Actor, producer and activist Wilmer Valderrama has been making audiences laugh, listen and think for nearly two decades. Perhaps most recognized for his role as exchange student ‘Fez’ on the Emmy-nominated series That 70s Show, the role catapulted him to stardom and garnered numerous Teen Choice Awards.
Valderrama currently stars in the #1 TV drama NCIS on CBS and will next be seen in the indie-drama Blast Beat, which premiered at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival. On the animation front Valderrama will be the voice of Thurman Sanchez in the upcoming Netflix animated film Trouble, which he also executive produced. Prior to that he voiced Gaxton in the Academy Award- nominated Disney film Onward, as well as the first Latino Prince Charming in the animated film Charming for Netflix, and the main character of Disney’s hugely popular animated children’s show Handy Manny, which introduced preschoolers to Spanish. Other television credits include appearances in Netflix’s The Ranch, ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy and Robert Rodriguez and Quentin Tarantino’s television series From Dusk Till Dawn.
Behind the camera, Valderrama created and produced the MTV series Yo Momma, also serving as the host for all three seasons. He and his production company WV Entertainment recently renewed their first-look deal with CBS TV Studios. The company has multiple projects in development including the dark comedy Hipster Death Rattle based on the book of the same name by Richie Narvaez and WWII drama Patriots based on the book Patriots From The Barrio by Dave Gutierrez.
In the beginning 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 IG Live series “6 Feet Apart.” Most recently, this series was adapted into the podcast titled ESSENTIAL VOICES with iHeart Radio.
Valderrama is active in several philanthropic agencies. Valderrama, along with America Ferrara and Ryan Piers William co-founded HARNESS, a group dedicated to connecting communities through conversation to inspire action and power change. In addition, Valderrama serves on the board of Voto Latino and is co-chair of their artist coalition as well as the spokesperson for the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute (CHCI) and founder of their Ready 2 Lead program, which educates and empowers the Latino youth. Valderrama is also deeply involved with our military and was recently named a USO Global Ambassador in support of the organization’s 80th anniversary. He has traveled with the USO a multitude of times having participated in over 40 shows domestically and internationally. In 2013, Valderrama was honored with an ALMA Award for Outstanding Social Activism.
Born in Miami and raised in Venezuela from 3 to 13, Valderrama is fluent in Spanish and English. His family relocated to Los Angeles, where he currently resides.