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You spent years with Ashton Kutcher's hippie Kelso and even helped him find his car, but you probably don't know everything there is to know about the A-lister.

This week, Kutcher portrays one of the 21st century's most pioneering innovators in "Jobs," a part he's more than qualified for: The actor and tech investor has dabbled in plenty of industries and organizations, always keeping busy to better the world and technology.

From his high school arrest to his Twitter attack on the Village Voice, check out these facts to get to know the man behind the Steve Jobs biopic.

1. Kutcher has a fraternal twin brother, Michael, who was born with a septal heart defect and has cerebral palsy.

2. Kutcher attended the University of Iowa and majored in Biochemical Engineering with the hope of finding a cure for his brother's condition. However, he dropped out to pursue modeling after winning the Fresh Faces of Iowa modeling competition.

3. He used to work at the cereal department of General Mills, where his father worked as well, sweeping the floors.

4. During his senior year of high school Kutcher was arrested for breaking into his school trying to steal money and was charged with third-degree burglary. He was sentenced to three years probation and 180 hours of community service. Although he was looked down on in his community and lost potential scholarships, he has said it helped "straighten him out."

5. He is good friends with "Smallville" actor Tom Welling, who he met when both were modeling.

6. Kutcher and actress Demi Moore began dating in 2003 and got married in a private ceremony in 2005. The couple split in 2011 and were officially divorced this past March.

7. In 2010 Kutcher and Moore founded The Demi and Ashton Foundation (DNA), a not-for-profit which aimed to end child slavery in Haiti. In 2012 the two renamed the foundation THORN: Digital Defenders of Children, which also uses technology to help prevent child sex trafficking.

8. After dropping out of college Kutcher went to New York to compete in the International Modeling and Talent Association Convention. He lost the competition to Josh Duhamel, but soon signed with an agency and appeared in Calvin Klein ads.

9. One of his first auditions was for the role that made him famous: Michael Kelso in "That '70s Show."

10. Before he auditioned for "That 70s Show," Kutcher auditioned for an NBC pilot about cowboy surfers called "Wind on Water." He got the part, however he didn't accept it since he wanted "That 70s Show" more. Kutcher found out that he nailed the part of Kelso just before he had to respond to NBC. He chose wisely: "Wind on Water" got cancelled after two episodes.

11. Kutcher auditioned for the role of Danny Walker in 2001's "Pearl Harbor," but the part went to Josh Hartnett.

12. Kutcher has said that his brother's condition caused so much stress during his youth that he once contemplated committing suicide to give Michael his heart for a transplant he needed. Shortly after Ashton's father dissuaded Kutcher from jumping off a balcony the family was notified that a heart had become available for Michael's transplant. If that's not cinematic we don't know what is.

13. During college Kutcher donated blood to help pay his tuition bills.

14. Along with "That 70s Show" co-stars Wilmer Valderrama and Danny Masterson, Kutcher invested in the Los Angeles-based Dolce restaurant group which opened restaurants in LA, Atlanta, and New York City.

15. Kutcher was the first Twitter user to get 1,000,000 followers, beating CNN in the Million Followers Contest in 2009. He currently has over 14 million followers.

16. Kutcher is not only perfect to portray Steve Jobs for his striking physical resemblance, but also because he's a huge tech investor. In 2007 he was part of the management team for tech start-up Ooma, in 2011 he created his own Twitter app called A.plus (which is expected to launch soon), and he's also invested in Spotify, Foursquare, Uber, Airbnb, and Path.

17. In 2010 Kutcher joined the State Department and top executives from eBay and Twitter on a business trip to Moscow and Siberia in an effort to help Russia start up their own Silicon Valley.

18. ​Kutcher has two webbed toes on his left foot.

19. Kutcher played a frat guy in "The Butterfly Effect," but he also has some fraternity history in real life. He is a member of the Delta Chi fraternity whose celebrity members also include Kevin Costner.

20. He was named one of Time Magazine's Top 100 Most Influential People in 2010.

21. In 2011 the Village Voice began a controversial dispute with Kutcher over his statistical claims about child trafficking in the U.S. Kutcher then took to Twitter to urge the newspaper's advertisers to pull their ads from the publication, which had been accused of aiding in child prostitution. American Airlines immediately pulled their ads, followed by 26 of the newspaper's other advertisers.

22. With friend Jason Goldberg, Kutcher created the MTV reality show "Punk'd" as well as the company Katalyst Media. In 2010 Katalyst was named one of the year's Top 50 Most Inspiring Innovators by Ad Age and one of Fast Company Magazine's Top 10 Most Innovative Companies.

23. He was considered to play the Dark Knight superhero in "Batman Begins." Can you imagine Kutcher filling Christian Bale's shoes? We sure can't.

24. Kutcher is a huge fan of the Chicago Bears and can be seen wearing various items of Bears clothing in his films.

25. Kutcher is now dating Mila Kunis who played his on-again, off-again girlfriend Jackie in "That 70s Show."

Sources: IMDb

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