Rico Rodriguez | Biography

Rico Rodríguez is an American actor born in Bryan, Texas, on July 31, 1998. He is internationally recognized for having played the charac...

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Rico Rodríguez is an American actor born in Bryan, Texas, on July 31, 1998. He is internationally recognized for having played the character of Manny Delgado in the acclaimed series Modern Family for eleven seasons.

  • Real name: Rico Rodriguez II
  • Place of birth: Bryan, Texas, United States
  • Date of birth: July 31, 1998
  • Occupation: Actor
  • nationality: U.S

Rico Rodríguez’s family

  • Roy Rodríguez (father; died 2017)
  • Diane Rodríguez (mother)
  • Raini Rodriguez (sister)
  • Roy Jr (brother)
  • Ray Rodriguez (brother)

He is the brother of fellow actress Raini Rodríguez, with whom he has shared the scene in the youth series “Austin & Ally”.

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Rico Rodriguez is the son of Diane Rodriguez and Roy Rodriguez, who died in March 2017. Rico’s family is of Mexican descent, and his sister Raini also has a long history in the artistic medium, the series “Austin & Ally” being one of his most important works to date.

Rico’s career began when he was still a child; At the age of nine, he made his first appearance in a television series, playing the character of Rico in “Cory in the house”; subsequently, he had guest appearances on the series “’Till Death”, “ER”, “iCarly” and “My Name is Earl”; However, his rise to stardom occurred in 2009, when he was selected to join a new series on ABC.

It was Modern Family, a family-style and comedy format, with half-hour episodes in which the lives of three families were narrated: the Pritchett-Delgado, the Dunphy and the Pritchett-Tucker.

Rico was integrated as part of the main cast to play the character of Manny Delgado, a member of the Pritchett-Delgado family, and the son of Gloria Delgado, a character played by Sofía Vergara.

Rico’s performance in Modern Family generated favorable reviews, as his portrayal of a child with adult attitudes was well received by the audience, becoming one of the most recognized characters in the series. Likewise, for eleven seasons the public was able to be part of his transition from childhood to adulthood, since when the program began, Rodriguez was eleven years old, and in the last episode he had already turned 22 years old.

As part of the cast of Modern Family, Rico was nominated eight times for the Screen Actors Guild Awards in the category “Best Cast in a Comedy Series,” taking the award four times.

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He has also been the recipient of the Imagen Awards, Young Artist Awards and ALMA Awards in the category of “Best Young Actor in a Television Series” in 2010, 2011 and 2015.

Along with his work as an actor, he has also undertaken other activities. In 2012, when he was just 14 years old, he made his debut as an author writing the book “Reel Life Lessons… so far”, in which he describes his experiences as a young actor in Hollywood.

Rico Rodríguez’s television participation

Year Title Character
2006–2007 Jimmy Kimmel Live! Joker boy
2007 Cory in the House rich
2007 ‘Till Death Boy
2007 ER James
2007 Nip / Tuck Kid # 1
2007 icarly Boy with toy
2008 My Name Is Earl Kid
2009 NCIS Travis buckley
2009 The three minute talk show Special guest
2009–2020 Modern Family Manny Delgado
2011 Kick Buttowski: Suburban Daredevil Luigi Vendetta (voice)
2011 Buena suerte Charlie Leo
2012 RL Stine’s The Haunting Hour Chi
2012 Sesame Street Presenter
2012 Mad Norman / Child in Disguise / Linus van Pelt (voice)
2013 The Queen Latifah Show The same
2014 Cyberchase Ollie (voice)
2015 Jake and the Never Land Pirates Snow-Foot (voice)
2015 Austin & Ally Benny
2015 Nickelodeon’s Ho Ho Holiday Special The same
2015 Good morning america The same
2016 Chopped Junior Guest judge
2016 Victor and Valentino Valentino (voice)
2016 Nickelodeon‘s Ultimate Halloween Haunted House The same
2018–2019 The Lion Guard Raha (voice)
2018 Ellen: The Ellen Degeneres show Special guest
2018 Steve The same
2018 Double dare The same
2019 Light out with David Spade The same
2019 The real The same
2020 The Substitute The same
2020 A modern farewell Manny Delgado / Himself

Rico Rodríguez’s film appearances

Year Title Character
2006 The tamales Paquito
2007 Epic movie Pig
2007 Parker Child in Playground # 2
2008 Babysitters Beware Framework
2009 Opposite Day Janitor boy
2011 The muppets TMNT fan
2011 Phillip’s sandwich Skinny
2014 Guests Charlie foster
2015 Endgame Joseph
2016 The American: The Movie Cuco (voice)

Recognitions and Award nominations

Year Prize Outcome
2009 Screen Actors Guild Award in the category “Best Cast in a Comedy Series” by Modern Family Nominated
2010 Screen Actors Guild Award in the category “Best Cast in a Comedy Series” by Modern Family Winner
2010 Young Artist Award in the category “Best Young Actor in a Television Series” for Modern Family Winner
2010 Imagen Award in the category “Best Supporting Actor in a Television Series” for Modern Family Nominated
2011 Screen Actors Guild Award in the category “Best Cast in a Comedy Series” by Modern Family Winner
2011 ALMA Awards in the category “Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series” for Modern Family Winner
2012 Screen Actors Guild Award in the category “Best Cast in a Comedy Series” by Modern Family Winner
2012 ALMA Awards in the category “Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series” for Modern Family Winner
2013 Screen Actors Guild Award in the category “Best Cast in a Comedy Series” by Modern Family Winner
2014 Screen Actors Guild Award in the category “Best Cast in a Comedy Series” by Modern Family Nominated
2015 Image Awards in the category “Best Young Actor in a Television Series” for Modern Family Winner
2015 Screen Actors Guild Award in the category “Best Cast in a Comedy Series” by Modern Family Nominated
2016 Screen Actors Guild Award in the category “Best Cast in a Comedy Series” by Modern Family Nominated
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