Michael David Rapaport is an American actor and comedian. He has appeared in over sixty films since the early 1990s, starred on the sitcom The War at Home, he appeared in Boston Public, Prison Break and Atypical. Some of his notable film roles include True Romance, Higher Learning, Cop Land, Deep Blue Sea, The 6th Day, Dr. Dolittle 2, Big Fan, The Heat, he directed the documentary Beats, Rhymes & Life: The Travels of a Tribe Called Quest. Rapaport was born in New York City, the son of June Brody, a New York radio personality, David Rapaport, a radio executive, the general manager of the All-Disco format at New York radio station WKTU Disco 92, he has a brother named Eric Rapaport and an older half-sister named Claudia Lonow via his father's prior marriage. After his parents divorced, Rapaport's mother married comic Mark Lonow, who owned The Improv with Budd Friedman. Rapaport grew up near 70th and York, he is Ashkenazi Jewish. Rapaport had a hard time in school, he attended Erasmus Hall High School in the 1980s but was expelled, although he went back and graduated from Martin Luther King High School in New York City.
In 1989, Rapaport moved to Los Angeles, California when he was 19 years old to try to become a stand-up comic. Rapaport's stepfather, comic Mark Lonow, who owned The Improv with Budd Friedman, helped him get into the stand-up world, he did that for three years. His first big break into the world of acting was on China Beach. Rapaport had a recurring role in My Name is Earl as Frank, a convict Earl reunites with in prison, his character was the reason for many of the things in Earl's life, such as indirectly giving Earl his trailer and El Camino after a botched robbery with his partner, Paco. He played one of the main characters in the season four of Prison Break as Homeland Security Agent Don Self. In October 2008, Rapaport announced that he was directing a documentary about hip hop act A Tribe Called Quest; the film, Rhymes & Life: The Travels of a Tribe Called Quest, was released in 2011 and received positive reviews. Rapaport guest starred in the fifth season of the FX series Justified as villain Daryl Crowe Jr, kingpin of the Crowe family.
On February 12, 2010, Rapaport participated in the NBA All-Star Weekend's Celebrity Game and won the MVP for the game for his defense on football player Terrell Owens, the MVP of the last two Celebrity Games, despite scoring just four points and having only a single rebound. On April 17, 2014, an ESPN 30 for 30 film he directed premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival; the film was about the 1970s championship-winning New York Knicks led by Earl Monroe, Walt Frazier, Willis Reed. Players that made it to the premiere included Monroe, Phil Jackson, Cazzie Russell, Dick Barnett. Bill Bradley was not able to attend due to a recent hip replacement surgery. Rapaport is an occasional guest on the Howard Stern Show on Sirius Satellite Radio when he participates in the staff's fantasy football pool. Rapaport hosts the I Am Rapaport Stereo Podcast on the CBS Local radio network with childhood friend Gerald Moody. Other podcasts that Rapaport has appeared on include The Monday Morning Podcast with Bill Burr and Pardon My Take by Barstool Sports, The Adam Carolla Show, The Fighter and The Kid, Anna Faris is Unqualified, The Bill Simmons Podcast and its predecessor, The BS Report.
On June 19, 2017, Rapaport announced on Twitter that he would be joining the popular sports satire website Barstool Sports where he will be a correspondent for the podcast Pardon My Take. On February 18, 2018, Rapaport was fired from Barstool Sports after making a rude comment toward their fan base. Rapaport is also a reporter for Fox Sports, covering the BIG3 basketball league formed by Ice Cube, he is the narrator of the "WWE 365" series on WWE Network. Rapaport was arrested on May 18, 1997 for harassing ex-girlfriend Lili Taylor and charged with two counts of aggravated harassment, he pleaded guilty to the charges in court and New York Supreme Court Justice Arlene Goldberg issued a protection order to keep the actor from contacting Taylor, as well as mandating that he undergo counseling sessions. In 2000, Rapaport married producer Nichole Beattie, they have two sons. They divorced in 2007. In 2005, Rapaport wrote an article for Jane magazine about having to evict the actress Natasha Lyonne from a property he was renting to her during a period of heavy drug use on her part.
