|Date of Birth
||13 March 1976
|Place of Birth
||Long Island, New York, USA
Hailed from Long Island, Danny Masterson began his career in showbiz as a child model at age four and by age 16, had appeared in hundreds of commercials. In 1984, he acted in his first Off-Broadway play in “Dragons,” as well as made his TV acting debut with a guest role in an episode of “Jake and the Fatman,” four years later. He continued to star in the regular role of Leo Gennero, the teen nephew of the title character, on the brief ABC sitcom “Joe’s Life” in 1993, and segued to film later that same year with a supporting part, as Seth, in the Charles Grodin-Bonnie Hunt comedy/family feature Beethoven’s 2nd, directed by Rod Daniel.
After a recurring role as Darlene’s new boyfriend in “Roseanne” (1994), Masterson made a small, but memorable, turn as a less-than-good friend to Paul Reiser’s bothered daughter in Bye Bye, Love (1995), a comedy film by director Sam Weisman. He returned to series TV to play Skeeter, a snowboarding thrill-huntsman, in the short-lived ABC adventure drama “Extreme” (1995) and played supporting roles in the drama made-for-television film Her Last Chance and the miniseries thriller “Seduced by Madness: The Diane Borchardt Story” (both NBC, 1996). Still in 1996, he starred as Matt in three episodes of the popular series “Party of Five,” as well as guest starred in episodes of “American Gothic,” “Tracey Takes On...” and “NYPD Blue.”
Masterson’s small career eventually gained momentum when he booked a regular role in the CBS sitcom “Cybill.” He played Justin Thorpe, the young son of Maryann (Christine Baranski) and the lover of Cybill’s daughter Zoe (Alicia Witt) from 1996 to 1998. While working on the show, he also appeared along side John Travolta and Nicholas Cage in the action-packed movie Face/Off (1997), and appeared in the direct-to-video-release Trojan War and the children’s film Star Kid (both 1997).
After leaving “Cybill,” the young actor received even more attention when he moved into another regular series role on the Fox retro comedy “That ‘70s Show” (1998-2006). Playing Steve Hyde, the somewhat more complicated of the six suburban Wisconsin youngsters, he a Teen Choice nomination for TV - Choice Sidekick and a Young Artist nomination for Best Performance in a TV Series - Young Ensemble, sharing with costars Ashton Kutcher, Mila Kunis, Wilmer Valderrama and others.
Despite his series commitment, Masterson went on to pursue his movie career. He appeared in Wild Horses (1998), Too Pure (1998), The Faculty (1998) and starred in director-writer B.J Nelson’s comedy Dirt Merchant (1999). Following a feature role in Wes Craven Presents: Dracula 2000 (2000), he costarred in drama film Alex in Wonder (2001), Hip, Edgy, Sexy, Cool (2002), Hold On (2002) and Pancho's Pizza (2005). Moreover, he undertook guest roles in such shows as “Grounded for Life” (2001), “Strange Frequency” (2001), “King of the Hill” (2003), “Robot Chicken” (2005), “Stephen King’s Dead Zone” (2005) and regularly appeared in “Mad TV” (2002-2004).
Recently, Masterson teamed up with filmmaker Mekhi Phifer for the comedy Puff, Puff, Pass (2006), playing Larry, opposite Jonathan Banks, Malik Barnhardt, Justin Chon and Mo Collins. He also used his voice to bring the character Quinn to life in one episode of the animated series “Disney’s Kim Possible” (2006).
Masterson is set to collaborate with Gregg Araki for his upcoming comedy film Smiley Face (2006), starring Anna Faris. Besides, he will play small role Derek in the comedy/romance You Are Here (2006) and star as Fitz in Capers, a comedy scheduled for 2007 release.