Wilmer Valderrama

by ethnic on August 14, 2008

Birth Name: Wilmer Eduardo Valderrama

Place of Birth: Miami, Florida, U.S.

Date of Birth: January 30, 1980

Ethnicity: Colombian, Venezuelan

Wilmer Valderrama is an American actor, dancer, singer, producer, and television personality. He starred in the television show That ’70s Show, as Fez.

Wilmer was born in Miami, to a Colombian mother, Sobeida (Arias), and a Venezuelan father, Balbino Antonio Valderrama Angel. He and his family moved to Venezuela, where he was raised from the ages of three to thirteen, and he could not speak English when he returned to the U.S.

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neiltennant September 30, 2016 at 5:42 pm

he could easily pass for indian

many people think that he reminds them of RAJ of THE BIG BANG THEORY

Kimmel July 26, 2016 at 3:37 pm

He’s of South American heritage. I always thought he was Hispanic (yes, I know its not an ethnicity, but you know what i’m getting at).

xteena May 15, 2016 at 3:35 am

he look arab

phaedra May 14, 2016 at 7:24 pm

He’s mostly Spanish, with some Native.

fuzzybear44 May 15, 2016 at 1:15 am

Being that he’s also Venezuelan, you could throw some possible African ancestry in the mix(it’s most likely there)

midori29 August 31, 2016 at 6:23 am

@fuzzybear44 YES you are correct. I actually lived in Venezuela for awhile and MOST Venezuelans living there told me they were black African mixed and MOST you could not tell they were. They could easily pass for “meztizo’s” you know the typical white and Indian mix. I have traveled all over the world and I can tell phenotypes that other people cannot. Also there are just black Venezuelans too. I knew a Venezuelan guy who look like a typical Philipino and he showed me a picture of his grandfather and the grandfather looked like a Sudanese Dinka African jet black he was very BLACK but this guy had straight black hair and eyes looking like a Thai, Vietnamese, or Philipino but he was a mixes Venezuelan.

Adrian1Cram February 12, 2016 at 10:56 pm

He looks indian or mexican of mixed racial background.

cwm85 August 26, 2015 at 8:48 pm

Looks like a darker mexican or even native origin. I bet he has a lot of native mixture.

qutsflyd August 28, 2015 at 7:58 am

I don’t know… lots of southern europeans look just like him. Especially southern italians and spanish. If he were born in Spain, everyone would consider him white. That’s ironic, huh?
He has the same kind of look as Nicholas D’Agosto, from Masters of Sex, and he’s from italian ancestry. Or Penelope Cruz, and she’s considered white. So why not Wilmer?

andrew August 28, 2015 at 10:43 am

he can pass for some kind of MENA, he is too exotic to be just Southern European

cwm85 August 28, 2015 at 2:44 pm

He doesn’t look white. He looks Spanish, native and African mixed.

Connerfromvine August 26, 2015 at 9:58 am

I definitely see black/mixed in that photo, didn’t see it on that 70’s show, but he was kind of “made up” on that show for the role, if you know anything about Venezuela then you know there is a substantial mixed population.

xoxo August 26, 2015 at 11:52 pm

Bitch please, he doesn’t look black at all. He looks Mestizo.

xoxo July 30, 2015 at 9:57 pm

Him and Demi are cute together.

cwm85 July 21, 2015 at 3:27 pm

There’s a lot of native ancestry in him and probably middle east origins and Spanish of course.

Capricious June 25, 2015 at 10:12 pm

He looks like a Southern European (Spaniard or Sicilian) and even Middle Eastern like Lebanese.

He’s sexy.

andrew June 26, 2015 at 8:53 am

he’s too exotic to be a Southern European

Capricious October 9, 2015 at 1:15 am

Trust me, some Sicilians and Maltese look like that.

andrew October 9, 2015 at 5:13 am

He has mestizo eye shape and other non Mediterranean features.

phaedra May 14, 2016 at 7:23 pm

How are his eyes Mestizo shaped?

Regardless of his skin colour, many Europeans have his eyes. They’re typical small shaped eyes, but far from “Asiatic”. Heck, British descent folks like Kurt Russel, Patrick Swayze and Ian McKellen have even smaller eyes.

You want Mestizo shaped eyes, look at Benicio Del Toro and George Lopez.

