He has said he "didn't want to come home and find more bad news" about his brother, stating, "I kept myself so busy that I didn't allow myself to feel." 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.
In 2004, Kutcher starred in the lead role of the psychological film The Butterfly Effect and gained public recognition.
After placing first, he dropped out of college and won a trip to New York City to the International Modeling and Talent Association (IMTA) Convention.
After his stay in New York City, Kutcher returned to Cedar Rapids, before relocating to Los Angeles to pursue a career in acting.
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 was cast in a series of film roles; although he auditioned but was not cast for the role of Danny Walker in Pearl Harbor (2001) (replaced by Josh Hartnett), he starred in several comedy films, including Dude, Where's My Car? He appeared in the 2003 family film Cheaper By The Dozen as a self-obsessed actor.