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, singer, dancer, producer 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 currently stars as Carlos Madrigal on El Rey's From Dusk till Dawn: The Series.

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, Marilyn and Stephanie, and a brother, Christian. He attended Taft High School in Woodland Hills, California.


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 Mokomba 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 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,[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 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. 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 had an interview with 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,[12][13] yet nothing was released. On March 10, 2014, Valderrama revealed that a Salud Part 2 is in the works and that he has his own music coming out towards the end of the summer of 2014.[14]

Other work[edit]

Valderrama made a cameo appearance in Omar Cruz's To The Top featuring Frankie J. He also worked with Puerto Rican reggaeton duo Wisin & Yandel on their video for "Imagínate" featuring the rapper T-Pain, as well as on 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.



Summer Catch2001Mickey Dominguez
Party Monster2003Keoki
Clifford's Really Big Movie2004RodrigoVoice
Beauty Shop2005CorkyUncredited
The Darwin Awards2006Documentary Filmmaker
Fast Food NationRaulNominated – Imagen Foundation Award for Best Actor in a Film
Unaccompanied MinorsZach Van Bourke
El Muerto2007Diego de la Muerte / El Muerto
The CondorTony ValdezVoice
Save the Date
Columbus Day2008Max
The Dry Land2010Raymond Gonzales
Larry Crowne2011Dell Gordo
From Prada to NadaBrunoNominated – Imagen Foundation Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Film
The Brooklyn Brothers Beat the BestJason
School Dance2014Flaco
The Girl Is in Trouble2015AngelCompleted
Days of WrathDanielCompleted
To Whom It May ConcernSamPost-production


Four Corners1998Antonio4 episodes
That '70s Show1998–2006FezMain Role; 200 episodes
Teen Choice Award for Choice TV Sidekick (2006)
Teen Choice Award for Choice TV Sidekick (2005)
Teen Choice Award for Choice TV Sidekick (2003)
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)
MADtv2002PunchGuest Star; (CHiPs 2002, as Erik Estrada)
Grounded for LifeEugenioEpisode: "Mustang Lilly"
Punk'd2003Himself2 episodes
Yo Momma2006–2007Creator, executive producer & host
Handy Manny2006–2011MannyVoice
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 ErnestoSeason 3, episode 25: "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"
Suburgatory2012-2013Yoni2 episodes
Raising HopeRicardo Montes4 episodes
RuPaul's Drag Race2013HimselfEpisode: "Drama Queens"
From Dusk till Dawn: The Series2014-presentDon Carlos MadrigalMain Cast

Video games[edit]

2005Scarface: The World Is YoursPabloVoice


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



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]

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

As featured artist[edit]

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

Cameo appearances[edit]

See also[edit]


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