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Wilmer Valderrama Bio

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Wilmer Valderrama

On the set of the "Handy Manny" Music Video (l to r) Wilmer Valderrama and younger brother Christian Valderrama

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Wilmer Valderrama voices the main character, Manny, in Disney’s Handy Manny series for preschoolers. He was also the voice of “Rodrigo” in the feature film Clifford’s Really Big Movie, but parents will probably recognize Valderrama from his role as Fez, on Fox’s That 70’s show.

Wilmer Valderrama has been very busy in the world of TV and movies. He is the creator, producer and host of MTV’s Yo Momma, and he has several upcoming feature films including Unaccompanied Minors, Chips, and Something Blue.

Born in Miami, Florida, Valderrama moved to Venezuela at a young age. According to his Disney bio, he moved to Los Angeles from Venezuela with his family at thirteen years old. He didn’t speak a word of English. He quickly learned the language and began drama class in in high school to help assimilate him into American culture. He preformed in numerous playse and made his professional debut in a Spanish Pacific Bell commercial.

At his drama teacher’s suggestion, Valderrama got an agent and was immediately cast in a CBS miniseries Four Corners as well as the Disney Channel’s Omba Makamba. Valderrama was a junior in high school when he was cast in the pilot that became That 70’s show.

Fun Fact: Wilmer Valderrama co-owns three restaurants: Dolce, The Lodge, Geisha House.

Selected Filmography

  • CHiPs (2008)
  • Handy Manny
  • Good Burger 2 (2007)
  • Fast Food Nation (2006)
  • The Darwin Awards (2006)
  • Unaccompanied Minors (2006)
  • El Muerto (2006)
  • Yo Momma TV series(2006)
  • Beauty Shop (2005) (uncredited)
  • The Darwin Awards (2005)
  • Party Monster (2003)
  • Summer Catch (2001)
  • That '70s Show (1998) (TV series)
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