WTF June 26, 2014 at 9:40 am

he looks hella indian. he has that bollywood look…

ihatemostpeople May 17, 2014 at 7:43 am

He is a very handsome and exotic Latino. I can see why some people said he looks Indian or Middle Eastern. He could pass for either of them.

AnonymousPerson December 24, 2013 at 9:36 pm

He’s cute.

theropod July 18, 2013 at 7:22 am

Sure he’s Colombian & Venezuelan just like how someone can be Mexican and American.

What’s his ACTUAL ethnicity? Spanish, native, Portuguese?

He looks more European than a native South American – dunno why there isn’t a European country up there as his ethnicity.

MGarcia April 30, 2013 at 5:17 pm

All people mean when they name these Hispanic countries like Pr, Dr, Columb, Venz , Cuba etc is : Hey, I’m a mix of Black African, White Spaniard and Reddish-Brown Taino “Indian” . That’s it means to he Hispanic and sometimes Latino. That goes for Wilber, JLO, La La and most people like her unless you are Caucasian Spaniard like Emilio Estevez or Cameron Diaz but the typical Hispanic that come to mind has a close black relatives.

marjanel October 14, 2015 at 11:38 am

Venezuela and colombias have not any Tainos.

midori29 August 31, 2016 at 6:24 am

@Marjanel very true in Columbia they just have Indigenous Indians, African slave descendants and Europeans. There are only three races in the world and Hispanic is not a race.

Islander_Miss November 23, 2012 at 2:32 am

He’s fricking gorgeous in the picture provided.

GeorgeJeanPierre October 16, 2012 at 4:32 pm

with out a doubt there is some african in there

anakaren October 22, 2012 at 12:21 am

I don’t think he’s black, he’s meztizo (indigenous and white) yes

escaleira January 27, 2013 at 8:46 am

Most latin countries has black colonies, Central America and South America were the biggest black slaves destination during 400 years. Colombia and Venezuela have a decent black population, if you talk with a person from there you’ll find out it. His hair isn’t soft, so there is a probability. I know becuase I Live here in South America right next Columbia, Venezuela and Bolivia.

victoria February 21, 2013 at 11:06 am

He doesn’t look African at all! you need glasses mate

kiwi7777 November 18, 2013 at 11:52 am

They’re are not saying he’s African but with that tan skin they know there’s something else in there.

andrew November 18, 2013 at 2:22 pm

he’s a mestizo. No African admixture

fuzzybear44 November 19, 2013 at 4:58 am

@andrew

(he’s a mestizo. No African admixture)

Can you prove (No African heritage)?Mestizo simply meant mixed-blood.As you look in different places,it’s used differently.Even the avg Mexican Mestizo may have African ancestry(although want admit it).Actually to be fair,they may not know about it. Hugo Chávez a typical Venezuelan mestizo,and this was his make-up(Amerindian, Afro-Venezuelan, and Spanish descent).Even Louisiana Creoles,were called Mestizo by mexicans. So Wilmer having African heritage,is definitely possible .

andrew November 19, 2013 at 6:18 am

I meant mestizo as Euro+Amerindian. Most or all of his ancestry is this.

fuzzybear44 November 19, 2013 at 7:14 am

@andrew

I know exactly what you meant,but do you have any proof that’s how he is?

andrew November 19, 2013 at 1:16 pm
fuzzybear44 November 20, 2013 at 4:47 am

@andrew

(No, I haven’t. )

Ok now that we have that cleared up.

(Just watched his pics)

Now I’m looking at his pics,am I supposed to see something,that will show me I’m wrong?Because if that’s the case,it’s not working.This is the very reason I mention Hugo Chávez and his background.You should know by now,that the outward appearance many times will not show your background.Here are some people of Afro-Venezuelan descent:
http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-WquBfMDvGoE/ULViWqsAYBI/AAAAAAAAIXY/YZslxwynD-I/s640/afr.jpg
http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-pCp5c4SNLMA/ULVyBfbXAoI/AAAAAAAAIZo/naPIC551SZQ/s1600/DSC01107.jpg
http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-klHP3-73IjU/ULV9LS_426I/AAAAAAAAIe4/Sec7r-6nYfY/s640/COSADO_JICTZAD.jpg
As you see,there no fixed look
It’s no different than white people, like this man here
Garry Bushell:
http://www.angelfire.com/rebellion/knuckleduster/05Gary11.jpg

or this woman here Elizabeth Atkins:
http://pamperry.files.wordpress.com/2008/11/elizabeth-atkins2.jpg
being part black.So like i stated,Wilmer having African heritage is definitely possible .

