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Manny Delgado on ABC's "Modern Family"
Rico Rodriguez was born in College Station, Texas, and from birth through his young boyhood was extremely shy. Little did he know how drastically his life would change. In 2005, at the age of six, Rico made the move from Texas to Los Angeles, California with his mom and sister Raini to support his sister's dream of becoming an actress. After a year of watching his sister having fun and success, Rico enrolled in acting classes and was soon making a name for himself.
He booked his first role in the video "How the Grinch Stole Christmas." Next came the roles of Chanchito in the film "Epic Movie," a super fun role as the kid janitor in the recently released "Opposite Day," another great part in the "The No-Sit List," and last year a role in the compelling short film "Phillipe's Sandwich." Rico's television credits include co-starring as Young Guillermo on "Jimmy Kimmel Live," "Cory in the House," "ER," "'Til Death," "iCarly," "Nip / Tuck," "Surviving Suburbia" and "NCIS." He has also has been seen in commercials for Roundtable Pizza, Time Warner Cable, Dodge, Walmart, BlueCross, Chrysler and AT&T.
Additional television appearances include guest spots on "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," "Jimmy Kimmel Live," "Lopez Tonight," "Ellen" and "The View." Rico was asked to serve as a Red Carpet Correspondent for ABC.com's Red Carpet coverage of the 2010 Academy Awards, as well as E! Entertainment's Orange Carpet Reporter for the 2010 Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards. He also appeared as The Red Carpet Correspondent for the star-studded Nickelodeon Mega-Music Fest special. In May, 2012 he had the opportunity to show his love and skill for dance and music at the 2012 MuchMusic Awards in Canada, dressed as Shufflebot, and shuffled with party rock co-host LMFAO.
Since the premiere of Emmy Award winning "Modern Family," Rico has garnered widespread attention and recognition for his role as "precocious old soul" Manny Delgado. He received the Impact Award from the National Hispanic Media Coalition, and was nominated as Male Break-Out Star at the 2010 Teen Choice Awards. Selected as one of Entertainment Weekly's 2010 Entertainers of the Year, Rico was one of five chosen entertainers to receive his own cover, and he was ranked No. 4 on GQ Magazine's 25 Most Stylish Men on Television. In 2011 he was honored as the first minor to ever speak at the opening of the SAG Awards. Most recently Rico had a blast working with Kermit the Frog and friends in their soon to be released movie, "The Muppets."
Rico is grateful to be living his dream and to have a very bright future.
HOMETOWN College Station, TX
BIRTHDATE July 31