Wilmer Valderrama

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Wilmer Valderrama
Wilmer Valderrama 2012.jpg
Wilmer Valderrama at opening of Marquee nightclub in Sydney, Australia
BornWilmer Eduardo Valderrama
(1980-01-30) January 30, 1980 (age 34)
Miami, Florida, United States
Other namesEduardo Fresco
OccupationActor, voice actor, singer, dancer, producer
Years active1998–present
 
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Wilmer Valderrama
Wilmer Valderrama 2012.jpg
Wilmer Valderrama at opening of Marquee nightclub in Sydney, Australia
BornWilmer Eduardo Valderrama
(1980-01-30) January 30, 1980 (age 34)
Miami, Florida, United States
Other namesEduardo Fresco
OccupationActor, voice actor, singer, dancer, producer
Years active1998–present

Wilmer Eduardo Valderrama (born January 30, 1980) is an American actor and television personality, known for the role of Fez in the sitcom That '70s Show, hosting the MTV series Yo Momma, and voicing the character of Manny in the children's show Handy Manny.

He most recently guest starred on Wizards of Waverly Place and starred as Detective Efrem Vega in the 2012 NBC series Awake.

Early life[edit]

Valderrama was born in Miami, Florida, the son of Sobeida (née Arias) and Balbino A. Valderrama, who owned a farm equipment rental company.[1] He is of Colombian and Venezuelan descent.[2] The family moved to Venezuela when he was three years old, then to Los Angeles when he was thirteen. He has two sisters, Marylin and Stephanie, and a brother, Christian. He attended Taft High School in Woodland Hills, California.

Career[edit]

Television and film career[edit]

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 immediately cast in the CBS miniseries Four Corners and in Omba Makamba on the Disney Channel. He made his big screen debut starring opposite Freddie Prinze Jr., Brittany Murphy, Matthew Lillard and Jessica Biel in the Warner Brothers film Summer Catch.

Valderrama played Fez on That '70s Show from 1998–2006; he was a senior in high school when the pilot episode was filmed. He also played DJ Keoki in the 2003 film Party Monster alongside Macaulay Culkin, Chloë Sevigny, Wilson Cruz and Seth Green. He produced and hosted the MTV series Yo Momma from 2006 to 2007, and appeared "involuntarily" as many as three times on another MTV mainstay, Punk'd, hosted by fellow That '70s Show alumni 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,[3] and on April 4, 2004, starred opposite Anjelica Huston and Ben Kingsley in the Actors' Fund of America one-performance only reading of Sunset Boulevard.[4] 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, starring Winona Ryder and Joseph Fiennes.

In animation work, Valderrama voiced Rodrigo in Clifford's Really Big Movie, playing alongside John Ritter, Wayne Brady and Jenna Elfman. He also voices the main character, Manny, in Disney Channel's Handy Manny series for preschoolers (He even starred in a minisode featuring his acting counterpart).[5] He had a starring role in El Muerto, an indie film directed by Brian Cox and based on the successful comic book created by Javier Hernandez. In January 2007, Valderrama launched his own men's fashion label called "Calavena".[6]

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.

In 2012, Valderrama co-hosted Premios Juventud as a superhero on July 19, 2012. In August 2012, he appeared alongside Vanessa Curry and Leighton Meester in house music group Nomads' music video of "Addicted to Love".[7]

On September 27, 2013, Valderrama was honored with an ALMA Award for Outstanding Social Activism.[8][9][10] In late November of 2013, it was announced that Valderrama had joined the cast of From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series. [11]

Music career[edit]

On May 11, 2011, Valderrama released his 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. He appeared in the 2009 music video for Wisin y Yandel's song "Imagínate". He also appeared 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 had an interview with Latina and said that he is recording a bunch of amazing 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,[12][13] yet nothing was released.

Other work[edit]

Valderrama made a cameo in Omar Cruz's To The Top featuring Frankie J. He also worked with Puerto Rican reggaeton duo Wisin & Yandel's video Imagínate featuring the rapper T-Pain, as well as Colombian singer Fanny Lú's video Tu No Eres Para Mi, where he portrayed her boyfriend. Valderrama has appeared on Shane Dawson's YouTube channel on September 1, 2012.