Andrew November 20, 2013 at 5:36 am

it’s definitely possible, but come on..I still think if someone looks in certain way it’s because of his ancestry. If African is relevant he would show it

fuzzybear44 November 20, 2013 at 5:56 am

@andrew

Well I guess this has come to be a common theme between us.So instead of boring (follers ) and the rest of the site,I’ll end it.

marjanel October 14, 2015 at 11:40 am

Sorry fuzzybear but hugo Chavez was not consider in Venezuela as a typical mestizo but a zambo(Indigenous and African mixed)

fuzzybear44 October 18, 2015 at 12:15 pm

@marjanel

Quote:
( hugo Chavez was not consider in Venezuela as a typical mestizo but a zambo(Indigenous and African mixed)

Wasn’t that because of rivals who played up the fact, that he openly embraces his African Ancestry, instead of distancing himself from it like most people do. Every article I’ve every read about him, clearly states he was Mestizo. I’ve read up on Venezuela, and the articles clearly say that Mestizo is a mixture of (Euro, African, Native) Even IMO from looking at the population, the people called mestizo, don’t look any different from him. I’ve been to Venezuelan sites where they show their families, and they are clearly mixed. so I guess it all in the eye of the beholder.

But if you want to see him as something, that’s fine with me

midori29 August 31, 2016 at 6:28 am

@Andrew you are CRAZY and anti-black African racist. The majority of Venezuelans have black African admixture even though they do not look like it I know I am South American Guyanese and I have lived in Venezuela. Andrew you need to get over your fear and hatred of black people. What exactly have black people done to you to be so paranoid???? You are very strange in your comments so racist for what reason??

midori29 August 31, 2016 at 6:26 am

@Victoria you do not need to look African to have black African admixture you can have the phenotype and Africa is so diverse in looks and skin tones. You have a stereotypical image of Africa.

Adm April 9, 2012 at 9:40 am

he looks a brother of Eva Mendes.

KEMET May 7, 2012 at 10:34 pm
AnonymousPerson December 24, 2013 at 9:40 pm

Not really.

midori29 August 31, 2016 at 6:26 am

@Adm Eva Mendes Grandmother is a black African descent Cuban

I love you, Roger Scientist March 11, 2012 at 3:11 am

Fez was extremely creepy on That 70’s Show, and he was never taken serious.

stina April 8, 2012 at 4:39 pm

OF COURSE HE WASN’T THAT WAS THE POINT.

me February 13, 2012 at 11:36 am

typical mestizo or mulatto ,this brazilian castizo or octoroon,Luciano Amaral looks like him
http://a3.twimg.com/profile_images/1750473562/ProfileTwitter.jpg

Meg February 13, 2012 at 11:48 am

the smiles of them look alike, but this guy has the lighter skin than Wilder

me February 15, 2012 at 11:41 am

but they look alike

me February 17, 2012 at 9:10 pm
me March 6, 2012 at 6:44 am

Yes.His phenotype is common in Latin-America.

I love you, Roger Scientist March 11, 2012 at 3:12 am

Why were your comments thumbed down so much? I don’t get it. You are correct. His phenotype is common in Latin America.

me March 12, 2012 at 3:05 pm

Many people here think that Hispanics, Indians and Arabs are the same.

stina April 8, 2012 at 4:35 pm

THAT’S FUNNY i ALWAYS THOUGHT HE WAS PLAYING A MEXICAN. wITH THAT ACCENT AND EVERTHING WHO DIDN’T.

ipop February 13, 2012 at 7:54 am

He is the voice of Handy Manny i just found that out my boys love that cartoon.Cant believe i did not recognize his voice must not of been paying attention

stina April 8, 2012 at 4:29 pm

OMG!! HOW CUTE i DIDN’T KNOW THAT ..HE MUST LIKE KIDS TO DO A KIDS SHOW, HOW SWEET.

