Marc Anthony

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Marc Anthony
Marc Anthony 2010.jpg
Marc Anthony in 2010
Born Marco Antonio Muñiz
(1968-09-16) September 16, 1968 (age 47)
New York, New York, U.S.
Nationality American
  • Actor
  • singer
  • record producer
  • television producer
Years active 1988–present
Children 5
Musical career
Genres Salsa, pop, Latin pop, freestyle (early)
Labels Columbia, RMM, Sony Music Latin

Marco Antonio Muñiz (born September 16, 1968),[1][2][3] better known by his stage name Marc Anthony, is an American actor, singer, record producer and television producer. Anthony is also the top selling tropical salsa artist of all time.[4] The two-time Grammy and five-time Latin Grammy winner has sold more than 12 million albums worldwide.[5] He is best known for his Latin salsa numbers and ballads. Anthony has won numerous awards and his achievements have been honored through various recognitions. He was the recipient of the 2009 Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute (CHCI) Chair's Award. He also received the "2009 CHCI Chair's Lifetime Achievement Award" on September 16, 2009.[6]

Early life[edit]

Marco Antonio Muñiz, known professionally by his stage name Marc Anthony, was born in New York City to parents from Yauco, Puerto Rico.[2] His mother Guillermina was a housewife, his father, Felipe Muñiz, a musician and hospital lunchroom worker. Anthony's parents named him after Mexican singer Marco Antonio Muñiz. Anthony grew up in East Harlem, also known as Spanish Harlem and El Barrio, and is the youngest of eight surviving children. He was raised Roman Catholic.[7]

Singing career[edit]

Muñiz began his career as a session vocalist for freestyle and Underground New York house music acts. After changing his name to avoid confusion with his namesake, Anthony worked as a songwriter and backing vocalist for pop acts including Menudo and the Latin Rascals. His first album was a freestyle music record, "Rebel," which debuted in 1988 on Bluedog Records.[8] That same year he wrote and produced "Boy I've Been Told" for fellow freestyle artist Sa-Fire. Then in 1989, he sang backup vocals for Ann-Marie on the freestyle club hit, "With or Without You" produced by Little Louie Vega and Todd Terry. A year later in 1990, with Little Louie Vega and Todd Terry, Marc wrote a duet with Chrissy I-eece, called "You Should Know By Now." In 1992, still working with Todd Terry, he provided vocals for "Love Change," which is on the flip-side of a 12" vinyl released by Elan and The Powermachine titled "Here's Your Hat," production of Todd Terry. At the same time, he collaborated with music producer Little Louie Vega, who featured the singer on many freestyle-flavored club hits "Ride On The Rhythm" and the "When The Night Is Over" album, which featured the Freestyle classic "Time." In 1992, Vega and Anthony opened for Latin bandleader Tito Puente at New York's Madison Square Garden. After 1992, he changed his style from freestyle to salsa and other Latin styles.

RMM records[edit]

Anthony was initially reluctant to become a salsa musician and declined an offer to make a salsa album when Ralph Mercado, president of RMM Records, asked him. Anthony was in a taxi when he heard Juan Gabriel's hit song, "Hasta Que Te Conocí," which influenced him to change his mind and ask Mercado if he could record it as a salsa tune.[9] Inspired by the music of Tito Puente, Hector Lavoe, Rubén Blades, and Juan Gabriel, Anthony released his Spanish-language debut, Otra Nota, in 1993. Anthony performed at the Radio y Musica Convention hosted by Alfredo Alonso.[10] The album also included a cover of Bread's song, "Make It with You." Subsequent tours throughout the Americas, including an opening slot for Blades, established Anthony as one of the new stars in salsa. In 1994, he was featured in La India's album Dicen Que Soy, on the song "Vivir Lo Nuestro".

His 1995 follow-up, Todo a su tiempo, won Anthony a Billboard award for Hot Tropical Artist of the Year. The album was also nominated for a Grammy with songs like "Te Conozco Bien," "Hasta Ayer," "Nadie Como Ella," "Se Me Sigue Olvidando," "Te Amare," and "Llegaste A Mi." The album has sold more than 800,000 copies and has become established as a gold record in the United States and in Puerto Rico.