The two remain friends. In 2016, Rapaport married actress Kebe Dunn. 1994: Frank Zappa: "Civilization, Phaze III" – Act Two, playing Moon Zappa's "boyfriend" in skits 1998: Jay-Z: "The City is Mine" 2002: Talib Kweli: Waiting for the DJ – cameo 2003: High & Mighty: The Highlite Zone – "How to Rob an Actor" 2003: Jaylib: "McNasty Filth" 2004: Masta Ace: "A Long Hot Summer" – Ace's prison cellmate 2006: Ludacris: "Runaway Love" – victimizer of "Lisa," the first child depicted in the song 2008: H2O: "What Happened?" 2017: Snoop Dogg: "Lavender" 2017: Sean Price: "Dead or Alive" Rapaport, Michael. This Book Has Balls. New York: Touchstone. ISBN 978-1-501-16031-8. OCLC 975365440. Woods, Mecca. "Michael Rapaport Discusses His Film Beats, Rhymes & Life @ Tribeca Film Fest". Society HAE. I Am Rapaport podcast Michael Rapaport on Twitter Michael Rapaport on IMDb Michael Rapaport at t
Mint condition is an expression used to denote the quality of a pre-owned good as displaying no imperfections and being in pristine condition relative to its original production state. The phrase related to the way collectors described the condition of coins; as the name given to a coin factory is a "mint" mint condition is the condition a coin is in when it leaves the mint. The term mint condition may be used to describe a variety of collectible items, including action figures, toys, records, comic books and similar items; the term may have a different meaning in each case. For instance, when describing trading cards, "perfect" condition is used to describe the condition as it is when pulled from a pack, while "mint" would be new but opened. Similar graduations of mint condition exist for other collectibles based on their specific characteristics. For example, a postage stamp may be mint never hinged. Abbreviations include: NRFB - Never removed from box MIB - Mint in box MIP - Mint in package MOC - Mint on card Mint Mint Mint stamp New old stock
James Robinson (writer)
James Dale Robinson is a British writer of American comic books and screenplays, known for his interest in vintage collectibles and memorabilia. Some of his best known comics are series focusing on the Justice Society of America, in particular the Starman character he co-created with Tony Harris. James Robinson has been writing for over two decades, with an early comics work, "Grendel: The Devil's Whisper", appearing in the 1989 series of the British anthology A1; the series for which he is arguably most renowned is the DC Comics series Starman, where he took the aging Golden Age character of the same name and revitalized both the character and all those who had used the name over the decades, weaving them into an interconnected whole. In 1997, Robinson's work on the title garnered him an Eisner Award for "Best Serialized Story", he is known for his The Golden Age limited series, despite being an Elseworlds story, established much of the backstory he would use in Starman. He has written the Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight series, served as a consultant and co-writer in the first year of JSA and its subsequent spin-off Hawkman.
Other work for DC includes the Sandman spin-off Witchcraft for Vertigo. Robinson wrote a brief run of Wildcats, teamed with artist Travis Charest, that further developed the book's mythology, along with a spinoff mini-series called Team One, he served as a transitional writer on the Marvel Comics titles and Generation X in 1997–1998 including the "Operation: Zero Tolerance" crossover event. He wrote several issues of the "Heroes Reborn" version of Captain America Leave It to Chance, created by Robinson with penciller Paul Smith, won Robinson two more Eisner Awards in 1997, for "Best New Series" and "Best Title for Younger Readers", his other work includes Ectokid, one of the series created by horror/fantasy novelist Clive Barker for Marvel Comics' Razorline imprint, Firearm for Malibu Comics' Ultraverse line. In 2006, Robinson wrote Batman and Detective Comics, penning the eight-issue "Face The Face" storyline, as part of the "One Year Later" project. In 2008–2010, Robinson was the writer of Superman.
