Daniel Peter "Danny" 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).
Masterson in June 2015
Daniel Peter Masterson|
March 13, 1976
Long Island, New York, U.S.
|Occupation||Actor, disc jockey, businessman|
|Spouse(s)||Bijou Phillips (m. 2011)|
Christopher Masterson (brother)|
Jordan Masterson (maternal half-brother)
Alanna Masterson (maternal half-sister)
Will Masterson (paternal half-brother)
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. He also has a paternal half brother Will Masterson.
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.
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 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.
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, and married on October 18, 2011. Their daughter, Fianna Francis Masterson was born on February 14, 2014.
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.
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, and has supported such as the Hollywood Police Activities League (a national youth development program for at-risk youth). He has 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.
|1995||Bye Bye Love||Mikey||N/A|
|The Faculty||"Fucked-up" kid||N/A|
|1999||Dirt Merchant||Dirt Merchant||N/A|
|2001||Alex in Wonder||Patrick||N/A|
|2002||Hip, Edgy, Sexy, Cool||N/A||N/A|
|Comic Book Villains||Conan||N/A|
|2006||Puff, Puff, Pass||Larry||N/A|
|You Are Here||Derek||N/A|
|The Brooklyn Heist||Fitz||N/A|
|Made for Each Other||Morris "The Executioner" Rodriguez||N/A|
|The Bridge to Nowhere||Kevin||N/A|
|2012||The Chicago 8||Jerry Rubin||N/A|
|The Polterguys||Tim Burr||N/A|
|2015||In Passing||Neighbor||Short film|
|2016||Hot Bot||Agent Koontz||N/A|
|2018||Killing Winston Jones||Ethan Jones||Post-production|
|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|
|1996||American Gothic||Ray||Episode: "Rebirth"|
|Seduced by Madness||Seth||Television film|
|Tracey Takes On...||King the Dog||Episode: "Family"|
|Party of Five||Matt||3 episodes|
|Her Last Chance||Ryan||Television film|
|1996–1998||Cybill||Justin Thorpe||16 episodes|
|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|
|Grounded for Life||Vince||Episode: "Baby You Can't Drive My Car"|
|How to Make a Monster||Jeremy||Uncredited; Television film|
|2003||King of the Hill||Cory||Voice; Episode: "Megalo Dale"|
|Robot Chicken||Various||Voice; 2 episodes|
|Stephen King's Dead Zone||Dr. Alex Conners||Episode: "Vanguard"|
|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"|
|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|
|WWE Raw||Himself||October, 3, guest with Ashton Kutcher|
|2017||Easy||Annie's Boyfriend||Episode: "Baby Steps"|
|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|
|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|
|2016–2018||The Ranch||Co-Executive Producer|
...born ... in Albertson (some sources cite Williston), NY
Beyond thrilled to announce The birth of our daughter Fianna Francis Masterson!
...the Church of Scientology's fundraiser, 'Christmas Stories X' to benefit the Hollywood Police Activities League.