal twin brother with cerebral palsy. The twins have once spilt the tea in an emotional joint interview, discussing their challenging childhood together. They explained how their ups and downs brought them closer.
Ashton Kutcher went to High School in Iowa, where he used to wrestle but had to quit after a severe injury. He then went to college as a biochemical engineer, where he could have a completely different life. However, Kutcher dropped out and pursued a modelling career that landed him a prize in 1997, known as the Fresh Faces of Iowa. One year later, he got his first acting role in That ’70s Show.
Almost every actor has a long dating timeline, and Ashton Kutcher isn’t the exception to the rule. He has a long history of dating celebrities and models. Yet, the two he is most associated with are Demi Moore, his ex-wife, and Mila Kunis, his current wife. Kutcher dated other actresses, including Brittany Murphy, January Jones, Ashley Scott, and Monet Mazur.
He only married twice; his first marriage was with Demi Moore, who was 15 years older. Their relationship lasted from 2003 until 2011, and they raised three children, whom Moore had with her ex-husband. Although Kutcher was only 25 when he married Demi, he professed that he enjoyed raising her kids with her. The couple split in 2011, and in 2013, their divorce was finalised.
Post his heartbreak, Mila was there for her old friend. Their first encounter was on the set of That ’70s Show, and they stayed friends until 2012, the year they decided to “hook up,” according to Mila. The couple agreed to act out their 2011 movies No Strings Attached and Friends with Benefits, and, with no surprise, they caught feelings for each other and moved in together and then married in 2015.
Other Businesses Interest
Ashton Kutcher began as a model, turning into a Hollywood heartthrob, and now he is one of the prominent producers in the industry. However, these are not the only roles that Kutcher plays on a daily basis. He is also among the prevalent entrepreneurs and investors and the co-founder of one of the most influential anti-human trafficking organisations.
Collaborating with his ex-wife, Demi Moore, they started an organisation whose sole purpose is to end human trafficking and children’s sexual abuse. The foundation started under the name DNA but was later changed to Thorn after their divorce. They also aim at banishing slavery acts and bring them to abolishment.
Kutcher is also known for supporting many charities, including UNICEF, All Day Foundation, Declare Yourself, A Day Made Better, Children’s Research Center, JUDE, and more. He also raised over 30 million dollars with his wife, Mila Kunis, to support Ukraine during the war to help the refugees.
Named Hollywood’s most generous celebrity, Ashton Kutcher has become among the most charitable actor of his generation. He supports a lot of great causes and invests in many charity organisations. Kutcher also claimed that he is passing his giving habits to his young children. Every Christmas, he and his wife Mila make their children pick only one of the presents they get and donate the rest to the less privileged children.
Challenging Times in the Actor’s Life
Ashton Kutcher has been facing many challenging times since childhood and adolescence. He once poured it all out in an honest interview, narrating the story of his fraternal twin, Michael, who has cerebral palsy. Kutcher stated that his brother almost died from a heart problem at 13.
He mentioned that Michael flatlined during Ashton’s visit to the hospital that he thought of committing suicide to save his brother by giving him his heart. In 2019, Ashton was diagnosed with a rare autoimmune disease, vasculitis. Yet another challenging time in his life greatly affected his health.
The actor proclaimed that he was “lucky to be alive,” for the disease is not easy. It is a severe inflammation in the blood vessels that, in many cases, may lead to debilitating symptoms. The star himself faced a lot of scary symptoms that involved impairment of vision and hearing and the inability to walk.
He said he was in a dark place, unable to know if he would ever walk, hear, or see again. Fortunately, he has fully recovered and is considered healthy now. He got back to his charity business, offering more support.
Ashton Kutcher’s Movies and TV Shows
Besides his amazingly generous side, Kutcher has proven himself as an actor in many films and TV shows. There were roles that he didn’t get any praise for it. Kutcher was nominated for the worst actor award for his performance in Jobs, but he didn’t win. However, the actor won Teen Choice Awards for his roles in What Happens in Vegas, That ’70s Show, and Killers.
Let’s take a quick stroll along the list of movies and TV shows of the heartthrob Ashton Kutcher.
1. That ’70s Show (1998)
Michael Kelso was the role that Ashton Kutcher played in this hilarious sitcom. This role made Kutcher memorable on the comedy scene, playing the role of a stoned long-hair teenager who became the love interest of Jackie (Mila Kunis).
2. Coming Soon (1999)
Coming Soon is the first movie for Kutcher to appear in. He played Louie, a side character in the main story, where his role was almost insignificant. The main stars of this movie were Bonnie Root, Gaby Hoffmann, and Ryan Reynolds.
3. Down to You (2000)
Down to You was another romcom starring Julia Stiles and Freddie Prinze Jr. Ashton Kutcher played Jim Morrison, another side character that didn’t significantly impact the movie’s storyline but was a good addition to Kutcher’s acting career.
4. Reindeer Games (2000)
Starring Ben Affleck, Charlize Theron, and Gary Sinise, Reindeer Games is the first action movie that Ashton Kutcher appears in. He played the College Kid, another side character with a minimal role for Kutcher to show us his acting potential.
5. Dude, Where’s My Car? (2000)
2000 was the year when Kutcher made it on the screen in more than a few movies. Dude, Where’s My Car? is another work where Kutcher showed us his potential as a comedy actor. He played Jesse, a pothead, who wakes up after partying hard with his buddy, Chester (Seann William), and they cannot remember where they left their car.