This run included the storyline "The Coming of Atlas". He wrote the 2009–2010 mini-series Justice League: Cry for Justice and began writing Justice League of America in October 2009 with art by Mark Bagley. Robinson was joined by artist Brett Booth on Justice League of America in February 2011. In May 2010, Robinson and Sterling Gates co-wrote, with artist Eddy Barrows, War of the Supermen, a Superman-based event, the culmination of two years of story starting from Superman: New Krypton, he concluded his work on Superman with issue #700. Robinson wrote a twelve-issue series starring The Shade, a character identified with his Starman series and recreated Earth 2 in an eponymous ongoing series for DC's The New 52 initiative in 2011 and 2012. One of the revisions which Robinson introduced was making the Earth Two Green Lantern gay. In May 2013, Robinson ended his long relationship with DC Comics, his last issue of Earth 2 was #16. Many observers found the departure abrupt, since Robinson had teased of long term plans for Earth 2.
Despite the abrupt nature of Robinson's departure from DC, Robinson's relationship with the company remains amicable. Robinson took new assignments from Marvel Comics after then, his first announced project for Marvel was a collaboration with co-writer Mark Waid and illustrator Gabriele Dell'Otto on an original graphic novel titled Spider-Man: Family Business. A second announced project for Marvel was All-New Invaders, an ongoing monthly comic series with artist Steve Pugh, he and Leonard Kirk launched a new Fantastic Four series in February 2014. The Saviors was released in December 2013 by Image Comics; this story described what happens when Tomas Ramirez, a man working at a gas station stumbles upon an extraterrestrial plot that could mean the end of the Earth. Dynamite Entertainment will publish a monthly series by Robinson, his description of the series is "Grand Passion is a departure from what I've been doing in the last few years. This series is about two wayward characters Doc and Mabel – one a cop, the other a crook – who are fated to fall in love at first sight as Mabel swears she'll kill Doc if it's the last thing she does.
It marries elements of a Harlequin romance with hard-boiled crime and takes it off in a direction that's surprising, funny and sexy. I'm excited to roll up my sleeves and immerse myself in writing this tale."He wrote an ongoing Scarlet Witch series for Marvel which began in late 2015. Robinson explained that he has been influenced by the work of Matt Fraction and David Aja on the Hawkeye title stating "How they managed to stay true to the character in the Avengers while taking it in a fresh direction, so it wasn't just that same Avengers character doing solo things, which I don't think really works for any sustained period of time for any of those second-tier characters."Robinson returned to DC Comics in late 2017 to write Wonder Woman. He completed his run on the series as of issue #50. In addition to his work in comics, Robinson wrote the screenplay for the 1993 direct-to-video film Firearm, wrote and directed the 2002 feature Comic Book Villains, starring Cary Elwes and Michael Rapaport, as well as producing the screenplay for the 1995 film Cyber Bandits with Martin Kemp, Alexandra Paul, Grace Jones and singer Adam Ant.
His best known screenplay was for the 2003 movie version of The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen. This last script caused some controversy among fans of the original work, many of whom were disappointed an established comics writer's take on Alan Moore's and Kevin O'Neill's
Natasha Bianca Lyonne Braunstein, known professionally as Natasha Lyonne, is an American actress and producer. She is best known for her portrayal of Nicky Nichols in the Netflix series Orange Is the New Black, for which she received an Emmy Award nomination in 2014, for her role as Jessica in the American Pie film series, she is a co-creator, executive producer and writer for the 2019 Netflix series Russian Doll, where she plays the lead role of Nadia Vulvokov. She is known for her nasal voice and thick New York accent. Lyonne has appeared in over 50 films, including Everyone Says I Love You, Slums of Beverly Hills, Detroit Rock City, But I'm a Cheerleader, Scary Movie 2, The Grey Zone, Kate & Leopold, Party Monster, Die Mommie Die!, Blade: Trinity, All About Evil, Sleeping with Other People, Hello My Name Is Doris, Addicted to Fresno, Yoga Hosers, The Intervention, Show Dogs. Lyonne was born in New York City, the daughter of Ivette Buchinger and Aaron Braunstein, a boxing promoter, race car driver and radio host, distantly related to cartoonist Al Jaffee.
