"If anything, I'm a trier," says Kutcher between puffs of filtered Lucky Strikes."I think, more than anything, it comes from the fact that my father always had several irons in the fire. If something doesn't work out—if That '70s Show got canceled or if I wasn't going to have a film career—I always wanted to have backup contingency plans.The film received mixed to negative reviews, but was a box office success.
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.
He is also an executive producer of the reality television shows Beauty and the Geek, Adventures in Hollyhood (based around the rap group Three 6 Mafia), The Real Wedding Crashers, and the game show Opportunity Knocks.
Many of his production credits, including Punk'd, come through Katalyst Films, a production company he runs with partner Jason Goldberg.
His debut as the character Walden Schmidt, entitled "Nice to Meet You, Walden Schmidt", was seen by 28.7 million people on September 19, 2011.
The Nielsen ratings company reported that figure was more than any episode in the show's first eight seasons, when Sheen starred in it.
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.
During high school, he developed a passion for acting and appeared in school plays.
At SXSW on March 14, 2015, Kutcher announced Sound Ventures, the successor to A-Grade Investments managing a fund backed by institutional funding.
Kutcher was part of the management team for Ooma, a tech start-up launched in September 2007.
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 modelled in Paris and Milan.