Anthony's next Spanish language album, Contra La Coriente, was followed by the television special Marc Anthony: The Concert from Madison Square Garden. It was broadcast on HBO on Valentine's Day in 2000. The special was nominated for the Music Special of the Year by TV Guide. The album's song "Y Hubo Alguien" became Anthony's first number-one single on the Billboard Hot Latin Tracks and the first by a salsa musician.[citation needed] The album became the first salsa album to enter the English language Billboard 200 chart.[citation needed] After an ongoing battle with RMM, he severed ties with Ralph Mercado and left the label in 1999.[citation needed]

Otra Nota, Todo a Su Tiempo, and Contra La Corriente established him as the top-selling singer in the history of the genre, able to sell out Madison Square Garden and prestigious venues internationally.

Sony Records[edit]

Marc Anthony in 2006

Anthony subsequently recorded the duet "No Me Ames" with Jennifer Lopez on her album On the 6, giving her an assist in her Spanish language crossover attempt.

In 1999, riding the crossover wave of Enrique Iglesias and Ricky Martin in the Anglophone market, Anthony, working with producers Walter Afanasieff, Cory Rooney, Dan Shea, and Rodney Jerkins, released an English-language, self-titled album with the US Top 5 single "I Need to Know", and the Spanish version, "Dímelo". His song "You Sang To Me" was featured in Runaway Bride. A dance version was remixed by Dutch producer Rene Van Verseveld. The album debuted at number eight on the Billboard album chart, and six weeks later went platinum; it eventually was certified triple platinum.The song "I Need To Know" earned a Grammy nomination for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance.

Sample of the song "Tu Amor Me Hace Bien" from the album Valió la Pena. The song was produced by longtime collaborator Sergio George, who worked on most of Anthony's salsa albums.

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In 2001, he debuted another salsa album, Libre, which was certified gold with songs like "Celos", "Este Loco Que Te Mira", and "Viviendo". The album spent 14 weeks at the number-one spot on the Billboard Top Latin Albums chart. The year after that, he made another English-language album, Mended.

In June 2004, Anthony released a Latin pop album, Amar Sin Mentiras. The following month, he reintroduced its songs with a danceable salsa rhythm in another album, Valio La Pena. The song "Escapémonos" was a duet with Jennifer Lopez. In the 2005 Latin Grammy Awards, his Amar Sin Mentiras won best Latin Pop Album of The Year, and his Valió La Pena won Best Tropical Album of the Year. Lopez and Anthony performed "Escapémonos" at the 2005 Grammy Awards.

On July 11, 2006, Anthony released Sigo Siendo Yo, a Spanish greatest-hits album. On May 2010 he released Iconos, a tribute to old Latin songs by artists such as José Luis Perales, Juan Gabriel and José José.[11] In 2012, he released a new song called "Cautivo De Este Amor." In the same year, Anthony was inducted into the Billboard Latin Music Hall of Fame.[12]

On December 2012, it was announced that Anthony was recording a salsa album alongside longtime producer Sergio George.[13] Vivir Mi Vida, a Spanish adaptation of Khaled's song "C'est la vie", was released as the lead single on April 25, 2013.[14] In July 2013, Anthony released 3.0, a salsa album including his song "Vivir Mi Vida". Since the release, the album has been certified Platinum. In addition to the new album, Anthony announced his Vivir Mi Vida World Tour and traveled across 15 countries on three continents.[15] After the tour, Anthony announced a second world tour for his album 3.0, his Cambio de Piel Tour.

After his Cambio de Piel Tour, Marc Anthony kicked off UNIDO2,[16] his international tour with Carlos Vives. Marc Anthony is in constant demand for touring. After The Vivir Mi Vida world tour, one of PollStar’s top selling tours of 2013, was extended to May 2014 by popular demand, and received a Premio Juventud for Super Tour of the Year. Gigant3S, his US and Latin American tour with Marco Antonio Solis and Chayanne, topped 2012’s Billboard Hot Latin Tours charts.