Lyonne's parents were from Orthodox Jewish families, she was raised Orthodox. Her mother was born in France, to Hungarian Jewish parents who were Holocaust survivors. Lyonne has darkly joked that her family consists of "my father's side, my mother's side, Auschwitz." Her grandmother Ella came from a large family, but only she and her two sisters and two brothers survived, which Lyonne credits to their blond hair and blue eyes. Lyonne's grandfather, Morris Buchinger, operated a watch company in Los Angeles. During the war, he hid in Budapest as a non-Jew working in a leather factory. Lyonne lived the first eight years of her life in Great New York, she and her parents moved to Israel, where Lyonne spent a year and a half. During her stay in Israel, Lyonne participated in the production of the Israeli children's film April Fool, which began her interest in acting, her parents divorced, Lyonne and her older brother Adam returned to America with their mother. After moving back to New York City, Lyonne attended The Rabbi Joseph H. Lookstein Upper School of Ramaz, a private Jewish school, where Lyonne said she was a scholarship kid who took honors Talmud classes and read Aramaic.
She was expelled for selling marijuana at school. Lyonne grew up on the Upper East Side, her mother moved their family to Miami, where Lyonne attended Miami Country Day School. She never graduated from high school, her high school graduation depended on completing her first year at Tisch, but she left the program because she could not pay the tuition. She attended New York University for a short time, studying philosophy. Lyonne was estranged from her father, who lived on the Upper West Side until his death in October 2014 and in 2013 was a Republican candidate for City Council for the sixth District of Manhattan. Lyonne has said she is not close to her mother and has lived independently of her family since age 16; as a young child, Lyonne was signed by the Ford Modeling Agency. At the age of six, she was cast as Opal on Pee-wee's Playhouse, followed by film appearances in Heartburn, A Man Called Sarge, Dennis the Menace. On working as a young child actor, Lyonne said: "I didn’t have the best parents.
I don't think. If they were ready to have children, it is kind of a wacky idea to put your child in business at six years old." At 16 years of age, Lyonne was cast in the Woody Allen-directed Everyone Says I Love You. This led to appearances in a variety of films over the next 10 years, including starring roles in the independent features Slums of Beverly Hills, for which she received two Teen Choice Award nominations, But I'm a Cheerleader. During this time, she appeared as Jessica in the successful teen comedy American Pie, reprising the role in two of its sequels. Lyonne's other films during this period included Detroit Rock City, Freeway II: Confessions of a Trickbaby, Scary Movie 2, The Grey Zone, Kate & Leopold, Party Monster, Blade: Trinity. Lyonne's subsequent film appearances include All About Evil, 4:44 Last Day on Earth, Girl Most Likely, Loitering with Intent, Sleeping with Other People, Hello My Name Is Doris, Addicted to Fresno, #Horror, Yoga Hosers, The Intervention, Handsome: A Netflix Mystery Movie.
In 2019, she will appear alongside Lucas Hedges and Shia LaBeouf in LaBeouf’s autobiographical film Honey Boy. Lyonne made her New York stage debut in the award-winning New Group production of Mike Leigh's Two Thousand Years, she was part of the original cast of the award-winning Love and What I Wore, a play by Nora Ephron and Delia Ephron, based on the book by Ilene Beckerman. In 2010 Lyonne received positive reviews for her performance in Kim Rosenstock's comedy Tigers Be Still at the Roundabout Theatre Company: "a thorough delight in the flat-out funniest role, the grief-crazed Grace, so immersed in self-pity that she has cast aside any attempts at decorum". In 2011 Lyonne starred opposite Ethan Hawke and Ann Dowd in New Group's production of Tommy Nohilly's Blood From a Stone; the following year, she participated in New Group's benefit performance of Women Behind Bars. On working in the theater: "There's something about theater that squashes the self-critical voices because you have to be in the moment.
