Danny Masterson

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Danny Masterson
Danny Masterson (cropped).jpg
Masterson in June 2015
Born Daniel Peter Masterson
(1976-03-13) March 13, 1976 (age 40)
East Williston, New York, U.S.
Other names DJ Mom Jeans, DJ Donkey Punch, Daniel P.
Occupation Actor, disc jockey, businessman
Years active 1988–present
Spouse(s) Bijou Phillips (2011–present)
Children 1
Website www.djmomjeans.com

Daniel Peter "Danny" Masterson (born March 13, 1976) is an American actor and disc jockey. Masterson is best known for his role as Steven Hyde in That '70s Show (1998-2006). His most recent television work was as Jameson Bennett in The Ranch (2016). He is a mixing and mastering engineer, and operates Danny Mastering and Mixing from his home studio.

Early life and acting career[edit]

Masterson was born on Long Island, New York, the son of Carol Masterson, a manager, and Peter Masterson, an insurance agent.[1] His brother is actor Christopher Masterson, his half-brothers are Jordan Masterson and Will Masterson, and his half-sister is actress Alanna Masterson. Masterson was a child model from age four, who was featured in magazine articles, as well as television commercials beginning at age five. Masterson was involved in theater, and 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,[2][3] including ones for Swift Premium sausage, Kellogg's Frosted Flakes,[4] Hardee's,[5] Hostess, Tang,[6] and Clearasil.[7]

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.[8] 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".[4]

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.[3][9]

In 2011, Masterson guest starred as James Roland in USA Network's White Collar in the episode "Where There's A Will." Masterson was supposed to have a lead role in Spike's new television series, Playing With Guns. Spike TV dropped the project in 2010, and was picked up by Comedy Central 2011, but also ended up being dropped.[10] 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.[11] It was filmed in September and October 2009.[12] The film is based closely on the trial transcripts and most of the action takes place in the courtroom.[13]

In 2012, the comedy series Men At Work premiered on TBS, co-starring Masterson and Michael Cassidy, James Lesure and Adam Busch.[14] In 2012, Masterson appeared in the film Alter Egos, directed by Jordan Galland.[15]

In 2015, it was confirmed that Masterson would appear in the new series of Netflix The Ranch along with Ashton Kutcher and Elisha Cuthbert.[16]


Masterson began DJing in 1999 as a hobby, but it soon became a side business in addition to his acting and entrepreneurial careers.[17] 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.[18] Masterson is a self-described "rock and hip hop fanatic",[8] and is also a fan of indie, electro, and funk music, all of which he primarily DJs with.[5][19][20] He is a fan of 1970s rock music,[8] and his favorite band is Pearl Jam.[3] Some of his other favorites 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.[21][22] 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.[19] The show was canceled in October 2008.

Business ventures[edit]

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.[23][24]

Masterson still models occasionally, and he has been on the covers of many magazines, including Paper Magazine[6] and YRB Magazine.[25]

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."[26] He appeared as part of a poker team, the Unabombers, at a Poker Royale: James Woods vs. the Unabombers tournament on GSN.[27] He has also hosted celebrity poker events, such as the Phat Farm Stuff Casino Weekend Poker Tournament, in which he won the tournament.[28] Masterson, his brother Chris, and his That '70s Show costar Laura Prepon are all investors in Card Player magazine.[6]

Personal life[edit]

Masterson is a Scientologist.[29][30] He started dating Bijou Phillips in 2005,[31] they became engaged in 2009, and subsequently married on October 18, 2011.[32] They had their first child, daughter Fianna Frances Masterson, on February 14, 2014. [33]

Charity work[edit]

Masterson has also been involved with the New York Rescue Workers Detoxification Project, a controversial organization [34] with ties to the Church of Scientology.[35] He also played in a charity softball game in New York's Central Park to help raise money for children in need of neurosurgery,[36][37] designed guitars for a MusiCares fundraiser,[38] 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.[39][40] He has also played on the World Poker Tour Celebrity Invitational for the charity Chrysalis, with all proceeds going to said charity.[41] He has also played the World Series of Poker's Ante up for Africa event.[42]


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
2016 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 15 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 (2000)
Nominated – Teen Choice Award for Best Performance in a TV Series by a Young Ensemble (shared with Topher Grace, Laura Prepon, Mila Kunis, Wilmer Valderrama and Ashton Kutcher) (1999)
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 Chris 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; 30 episodes
2012 Supah Ninjas Limelight Episode: "Limelight"
2013 Haven Anderson Harris Episode: "Shot in the Dark"
2014 Royal Pains David Van Dyke Episode: "Ganging Up"
2016–present The Ranch Jameson “Rooster” Bennett Series Regular
2016 @midnight Himself Episode: "394"
Music Videos
Year Title Role Notes
1999 Cheap Trick - That 70's Song (In the Street) Hyde With Cast of That 70's 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 (shared with Dave Steck, Brett Halsey, Michael Cecchi, Julian Kheel)
2014 Men at Work Producer; 10 episodes
2016–present The Ranch Co-Executive Producer


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  37. ^ "6th Annual Neurosurgery Charity Softball Tournament Hits It Out of the Park For Pediatric Brain Tumor Research Fund". 
  38. ^ "Celebrities Design Guitars for Charity". 
  39. ^ "Kunis, Masterson and Valderrama at Scientology Celebrity Centre 10th Annual Fund Raiser". 
  40. ^ "Annual Christmas Stories Benefit". 
  41. ^ "Celebrities and Poker Pros to Play for Charity at 2010 WPT Invitational". 
  42. ^ "Star List Grows for WSOP 'Ante Up For Africa' Fundraiser". 

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