Wilmer Valderrama at opening of Marquee nightclub in Sydney, Australia
|Born||Wilmer Eduardo Valderrama
January 30, 1980
Miami, Florida, United States
|Other names||Eduardo Fresco|
|Occupation||Actor, voice actor, singer, dancer, producer|
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.
- 1 Early life
- 2 Career
- 3 Filmography
- 4 Discography
- 5 Music videos
- 6 See also
- 7 References
- 8 External links
Valderrama was born in Miami, Florida, the son of Sobeida (née Arias) and Balbino A. Valderrama, who owned a farm equipment rental company. He is of Colombian and Venezuelan descent. 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
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, 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. 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). 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".
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".
On September 27, 2013, Valderrama was honored with an ALMA Award for Outstanding Social Activism. In late November 2013, it was announced that Valderrama had joined the cast of From Dusk till Dawn: The Series.
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, 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.
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 Catch||2001||Mickey Dominguez|
|Clifford's Really Big Movie||2004||Rodrigo||Voice|
|The Darwin Awards||2006||Documentary Filmmaker|
|Fast Food Nation||Raul||Nominated – Imagen Foundation Award for Best Actor in a Film|
|Unaccompanied Minors||Zach Van Bourke|
|El Muerto||2007||Diego de la Muerte / El Muerto|
|The Condor||Tony Valdez||Voice|
|Save the Date|
|The Dry Land||2010||Raymond Gonzales|
|Larry Crowne||2011||Dell Gordo|
|From Prada to Nada||Bruno||Nominated – Imagen Foundation Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Film|
|The Brooklyn Brothers Beat the Best||Jason|
|The Girl Is in Trouble||2015||Angel|
|Days of Wrath||Daniel||Completed|
|To Whom It May Concern||Sam||Post-production|
|Four Corners||1998||Antonio||4 episodes|
|That '70s Show||1998–2006||Fez||Main 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)
|MADtv||2002||Punch||Guest Star; (CHiPs 2002, as Erik Estrada)|
|Grounded for Life||Eugenio||Episode: "Mustang Lilly"|
|Yo Momma||2006–2007||Creator, executive producer & host|
|Robot Chicken||2005||Fez||Episode: "Gold Dust Gasoline"|
|The Sopranos||2006||Himself||Episode: "Luxury Lounge"|
|That's Our Joe||2007||Almerià||Episode: "Padre De Joe F."|
|Extreme Makeover: Home Edition||2010||Himself|
|Wizards of Waverly Place||Uncle Ernesto||Season 3, episode 25: "Uncle Ernesto"|
|Cleveland Show||2011||Diego||Episode: "How Do You Solve a Problem Like Roberta?"|
|Royal Pains||2011–2012||Eric Kassabian||3 episodes|
|Awake||2012||Detective Efrem Vega||13 episodes|
|Minuto Para Ganar||Himself||Guest|
|Are You There, Chelsea?||Tommy||Episode: "Those Damn Yankees"|
|Men at Work||Eri Ricaldo||Episode: "Crazy for Milo"|
|Raising Hope||Ricardo Montes||4 episodes|
|RuPaul's Drag Race||2013||Himself||Episode: "Drama Queens"|
|From Dusk till Dawn: The Series||2014-present||Don Carlos Madrigal||Main Cast|
|2005||Scarface: The World Is Yours||Pablo||Voice|
|2010||Imagination Movers||Episode: Mouse Day|
|2013||Salud - SkyBlu feat. Sensato, Reek Rude & Wilmer Valderrama||Music Video|
|2011||"The Way I Fiesta" (feat. Clayton Vice)||Non-album Song|
|"Salud"||2013||SkyBlu, Sensato, Reek Rude||Rebel Music|
As lead artist
|2011||"The Way I Fiesta" (feat. Clayton Vice)||Akiva Schaffer||N/A|
As featured artist
|2013||"Salud" (SkyBlu feat. Sensato, Reek Rude & Wilmer Valderrama)||Himself||Rebel Music|
- Paula DeAnda – "Easy"
- Omar Cruz feat. Frankie J – "To The Top"
- Fanny Lú – "Tu No Eres Para Mi"
- Wisin & Yandel feat. T-Pain – "Imagínate"
- Rob Thomas – "Ever the Same"
- LMFAO - "Sexy and I Know It"
- Jonas Brothers - "First Time"
- Chino & Nacho - "Mi Chica Ideal"
- Demi Lovato feat. Cher Lloyd - "Really Don't Care"
- Demi Lovato - "Nightingale"
- Wilmer Valderrama Biography (1980-)
- 'Blackout' explores culture of sobriety Los Angeles Times, April 25, 2003
- "Sunset Boulevard" on Hollywood Boulevard BroadwayWorld.com, April 5, 2004
- Kidstcmovies: Wilmer Valderama bio
- Wilmer Valderrama to launch his own fashion label EnjoyFashion, January 4, 2007
- Tinoco, Armanda (August 14, 2012). "Leighton Meester featured in The Nomads' 'Addicted To Love'". Terra.com. Retrieved August 26, 2012.
- Wilmer Valderrama Joins Cast of El Rey Network's 'From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series'
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