I'm glad. That is not a skill set I h
Black comedy known as dark comedy or gallows humor, is a comic style that makes light of subject matter, considered taboo subjects that are considered serious or painful to discuss. Comedians use it as a tool for exploring vulgar issues, thus provoking discomfort and serious thought as well as amusement in their audience. Popular themes of the genre include death and violence, disease, sexuality and barbarism. Black comedy differs from blue comedy which focuses more on crude topics such as nudity and bodily fluids. Although the two are interrelated, black comedy is different from straightforward obscenity in that it is more subtle and does not have the explicit intention of offending people. In obscene humor, much of the humorous element comes from shock and revulsion, while black comedy might include an element of irony, or fatalism. For example, an archetypal example of black comedy in the form of self-mutilation appears in the English novel Tristram Shandy. Tristram, five years old at the time, starts to urinate out of an open window for lack of a chamber pot.
The sash circumcises him. Literary critics have associated black comedy and black humor with authors as early as the ancient Greeks with Aristophanes. Whereas the term black comedy is a broad term covering humor relating to many serious subjects, gallows humor tends to be used more in relation to death, or situations that are reminiscent of dying. Black humor can be related to the grotesque genre; the term black humor was coined by the Surrealist theorist André Breton in 1935 while interpreting the writings of Jonathan Swift. Breton's preference was to identify some of Swift's writings as a subgenre of comedy and satire in which laughter arises from cynicism and skepticism relying on topics such as death. Breton coined the term for his book Anthology of Black Humor, in which he credited Jonathan Swift as the originator of black humor and gallows humor. In his book, Breton included excerpts from 45 other writers, including both examples in which the wit arises from a victim with which the audience empathizes, as is more typical in the tradition of gallows humor, examples in which the comedy is used to mock the victim.
In the last cases, the victim's suffering is trivialized, which leads to sympathizing with the victimizer, as analogously found in the social commentary and social criticism of the writings of Sade. Among the first American writers who employed black comedy in their works were Nathanael West and Vladimir Nabokov, although at the time the genre was not known in the US; the concept of black humor first came to nationwide attention after the publication of a 1965 mass-market paperback titled Black Humor, of which the editor was Bruce Jay Friedman. The paperback was one of the first American anthologies devoted to the concept of black humor as a literary genre. With the paperback, Friedman labeled as "black humorists" a variety of authors, such as J. P. Donleavy, Edward Albee, Joseph Heller, Thomas Pynchon, John Barth, Vladimir Nabokov, Bruce Jay Friedman himself, Louis-Ferdinand Celine. Among the writers labeled as black humorists by journalists and literary critics are today Roald Dahl, Kurt Vonnegut, Warren Zevon, Christopher Durang, Philip Roth.
The motive for applying the label black humorist to all the writers cited above is that they have written novels, stories and songs in which profound or horrific events were portrayed in a comic manner. Comedians, like Lenny Bruce, that since the late 1950s have been labeled for using "sick comedy" by mainstream journalists, have been labeled with "black comedy". Sigmund Freud in his 1927 essay Humour puts forth the following theory of black comedy: "The ego refuses to be distressed by the provocations of reality, to let itself be compelled to suffer, it insists. Some other sociologists elaborated this concept further. At the same time, Paul Lewis warns that this "relieving" aspect of gallows jokes depends on the context of the joke: whether the joke is being told by the threatened person themselves or by someone else. Black comedy has the social effect of strengthening the morale of the oppressed and undermines the morale of the oppressors. According to Wylie Sypher, "to be able to laugh at evil and error means we have surmounted them."Black comedy is a natural human instinct and examples of it can be found in stories from antiquity.
