AKA Wilmer Antonio Valderrama
Birthplace: Miami, FL
Race or Ethnicity: Hispanic
Sexual orientation: Straight
Nationality: United States
Executive summary: Fez on That 70's Show
On TV's That '70s Show, Wilmer Valderrama played the foreign kid, Fez, lovably mangling the English language. His ethnicity on the sitcom was intentionally vague, and "Fez" was just an acronym for Foreign Exchange Zstudent. In real life Valderrama is of Colombian extraction, was born in Miami, spent his childhood in Venezuela, and moved to Los Angeles with his family when he was 13.
Speaking only a few words of English, he attended a public high school and learned the language quickly, even appearing in several school plays before making his television debut in a Spanish-language commercial for Southwestern Bell. While still in high school he had a tiny role in a short-lived prime time soap opera, Four Corners with Ann-Margret, which was cancelled after only three episodes had aired, and Valderrama immediately auditioned for That '70s Show. He had to try out four times to get the role that made him famous.
In movies, he played Macaulay Culkin's boyfriend in Party Monster, experienced the Day of the Dead literally in El Muerto, and he has signed to play the Erik Estrada role as "Ponch" in an upcoming feature film based on the TV series CHiPs. He also hosts MTV's insult contest Yo Mamma and voices the title character on Disney's cartoon for preschoolers Handy Manny.
During the run of That '70s Show Valderrama blossomed into a lothario, dating several of Hollywood's prettiest young starlets. On Howard Stern's show, he bragged of snatching Mandy Moore's virginity and complained that Ashlee Simpson was loud in bed.
Father: Balvino Valderrama (owns equipment rental firm)
Mother: Sobeida Valderrama
Sister: Marilyn Valderrama (actress, b. 1980)
Sister: Stephanie Valderrama (b. 1988)
Brother: Christian Valderrama (b. 2000)
Girlfriend: Mandy Moore (singer-actress, dated 2000-02)
Girlfriend: Jessica Alba (actress, dated 2003)
Girlfriend: Jennifer Love Hewitt (actress, dated 2003)
Girlfriend: Lindsay Lohan (actress, dated 2004-06)
Girlfriend: Ashlee Simpson (singer, dated 2005-06)
Girlfriend: Demi Lovato (actress, dated 2011)
High School: William Howard Taft High School, Woodland Hills, CA (1999)
Awake Det. Efrem Vega (2012-)
Royal Pains Eric Kasabian (2011-12)
Handy Manny Manny (2006-)
That '70s Show Fez (1998-2006)
FILMOGRAPHY AS ACTOR
Larry Crowne (30-Jun-2011) · Dell Gordo
From Prada to Nada (28-Jan-2011) · Bruno
The Dry Land (24-Jan-2010) · Raymond
Columbus Day (2008)
The Dead One (26-Feb-2007)
Unaccompanied Minors (30-Nov-2006)
Fast Food Nation (19-May-2006) · Raul
The Darwin Awards (25-Jan-2006) · Filmmaker
Clifford's Really Big Movie (20-Feb-2004) [VOICE]
Party Monster (18-Jan-2003)
Summer Catch (22-Aug-2001)
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