Marc Anthony was born on September 16, 1968. He is an American singer, actor, and producer. Anthony is also the top-selling tropical salsa artist of all time. He started with great success in the Latin music market and has taken this success mainstream, introducing a romantic Latino sound mixed with pop music. The three-time Grammy Award and nine-time Latin Grammy Award winner has sold more than 12 million albums worldwide. Anthony has won numerous awards and his achievements have been honored through various recognitions. It’s his special day today, and we’re excited about it.
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Marc, King of Salsa
September 16, 1968
Marc Anthony is an American singer, songwriter, actor, and record and television producer who was born on September 16, 1968. He was born and raised in New York City in Spanish Harlem. Anthony was born to Guillermina Muniz and Felipe Muniz. His father worked as a musician and in a hospital cafeteria, while his mother was a housewife. He is of Puerto Rican descent. Anthony began singing at an early age and quickly realized that to become successful, he needed to improve his stage presence.
Anthony began his career as a session vocalist for freestyle and underground house music artists in New York. Anthony sang background vocals for other artists for a period before switching to Salsa. Anthony’s first Spanish album, “Otra Nota,” was released in Spain in 1993. He was initially apprehensive about recording a Spanish album and turned down an offer from RMM Records, but he eventually changed his mind. It cemented his reputation as a rising salsa star. In 1995, he released his second salsa album, “Todo a Su Tiempo.” The album was a tremendous hit in the U.S. and Puerto Rico, and it was certified gold in both countries. He was nominated for a Grammy and won a Billboard award for it.
Anthony starred in the HBO program, “Marc Anthony: The Concert from Madison Square Garden.” He left RMM at the same time and began working with producers Afanasieff, Rooney, Dan Shea, and Jerkins, releasing his first English album, “Marc Anthony.” Anthony has appeared in films such as “Man on Fire,” a hit Hollywood thriller in which he starred alongside Denzel Washington. He published a collection of his greatest songs in the late 2000s called “Sigo Siendo Yo” (2006) and “Iconos” (2010), which was a tribute to the greatest Latin performers such as Jose Jose, Juan Gabriel, and others. In 2007, Anthony starred in the film “El Cantante,” a drama based on the life of the legendary salsa musician Hector Lavoe. In 2012, Anthony starred in the Latin talent program, “Q’Viva! The Chosen,” created by Simon Fuller. Along with his ex-wife, Jennifer Lopez, and singer Jamie King, he served as a judge on the show.
Anthony and his long-term girlfriend, Debbie Rosado, an N.Y.C. cop, had a daughter named Ariana in 1994 before splitting up. He married former Miss Universe Dayanara Torres on May 9, 2000. They broke up in early 2002 but got back together in December of that year. However, the marriage did not last long, and they divorced in October 2003. They have two sons together. He began dating Lopez in 2004, an old friend, and singer/actress. In the same year, they married. The couple’s twins, Emme and Maximillian, were born following their secret wedding. After an eight-year marriage, they divorced.
His first album, "Rebel," debuts — it’s a freestyle music record.
Anthony appears in “Hackers,” an American crime film alongside Jonny Lee Miller, Angelina Jolie, Jesse Bradford, and Matthew Lillard.
He wins his first Grammy for ‘Best Latin Tropical Performance’ for ‘Contra La Corriente,’ which he directs, arranges, and produces.
His best role comes in the biographical drama “El Cantante,” in which he plays the life of salsa music legend Héctor Lavoe, who died in 1993 from AIDS complications.
Anthony becomes a minority owner of the Miami Dolphins.
He is inducted into the Billboard Hall of Fame.
Why We Love Marc Anthony
He is an active philanthropist
Despite his enormous success, Anthony has always found time to help others. In 2012, he and well-known businessman Henry Cárdenas created the Maestro Cares Foundation. Two years later, they would inaugurate an orphanage in the Dominican Republic, and the following year, they would inaugurate a school and youth center in Colombia. In 2017, he and his ex-wife, Jennifer Lopez, co-hosted a telethon to benefit people devastated by Hurricane Maria in his family's native Puerto Rico.
He is a devoted and supportive father
Anthony keeps his six children close to his heart at all times, as evidenced by his collection of chest tattoos, which includes Cristian's name. He also posted a cute video of himself riding motorcycles outside on his property with Cristian and Ryan.
He is talented
Anthony is the salsa king. He is a New Yorker with Puerto Rican ancestry who has sold over 11 million albums. With his rangy voice, theatrical gestures, live-wire intensity, various dancing moves, and fierce, piercing eyes, the pop singer knows how to sell a song. He is an enthralling entertainer.
5 Surprising Facts
He was named after a Mexican singer
Anthony was named after the Mexican musician, Marco Antonio Muniz.
He was paid for his children’s photos
“People” magazine paid $6 million for the first photos of his twins with his ex-wife, Jennifer Lopez.
He is a Roman Catholic
He was raised Roman Catholic and is still practicing.
He is an avid golfer
Anthony is a big fan of golf and plays it very well.
A best-selling artist
Anthony is the biggest and top-selling tropical salsa artist of all time.
Marc Anthony FAQs
Does Marc Anthony write his own music?
Anthony is listed as co-writer on all but one of the nine songs on his Sony Discos/Columbia release, “Libre,” which was number one on the Latin sales chart for three weeks, with total sales of about 120,000.
Why does Marc Anthony have so many tattoos?
His body is covered in a variety of tattoos. The most recent tattoo on his neck is three crosses, one of the oldest religious symbols used by humans. Wearing three crosses signifies the day of Jesus Christ’s crucifixion, while the vertical and horizontal lines stand for mother nature and father creation, respectively.
What is Marc Anthony's favorite food?
His favorite dish is beans and rice with chicken, which is a typical dish in Puerto Rico.
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