Who is Christopher Masterson?

American actor and disc jockey Christopher Masterson was born on Long Island, New York State USA, on 22 January 1980, making Aquarius his zodiac sign. He has 48 acting credits, but is perhaps still known best for starring as Francis Wilkerson in all 150 episodes of the family comedy “Malcolm in the Middle”, which was created by Michael Glouberman, and also starred Frankie Muniz and Brian Cranston. It follows the lives of members of a dysfunctional family, the series aired from 2000 through 2006 and won 46 of the 166 awards for which it was nominated.

Christopher hasn’t been active in the film industry since 2019, but hasn’t officially retired; it’s believed that he’s taken some time off to be with his newborn daughter.

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Education and early life

Christopher and his brother Daniel Peter ‘Danny’ Masterson were raised on Long Island by their father Peter Masterson who was an insurance agent, and mother Carol Masterson who was a hotel manager; Danny’s today also a popular actor, and is perhaps still known best for starring as Steven Hyde in the evergreen comedy series “That ‘70s Show”, which aired from 1998 through 2006. Christopher has paternal half-siblings Jordan Masterson and Alanna Masterson, both of whom are also actors.

He was only eight when he made his debut film appearance, playing Timmy Bennett in the family drama “Hiroshima Maiden”, and has been active in the film industry ever since.

Christopher studied at a local high school on Long Island and was mostly into sports during his time there, although he also took creative writing lessons, appeared in school plays and played the guitar. Upon matriculating in 1998, Christopher focused on acting and didn’t enroll at college.

Roles in movies

In 1992, Christopher played Steve at 10 in the musical comedy “Singles”, and the same year saw him play Danny Morris in the drama “Mamma Ci Penso Io”.

In 1995, he portrayed Bowen in the action adventure comedy “Cutthroat Island”, which starred Matthew Modine and Geena Davis, and was directed by Renny Harlin. It follows a female pirate as she’s trying to find a hidden island with treasure – the movie was nominated for a Razzie Award for Worst Director. What also marked the ‘90s for Christopher was playing Scotty O’Neal in the evergreen romantic comedy “My Best Friend’s Wedding”, which starred Dermot Mulroney and Julia Roberts, and was directed by P. J. Hogan. It follows a woman who’s in love with her best friend, and has decided to tell him even though he’s about to marry another woman; the film won 12 of its 36 award nominations, including an Oscar nomination for Best Music, Original Musical or Comedy Score.

The year 2001 saw Christopher appear in three movies: the fantasy horror comedy “Strange Frequency”, the short comedy “Nice Guys Finish Last” and the horror comedy “Scary Movie 2”. He portrayed the lead character Conner Layne in the 2008 drama “The Art of Travel”, which also starred Johnny Messner and Brooke Burns, and was written and directed by Thomas Whelan. It follows a high school graduate who’s called off his wedding and travelled alone to Central America – the movie won four awards.

Some of Christopher’s following roles were in the 2012 short science fiction drama “Electric Sheep”, the 2013 drama “Chapman” and in the same year the comedy “Onion News Empire”. In 2016, he played Guy on Ferry in the thriller “Urge”, which starred Pierce Brosnan and Justin Chatwin, and was directed by Aaron Kaufman. It follows a group of young adults who’ve just been introduced to a dangerous new drug.

Some of Christopher’s most recent film roles have been in the 2016 short action “Kat Fight!”, the comedy “I’d Like to Be Alone Now” and the thriller “Beneath the Leaves”, both in 2019.

Roles in TV series

Christopher’s debut TV series role was playing Avery at 13 in the 1993 episode “One” of the comedy “Murphy Brown”, and the following year saw him play Lewis Bing in the episode “Just One Lullaby” of the family western “Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman”.

In 1994, he starred as Sawyer Matson in all six episodes of the drama “The Road Home”, which also starred Frances Sternhagen and Karen Allen, and follows a woman who’s returned home with her husband and children, wanting to run her parents’ shrimp-boat business. The remainder of the ‘90s saw Christopher appear in an episode of the crime thriller “The Client”, the family fantasy “Touched by an Angel”, and the mystery science fiction “The Pretender”.

He had only a couple of TV series roles in the 2000s, as he was focused on shooting for “Malcolm in the Middle”, while one of the most popular amongst these was the animated adventure comedy “The Wild Thornberrys”, in which he voiced Shane G. in three episodes (2003-2004). The series starred Jodi Carlisle and Lacey Chabert, was created by Jeff Astrof and follows the adventures of an 11 years old girl who can talk to animals; the series aired from 1998 through 2004 and won seven of its 14 award nominations.

Some of Christopher’s most recent TV series roles have been in the 2012 episode “Toilet of Eden” of the romantic comedy “Men at Work”, two episodes of the 2014 crime fantasy “Haven” and the 2017 episode “Potty Mouth: Part 1” of the comedy “Mystic Cosmic Patrol”.

Other credits

Christopher received special thanks for the 2008 episode “Featuring Paul Schneider” of the short historical comedy “Drunk History”.

He has five producing credits, which include the 2008 drama movie “The Art of Travel”, the 2009 comedy film “Made for Each Other”, and the 2016 short action movie “Kat Fight!”

Some of Christopher’s recent talk-show appearances have been in “Jimmy Kimmel Live!”, “@midnight”, and “Kevin Pollak’s Chat Show”.

Awards and nominations

Christopher and his colleagues won a 2000 YoungStar Award for Best Young Ensemble Cast, for their performance in “Malcolm in the Middle”; they were also nominated for a 2001 Young Artist Award for Best Ensemble in a TV Series (Drama or Comedy).

Love life and wife

Christopher’s keeping his family away from the media’s attention, but some details about his wife and child are still known. He and American actress Yolanda Pecoraro exchanged vows in a private ceremony on 25 June 2019; she’s five years his junior and has 19 acting credits, while she’s perhaps still known best for playing Sexy Woman in the 2009 romantic comedy movie “The Ugly Truth”. Yolanda gave birth to their daughter Chiara in April 2021, but she and Christopher are keeping her away from media, wanting her to be able to lead a normal life.

It’s also known that Christopher was in a long-term relationship with his brother’s co-star Laura Prepon from the series “That ‘70s Show”, from 1999 through 2007.

He hasn’t spoken of other women whom he’s maybe dated; he’s married to Yolanda Pecoraro as of June 2023, and they have a daughter together.

Interesting facts and hobbies

Christopher was cast to play a supporting character in the 1993 romantic family comedy movie “Beethoven’s 2nd”, in which his brother played the lead character; the two didn’t tell anyone that they were related, however, after the producers noticed the resemblance, they were forced to find another actor to replace Christopher.

He was considered for the role of William ‘Will’ Turner in the critically acclaimed film franchise “Pirates of the Caribbean”.

Christopher’s a cousin of popular American actor Angus T. Jones.

He’s a philanthropist and has taken part in a number of charity events; he played poker at the 2004 Tournament 2, Game 4 to raise money for Citizens’ Commission on Human Rights.

Christopher’s a scientologist.

One of his favorite actors is Johnny Depp, and some of Christopher’s favorite films include “Jeanne du Barry”, “A Nightmare on Elm Street” and “Cry-Baby”.

Height, eyes and wealth

Christopher’s age is 43. He has blue eyes and brown hair, is 5ft 9ins (1.76m) tall and weighs around 160lbs (72kgs).

Christopher’s net worth’s been estimated at over $10 million, as of June 2023.

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