Acting career[edit]

Anthony played supporting roles in projects including 1995's Hackers, and 1996's Big Night and The Substitute. He appeared with Rubén Blades and Puerto Rican pop singer Ednita Nazario in Paul Simon's 1998 stage musical, The Capeman, which ran for 68 performances. He had a role in Martin Scorsese's 1999 drama Bringing Out the Dead, and in 2001, opposite Salma Hayek, was in the film In the Time of the Butterflies. In Man On Fire (2004), Anthony, opposite Denzel Washington, played a wealthy businessman who hires a former U.S. Marine to protect his daughter from kidnappers in Mexico City. In 2007, Anthony starred in El Cantante, a biographical drama about the life of salsa music legend Héctor Lavoe, who died in 1993 from AIDS complications. Anthony's then-wife, Jennifer Lopez, narrated the story and portrayed Lavoe's wife. The film, released in August 2007, received strong reviews. In 2010, Anthony guest-starred in two episodes of the TNT medical drama "HawthoRNe" as a detective and the title character's (Jada Pinkett Smith) love interest. He was later named the executive music producer of the show.[citation needed] Anthony worked with ex-wife Lopez and director-choeographer Jamie King in late 2011 on a Latin talent series created by Simon Fuller, called Q'Viva! The Chosen. It follows Lopez and Anthony as they travel across 21 countries to find new talent.[17] In 2012, Anthony guest mentored on Season 2 of The X Factor (U.S. TV series).

Awards and honors[edit]

Marc Anthony has sold over 12 million albums worldwide, receiving numerous gold and platinum certifications from the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) along the way. He has been recognized by New York magazine as one of the Ten Most Influential New Yorkers,[18] was inaugurated into the Billboard Hall of Fame in 2012, and was given a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute in Washington D.C. in September 2009.[19] He has won a total of 25 Premio Lo Nuestro Latin Music awards, the most for any male artist, and has been honored with the ASCAP Founders Award. He’s received twelve Billboard Latin Music Awards, three Billboard Awards, and a special recognition from the Univisión television network in the last 2 years.

He received his first Grammy in 1998 for Best Latin Tropical Performance for Contra La Corriente, followed by the first-ever Latin Grammy Song of the Year award for Dímelo (I Need to Know) in 2000. With momentum from that hit single, Marc Anthony, his eponymous English-language album debut, went triple-platinum in the US, and helped usher in the Latin pop explosion of 1999-2000. In 2005 he received double best-album Grammys: Best Latin Pop Album for Amar Sin Mentiras, and Best Salsa Album for Valió la Pena.

Marc Anthony has had 25 Billboard chart hits – most recently, Vivir Mi Vida with over 300 million views in YouTube, Flor Pálida, which has received more than 74 million views on Vevo and in May 2015 he received his second Vevo PL certification for 100 million views of his video A Quien Quiero Mentirle. In 2013, Vivir Mi Vida, the first single from 3.0, spent 18 consecutive weeks at #1 on Billboard, making it the longest-running #1 single of all time. It received the Latin Grammy for Album of the Year.

Other Ventures[edit]

A passionate football fan, Marc Anthony became a minority owner of the Miami Dolphins in 2009. In 2011, he returned to television on the TNT series Hawthorne, toured the U.S., and launched his line of clothes and luxury accessories for Kohl’s, and together with Jamie King and Jennifer López, he produced the 2012 TV series ¡Q’ Viva! The Chosen, which aired simultaneously on Spanish and English television in the US and Latin America.

In 2010, Anthony released Iconos, a Spanish language ballad album produced by Marc Anthony and Julio Reyes that included eight songs of his favorite Latin American balladeers and two original songs composed by him and Julio Reyes. The memorable eight tracks were made classic Latin American standards by Latin music stars like Juan Gabriel, José Luis Perales, José José, Roberto Carlos, y La Mafia. Iconos occupied the number one spot in sales and radio play lists from Billboard Magazine for six consecutive weeks after launch and obtained a platinum position.

In January 2012 Marc Anthony announced the creation of his Foundation Maestro Cares with Henry Cárdenas, intended to address the housing, academic and health challenges that orphaned children face each day in developing Latin American countries. The non-profit organization opened its first orphanage to house children in urgent need, Niños de Cristo, in La Romana, Dominican Republic on April 2, 2014, providing a home to more than 150 children and in April 2015 open the doors to the Monseñor Victor Tamayo home in Barranquilla Colombia and joined the MABA project in Lima, Perú.

In April 2015, Marc Anthony announced the formation of a new, diversified entertainment company, Magnus Media, whose operating units will include an artist management company, music publishing, digital content creation, film & television, a music label and an entertainment-centric marketing practice focused on leveraging the power of top Latino content creators in the U.S. and worldwide.

