Born in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, along
with a fraternal twin named Michael, Ashton Kutcher
fell for acting while in high school. He worked
numerous odd jobs during his study at the University
of Iowa before winning the Fresh Faces of Iowa contest
in 1997 and heading for New York.
Kutcher relocated to Los Angeles the next year and
soon landed his breakthrough role as the ever-horny
and dimwitted Kelso on the popular television comedy
series That 70s Show. After playing small roles
in Down to You (2000)
and Reindeer Games (2000),
Kutcher landed his first major film role in Dude,
Where's My Car? (2000),
in which he teamed his airheaded goofiness with
Sean William Scott.
Kutcher next turned with more serious role alongside
James Van Der Beek in Texas Rangers (2001),
and returned to comedy in My Boss's Daughter (2003).
Kutcher and actress Brittany Murphy scored a hit
when Just Married was released in January 2003.
The film stayed in the box office top-ten for nearly
a month after its release.
His extremely popular MTV prank show Punk'd and
high-profile romance with Demi Moore also shot Kutcher's
fame to the sky. After appearing in Cheaper by the
Dozen (2003), he returned
to drama once again with the supernatural thriller
The Butterfly Effect (2004).