Its use was widespread from where it was imported to the United States. It is rendered with the German expression Galgenhumor; the concept of gallows humor is comparable to the French expression rire jaune, which has a Germanic equivalent in the Belgian Dutch expression groen lachen. Italian comedian Daniele Luttazzi discussed gallows humour focusing on the particular type of laughter that it arouses, said that grotesque satire, as opposed to ironic satire, is the one that most
Ivan Simon Cary Elwes is an English actor and writer. He is best known for his roles as Westley in The Princess Bride, Robin Hood in Robin Hood: Men in Tights, Fritz Arno Wagner in Shadow of the Vampire, Arnold in Georgia Rule, Dr. Lawrence Gordon in Saw, his other noted roles include Glory, Kiss the Girls, Days of Thunder, Bram Stoker's Dracula, Hot Shots!, The Jungle Book, Ella Enchanted, Liar, Liar. He has had recurring roles in television series such as The X-Files and Psych and Crackle's The Art of More, he appeared in several episodes of Granite Flats. Ivan Simon Cary Elwes was born on 26 October 1962 in Westminster, the youngest of three sons of portrait painter Dominic Elwes and interior designer and socialite Tessa Kennedy, he is the brother of artist Damian Elwes and film producer Cassian Elwes. His stepfather, Elliott Kastner, was an American film producer, his paternal grandfather was painter Simon Elwes, whose own father was the diplomat and tenor Gervase Elwes. His other great-grandfathers include the diplomat Rennell Rodd, 1st Baron Rennell and industrialist Ivan Rikard Ivanović.
Elwes has English, Croatian Jewish and Scottish ancestry. His Croatian and Serbian roots come from his maternal grandmother, Daška McLean, whose second husband, Billy McLean, was an operative for Special Operations Executive during World War II. One of Elwes' relatives is John Elwes, alleged in some sources to have been the inspiration for Ebenezer Scrooge in A Christmas Carol. Elwes himself played five roles in the 2009 film adaptation of the novel. Through his maternal grandfather, Elwes is related to Sir Alexander William "Blackie" Kennedy, one of the first photographers to document the archaeological site of Petra following the collapse of the Ottoman Empire. Elwes was brought up as a Roman Catholic and was an altar boy at Westminster Cathedral, although he did not attend denominational schools as most of the men on his father's side of the family had, including his father, his paternal relatives include such clerics as Dudley Charles Cary-Elwes, the Roman Catholic Bishop of Northampton, Abbott Columba Cary-Elwes, Father Luke Cary-Elwes.
He discussed this in an interview while he was filming the 2005 CBS television film Pope John Paul II, in which he played the young priest Karol Wojtyła. Elwes' parents divorced when he was four years old, in 1975, when Elwes was 12, his father died by suicide. Elwes young acadamia was Harrow School, he attended the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art. In 1981, he moved to the United States to study acting at Sarah Lawrence College in Bronxville, New York. While living there, Elwes studied acting at both the Actors Studio and the Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute under the tutelage of Al Pacino's mentor, Charlie Laughton; as a teenager, he worked as a production assistant on the films Absolution and Superman, where he was assigned to Marlon Brando. When Elwes introduced himself to the famous actor, Brando insisted on calling him "Rocky" after Rocky Marciano. Elwes made his acting debut in 1984 with Marek Kanievska's film Another Country loosely based on the English boarding school exploits of British spies, Burgess and MacLean, in which he played James Harcourt, a gay student.
He went on to play Guilford Dudley in the British historical drama film Lady Jane, opposite Helena Bonham Carter. He was cast as a stable boy turned swashbuckler Westley in Rob Reiner's fantasy-comedy The Princess Bride, based on the novel of the same name by William Goldman, it was a modest box office success, but received critical acclaim, earning a score of 96% on the review aggregation website Rotten Tomatoes. Since being released on home video and television, the film has become a cult classic; the studio didn't know how to market. Was it an adventure? A fantasy? A comedy? A romance? A kid's movie? In the end they sold it as a kid's movie and it had to rely on word of mouth... people tell me they still have their VHS copy, passed down from one generation to the next. ~ Interview from the film's DVD release in 2001 Elwes continued working varying between dramatic roles, as in the Oscar-winning Glory, comedic roles, as in Hot Shots!. In 1993, he starred as Robin Hood in Robin Hood: Men in Tights.
