Wilmer Eduardo Valderrama
January 30, 1980
Wilmer Eduardo Valderrama (//; Spanish: [baldeˈrama]; born January 30, 1980) is an American actor, producer, and television personality. He is best known for the role of Fez in the sitcom That '70s Show (1998–2006) and as Carlos Madrigal in From Dusk till Dawn: The Series (2014–16). He was also host of the MTV series Yo Momma (2006–07), the voice of Manny in the children's show Handy Manny (2006–13) and has had recurring roles on Grey's Anatomy as well as The Ranch (both in 2016). He is currently part of the main cast of NCIS, portraying Special Agent Nick Torres.
Valderrama has further performed in several prominent feature films, including Party Monster (2003), Beauty Shop (2005), Fast Food Nation (2006), Unaccompanied Minors (2006), Larry Crowne (2011), and The Adderall Diaries (2015). He voiced the character of Prince Philippe Charming in the family animated film Charming (2018).
Valderrama was born in Miami, Florida, to Sobeida and Balbino A. Valderrama. His father is Venezuelan and his mother is Colombian. His parents owned a farm equipment rental company. When he was three, the family moved to Venezuela, then to Colombia. Later, when he was fourteen, the family moved back to the United States.
Television and film career
Valderrama got his start performing in numerous plays, including A Midsummer Night's Dream and Rumors. He made his professional debut in a Spanish-language Pacific Bell commercial. At his drama teacher's suggestion, he got an agent and was cast in the CBS miniseries Four Corners and in Omba Mokomba on the Disney Channel. He made his big-screen debut in the film Summer Catch.
Valderrama played Fez on That '70s Show from 1998 to 2006; he was a senior in high school when the pilot episode was filmed. He played DJ Keoki in the 2003 film Party Monster. He produced and hosted the MTV series Yo Momma from 2006 to 2007, and appeared three times on Punk'd, hosted by fellow That '70s Show alumnus Ashton Kutcher.
In April and May 2003, Valderrama appeared in the Los Angeles Times critic's choice play Blackout, an adaptation of the feature film Drunks, and on April 4, 2004, starred in the Actors' Fund of America one-performance only reading of Sunset Boulevard. He filmed the short film La torcedura in which he played the lead, and appeared in The Darwin Awards, an independent film directed by Finn Taylor.
In animation work, Valderrama voiced Rodrigo in Clifford's Really Big Movie. He also voices the main character, Manny, in Disney Channel's Handy Manny series for preschoolers. He had a starring role in El Muerto, an indie film directed by Brian Cox and based on the comic book created by Javier Hernandez. In January 2007, Valderrama launched his own men's fashion label called "Calavena". His production company is WV Entertainment.
In 2010, Valderrama guest-starred on Disney Channel's series Wizards of Waverly Place playing the role of Theresa Russo's brother, Ernesto. In 2011, he appeared in three episodes of USA Network's Royal Pains as Eric Kassabian, an art dealer.
On May 11, 2011, Valderrama released the song "The Way I Fiesta," which he performed as his alter ego, Eduardo Fresco. The video was directed by Akiva Schaffer from the group The Lonely Island. Danny Masterson, Valderrama's co-star from That '70s Show, has a cameo appearance in the video. Valderrama appeared in the 2009 music video for Wisin & Yandel's song "Imagínate". He also appeared in and produced the 2011 video for LMFAO's song "Sexy and I Know It." At the Billboard Latin Music Awards, he said that he is making music which he will release in Spanish and English. On July 27, 2012, he interviewed Latina and said that he is recording tracks and is working with great artists/producers from both the English and the Spanish side. He said he was hoping to release more music in 2013. On March 10, 2014, Valderrama revealed that a Salud Part 2 is in the works and that he has his music coming out towards the end of the summer of 2014.
Valderrama dated actress Lindsay Lohan in 2004 and Demi Lovato from 2010 to 2016. He also dated Mandy Moore and Ashlee Simpson. In January 2020, Valderrama got engaged to Amanda Pacheco. In December 2020, Valderrama announced that he and Pacheco were expecting their first child. Their daughter, Nakano Oceana Valderrama, was born on February 15, 2021.
Valderrama is a car collector. He has retained the original model 1969 Oldsmobile Vista Cruiser used in That '70s Show, purchased for $500 upon learning that the show was going to cease production. It was not in a condition to drive, but Valderrama has maintained the car's original appearance as it was on the show. He also owns and maintains a custom 1951 Mercury coupe.
