Celebrity Then And Now
Ashton Kutcher
Famous For: That '70s Show, Dude, Where's My Car?Currently Known For: Actor and investor
Ashton Kutcher
Famous For That '70s Show, Dude, Where's My Car?
Currently Known For Actor and investor

"I don't believe that old cliche that good things come to those who wait. I think good things come to those who want something so bad they can't sit still." In the first major acting role of his career, Ashton Kutcher portrayed the boneheaded pretty boy by the name of Michael Kelso on “That ‘70s Show”. Because of that, a lot of people thought of Kutcher as being a lot like his character, and he sure didn’t get away from similar roles two years after the series debuted when he starred in the stoner comedy “Dude, Where’s My Car?” However, Kutcher has been able to prove throughout the years that he’s not really anything like his characters that he plays.

Born and raised in Iowa, Kutcher was a solid student until his teenage years when things started to go poorly for him. His parents had divorced and he was arrested at just 16 years old for breaking into his high school to try and steal money. The experience would be a turning point for Kutcher as he had to grow up quickly, especially since he had lost out on college scholarship money.

Although it would be a little too late to keep his scholarship with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Kutcher was still able to go to college. He ended up at the University of Iowa where he was going to attempt to earn his degree in biochemical engineering, but things wouldn’t quite turn out the way that he had planned. Instead of focusing primarily on his studies, Kutcher was being tempted by the other facets of college life.

“I thought I knew everything, but I didn’t have a clue,” he said when looking back at his time at Iowa. “I was smoking a lot of weed and partying. I woke up many mornings not knowing what I had done the night before, I played way too hard.”

Still, that didn’t mean that Kutcher was one of the poorer students during college. Instead, he was getting passing grades. After the school year, Kutcher would find himself at a cereal plant to try and make ends meet when he was approached with the opportunity of a lifetime. Kutcher was scouted as a model where he would quickly join modeling competitions, winning his first ever one.

High on himself after the quick success from his modeling, Kutcher decided to head west so that he could go to Hollywood and try to become a star. It wouldn’t take long for Kutcher to find even more success as he landed in commercials for Calvin Klein and was traveling the world as a model. In his first ever audition, Kutcher was able to land the role of Michael Kelso on “That ‘70s Show” and hasn’t looked back since.

Even though he wouldn’t finish his degree, Kutcher still displayed a lot of savviness and intelligence throughout his career (though not through his characters). Some experts had suggested that Kutcher had an IQ of 160, though most agree that his IQ level is somewhere right around 120. That would put him above average, and close to the gifted category, which would make sense for someone that would have an original interest in engineering.

In recent years, Kutcher has shown that his intelligence might even be higher than the suggested 120, and that comes from his mind for business. Kutcher has become a venture capitalist that has even appeared as an investor on the popular reality show “Shark Tank”. Some of his more successful investments in recent years include the likes of Skype, Airbnb and Foursquare.

Some people were also shocked that Kutcher was able to vocalize his charitable work while speaking with Congressmen and Senators on Capitol Hill. Kutcher testified about modern day human trafficking, giving alarming statistics that opened a lot of eyes. He founded the organization known as Thorn: Digital Defenders of Children that focuses on using the internet to protect children from trafficking through advanced programming on social media and search engines.

Even without finishing his degree in engineering, Kutcher has been able to prove time and time again that he’s intelligent in many aspects of his life, from business to charity to how the film industry works. After all, this is the man that was able to earn a massive contract for taking Charlie Sheen’s role in “Two and a Half Men”. In the first year alone, he was able to make a whopping $20 million, which definitely boosted his business investments.

Kutcher has done all of this while still being very active in Hollywood, and has had a lot of roles over the past few years. Since 2016, he has starred on his Netflix series “The Ranch” while also appearing in the films such as “The Long Home”. He might not be everyone’s favorite actor on television or on the big screen, but he’s certainly among the most intelligent. For someone that dropped out after just a year in college in hopes of becoming a model, Kutcher has done rather well for himself without even being remembered as a model.

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