Personal life[edit]

Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony, with Nancy Pelosi and Nydia Velázquez

Anthony is a supporter of the Democratic Party, and performed "The Star-Spangled Banner" at the 2012 Democratic National Convention.[20] He is a practicing Roman Catholic.[21][22]

Anthony sang "God Bless America" at the 2013 Major League Baseball All-Star Game at Citi Field. While Anthony is an American citizen, born and raised in New York City of Puerto Rican descent, various posts on Twitter were made suggesting he should not have been performing the song, under the mistaken belief that he is foreign-born. The Anti-Defamation League spoke out against the offensive tweets.[23]

Relationships and family[edit]

Anthony was married[24] or in a relationship[25] with Debbie Rosado when the couple had daughter Ariana in 1994.[26]

Marc married former Miss Universe Dayanara Torres on May 9, 2000 in Las Vegas. They have two sons, Cristian Anthony Muñiz (born February 5, 2001) who Anthony named after the Mexican singer Cristian Castro,[27] and Ryan Anthony Muñiz (born August 16, 2003). There were many problems in the marriage, and the couple separated in early 2002. They later reconciled and renewed their vows in a formal ceremony on December 7, 2002 at San Juan's Cathedral in Puerto Rico. The rocky marriage came to an end in October 2003 with Dayanara filing for divorce in January 2004. To help her recovery from the divorce, Dayanara traded her engagement ring for a diamond-encrusted Cartier watch and wrote the book Married to Me: How Committing to Myself Led to Triumph After Divorce.

Anthony married Jennifer Lopez in June 2004.[28][29] Lopez gave birth to their children, twins Emme Maribel Muñiz and Maximillian David Muñiz on February 22, 2008. People (magazine) paid $6 million for the first photos of the twins.[30][31] In 2009, Anthony and Lopez purchased a stake in the Miami Dolphins. They joined several personalities in buying small stakes in the club, including Gloria and Emilio Estefan, Venus and Serena Williams, and Fergie.[32] They bought two houses in Brookville, New York[33] but Anthony and Lopez announced their separation in July 2011, with Anthony filing for divorce on April 9, 2012.[34] Their divorce was finalized on June 18, 2014, while Lopez retained primary physical custody of the two children.[35]

Marc Anthony and model Shannon de Lima married on November 11, 2014 in the Dominican Republic.


Anthony performing at the White House in 2009
External audio
You may listen to Marc Anthony's interpretation of Hernandez' "Preciosa" here
and "Lamento Borincano" here[dead link]


Marc Anthony in 2011.
Year Film Role Notes
1988 East Side Story Flaco Singer
1993 Carlito's Way Cameo Appearance Sings "Parece Mentira"
1994 Natural Causes Marine Guard
1995 Hackers Agent Kee
1996 Big Night Cristiano
1996 The Substitute Juan Lucas
1999 Bringing Out The Dead Noel
2001 In the Time of the Butterflies Lio
2004 Man on Fire Samuel Ramos
2007 El Cantante Héctor Lavoe
  • 2010–2011: HawthoRNe (TV series) as Officer Nick Renata in "A Mother Knows" (Season 2, Episode 8) and "Picture Perfect" (Main - Season 3)
  • 2012: The X Factor, as a guest judge in Season 2, Episode 9

