Danny Masterson

Biography

Date of Birth 13 March 1976, Long Island, New York, USA Birth Name Daniel Peter Masterson Nickname DJ Donkey Punch DJ Mom Jeans Height 5' 10" (1.78 m) Mini Biography Daniel Peter "Danny" Masterson (born March 13, 1976) is an American actor and DJ best known for his role as Steven Hyde in That '70s Show. Early Life Masterson was born in Garden City, Long Island, New York, to Carol, who was his manager, and Peter Masterson, a State Farm Insurance agent. His parents divorced in 1984. He is of Irish descent. Masterson's stepfather, Joe Reaiche, played professional rugby league on the Australian National Rugby League's Sydney City Roosters. He has a younger brother, Christopher Masterson, who portrayed the unruly Francis on Malcolm in the Middle. His younger siblings are paternal half-brother Will Masterson, maternal half-brother Jordan "Jordy" Reaiche, and maternal half-sister Alanna Reaiche. Jordy and Alanna are both actors who have been credited professionally with their half-brothers' surname Masterson, though it is not the surname of either of their parents. Masterson attended Garden City High School until the tenth grade, because at the age of sixteen he moved to Hollywood. He finished his high school education with the use of independent home schooling, instead of a public school, because acting jobs became more frequent and lengthy. He later went to Pasadena Art Center, but dropped out after a semester because acting consumed too much of his time. Career Acting Masterson was a child model from the age of four who was featured in magazine articles, as well as television commercials beginning at age five. Masterson was also involved in theater, and starred on Broadway musicals as a child at the age of eight, and began acting as well. His singing voice "disappeared" by the time he was a teenager. By the time he was sixteen, he had appeared in over one-hundred commercials, including ones for Swift Premium sausage, Kellogg's Frosted Flakes, Hardee's, Hostess, Tang, and Clearasil. In the early 1990s, Masterson landed a role in Beethoven's 2nd. He also starred as Justin in Cybill and Jimmy Girvin in Roseanne. These roles launched a movie career, and he soon appeared alongside John Travolta in Face/Off. After starring in the third and fourth seasons of Cybill, Masterson decided he wanted to move on from Cybill and audition for a show originally titled Teenage Wasteland, which later was changed to That '70s Show. The original casting director for That '70s Show, Debby Romano, resisted Masterson's audition because he was slightly older than the rest of the cast, but finally caved and allowed him to audition. She stated that "He came in and he was just so funny." and that he redefined where the role was going, and made the role of Steven Hyde the "tough, funny guy". He was cast as the main character Steven Hyde. Masterson appeared in all eight seasons of That '70s Show as main character Steven Hyde. His appearance on That '70s Show launched a breakthrough in Masterson's career, allowing him to pursue other endeavours between tapings. After the show concluded Masterson went on to star in several movies and made guest appearances on television shows including Punk'd and MADtv. Along with Kutcher and Valderrama, he co-hosted the Fox TV special Woodstock 1999. He had a part in the 2008 comedy Yes Man. Masterson stars with his real-life fiancee, Bijou Phillips, in the 2009 drama The Bridge to Nowhere. In 2011, Masterson guest starred as James Roland in USA Network's "White Collar" in the episode "Where There's A Will." Masterson will have a lead role in Spike's new television series, Playing With Guns. Masterson will also portray the high-profile American social activist Jerry Rubin in the upcoming 2010 movie, , written and directed by Pinchas Perry. The Chicago 8 is a movie based on the actual Chicago Eight in the late 1960s and early 1970s, and explores the events around the trial. It was filmed in September and October 2009 and is likely to release in 2010. The film is based closely on the trial transcripts and most of the action takes place in the courtroom. Music Masterson began DJing in 1999 as a hobby, but it soon became a side business other than acting and owning several businesses. Masterson frequently DJs at Los Angeles night clubs under the name DJ Mom Jeans, formerly DJ Donkey Punch. He came up with the name DJ Mom Jeans from That '70s Show, because Mila Kunis and Laura Prepon had to wear mom jeans regularly and he would make fun of them. Masterson is a self-described "rock and hip hop fanatic", and is also a fan of indie, electro, and funk music, all of which he primarily DJ's with. He is a fan of 1970s rock music, and his favourite band is Pearl Jam. Some of his other favourites include Broken Social Scene, The Strokes, Tokyo Police Club, and Midlake. He played a 2-hour set at the 2008 Lollapalooza festival in Chicago, played for the 2009 Lollapalooza, and for the 2010 Lollapalooza as well. Additionally, with local nightlife impresario Brent Bolthouse, he co-hosted a Monday night radio show titled Feel My Heat, on Indie 103.1 in Los Angeles for 6 years. The show was canceled in October 2008. In 2009, Masterson planned to release an album of his music, but that album has not yet been released. Other Business Ventures Masterson also owns or