6. My Boss’s Daughter (2003)
In My Boss’s Daughter, Ashton Kutcher plays Tom Stansfield, an employee whom his boss asks to housesit, and gets attracted to the man’s daughter (Tara Reid). He tries to get closer to the girl, but a series of unfortunate events prevents him from doing so.
7. Just Married (2003)
Just Married was the beginning of Kutcher’s stardom, playing alongside the late star Brittany Murphy. The handsome actor plays Tom Leezak, a guy who marries his girlfriend Sarah against her parents’ wishes and flies to Europe. Sarah’s family sends her ex-boyfriend to disrupt the newlyweds’ honeymoon.
8. The Butterfly Effect (2004)
The Butterfly Effect is a sci-fi movie that got many positive reviews about Ashton Kutcher’s acting. Playing the role of Evan Treborn, a guy who travels back in time when he blacks out, Kutcher could prove himself worthy as an actor. It was his first non-comedy role, and he outdid himself.
9. Guess Who (2005)
Guess Who is a romantic comedy movie where Kutcher plays Simon Green, a white man who gets investigated by his fiancée’s father (Bernie Mac). His fiancée Theresa (Zoe Saldaña) is the daughter of a proud African American who was perplexed to learn his daughter fell in love with a white guy.
10. The Guardian (2006)
The Guardian is an action-drama movie where Ashton Kutcher plays a serious role, Jake Fischer. Fischer is a champion swimmer who meets his hero Ben Randall and learns what it means to sacrifice and be a champion.
11. Open Season (2006)
Open Season is a comedy animated film about a bear who happily lives in a barn but then loses his peace of mind after saving Elliot, a talkative deer, from being hunted. Ashton Kutcher voices this talkative deer in this adventurous animation. It was released in the same year as his movie The Guardian.
12. What Happens in Vegas (2008)
What Happens in Vegas is a rom-com where Ashton Kutcher rises to fame and stars alongside our lovely actress Cameron Diaz. He plays Jack Fuller, a guy who spends a wild night with Joy (Diaz) in Vegas and realises they got married the next day, like everyone who goes to Vegas. Moreover, the couple won a jackpot that forced them to stay together.
13. Spread (2009)
Spread is a controversial story about an impoverished young man, Nikki, who hustles his way through life by wooing wealthy women of older age. Being homeless, he gets close to Samantha (Anne Heche), who lets him stay at her house. But when she learns about his affair with Heather (Margarita Levieva), she kicks him out.
14. Killers (2010)
In Killers, Kutcher plays Spencer Aimes, an undercover assassin and spy who sweeps Jen Kornfeldt (Katherine Heigl) off her feet. Consequently, Kutcher’s popularity among young girls grew more extensive after this movie — he became the heartthrob of Hollywood.
15. Valentine’s Day (2010)
Released in the same year of Killers, Valentine’s Day was another movie for Kutcher to rise to stardom. However, he didn’t get to play the main character in this film. Instead, he was one of the secondary characters (Reed Bennett) that still added weight to the storyline.
16. No Strings Attached (2011)
No Strings Attached was the movie that got Ashton Kutcher to be with his current wife, Mila Kunis. Starring alongside Natalie Portman, he plays Adam, a young man who got into a casual relationship with Emma (Portman) after a rough heartbreak. However, like any rom-com movie, the couple ends up falling for one another, giving us the happy ending we always long for.
17. Two and A Half Men (2011)
Ashton Kutcher was originally one of the writers of the popular sitcom, Two and A Half Men. However, he took on the role of Charlie Harper, the main character, after Charlie Sheen got out in 2011. Kutcher played the main character for the show’s last four seasons, and people certainly loved it.
18. New Year’s Eve (2011)
New Year’s Eve is a feel-good movie where Kutcher plays Randy, one of the characters that the film presents their lives and different stories on New Year’s Eve. Despite their struggles and conflicts in life, they accept life’s pitfalls and imperfections, ready to start a new year on good terms.
19. Jobs (2013)
Jobs is a biographical film about the life of the founder of Apple, Steve Jobs. It is more like a documentary, presenting the life of someone determined to make his dream come true with the least resources to become one of the world’s most successful businessmen. The movie didn’t get many positive reviews, yet we believe Ashton Kutcher offered an outstanding performance portraying Steve Jobs.
20. Annie (2014)
Annie is the first movie where Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis made a cameo as a couple. They star in a film called Moonquake Lake within the movie itself. Although their roles here are relatively quick, people were thrilled to see them on screen together after they got together.
21. The Ranch (2016)
The Ranch is an original sitcom on Netflix, where Kutcher stars as Colt Bennett, a football player whose career ends in failure, and he has to go back to Colorado to live with family on their ranch. He stars alongside Sam Elliot, who plays his father (Beau), Danny Masterson, Elisha Cuthbert, and Debra Winger.
22. That ’90s Show (2023)
This show is just That ’70s Show but 20 years forward. Although Kutcher isn’t a prominent actor in this series, he makes a surprising cameo with Mila Kunis. In the show, Kelso and Jackie end up together with a child, Joy. It was shocking for the fans, in a good way, since Jackie ended up with a different guy, Fez, in the older show.
23. Your Place or Mine (Coming Soon in 2023)
This movie is yet to be released this year, where Ashton Kutcher stars alongside Reese Witherspoon. He plays Peter, who is best friends with Debbie, but their characters are opposite poles. They decide to swap their houses to get a glimpse into each other’s lives, and many changes occur after that.
February 7, 1978 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa