Wilmer Valderrama is truly living the American dream. He moved to Los Angeles from Venezuela with his family at age 13, although it seems like just yesterday that Valderrama was a foreign student who barely spoke a word of English. Now he's portraying "Fez", a character similar to himself back then, only now he's on TV.
Valderrama recently lent his voice to the character "Rodrigo" in the animated film, "Clifford's Really Big Movie," alongside John Ritter, Wayne Brady and Jenna Elfman. He also starred in the feature film "Party Monster" opposite Macauley Culkin, Seth Green, Natasha Lyonne and Chloe Sevigny. The film premiered last year at the Sundance Film Festival. He recently wrapped production on a short film, "La Torcedura," in which he starred for acclaimed director Wim Wenders. He also appeared in the film "Summer Catch" with Freddie Prinze, Jr., Brittany Murphy, Matthew Lillard and Jessica Biel.
Valderrama concluded a recent stint in the Los Angeles Times critic's choice play "Blackout," which was adapted from the feature film "Drunks." The play gives an in-depth portrayal of an AA meeting. In April, Valderrama also performed alongside Anjelica Huston and Sir Ben Kingsley in the Actors Fund of America all-star performance of the screenplay "Sunset Boulevard," directed by Peter Hunt.
In 1999, Valderrama graduated from Taft High School, where he was actively involved in the drama department and theater program. He performed in numerous plays, including "Rumors," "And Never Been Kissed" and "The Impossible Years." While at Taft, Valderrama also made his professional acting debut in a Spanish Pacific Bell commercial.
Valderrama lives in Los Angeles.