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Wilmer Eduardo Valderrama (; ; 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 (TV 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 (TV series), The Ranch'' (both in 2016). He is currently part of the main cast of NCIS (TV series), ''NCIS'', portraying Special Agent Nick Torres. Valderrama has further performed in several prominent feature films, including ''Party Monster (2003 film), Party Monster'' (2003), ''Beauty Shop'' (2005), ''Fast Food Nation (film), Fast Food Nation'' (2006), ''Unaccompanied Minors'' (2006), ''Larry Crowne'' (2011), and ''The Adderall Diaries (film), The Adderall Diaries'' (2015). He voiced the character of Prince Charming in the family animated film ''Charming (film), Charming'' (2018).


Early life

Valderrama was born in Miami, Florida,
Wilmer Valderrama on DJ Vice's Electric Taco
to Sobeida and Balbino A. Valderrama. His father is Venezuelan people, Venezuelan and his mother is Colombian people, Colombian. 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.


Career


Television and film career

Valderrama got his start performing in numerous plays, including ''A Midsummer Night's Dream'' and ''Rumors (play), 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 (2003 film), Party Monster''. He produced and hosted the MTV series ''Yo Momma (TV 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 (1950 film), Sunset Boulevard''. He filmed the short film ''La torcedura'' in which he played the lead, and appeared in ''The Darwin Awards (film), 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 (film), El Muerto'', an independent film, indie film directed by Brian Cox and based on the comic book created by Javier Hernandez (comics), Javier Hernandez. In January 2007, Valderrama launched his own men's fashion label called "Calavena". His production company is WV Entertainment. 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 (TV series), 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 (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 (Wisin & Yandel 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. 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. 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. He also dated Mandy Moore and Ashlee Simpson. In January 2020, Valderrama got engaged to Amanda Pacheco. In December 2020, Valderrama announced that he and Pacheco were expecting their first child. Their daughter was born on February 15, 2021.


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* {{DEFAULTSORT:Valderrama, Wilmer 1980 births Living people American male film actors American male television actors American male voice actors Hispanic and Latino American male actors American people of Colombian descent American people of Venezuelan descent Male actors from Los Angeles Male actors from Miami William Howard Taft Charter High School alumni 20th-century American male actors 21st-century American male actors