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Wilmer Valderrama
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Valderrama at the 2012 VidCon
Wilmer Eduardo Valderrama

(1980-01-30) January 30, 1980 (age 41)[1]
Miami, Florida, U.S.
  • Actor
  • producer
  • television personality
Years active1998–present

Wilmer Eduardo Valderrama (/vɑːldəˈrɑːmə/; Spanish: [baldeˈrama]; born January 30, 1980)[2] is an American actor, producer and television personality. He is known for his role as Fez in the sitcom That '70s Show (1998–2006) and as Carlos Madrigal in From Dusk till Dawn: The Series (2014–16). He was also host of the MTV series Yo Momma (2006–07), the voice of Manny in the children's show Handy Manny (2006–13) and has had recurring roles on Grey's Anatomy as well as The Ranch (both in 2016). He is currently part of the main cast of NCIS, portraying Special Agent Nick Torres.

Valderrama has further performed in several prominent feature films, including Party Monster (2003), Beauty Shop (2005), Fast Food Nation (2006), Unaccompanied Minors (2006), Larry Crowne (2011), and The Adderall Diaries (2015). He voiced the character of Prince Philippe Charming in the family animated film Charming (2018).[3]

Early life[edit]

Valderrama was born in Miami, Florida,[4] to Sobeida and Balbino A. Valderrama. His father is Venezuelan and his mother is Colombian.[5][6] His parents owned a farm equipment rental company. When he was three, the family moved to Venezuela, then to Colombia. Later, when he was fourteen, the family moved back to the United States.[2]


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 cast in the CBS miniseries Four Corners and in Omba Mokomba on the Disney Channel. He made his big-screen debut in the film Summer Catch.

Valderrama played Fez on That '70s Show from 1998 to 2006; he was a senior in high school when the pilot episode was filmed. He played DJ Keoki in the 2003 film Party Monster. He produced and hosted the MTV series Yo Momma from 2006 to 2007, and appeared three times on 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,[7] and on April 4, 2004, starred in the Actors' Fund of America one-performance only reading of Sunset Boulevard.[8] 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.

In animation work, Valderrama voiced Rodrigo in Clifford's Really Big Movie. He also voices the main character, Manny, in Disney Channel's Handy Manny series for preschoolers.[9] He had a starring role in El Muerto, an indie film directed by Brian Cox and based on the comic book created by Javier Hernandez. In January 2007, Valderrama launched his own men's fashion label called "Calavena".[10] His production company is WV Entertainment.[11]

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 in house music group Nomads' music video of "Addicted to Love".[12]

On September 27, 2013, Valderrama won an ALMA Award for Outstanding Social Activism.[13] By late November 2013, Valderrama had joined the cast of From Dusk till Dawn: The Series.[14]

On June 16, 2016, Valderrama joined NCIS in its fourteenth season. He is a series regular as NCIS Special Agent Nicholas Torres.[15] This led to crossover appearances on spin-offs NCIS: New Orleans and NCIS: Hawaiʻi.[16]

Wilmer also voiced Gaxton in the 2020 Disney/Pixar animated feature film, Onward. In 2021 he lent his voice to the Disney animated film Encanto.[17] In December 2021, Wilmer was set to executive produce and star in an untitled Zorro series for Disney Branded Television.[18]

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 interviewed 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.[19][20] On March 10, 2014, Valderrama revealed that a Salud Part 2 is in the works and that he has his music coming out towards the end of the summer of 2014.[21]

Valderrama states music as his first passion on DJ Vice's Electric Taco.[4]

Personal life[edit]

Valderrama dated actress Lindsay Lohan in 2004[22] and Demi Lovato from 2010 to 2016.[23] He also dated Mandy Moore and Ashlee Simpson.[24][25] In January 2020, Valderrama got engaged to Amanda Pacheco.[26][27] In December 2020, Valderrama announced that he and Pacheco were expecting their first child.[28][29] Their daughter was born on February 15, 2021.[30]

Valderrama is a car collector. He has retained the original model 1969 Oldsmobile Vista Cruiser used in That '70s Show, purchased for $500 upon learning that the show was going to cease production.[31] It was not in a condition to drive, but Valderrama has maintained the car's original appearance as it was on the show. He also owns and maintains a custom 1951 Mercury coupe.



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
2006 Zoom Marksman
2007 El Muerto Diego de la Muerte / El Muerto
2007 The Condor Tony Valdez (voice)
2008 Columbus Day Max
2008 Days of Wrath Daniel
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
2015 To Whom It May Concern Sam
2016 The Adderall Diaries Josh
2017 Demi Lovato: Simply Complicated Himself Documentary film
2018 Charming Prince Philippe Charming (voice) Also executive producer
2019 Trouble Thurman "The Thurminator" Sanchez (voice) Also executive producer
2020 Blast Beat Ernesto Andres
2020 Onward Gaxton (voice)
2021 Encanto Agustín Madrigal (voice)


Year Title Role Notes
1998 Four Corners Antonio 4 episodes
1998–2006 That '70s Show Fez 200 episodes
Teen Choice Award for Choice TV Sidekick (2003, 2005, 2006)
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 1 episode
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 Host 64 episodes; Also creator and executive producer
2006 The Sopranos Himself Episode: "Luxury Lounge"
2006 Shorty McShorts' Shorts Nestor Episode: "Dudley and Nestor Do Nothing"
2006–12 Handy Manny Manny Garcia (voice) 97 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 13 episodes
2012–13 Suburgatory Yoni 2 episodes
2012 Special Agent Oso Manny Garcia Episode: The Manny With the Golden Bear
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 (season 5) Himself Episode: "Drama Queens"
2014–16 From Dusk till Dawn: The Series Don Carlos Madrigal 23 episodes
2014 Matador Party Guest Uncredited; Episode: "Quid Go Pro"
2015 Minority Report Will Blake 10 episodes
2016 Lip Sync Battle Himself Episode: "Gina Rodriguez vs. Wilmer Valderrama"
2016 Grey's Anatomy Kyle Diaz 5 episodes
2016–present NCIS Nicholas "Nick" Torres Series regular (season 14–present)
Imagen Foundation Award for Best Supporting Actor – Television (2019)
2016–17 The Ranch Umberto 4 episodes
2017 NCIS: New Orleans Nicholas "Nick" Torres Episode: "Pandora's Box (Part II)"
2017 The Price Is Right Himself Episode: "Celebrity Charity Week – Day 2"
2018 Last Week Tonight with John Oliver Bird Episode: "Crisis in Venezuela"
2020 Gentefied Rob Episode: "Casimiro"
2022 NCIS: Hawaiʻi Nick Torres Episode: TBA


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

Music videos[edit]

Year Title Artist(s) Director
2006 "Easy" Paula DeAnda, Bow Wow Billie Woodruff
2009 "Tu No Eres Para Mi" Fanny Lu Fanny Lu
2010 "Imagínate" Wisin & Yandel, T-Pain Jessy Terrero
2011 "Sexy and I Know It LMFAO Mickey Finnegan
2014 "Really Don't Care" Demi Lovato, Cher Lloyd Ryan Pallotta
"L.A. Love (La La)" Fergie, YG Rich Lee
"Pura Vida" Don Omar Jessy Terrero
"Nightingale" Demi Lovato Black Coffee
2017 "Felices los 4" Maluma Jessy Terrero
"Felices los 4 (Salsa Version)" Maluma, Marc Anthony
2020 Holy Justin Bieber Colin Tilley



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

Guest appearances[edit]

Year Title Other artist(s) Album
2013 Salud 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


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