MannyPlayed by Rico Rodriguez
Don’t you wish that you could go through life without a hint of self-consciousness? If so, you should follow the lead of young Manny Delgado. This kid is an enigma. He has inherited his mother’s passion for life and often wears his heart on his sleeve. Manny’s zeal appeal is often lost on stepdad Jay but is always fully supported by mom Gloria.
Manny is not afraid to take chances. He once made a move on a much older 16-year-old girl at the mall. He was rejected, but not defeated. Manny developed a little crush on Haley but continued to play the field. You just can’t keep a passionate man down, as evidenced by the effort he put forth in a stock market project for school. Not even a day at Disneyland could distract this mini-mogul from closing a deal in mouse ears. Manny is already a fine uncle to the Dunphy kids, Haley, Alex and Luke. We can’t wait to see him do his thing as a big brother.
Born in College Station, Texas, Rico Rodriguez made the move from Texas to Los Angeles, California, in 2005 at the age of 6, with his mom and sister, Raini, to support his sister's dream of becoming an actress. After one year of watching his sister having fun and success, he enrolled in acting classes and soon started making a name for himself.
Rodriguez'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 appeared as a guest on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Jimmy Kimmel Live!, Lopez Tonight, Ellen and The View. He was asked to serve as a red carpet correspondent for ABC.com's red carpet coverage of the Academy Awards®, as well as E! Entertainment's orange carpet reporter and special guest co-host for Nickelodeon's Kids' Choice Awards.
Since the premiere of the Emmy® Award-winning series Modern Family, Rodriguez has garnered widespread attention for his work in the role of "precocious, old soul" Manny Delgado. He received the Impact Award from the National Hispanic Media Coalition, as well as being nominated as Male Breakout Star for the 2010 Teen Choice Awards. Rodriguez was selected as one of Entertainment Weekly's 2010 Entertainers of the Year and chosen as one of five entertainers to receive their own cover, as well as ranked No. 4 on GQ Magazine's 25 Most Stylish Men on Television. He was also honored with being chosen as the first minor to ever speak at the opening of the SAG Awards.
In 2011, Rodriguez made a cameo as himself and filmed with the legendary Kermit the Frog in The Muppets. After filming the lead role of Jose in Endgame, he got to record his first-ever leading role as Cuco in the animated feature film Americano.
Rodriguez has been featured as a guest judge on Chopped Junior and appeared alongside his two older brothers, his sister and their dad on Celebrity Family Feud; he just wrapped shooting another soon-to-be-released game show appearance with his sister, Raini, and will be making a guest appearance on one of his favorite nighttime talk shows.