Kutcher subsequently appeared in more romantic comedies, including Guess Who (2005), A Lot Like Love (2005), What Happens in Vegas (2008), and No Strings Attached (2011).
From 2011 to 2015, he starred as Walden Schmidt on the CBS sitcom Two and a Half Men.
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.
Kutcher was convicted of third-degree burglary and sentenced to three years' probation and 180 hours of community service.
Kutcher stated that although the experience "straightened him out", he lost his girlfriend and anticipated college scholarships, and was ostracized at school and in his community.
Many of his production credits, including Punk'd, come through Katalyst Films, a production company he runs with partner Jason Goldberg.
He made his film debut in the romantic comedy Coming Soon (1999) and became known by audiences in the comedy film Dude, Where's My Car? Kutcher appeared in romantic comedies Just Married (2003) and My Boss's Daughter (2003) and, the same year, he created, produced, and hosted Punk'd which aired on MTV for five seasons until its revival in 2012.
In 2004, Kutcher starred in the lead role of the psychological film The Butterfly Effect and gained public recognition.
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.