Danny Masterson

Danny Masterson

Birth name: Daniel Peter Masterson
Born: March 13, 1976
Age: 42
Birthplace: Long Island, New York, U.S.
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Daniel Peter Masterson (born March 13, 1976) is an American actor and disc jockey. Masterson is known for his roles as Steven Hyde in That '70s Show (1998-2006) and as Jameson "Rooster" Bennett in The Ranch (2016-2018).


Early life and career

Masterson was born on Long Island, New York, the son of Carol, a manager, and Peter Masterson, an insurance agent. He grew up in Garden City and East Williston, New York. He has one brother, actor Christopher Masterson. Their maternal half siblings Jordan Masterson and Alanna Masterson are also actors.

A child model from age 4, who was featured in magazine articles as well as television commercials beginning at age 5, Masterson starred in 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, Kellogg's Frosted Flakes, Hardee's, Hostess, Tang, and Clearasil.


Acting career

In the early 1990s, Masterson had a role in Beethoven's 2nd, and 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 role 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 (episode "Where There's A Will"). He portrayed 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 appeared in the film Alter Egos, directed by Jordan Galland.

Masterson starred alongside Sam Elliott, Ashton Kutcher, and Elisha Cuthbert in the Netflix comedy series The Ranch.


Masterson began DJing at Los Angeles night clubs in 1999 as a hobby, but it soon became a side business. 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 DJs with.

Business ventures

For a time, Masterson owned a lounge and bar in Park City, Utah, called Downstairs.

He appeared as part of a poker team, the Unabombers, the 2005 GSN series The James Woods Gang vs. The Unabombers. He has hosted celebrity poker events, such as the Phat Farm Stuff Casino Weekend Poker Tournament, in which he won the tournament.

Personal life

Masterson is a Scientologist. He started dating Bijou Phillips in 2005, they became engaged in 2009, and married on October 18, 2011. They had daughter Fianna Francis Masterson on February 14, 2014.

Rape allegations

In March 2017, four women alleged they were raped by Masterson in the early 2000s, prompting a Los Angeles Police Department investigation. Masterson, through his agent, has denied the allegations, and Masterson has not been charged or arrested. In response to the accusations, Netflix fired Masterson from its comedy series The Ranch on December 5, 2017, saying in a statement, "Yesterday was his last day on the show, and production will resume in early 2018 without him." Masterson stated that he is "obviously very disappointed in Netflix's decision to write my character off of The Ranch." A fifth woman who dated Masterson made similar accusations in December 2017. He was dropped as a client by United Talent Agency.

At The Drive-In vocalist Cedric Bixler-Zavala said in November 2017 that his wife was raped by Masterson, and that his band's song "Incurably Innocent" is about the incident.

Charity work

Masterson has 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 supported such as the Hollywood Police Activities League (a national youth development program for at-risk youth). 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.


Year Title Role Notes
1993 Beethoven's 2nd Seth
1995 Bye Bye Love Mikey
1997 Face/Off Karl
1997 Trojan War Seth
1997 Star Kid Kevin
1998 Wild Horses Danny
1998 Too Pure Tipper
1998 The Faculty "Fucked-up" kid
1999 Dirt Merchant Dirt Merchant
2000 Dracula 2000 Nightshade
2001 Alex in Wonder Patrick
2002 Hip, Edgy, Sexy, Cool
2002 Comic Book Villains Conan
2002 Hold On
2005 Pancho's Pizza
2006 Puff, Puff, Pass Larry
2007 Smiley Face Steve
2007 You Are Here Derek
2008 Yes Man Rooney
2008 The Brooklyn Heist Fitz
2009 Wake Shane
2009 Made for Each Other Morris "The Executioner" Rodriguez
2009 The Bridge to Nowhere Kevin
2012 The Chicago 8 Jerry Rubin
2012 California Solo Paul
2012 Alter Egos Jimmy
2012 The Polterguys Tim Burr
2015 In Passing Neighbor Short film
2016 Hot Bot Agent Koontz
2016 Urge Neal
2018 Killing Winston Jones Ethan Jones Post-production


Year Title Role Notes
1988 Jake and the Fatman Butch Episode: "After You're Gone"
1993 Joe's Life Leo Gennaro 11 episodes
1994 Roseanne Jimmy Phillips 2 episodes
1994-1997 NYPD Blue John 2 episodes
1995 Extreme Skeeter 7 episodes
1996 American Gothic Ray Episode: "Rebirth"
1996 Seduced by Madness Seth Television film
1996 Tracey Takes On... King the Dog Episode: "Family"
1996 Party of Five Matt 3 episodes
1996 Her Last Chance Ryan Television film
1996-1998 Cybill Justin Thorpe 16 episodes
1997 Sliders Renfield Episode: "Stoker"
1998-2006 That '70s Show Steven Hyde Main cast; 200 episodes
Nominated - Teen Choice Award for TV Choice Sidekick
Nominated - Teen Choice Award for Best Performance in a TV Series by a Young Ensemble
2001 Strange Frequency Randy Television film
2001 Grounded for Life Vince Episode: "Baby You Can't Drive My Car"
2001 How to Make a Monster Jeremy Uncredited; Television film
2002-2004 MADtv Various 2 episodes
2003 King of the Hill Cory Voice; Episode: "Megalo Dale"
2003 Robot Chicken Various Voice; 2 episodes
2003 Stephen King's Dead Zone Dr. Alex Conners Episode: "Vanguard"
2005 Entourage Himself Episode: "Aquamansion"
2006 Kim Possible Quinn Voice; Episode: "And the Mole-Rat Will Be CGI"
2011 Raising Hope Lucy's Boyfriend Episode: "Don't Vote for This Episode"
2011 White Collar James Roland Episode: "Where There's A Will"
2012-2014 Men at Work Milo Foster Main cast; 31 episodes
2012 Supah Ninjas Limelight/ Lemuel Lightner Episode: "Limelight"
2013 Haven Anderson Harris Episode: "Shot in the Dark"
2014 Royal Pains David Van Dyke Episode: "Ganging Up"
2016-2018 The Ranch Jameson “Rooster” Bennett Series regular; 50 episodes
2016 @midnight Himself Episode: "394"
2016 WWE Raw Himself October 3 guest with Ashton Kutcher
2017 Easy Annie's Boyfriend Episode: "Baby Steps"
Music Videos
Year Title Role Notes
1999 Cheap Trick - That '70s Song (In the Street) Hyde With Cast of That '70s Show
2011 Eduardo Fresco - The Way I Fiesta (ft. Clayton Vice) DJ
Year Title Notes
2008 The Brooklyn Heist Producer;
Jury Award for Best Florida Comedy
2014 Men at Work Producer; 10 episodes
2016-2018 The Ranch Co-Executive Producer

[ Source: Wikipedia ]