Wilmer Valderrama


Wilmer Valderrama Biography

Wilmer Eduardo Valderrama (born January 30, 1980) is an American actor 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 most recently guest starred on Wizards of Waverly Place and starred as Detective Efrem Vega in the 2012 NBC series Awake.

Early life

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

Career

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 Makamba 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 alumni 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.

Music career

On May 11, 2011 he 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. He appeared in the 2009 music video for Wisin y Yandel's song "Imagínate". He also appeared 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 a bunch of amazing 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.

Other work

He codirected Omar Cruz' To The Top featuring Frankie J. He also worked with Puerto Rican reggaeton duo Wisin & Yandel's video Imagínate featuring the rapper T-Pain, as well as Colombian singer Fanny Lú's video "Tu No Eres Para Mi", where he portrays her boyfriend. Valderama has guest appeared on Shane Dawson video on September 1.

Filmography

Film

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 Awards Best Actor 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
Days of Wrath Daniel
The Dry Land 2010 Raymond Gonzales
A Cinderella Story: Once Upon a Song 2011
Larry Crowne Dell Gordo
From Prada to Nada Bruno Nominated " Imagen Foundation Awards Best Supporting Actor Film
The Brooklyn Brothers Beat the Best Jason
The Girl Is in Trouble 2013 Angel Completed
School Dance Flaco Post-production

Television

Name Year Role Notes
Four Corners 1998 Antonio Canceled after 4 episodes
That '70s Show 1998"2005 Fez Main Role; 200 episodes
Teen Choice Awards Choice TV Sidekick (2006)
Teen Choice Awards Choice TV Sidekick (2005)
Teen Choice Awards Choice TV Sidekick (2003)
Nominated " Teen Choice Awards Choice TV Sidekick (2004)
Nominated " Teen Choice Awards Choice TV Sidekick (2002)
Nominated " ALMA Awards Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series (1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2006)
Nominated " Young Artist Awards Best Performance in a TV Series 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 Episode: 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 (uncredited)
Suburgatory 2012-2013 Yoni 2 episodes
Raising Hope Ricardo Montes 4 episodes

Video games

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

TV commercials

Product Notes
Heineken "The Tiger" with Valeska Castillo

Director

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

Discography

Singles

Year Title Album
2011 "The Way I Fiesta" (feat. Clayton Vice) Non-album Song

Guest appearances

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

As lead artist

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

As featured artist

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

Cameo appearances

  • 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"
  • The Jonas Brothers - "First Time"

See also

  • Celebrities who have been Punk'd
  • Famous Colombians
  • Famous Venezuelans



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