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

NameYearRoleNotes
Summer Catch2001Mickey Dominguez
Party Monster2003Keoki
Clifford's Really Big Movie2004RodrigoVoice
Beauty Shop2005CorkyUncredited
The Darwin Awards2006Documentary Filmmaker
ZoomMarksmen
Fast Food NationRaulNominated – Imagen Foundation Awards Best Actor Film
Unaccompanied MinorsZach Van Bourke
El Muerto2007Diego de la Muerte / El Muerto
The CondorTony ValdezVoice
Save the Date
Columbus Day2008Max
Days of WrathDaniel
The Dry Land2010Raymond Gonzales
Larry Crowne2011Dell Gordo
From Prada to NadaBrunoNominated – Imagen Foundation Awards Best Supporting Actor Film
The Brooklyn Brothers Beat the BestJason
The Girl Is in Trouble2014AngelCompleted
School DanceFlacoPost-production
To Whom It May ConcernSamPost-production
Castro's Daughter[14]2015EduardoPre-production

Television[edit]

NameYearRoleNotes
Four Corners1998AntonioCanceled after 4 episodes
That '70s Show1998–2006FezMain Role; 200 episodes
Teen Choice Awards Choice TV Sidekick (2006)
Teen Choice Awards Choice TV Sidekick (2005)
Teen Choice Awards Choice TV Sidekick (2003)
Nominated – Teen Choice Awards Choice TV Sidekick (2004)
Nominated – Teen Choice Awards Choice TV Sidekick (2002)
Nominated – ALMA Awards Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series (1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2006)
Nominated – Young Artist Awards Best Performance in a TV Series Young Ensemble (1999)
MADtv2002PunchGuest Star; (CHiPs 2002, as Erik Estrada)
Grounded for LifeEugenioEpisode: Mustang Lilly
Punk'd2003Himself2 episodes
Yo Momma2006–2008Creator, executive producer & host
Handy Manny2006–2013MannyVoice
Robot Chicken2005FezEpisode: Gold Dust Gasoline
The Sopranos2006HimselfEpisode: Luxury Lounge
That's Our Joe2007AlmeriàEpisode: Padre De Joe F.
Extreme Makeover: Home Edition2010Himself
Wizards of Waverly PlaceUncle ErnestoEpisode: Uncle Ernesto
Cleveland Show2011DiegoEpisode: How Do You Solve a Problem Like Roberta?
Royal Pains2011–2012Eric Kassabian3 episodes
Awake2012Detective Efrem Vega13 episodes
Minuto Para GanarHimselfGuest
Are You There, Chelsea?TommyEpisode: Those Damn Yankees
Men at WorkEri RicaldoEpisode: Crazy for Milo (uncredited)
Suburgatory2012-2013Yoni2 episodes
Raising HopeRicardo Montes4 episodes
RuPaul's Drag Race2013HimselfEpisode: Drama Queens
From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series2014Don Carlos MadrigalMain Cast; Filming

Video games[edit]

YearNameRoleNotes
2005Scarface: The World Is YoursPabloVoice

Director[edit]

YearTitleNotes
2010Imagination MoversEpisode: Mouse Day
2013Salud - SkyBlu feat. Sensato, Reek Rude & Wilmer ValderramaMusic Video

Discography[edit]

Singles[edit]

YearTitleAlbum
2011"The Way I Fiesta" (feat. Clayton Vice)Non-album Song

Guest appearances[edit]

List of non-single guest appearances, with other performing artists, showing year released and album name
TitleYearOther artist(s)Album
"Salud"2013SkyBlu, Sensato, Reek RudeRebel Music

Music videos[edit]

As lead artist[edit]

YearTitleDirectorAlbum
2011"The Way I Fiesta" (feat. Clayton Vice)Akiva SchafferN/A

As featured artist[edit]

YearTitleDirectorAlbum
2013"Salud" (SkyBlu feat. Sensato, Reek Rude & Wilmer Valderrama)HimselfRebel Music

Cameo appearances[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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