Ashton Kutcher vs. Charlie Sheen: How Their Careers Stack Up

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As The Hollywood Reporter first reported, Kutcher is replacing Sheen on the CBS comedy "Two and a Half Men."

Ashton Kutcher and Charlie Sheen have taken different routes to fame, yet their careers intersected Thursday with the news, first reported by The Hollywood Reporter, that Kutcher will replace Sheen on CBS' Two and a Half Men.

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So how do their careers stack up?


Kutcher, 33, was discovered by a local talent scout while a biochemical engineering student at the University of Iowa. He started out in modeling before segueing to acting.

Sheen, 46, grew up in Hollywood as the son of actor Martin Sheen. His brother, Emilio Estevez, also followed in their father's footsteps by going the acting route.

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Kutcher's first acting gig was as part of the ensemble cast on Fox's That '70s Show, which ran on Fox from 1998-2006 and also starred Topher Grace and Mila Kunis.

As a kid, Sheen had an uncredited role in the 1974 TV movie The Execution of Private Slovik opposite his father. Ten years later, he played Matt in Red Dawn opposite Patrick Swayze, Jennifer Grey, C. Thomas Howell and Lea Thompson and has worked steadily ever since.

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After leaving That '70s Show, Kutcher segued into a string of moderately performing movies, with roles in Dude, Where's My Car?, Just Married, The Butterfly Effect, Guess Who, What Happens in Vegas, Guess Who and No Strings Attached. His two biggest hits were the ensemble films Valentine's Day and Cheaper by the Dozen. But now he's going back to where he started: TV.

Sheen, meanwhile, was best known for his roles in hit movies including Ferris Bueller's Day Off, Platoon, Wall Street, Young Guns, Major League, Hot Shots! and others before signing on for his first series regular role in Spin City, replacing Michael J. Fox from 2000-02.

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Kutcher runs a successful production company, Katalyst Films, with Jason Goldberg. As an executive producer, his credits include Punk'd, True Beauty, Beauty and the Geek and Miss Guided. The company also has produced Guess Who and The Butterfly Effect.

Sheen produced his web series, Sheen's Korner, which he launched after getting fired from Men in March. He also has a few other producing credits on, including the upcoming movie She Wants Me.

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Kutcher isn't completely abandoning movies. He next appears on the big screen in Garry Marshall's star-studded New Year's Eve.

Sheen is taking his My Violent Torpedo of Truth/Defeat Is Not an Option Tour to Australia and Europe.