Rick received his B.A. from Middlebury College and completed his doctoral studies (A.B.D.) in literature at Columbia University in New York.
Rick is President/CEO of Pagano/Manwiller Casting, has cast over seventy feature films along with dozens of television projects and virtually hundreds of theatre productions across the United States. He has worked with such producers, writers and directors as Cameron Crowe, Oliver Stone, James Cameron, Jerry Bruckheimer, Joel Silver, Gus van Sant, Matthew Vaughn, Terry George, Jon Avnet, and Paula Wagner. His feature film casting credits include HOTEL RWANDA, X/MEN 3, STARDUST, DRUGSTORE COWBOY, STRANGE DAYS, POINT BREAK, SAY ANYTHING, GAS FOOD LODGING, EXTREMITIES with television credits including the smash hit "24", "Uprising," "Chicago Hope," "Picket Fences," "Wild Palms," and "The Positively True Adventures of the Alleged Texas Cheerleader Murdering Mom."
Pagano also served as West Coast Casting Consultant for the Sundance Film Institute from 1994 through 2001.