co-owns eleven restaurants. One is a Korean barbecue restaurant, Shin, located at 1600 Wilcox Avenue, Los Angeles, CA. He is a co-owner both Dolce (located at 8284 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA), and Geisha House (located at 6633 Hollywood Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA), restaurants he founded with That '70s Show co-stars Ashton Kutcher and Wilmer Valderrama, who are also his close friends. He also owns a boutique called (located at 4661 Hollywood Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA) with longtime friend Ilaria Urbinati. Confederacy features quality selection of designer clothing for both men and women, accessories, beauty products, artwork and photography, in-store events, and a coffee shop. Masterson owns a lounge and bar in Park City, Utah called , located at 625 Main Street. He often visits Park City to vacation and DJ at Downstairs. Masterson still models occasionally, and he has been on the covers of many magazines, including Paper Magazine and YRB Magazine. He is also a well-known poker enthusiast, stating "The most I've lost is a couple of grand and the most I've won is a lot more than that." He appeared as part of a poker team, the Unabombers, at a Poker Royale: James Woods vs. the Unabombers tournament on GSN. He has also hosted celebrity poker events, such as the Phat Farm Stuff Casino Weekend Poker Tournament, in which he won the tournament. Masterson, his brother Chris, and his That '70s Show costar Laura Prepon are all investors in Card Player magazine. Personal Life Masterson is a Scientologist. He has been dating Bijou Phillips since 2005, and they became engaged in 2009. Charity Work Masterson has also been involved with the New York Rescue Workers Detoxification Project, a controversial organization with ties to the Church of Scientology. He also played in a charity softball game in New York's Central Park to help raise money for children in need of neurosurgery, designed guitars for a MusiCares fundraiser, and has performed in plays on stage for charities such as The Hollywood Police Activities League (a national youth development program for at-risk youth) as well. He has also played on the World Poker Tour Celebrity Invitational for the charity Chrysalis, with all proceeds going to said charity. He has also played the World Series of Poker's Ante up for Africa event. Spouse Bijou Phillips (18 October 2011 - present) Trade Mark Afro Trivia Older brother of actor Christopher Masterson His favorite band is Pearl Jam. Co-hosted the Fox-TV special Woodstock '99 (1999) (TV) with his "That '70s Show" (1998) co-star Wilmer Valderrama. He is frequently the guest DJ in several Los Angeles clubs, going by the name DJ DonkeyPunch, but later changed the name to DJ Mom Jeans. Attended Art Center College of Design in Pasadena for a semester, but work kept interfering with attending classes. Went to public school thru 10th grade but had to switch to tutoring to graduate, as the acting jobs became more frequent and lengthy. Older half-brother of Alanna Masterson and Jordan Masterson from his mother's second marriage. Older half brother of Will Masterson from his father's second marriage. He and his fellow castmates from "That '70s Show" (1998), Topher Grace (Eric) and Laura Prepon (Donna) have made guest appearances on "King of the Hill" (1997), but only he and Topher appeared in the same episode titled "King of the Hill: Megalo Dale (#7.10)" (2003), Season 7 episode 10. Co-owner of a Los Angeles restaurant, Dolce, with "That '70s Show" (1998) co-stars Wilmer Valderrama and Ashton Kutcher. Club promoter: Sunday nights at Guy's, a jazz band/Cotton Club era. [2004] With his brother, Christopher Masterson, and "That '70s Show" (1998) costar Laura Prepon, has invested in "Card Player Magazine". Currently resides in Los Angeles, California and New York City. [2006] Hosts radio show: Feel my heat in Los Angeles. (Indie 103.1) Was a child model at the tender age of four before taking the turn to acting. He paid $2,995,000 to purchase a 4,323-square-foot house, in Los Angeles' Los Feliz area, that was once owned by rock and roll legend, Chuck Berry. [2007] Engaged to actress Bijou Phillips. Cousin of Angus T. Jones. Brother-in-law of Mackenzie Phillips, Jeffrey Phillips and Chynna Phillips, William Baldwin. Brother-in-law of Tamerlane Phillips. Personal Quotes When I was 15, my parents left town for a month. They hid the keys to the car, but I found them. That month, I drove my stepdad's Thunderbird Super Coupe into Manhattan every day, and I would crank Cypress Hill as I flew around the city, racing the taxis. If I could make millions of dollars being a softball player, I would quit acting in a second. I've never smoked pot. I don't even take aspirin. I know people who do a lot of drugs, and they keep thinking about things from the past and things ahead. But they're not living right here and now.

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Birth Place

Long Island, New York, USA

Birth Date

3/13/1976
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Alter Ego - Große Helden, noch größere Probleme

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California Solo

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Made for Each Other

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