Anonymous January 28, 2012 at 4:06 pm

Columbia:
mestizo 58%, white 20%, mulatto 14%, black 4%, mixed black-Amerindian 3%, Amerindian 1%
https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/geos/co.html

Venezuela:
mestizo 67%; white 21%; black 10%; Amerindian 2%
http://www.populstat.info/Americas/venezueg.htm

storm January 28, 2012 at 4:14 pm

he is obviously mestizo

Angantyr February 12, 2012 at 2:20 am

I am not sure why your comment was so lowly rated. He IS obviously a Mestizo and that is a damn good thing. Most Colombians and Venezuelans are Mestizos too.

Haley January 29, 2012 at 9:59 pm

He is so hot! He speaks Spanish very good.

Angantyr February 12, 2012 at 2:20 am

He should speak it very good…it is the national language of his country.

stina April 8, 2012 at 4:27 pm

LMAO!!!

Eduardo January 25, 2012 at 5:11 pm

I thought he was a arab or indian

Mac January 15, 2012 at 1:24 pm

he looks arabic

ihatemostpeople February 17, 2014 at 5:45 am

He does, and he also looks Indian.

commonsense January 14, 2012 at 6:44 pm

YOU GUYS NEED TO LEARN WHAT WORDS MEAN BEFORE YOU USED THEM. A HISPANIC IS A PERSON THAT COMES FROM A SPANISH SPEAKING COUNTRY. LATINO IS ANYONE THAT COMES FROM A COUNTRY THAT SPEAKS A LATIN-BASED LANGUAGE (SPANISH, ITALIAN, FRENCH, PORTUGUESE). SO ITALIANS ARE LATINO, BUT NOT HISPANIC. COLOMBIANS ARE BOTH HISPANIC (BECAUSE SPANISH IS THE OFFICIAL LANGUAGE) AND LATINO. LATINO/HISPANIC IS NOT A RACE, THEY COME IN ALL COLORS (BLACK, WHITE, BROWN, ETC. ). I HOPE THAT THIS HELPS…

Andrea January 15, 2012 at 6:43 pm

You forgot Romanian :/

or January 24, 2012 at 12:36 pm

how about English then? that’s a latin based language too. so are eg English people latino too? i don’t think so

mick January 13, 2012 at 10:02 am

Handsome dude.

Donnamaria January 8, 2012 at 8:30 pm

VERY HANDSOME,HE HAS AN ITALIAN SHAPED NOISE,I WOULD NOT OF THOUGHT OF HIM BEING 100% LATINO.GOOD LOOKING

KimJ January 5, 2012 at 2:52 pm

So, he is basically a Mestizo aka half Spanish (Caucasian) and half American Indian.

Pricesszz January 4, 2012 at 8:37 am

I always taught he was Indian like a person from India,Now nobody attack me because that was just what i taught seriously. now i know better cos of this great website:)

Bri December 15, 2011 at 2:27 am

He’s the only Latino I find to be hot. (I’m Latina, so don’t accuse me of being racist! I’m just not into Latino guys despite being Latina…)

yeni December 15, 2011 at 12:09 pm

Wth? Latino isn’t a race hun, Latinos are diverse as hell. You’ll find Latinos who look lilly white European, idigenous, West Africa, or East Asian. So you’re basically saying that you find most races in the world ugly since you’ll find most races in Latin America.

Donnamaria January 8, 2012 at 8:32 pm

YEAH I AGREE, IF YOUR “LATINA” YOUR ITALIAN, AND THERE ARE WHITE LOOKING SKIN TONE,ITALIANS,AND SOME AS DARK AS MY CHILD,I AM PROUD OF MY HERITAGE AND SKIN TONE MATTERS “NOT”

or January 24, 2012 at 12:42 pm

ignorant people smh. when did she say latino is a race? just cuz she said the word ‘racist’ is that it? she just said she’s not attacted to latinos and that doesn’t have to have anything to do with race. it could be cultural etc. can’t believe ppl actually give u thumbs up. oh wait a minute i can believe that. after all most of ppl in the world are dumb so…

Roger January 5, 2012 at 6:29 pm

I know a lot of Latinas who despise their ethnic heritage. Are you one of those Latin girls who stay away from the sun so they won’t get tan? In order to “not look” ethnic? LOL.

Mayra January 31, 2010 at 5:30 pm

He’s soooo sexi in person. Just saw him a few mins ago. Love youuu baby Wil (:

Girl January 31, 2010 at 5:29 pm

Yo momma! Oooooh wee :D

Lokita June 26, 2009 at 2:25 am

Hands up to wilmer

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