Actor, producer and activist Wilmer Valderrama has been making audiences laugh, listen and think for nearly two decades. He’s perhaps most recognized for his role as Fez, an exchange student, on the Emmy Award-nominated series “That ‘70s Show,” for which he garnered several Teen Choice Awards.
Most recently, Valderrama was seen in the indie drama “Blast Beat,” which premiered at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival. On the animation front, he voiced Thurman Sanchez in the animated film “Dog Gone Trouble,” which he also executive produced. Prior to that, he voiced Gaxton in the Academy Award-nominated film “Onward” as well as the first Latino Prince Charming in the animated film “Charming” and the main character in the hugely popular children’s series “Handy Manny,” which introduced preschoolers to Spanish. His other television credits include “The Ranch,” “Grey’s Anatomy” and “From Dusk Till Dawn.”
Behind the camera, Valdrrama created and produced the MTV series “Yo Momma,” also serving as the host for all three seasons. His production company WV Entertainment has a first-look deal with CBS Studios and has multiple projects in development including the Yosemite National Park crime drama “The Trail,” the family comedy “The Turners,” the dark comedy “Hipster Death Rattle” based on the book by Riche Narvaez and the WWII drama “Patriots from the Barrio” based on the book by Dave Gutierrez. During the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, Valderrama was inspired to turn the spotlight on frontline workers after a grocery store encounter and used his platform to give a voice to those being directly impacted by the pandemic with his Instagram Live series “6 Feet Apart.”
Valderrama is active in several philanthropic agencies. He, along with America Ferrara and Ryan Piers Williams, co-founded HARNESS, a group dedicated to connecting communities through conversation to inspire action and power change. Additionally, he serves on the board of Voto Latino where he is the co-chair of their artist coalition and is the spokesperson for the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute (CHCI) and founder of their Ready 2 Lead program, which educates and empowers Latino youth. Valderrama is deeply involved with our military and was recently named a USO Global Ambassador in support of the organization’s 80th anniversary. He has traveleed with the USO a multitude of times having participated in over 40 shows domestically and internationally. In 2013, he was honored with an ALMA Award for Outstanding Social Activism.
Born in Miami and raised in Venezuela from the ages of 3 to 13, Valderrama is fluent in Spanish and English. His family relocated to Los Angeles, where he currently resides. His birthday is Jan. 30. Follow him on Twitter @WValderrama and on Instagram @wilmervalderrama.