Rico Rodriguez was born in College Station, Texas, and from birth through his young boyhood was extremely shy. In 2005, at the age of six, he made the move from Texas to Los Angeles with his mom and sister, Raini, to support his sister's dream of becoming an actress. After one year of watching her having fun and success, he enrolled in acting classes and started making a name for himself.
Rodriguez booked his first role in the video How the Grinch Stole Christmas, followed by the roles of Chanchito in the film Epic Movie, a super fun role as the kid janitor in Opposite Day, another great part in the The No-Sit List, and a role in the compelling short film Phillipe's Sandwich. 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. Rodriguez was asked to serve as a Red Carpet Correspondent for ABC.com's Red Carpet coverage of the 2010 Academy Awards, and as E! Entertainment's Orange Carpet Reporter for the 2010 Nickelodeon Kid's Choice Awards. He also appeared as the Red Carpet Correspondent for the star-studded Nickelodeon Mega-Music Fest special.
Since the premiere of Modern Family, Rodriguez has garnered widespread attention for his work as Manny Delgado. He received the Impact Awardfrom the National Hispanic Media Coalition, as well as being nominated as Male Break-Out Star for the 2010 Teen Choice Awards. Surprised to learn that he was selected as one of Entertainment Weekly's 2010 Entertainers of the Year, he was one of five chosen entertainers to receive their own covers and was ranked No. 4 on GQ Magazine's 25 Most Stylish Men on Television. In 2011 Rodriguez was honored to be chosen as the first minor to ever speak at the opening of the SAG Awards. Most recently he had a blast working with Kermit the Frog and friends in The Muppets.