Wilmer Valderrama

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Wilmer Valderrama
Wilmer Valderrama 2012.jpg
Wilmer Valderrama at opening of Marquee nightclub in Sydney, Australia
Born Wilmer Eduardo Valderrama
(1980-01-30) January 30, 1980 (age 34)
Miami, Florida, United States
Other names Eduardo Fresco
Occupation Actor, voice actor, singer, dancer, producer
Years active 1998–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, 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 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.

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Name Year Role Notes
Summer Catch 2001 Mickey Dominguez
Party Monster 2003 Keoki
Clifford's Really Big Movie 2004 Rodrigo Voice
Beauty Shop 2005 Corky Uncredited
The Darwin Awards 2006 Documentary Filmmaker
Zoom Marksmen
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
Columbus Day 2008 Max
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
School Dance 2014 Flaco
The Girl Is in Trouble Angel Completed
Days of Wrath Daniel Completed
To Whom It May Concern Sam Post-production
Castro's Daughter[15] 2015 Eduardo Pre-production

Television[edit]

Name Year Role Notes
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"
Punk'd 2003 Himself 2 episodes
Yo Momma 2006–2008 Creator, executive producer & host
Handy Manny 2006–2013 Manny Voice
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"
Suburgatory 2012-2013 Yoni 2 episodes
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

Video games[edit]

Year Name Role Notes
2005 Scarface: The World Is Yours Pablo Voice

Director[edit]

Year Title Notes
2010 Imagination Movers Episode: Mouse Day
2013 Salud - SkyBlu feat. Sensato, Reek Rude & Wilmer Valderrama Music Video

Discography[edit]

Singles[edit]

Year Title Album
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
Title Year Other artist(s) Album
"Salud" 2013 SkyBlu, Sensato, Reek Rude Rebel Music

Music videos[edit]

As lead artist[edit]

Year Title Director Album
2011 "The Way I Fiesta" (feat. Clayton Vice) Akiva Schaffer N/A

As featured artist[edit]

Year Title Director Album
2013 "Salud" (SkyBlu feat. Sensato, Reek Rude & Wilmer Valderrama) Himself Rebel Music

Cameo appearances[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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