|2001||Summer Catch||Mickey Dominguez|
|2003||Party Monster||DJ Keoki|
|2004||Clifford's Really Big Movie||Rodrigo (voice)|
|2006||The Darwin Awards||Documentary Filmmaker|
|2006||Fast Food Nation||Raul||Nominated – Imagen Foundation Award for Best Actor in a Film|
|2006||Unaccompanied Minors||Zach Van Bourke|
|2007||El Muerto||Diego de la Muerte / El Muerto|
|2007||The Condor||Tony Valdez (voice)|
|2008||Days of Wrath||Daniel|
|2010||The Dry Land||Raymond Gonzales|
|2011||From Prada to Nada||Bruno||Nominated – Imagen Foundation Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Film|
|2011||Larry Crowne||Dell Gordo|
|2011||The Brooklyn Brothers Beat the Best||Jason|
|2015||The Girl Is in Trouble||Angel|
|2015||To Whom It May Concern||Sam|
|2016||The Adderall Diaries||Josh|
|2017||Demi Lovato: Simply Complicated||Himself||Documentary film|
|2018||Charming||Prince Philippe Charming (voice)||Also executive producer|
|2019||Trouble||Thurman "The Thurminator" Sanchez (voice)||Also executive producer|
|2020||Blast Beat||Ernesto Andres|
|2021||Encanto||Agustín Madrigal (voice)|
|1998||Four Corners||Antonio||4 episodes|
|1998–2006||That '70s Show||Fez||200 episodes|
Teen Choice Award for Choice TV Sidekick (2003, 2005, 2006)
Nominated – Teen Choice Award for Choice TV Sidekick (2002, 2004)
Nominated – ALMA Award for Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series (1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2006)
Nominated – Young Artist Award for Best Performance in a TV Series by a Young Ensemble (1999)
|2002||Grounded for Life||Eugenio||Episode: "Mustang Lilly"|
|2004||Higglytown Heroes||Helicopter Pilot Hero (voice)||Episode: "Higgly Islands"|
|2005||Robot Chicken||Fez (voice)||Episode: "Gold Dust Gasoline"|
|2006–07||Yo Momma||Host||64 episodes; Also creator and executive producer|
|2006||The Sopranos||Himself||Episode: "Luxury Lounge"|
|2006||Shorty McShorts' Shorts||Nestor||Episode: "Dudley and Nestor Do Nothing"|
|2006–12||Handy Manny||Manny Garcia (voice)||97 episodes|
|2007||That's Our Joe||Almerià||Episode: "Padre De Joe F."|
|2010||Extreme Makeover: Home Edition||Himself||Episode: "The Williams Family"|
|2010||Wizards of Waverly Place||Uncle Ernesto||Episode: "Uncle Ernesto"|
|2011||The Cleveland Show||Diego (voice)||Episode: "How Do You Solve a Problem Like Roberta?"|
|2011–12||Royal Pains||Eric Kassabian||3 episodes|
|2011||NTSF:SD:SUV::||Enrique||Episode: "Piper Doesn't Live Here Anymore"|
|2011||Figgle Chat with Fred Figglehorn||Eduardo Fresco||Episode: "FRED Interviews Eduardo Fresco"|
|2012||Awake||Detective Efrem Vega||13 episodes|
|2012||Special Agent Oso||Manny Garcia||Episode: The Manny With the Golden Bear|
|2012||Are You There, Chelsea?||Tommy||Episode: "Those Damn Yankees"|
|2012||Men at Work||Eri Ricaldo||Episode: "Crazy for Milo"|
|2012||Minuto Para Ganar||Himself||Contestant|
|2012–13||Raising Hope||Ricardo Montes||4 episodes|
|2013||RuPaul's Drag Race (season 5)||Himself||Episode: "Drama Queens"|
|2014–16||From Dusk till Dawn: The Series||Don Carlos Madrigal||23 episodes|
|2014||Matador||Party Guest||Uncredited; Episode: "Quid Go Pro"|
|2015||Minority Report||Will Blake||10 episodes|
|2016||Lip Sync Battle||Himself||Episode: "Gina Rodriguez vs. Wilmer Valderrama"|
|2016||Grey's Anatomy||Kyle Diaz||5 episodes|
|2016–present||NCIS||Nicholas "Nick" Torres||Series regular (season 14–present)|
Imagen Foundation Award for Best Supporting Actor – Television (2019)
|2016–17||The Ranch||Umberto||4 episodes|
|2017||NCIS: New Orleans||Nicholas "Nick" Torres||Episode: "Pandora's Box (Part II)"|
|2017||The Price Is Right||Himself||Episode: "Celebrity Charity Week – Day 2"|
|2018||Last Week Tonight with John Oliver||Bird||Episode: "Crisis in Venezuela"|
|2010||Imagination Movers||Episode: "Mouse Day"|
|2013||Salud – SkyBlu feat. Sensato, Reek Rude & Wilmer Valderrama||Music Video|
|2006||"Easy"||Paula DeAnda, Bow Wow||Billie Woodruff|
|2009||"Tu No Eres Para Mi"||Fanny Lu||Fanny Lu|
|2010||"Imagínate"||Wisin & Yandel, T-Pain||Jessy Terrero|
|2011||"Sexy and I Know It||LMFAO||Mickey Finnegan|
|2014||"Really Don't Care"||Demi Lovato, Cher Lloyd||Ryan Pallotta|
|"L.A. Love (La La)"||Fergie, YG||Rich Lee|
|"Pura Vida"||Don Omar||Jessy Terrero|
|"Nightingale"||Demi Lovato||Black Coffee|
|2017||"Felices los 4"||Maluma||Jessy Terrero|
|"Felices los 4 (Salsa Version)"||Maluma, Marc Anthony|
|2020||Holy||Justin Bieber||Colin Tilley|
|2011||"The Way I Fiesta" (feat. Clayton Vice)||N/A|
|2013||Salud||SkyBlu, Sensato, Reek Rude||Rebel Music|
As lead artist
|2011||"The Way I Fiesta" (feat. Clayton Vice)||Akiva Schaffer||N/A|
As featured artist
(SkyBlu feat. Sensato, Reek Rude & Wilmer Valderrama)
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