Today’s morning name: Topher Grace

Who drags Ashton Kutcher along with him. Since I have my shallow moments, there will also be shirtless photos, of Grace, of young Kutcher, and of more recent Kutcher. But first, about the actors and the tv show that made them famous.

Start with the show.

From Wikipedia:

That ’70s Show is an American television period sitcom that originally aired on Fox from August 23, 1998, to May 18, 2006. The series focused on the lives of a group of teenage friends living in the fictional suburban town of Point Place, Wisconsin, from May 17, 1976, to December 31, 1979.

The main teenage cast members were Topher Grace, Mila Kunis, Ashton Kutcher, Danny Masterson, Laura Prepon and Wilmer Valderrama. The main adult cast members were Debra Jo Rupp, Kurtwood Smith, Don Stark, Tommy Chong and Tanya Roberts.

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The teen actors, left to right: back row Prepon, Grace, Kunis, Masterson; front row Kutcher, Valderrama

 

… The show addressed social issues of the 1970s such as sexism, sexual attitudes, generational conflict, the economic hardships of the 1970s recession, mistrust of the American government by blue-collar workers and teenage drug use, including underage drinking. The series also highlighted developments in the entertainment industry, including the television remote (“the clicker”), the video game Pong, MAD magazine, and Eric’s obsession with Star Wars. The show has been compared to Happy Days, which was similarly set 20 years before the time in which it aired.

… Topher Grace as Eric Forman …: Eric is a nice guy, generally geeky, physically slight and somewhat clumsy. He is a smart-aleck with a fast wit and a deadpan sense of humor. He convinces his parents to let his best friend Steven Hyde move in with them, making Hyde like a brother. His father Red is always hard on him. Eric is in a relationship with his longtime love and neighbor Donna Pinciotti [played by Laura Prepon — mentioned in a 2/14/14 posting on this blog — as a strong, steady character].

… Ashton Kutcher as Michael Kelso (seasons 1–7; recurring, season 8): The dim-witted [and goofy] pretty boy of the group wants to coast through life on his good looks. Often referred to as “The King” in many episodes, he spends the first half of the series in a relationship with the equally vapid Jackie [Burkhart, played by Mila Kunis], but their relationship comes to an end when Laurie (Eric’s older sister) reveals their affair. His best friends are Hyde [the rebel of the set, played by Danny Masterson] and Fez (a foreign exchange student, played by Wilmer Valderrama].

On to Grace. In a screen shot from the show:

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From Wikipedia:

Christopher John “Topher” Grace (… born July 12, 1978) is an American actor. He is known for his portrayal of Eric Forman on the Fox sitcom That ’70s Show, Eddie Brock/Venom in the Sam Raimi film Spider-Man 3, Carter Duryea in the film In Good Company and Edwin in the 2010 film Predators.

(The usual nickname for Christopher is Chris, but Topher is another possibility.)

Then Grace being pleasantly shirtless:

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No fully clothed photos of Kutcher here; you can find them everywhere. But about the man, from Wikipedia:

Christopher Ashton Kutcher (… born February 7, 1978) is an American actor and investor. Kutcher began his career as a model and began his acting career portraying Michael Kelso in the Fox sitcom That ’70s Show, which aired for eight seasons. He made his film debut in the romantic comedy Coming Soon and became known by audiences in the comedy film Dude, Where’s My Car?

… Kutcher subsequently appeared in [many] romantic comedies [and some sitcoms] … and portrayed Steve Jobs in the biographical film Jobs

He continued to specialize in comedies, but also expanded the range of his acting. And also altered himself physically. AK as a young man, modelling for Calvin Klein and displaying his (then) lean and lanky body:

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And then more recently, displaying Buff Ashton

 

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