‘NCIS’ Star Wilmer Valderrama Says it’s Time to ‘Mount Up’ in New Set Snap

by Joe Rutland

“NCIS” star Wilmer Valderrama is ready to go for another tour of duty as Special Agent Nick Torres. He even showed off a new sign, too.

Valderrama sent out an Instagram post on Thursday that showed a “Nick” design already placed on what appeared to be his dressing room truck. Take a look at it.

Valderrama will return for the 19th season of “NCIS” on CBS this fall. It will be his fifth season playing Torres on the popular show that stars Mark Harmon as Jethro Gibbs.

Obviously, “NCIS” fans remember watching last season’s finale where Torres and Ellie Bishop finally kissed. That, too, would be the swan song of actress Emily Wickersham on the show. She left after being on the show for eight seasons.

‘NCIS’ Star Initially Found Widespread Fame On Fox’s ‘That’s ’70s Show’

TV viewers are familiar with Valderrama from his role on the popular Fox show “That ’70s Show.” Yet he’s done much more since playing Fez. In fact, he’s been a voiceover actor, too. He played Manny Garcia on “Handy Manny” between 2006-12. Other TV work includes “The Sopranos,” “Wizards of Waverly Place,” “Raising Hope,” and “Minority Report.”

The “NCIS” star also has film work to his credit, too. They include “Party Monster,” “Larry Crowne,” and “The Adderall Diaries.”

A 41-year-old native of Miami, Fla., Valderrama made his first appearance on “NCIS” in a season 14 episode called “Rogue.” But he knows playing Torres on “NCIS” is quite different from any other role he’s had in his career. He talked about it in an interview with Entertainment Tonight back in 2017.

“I felt like Daniel Craig,” he said. “You know I landed and I didn’t fall off the train … and it’s like OK now keep going.” His reference is to a scene from the 007 movie “Skyfall.”

Valderrama Recalled How His Life Changed When He Was 18 Years Old

Being an 18-year-old man has its own share of problems. Valderrama, though, remembered turning 18 and what happened in his life.

That’s when he got the role of Fez.

“My life changed at eighteen years old with this show,” Valderrama said in a 2016 interview on The Late Late Show with James Corden. He traveled to New York City for the first time because Fox was unveiling its new show lineup that included “That ’70s Show.”

Valderrama also knew that he needed to look as sharp as possible. So he headed over to JC Penny and bought a suit.

Other actors, though, had more stylish suits and clothes on that day. It started Valderrama on a journey that put him on a popular show, with a well-recognized character. Little did he realize one day that he’d be working next to Harmon, David McCallum, and the rest of the “NCIS” crew.