Mar. 13th, 1976
Long Island, New York, USA
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Daniel Peter "Danny" Masterson (born March 13, 1976) is an American actor and disc jockey known for his role as Steven Hyde in That '70s Show.
Masterson was born on Long Island, New York, the son of Carol, a manager, and Peter Masterson, an insurance agent. His brother is actor 'Christopher Masterson'. 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. These roles launched a film career, including a minor role in the 'John Travolta' film 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 ultimately 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".
Masterson appeared in all eight seasons of That '70s Show. 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 starred 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 wife, 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 portrayed the high-profile American social activist Jerry Rubin in the 2010 movie, The Chicago 8, written and directed by Pinchas Perry. The Chicago 8 is a film 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. The film is based closely on the trial transcripts and most of the action takes place in the courtroom.
In 2012, the comedy series Men At Work premiered on TBS, co-starring Masterson and Michael Cassidy, James Lesure and Adam Busch. In 2012, Masterson will also appear in the film Alter Egos, directed by Jordan Galland.
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 of 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 Confederacy (located at 4661 Hollywood Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA) with longtime friend Ilaria Urbinati. Masterson owns a lounge and bar in Park City, Utah called Downstairs, located at 625 Main Street. He often visits Park City to vacation and DJ at Downstairs.
Masterson is a Scientologist. He started dating Bijou Phillips in 2005, they became engaged in 2009, and subsequently married on (October 18, 2011).
- Hosts radio show: Feel my heat in Los Angeles. (Indie 103.1)
- (2007) He paid $2,995,000 to purchase a 4,323-square-foot house in Los Angeles' Los Feliz area that once was owned by rock and roll legend Chuck Berry.
- Older half-brother of 'Alanna Masterson' (qv) and 'Jordy Masterson' (qv) from his mother's second marriage. Older half brother of Will Masterson from his father's second marriage.
- 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.
- 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 brother of actor 'Christopher Masterson' (qv)
- Attended the Pasadena Art Center for a semester, but work kept interfering with attending classes.
- (2004) Club promoter: Sunday nights at Guy's, a jazz band/Cotton Club era.