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Wilmer Valderrama

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Wilmer Valderrama
Wilmer Valderrama 2012.jpg
Wilmer Valderrama at opening of Marquee Nightclub in Sydney
Born Wilmer Eduardo Valderrama
(1980-01-30) January 30, 1980 (age 36)
Miami, Florida, United States
Other names Eduardo Fresco
Occupation Actor, singer, producer
Years active 1998–present

Wilmer Eduardo Valderrama (/vɑːldəˈrɑːmə/; Spanish: [baldeˈrama]; born January 30, 1980)[1] is an American actor, singer, producer and television personality, best known for the role of Fez in the sitcom That '70s Show and Carlos Madrigal in American horror television series From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series, hosting the MTV series Yo Momma, and voicing the character of Manny in the children's show Handy Manny.

Early life[edit]

Valderrama was born in Miami, Florida,[2] the son of Sobeida and Balbino A. Valderrama, who owned a farm equipment rental company.[1] He is of Colombian and Venezuelan descent.[3]

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,[4] 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.[5] 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).[6] 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".[7]

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".[8]

On September 27, 2013, Valderrama won an ALMA Award for Outstanding Social Activism.[9] By late November 2013, Valderrama had joined the cast of From Dusk till Dawn: The Series.[10]

On June 16, 2016, it was announced that Valderrama is set to join NCIS in its fourteenth season. He will be a series regular.[11]

Music career[edit]

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 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]

Valderrama states music as his first passion on DJ Vice's Electric Taco.[2]

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 appeared on Shane Dawson's YouTube channel on September 1, 2012.

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2001 Summer Catch Mickey Dominguez
2003 Party Monster DJ Keoki
2004 Clifford's Really Big Movie Rodrigo (voice)
2005 Beauty Shop Corky (uncredited)
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 Columbus Day Max
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
2014 School Dance Flaco
2015 The Girl Is in Trouble Angel
TBA Days of Wrath Daniel Completed
TBA To Whom It May Concern Sam Post-production
TBA Charming Prince Charming (voice) Post-production

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1998 Four Corners Antonio 4 episodes
1998–2006 That '70s Show Fez Main cast; 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)
2002 Grounded for Life Eugenio Episode: "Mustang Lilly"
2002 MADtv Punch Episode: "8.7"
2003 Punk'd Himself 3 episodes
2004 Higglytown Heroes Helicopter Pilot Hero (voice) Episode: "Higgly Islands"
2005 Robot Chicken Fez (voice) Episode: "Gold Dust Gasoline"
2006–07 Yo Momma Himself Creator, host & executive producer
2006 The Sopranos Himself Episode: "Luxury Lounge"
2006 Shorty McShorts' Shorts Nestor Episode: "Dudley and Nestor Do Nothing"
2006–13 Handy Manny Manny (voice) 113 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 Main cast, 13 episodes
2012–13 Suburgatory Yoni 2 episodes
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 Himself Episode: "Drama Queens"
2014 Matador Party Guest Uncredited role, Episode: "Quid Go Pro"
2014–15 From Dusk till Dawn: The Series Don Carlos Madrigal Main cast; 19 episodes
2015 Minority Report Will Blake Main cast; 10 episodes
2016 Grey's Anatomy Kyle Diaz 5 episodes
2016 NCIS Nicholas "Nick" Torres Series Regular (season 14-)[15]

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]

  1. ^ a b "Wilmer Valderrama Biography (1980-)". FilmReference.com. Retrieved August 3, 2015. 
  2. ^ a b [1] Wilmer Valderrama on DJ Vice's Electric Taco
  3. ^ Manellis, Michele (December 14, 2006). "Wilmer more than Lindsay's ex". Herald Sun (Melbourne, Australia). Archived from the original on June 14, 2011. Retrieved August 3, 2015. 
  4. ^ 'Blackout' explores culture of sobriety Los Angeles Times, April 25, 2003
  5. ^ "Sunset Boulevard" on Hollywood Boulevard BroadwayWorld.com, April 5, 2004
  6. ^ Carey Bryson. "Wilmer Valderrama Bio". About.com Entertainment. Retrieved 30 September 2015. 
  7. ^ Wilmer Valderrama to launch his own fashion label EnjoyFashion, January 4, 2007
  8. ^ Tinoco, Armanda (August 14, 2012). "Leighton Meester featured in The Nomads' 'Addicted To Love'". Terra.com. Retrieved August 26, 2012. 
  9. ^ "2013 NCLR ALMA Awards preview: the hosts, honorees, new elements revealed". NBC Latino. Archived from the original on July 22, 2015. Retrieved September 30, 2015. 
  10. ^ "Wilmer Valderrama Joins Cast of El Rey Network’s ‘From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series’ - Ratings". TVbytheNumbers. Retrieved September 30, 2015. 
  11. ^ http://tvline.com/2016/06/16/wilmer-valderrama-ncis-season-14-cast-cbs/
  12. ^ "Wilmer Valderrama Planning A Music Career". Starpulse.com. Retrieved 30 September 2015. 
  13. ^ "Wilmer Valderrama Previews New Song, Announces Return to TV—Watch Now!". E! News. April 25, 2013. Retrieved September 30, 2015. 
  14. ^ Cordero, Rosy. "Wilmer Valderrama Calle Ocho Interview Tide & 'Covergirl'". Retrieved September 30, 2015. 
  15. ^ http://tvline.com/2016/06/16/wilmer-valderrama-ncis-season-14-cast-cbs/
  16. ^ "Can You Spot All the Famous Faces in Fergie's 'L.A. Love' Video?". Entertainment Tonight. Retrieved 2015-11-18. 

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