Jan. 30th, 1980
Miami, Florida, USA
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Wilmer Eduardo Valderrama (born January 30, 1980) is an American actor and television personality, best 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.
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 named Christian.
Valderrama stars in That '70s Show (1998). While set in 1976, the show is attracting fans from all age groups. In this series about teen angst in the 70s, he plays "Fez", a foreign exchange student, who is trying desperately to catch on to the trends and lingo of his new American friends, which in turn makes his conversations hilarious.
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 junior 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 alum Ashton Kutcher.
Valderrama appeared in the Los Angeles Times critic's choice play Blackout, an adaptation of the feature film Drunks, and 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 Ryde'r 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".
Valderrama made an appearance in Paula DeAnda's music video for "Easy", Co-Directed Omar Cruz's To The Top featuring Frankie J. Also worked with Puerto Rican reggaeton duo Wisin & Yandel's video Imagínate featuring the rapper T-Pain, as well as Colombian singer Fanny Lu's video "Tu No Eres Para Mi", where he portrays her boyfriend.
Currently, he is working on a new sitcom he has created for Nickelodeon, entitled Earth to Pablo. It is about a family that receives a teenage space alien instead of the foreign exchange student they were expecting.
In 2010, Valderrama guest-starred on Disney Channel's series Wizards of Waverly Place playing the role of Theresa Russo's brother, Ernesto.
He dated actress/singer Mandy Moore for 18 months between 2000 and 2002 and actress Lindsay Lohan in 2004. Much buzz was generated from a March 2006 radio interview with Howard Stern, where Valderrama claimed to have taken Moore's virginity, and rated the supposed sexual prowess of singer-actresses 'Jennifer Love Hewitt' and 'Ashlee Simpson'. Moore later referred to Valderrama as a "good guy" and a "gentleman", although she has stated that his comments about their relationship were "utterly tacky". Also 'Jennifer Love Hewitt' replied to this rumor saying "I was told that we had all these very steamy encounters and I was like, 'Really? Well, I would have loved to have been there!"
- Is fluent in Spanish.
- One of People Magazine's "Top 50 Bachelors" (2002)
- Was born in Miami, but moved to Venezuela when he was 3.
- In December 2005, he signed on for a role in the remake of the television show _"CHiPs" (1977)_ (qv). In November 2002, he and _"That '70s Show" (1998)_ (qv) costar 'Danny Masterson' (qv) portrayed "Ponch" and "Jon" (respectively) in a _"MADtv" (1995)_ (qv) skit parodying _"CHiPs" (1977)_ (qv).
- Close friend of 'Gia Mantegna' (qv).
- Favorite Love Song is "Take My Breath Away" by 'Berlin (I)' (qv) from the film _Top Gun (1986)_ (qv).
- Resides in Los Angeles, California.
- Graduated from William Howard Taft High School in 1999.