Wilmer Valderrama voices the title role of Manny Garcia, the town's cheerful handyman, who's always available to help others along with his eccentric team of trusty tools, in Disney Channel's Emmy-nominated hit Disney Junior animated series, "Handy Manny."
Valderrama is best known for his role as Fez, on Fox's long-running hit series, "That 70's Show." He has produced, directed, written, hosted and acted in numerous projects over the past decade and continues to have many in development.
Valderrama is a dedicated public servant. He is actively involved with Voto Latino, an organization dedicated to promoting voter registration among Hispanic youth. He directed and starred in a number of highly regarded public service spots for the organization during the 2008 election year. Additionally, Valderrama serves as the official spokesperson for the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute's (CHCI) college readiness program, Ready to Lead (R2L). Appearing at workshops around the country sharing his life story of achieving the American dream, he has inspired high school youth to pursue their own dreams through higher education. In June 2010, CHCI awarded Valderrama the CHCI Service Award for youth advocacy.
Valderrama starred in the independent feature film "The Dry Land" opposite America Ferrera, Jason Ritter, and Melissa Leo. Produced by "Frozen River's" Heather Rae, the film about a U.S. soldier returning home from war, premiered in the dramatic competition at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival.
Valderrama recently wrapped production on "Larry Crowne" opposite Tom Hanks and Julia Roberts. The film is written and directed by Hanks. He appeared in Lionsgate's dramedy "From Prada to Nada," a Latin spin on Jane Austen's "Sense & Sensibility" and will also star in "Days of Wrath" opposite Laurence Fishburne and the Wim Wenders produced short film "La Torcedura."
Valderrama's past film credits include "Fast Food Nation," "Columbus Day," "Unaccompanied Minors," "The Darwin Awards," "El Muerto," "Party Monster," "Summer Catch" and "Clifford's Really Big Movie."
Valderrama's production company, WV Enterprises has a deal with Relativity Media that has him creating, developing, and executive producing series for broadcast and cable networks. He currently has several projects in the pipeline, including "Bugging Out" for the Science Channel.
Valderrama recently made his television series directorial debut with an episode of Disney Channel's hit series "Imagination Movers" which premiered November 2010. Additionally, Valderrama created, executive produced and hosted three seasons of the hit MTV show, "Yo Momma."
On stage, Valderrama was a featured player in the Los Angeles Times critic's choice play "Blackout." He also performed opposite Anjelica Huston and Sir Ben Kingsley in the Actor's Fund of America all-star reading of the Paramount Pictures screenplay "Sunset Boulevard" directed by Peter Hunt.
At thirteen years old, Valderrama moved to Los Angeles from Venezuela with his family and did not speak a word of English. He quickly learned the language and began drama classes in high school to help assimilate him in to American culture. He performed in numerous plays, while making his professional debut in a Spanish Pacific Bell commercial. At his high school drama teacher's suggestion, Valderrama got an agent and was immediately cast in the CBS miniseries "Four Corners" in 1998, Disney Channel's "Omba Makamba" and finally, the pilot of what would become "That 70's Show."