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Wilmer Valderrama

Wilmer Valderrama

American actor, singer, dancer, producer and television personality
Wilmer Valderrama
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Intro American actor, singer, dancer, producer and television personality
A.K.A. Wilmer Eduardo Valderrama
Is Actor Television actor Film actor Voice actor Screenwriter Businessperson
From United States of America Venezuela
Type Business Film, TV, Stage & Radio
Gender male
Birth 30 January 1980, Miami, Miami-Dade County, Florida, USA
Age 40 years
Star sign AquariusAquarius
Stats
Height: 1.7145 m
Education
William Howard Taft Charter High School
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Biography

Wilmer Eduardo Valderrama (/vɑːldəˈrɑːmə/; [baldeˈrama]; born January 30, 1980) is an American actor, producer, singer and television personality. He is best known for the role of 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 Charming in the family animated film Charming (2018).

Early life

Valderrama was born in Miami, Florida, the son of Sobeida and Balbino A. Valderrama, who owned a farm equipment rental company. When he was three, they moved to Venezuela and also lived in Colombia. Later, when he was fourteen, they moved back to the United States. His father is Venezuelan and his mother is Colombian.

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 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 1998–2006; 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, and on April 4, 2004, starred 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.

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. 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".

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".

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

On June 16, 2016, Valderrama joined NCIS in its fourteenth season. He is a series regular as NCIS Special Agent Nicholas Torres.

Wilmer also voiced Gaxton in the 2020 Disney film Onward.

Music career

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. 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 states music as his first passion on DJ Vice's Electric Taco.

Personal life

Valderrama dated actress Lindsay Lohan in 2004 and Demi Lovato from 2010–2016. In January 2020, Valderrama got engaged to Amanda Pacheco. Previous to that he had dated Mandy Moore and Ashlee Simpson.

Discography

Singles

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

Guest appearances

Year Title Other artist(s) Album
2013 Salud 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 N/A

As featured artist

Year Title Director Album
2013 "Salud"
Himself Rebel Music
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http://www.filmreference.com/film/36/Wilmer-Valderrama.html
http://www.latina.com/www.latina.com/entertainment/celebrity/wilmer-valderrama-ncis-charming-interview
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d-oR3UFSBYg
https://www.vice.com/amp/en_us/article/78beqa/wilmer-valderrama-wants-to-be-a-voice-for-americas-immigrants
http://www.heraldsun.com.au/entertainment/movies/wilmer-more-than-lindsays-ex/story-e6frf9h6-1111112681135
http://articles.latimes.com/2003/apr/25/entertainment/et-nichols25
http://www.broadwayworld.com/los-angeles/article/Sunset-Boulevard-on-Hollywood-Boulevard-20040405
https://archive.today/20071210110329/http://kidstvmovies.about.com/od/handymanny/a/wilmerbio.htm
http://kidstvmovies.about.com/od/handymanny/a/wilmerbio.htm
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