Elwes appeared in such films as Francis Ford Coppola's adaptation of Bram Stoker's Dracula, The Crush, The Jungle Book, Liar Liar, Kiss the Girls. In 1999, he portrayed famed theatre and film producer John Houseman for Tim Robbins in his ensemble film based on Orson Welles's musical, Cradle Will Rock, and months after that he traveled to Luxembourg to work with John Malkovich and Willem Dafoe in Shadow of the Vampire. In 2001, he co-starred in Peter Bogdanovich's ensemble film The Cat's Meow portraying movie mogul Thomas Ince who died mysteriously while vacationing with William Randolph Hearst on his yacht. In 2004 Elwes starred in the horror–thriller Saw which, at a budget of a little over $1 million, grossed over $100 million worldwide; the same year he appeared in this time as the villain, not the hero. He made an uncredited appearance as Sam Green, the man who introduced Andy Warhol to Edie Sedgwick, in the 2006 film Factory Girl. In 2007 he appeared in Garry Marshall's Georgia Rule opposite Jane Fonda.
In 2010 he returned to the Saw franchise in Saw 3D, the seventh film in the series, as Dr. Lawrence Gordon. In 2011, he was selected by Ivan Reitman to star alongside Natalie Portman in No Strings Attached; that same year, Elwes and
Daniel Peter "Danny" Masterson is an American actor and disc jockey. Masterson played the roles of Steven Hyde in That'70s Show and Jameson "Rooster" Bennett in The Ranch. Masterson was born on Long Island, New York, the son of Carol, a manager, Peter Masterson, an insurance agent, he grew up in East Williston, New York. He has actor Christopher Masterson, their maternal half siblings Jordan Masterson and Alanna Masterson are actors. He has a paternal half brother, Will Masterson. A child model from age 4, 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, 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 and Clearasil. In the early 1990s, Masterson had a role in Beethoven's 2nd, starred as Justin in Cybill. After starring in the third and fourth seasons of Cybill, Masterson decided he wanted to move on from Cybill and audition for a show titled Teenage Wasteland, changed to That'70s Show.
The original casting director for That'70s Show, Debby Romano, resisted Masterson's audition because he was older than the rest of the cast, but 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 Bijou Phillips, in the 2009 drama The Bridge to Nowhere. In 2011, Masterson guest starred as James Roland in USA Network's White Collar, he portrayed Jerry Rubin in 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, explores the events around the trial. It was filmed in September and October 2009; the film is based 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, Elisha Cuthbert in the Netflix comedy series The Ranch. Masterson began DJing at Los Angeles night clubs in 1997 as a hobby, under the name DJ Donkey Punch, but it soon became a side business, he goes by the name DJ Mom Jeans. Masterson is a self-described "rock and hip hop fanatic," and is a fan of indie and funk music, all of which he DJs with. For a time, Masterson owned a lounge and bar in Park City, 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. Masterson is a Scientologist, he started dating Bijou Phillips in 2005, they became engaged in 2009, married on October 18, 2011. Their daughter, Fianna Francis Masterson was born on February 14, 2014. In March 2017, four women made sexual assault and rape allegations against Masterson prompting a Los Angeles Police Department investigation. Masterson, through his agent, has denied the allegations, 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, production will resume in early 2018 without him." Masterson stated that he is "obviously disappointed in Netflix's decision to write my character off of The Ranch." A fifth woman who dated Masterson made similar rape accusations in December 2017.
He was dropped as a client by United Talent Agency. Leah Remini's show Aftermath is planning to run an episode about Masterson's rape allegations but it has been delayed due to harassment. At the Drive-In vocalist Cedric Bixler-Zavala made allegations against Masterson, that his band's song "Incurably Innocent" is about the incident. Masterson has been involved with the New York Rescue Workers Detoxification Project, a controversial organization with ties to the Church of Scientology, he 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, attended a Scientology fundraiser for the Hollywood Police Activities League. He has played on the World Poker Tour Celebrity Invitational for the charity Chrysalis, with all proceeds going to said charity, he has played the World Series of Poker's Ante up for Africa event. Danny Masterson on IMDb