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Marc Anthony Biography: Singer (1968–)". (FYI / A&E Networks). Retrieved February 4, 2015. 
  2. ^ a b "Marc Anthony Biography (1968-)". Retrieved February 4, 2015. 
  3. ^ McNeil, Liz (September 16, 2008). "Jennifer Lopez Surprises Husband with Glamorous Birthday Bash". People. Retrieved December 14, 2015. ...threw a ... surprise 40th birthday party for her husband, Marc Anthony...  Note: One standard source, gives his birthdate as September 16, 1969, at Harris, Craig, "Marc Anthony".
  4. ^ "Barclays Center New York, NY - Marc Anthony - tickets, information, reviews". February 16, 2013. Retrieved February 21, 2013. 
  5. ^ Hunt, Christopher. "The Best Advice Marc Anthony Ever Got". Men's Retrieved 30 April 2015. 
  6. ^ Music Icon Marc Anthony to Receive 2009 CHCI Chair's Lifetime Achievement Award – Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute. (September 16, 2009). Retrieved October 1, 2011.
  7. ^ George Rush, Joanna Molloy, Celeste Katz (June 6, 2004). "J.Lo weds hubby No. 3 Marries Marc Anthony at her swank L.A. digs". Daily News. Archived from the original on October 13, 2011. Retrieved September 13, 2010. Both are of Puerto Rican descent and share the Catholic faith. 
  8. ^ "Marc Anthony Biography." A&E Networks Television, n.d. Web. 06 Oct. 2014. <>.
  9. ^ "Marc Anthony's Putting a Real Kick In His Salsa", Los Angeles Times, May 1, 1996
  10. ^ Marc Anthony Biography. Retrieved October 1, 2011.
  11. ^ Marc Anthony Iconos Nuevo Disco 2010 – Blog para escuchar buena musica online. (February 22, 1999). Retrieved October 1, 2011.
  12. ^ Cobo, Leila (April 26, 2012). "Billboard Latin Music Awards: Don Omar, Prince Royce Win Big". Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. Retrieved April 11, 2014. 
  13. ^ Cantor-Navas, Judy (December 3, 2012). "Marc Anthony Recording Salsa Album for 2013". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved January 21, 2013. 
  14. ^ "Marc Anthony to Launch First Single". Indiatimes. The Times of India Group. 
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  17. ^ "Marc Anthony & Jennifer Lopez Come Together for ¡Q'Viva! The Chosen". Time Inc. Retrieved March 21, 2012. 
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  20. ^ "Marc Anthony sings the national anthem". Politico. September 6, 2012. 
  21. ^ "En Exclusiva: Así fue la boda de Marc Anthony y Shannon de Lima". Univision (in Spanish). November 12, 2014. Retrieved December 15, 2015. ...también que aunque Marc ya estuvo casado por la religión católica, el padre Juan Santana, bendijo la unión de esta pareja y que, al final del enlace, se abrieron las puertas de una jaula de la cual salieron volando mariposas doradas. 
  22. ^ Vanesa G. Toca (January 8, 2007). "Cienciología, la religión de los famosos". El Universal (in Spanish). Retrieved December 15, 2015. Actualmente se rumora que JLo tiene problemas con su esposo, Marc Anthony, debido a que ella incursionó en esta práctica, mientras que él debido a que ella incursionó en esta práctica, mientras que él es católico de corazón y no comparte el cambio de religión. 
  23. ^ "Foul Ball: Hate Speech, Twitter & Baseball". Retrieved July 24, 2013. 
  24. ^ Gratereaux, Alexandra J. (April 16, 2012). "Are Marc Anthony & Shannon de Lima Pregnant?". Fox News Latino. Retrieved November 5, 2014. 
  25. ^ Finn, Natalie (January 5, 2012). "J-Who? Meet Marc Anthony's New Girlfriend, Shannon De Lima!". E! News. Retrieved November 5, 2014. 
  26. ^ "Marc Anthony Biography Singer (1968–)". The Biography Channel (A+E Networks). Retrieved November 5, 2014. 
  27. ^ "Marc Anthony ya es papá". Terra Networks (in Spanish). Telefónica. Retrieved January 4, 2014. 
  28. ^ "Marc Anthony Silent About Lopez Wedding". People. June 8, 2004. Retrieved January 13, 2007. 
  29. ^ "Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony Split". People. July 15, 2011. Retrieved November 5, 2014. 
  30. ^ "Introducing Max David and Emme Maribel Muñiz!". Retrieved March 21, 2008. 
  31. ^ EXCLUSIVE: Jennifer Lopez & Marc Anthony Welcome Twins!– Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony. (February 22, 2008). Retrieved October 1, 2011.
  32. ^ Brian Orloff (July 21, 2009). "Marc Anthony Buys Stake in Miami Dolphins". People (magazine). Retrieved July 20, 2011. 
  33. ^ Jennifer Lopez & Marc Anthony Own $5.75 Million Worth Of Property In New York: Who Will Get It? Retrieved 2014-09-05
  34. ^ "Marc Anthony Files for Divorce from Jennifer Lopez". People. April 11, 2012. Retrieved April 11, 2012. 
  35. ^ "Jennifer Lopez, Marc Anthony Finalize Divorce Almost Three Years After Split - Yahoo Celebrity". 2014-06-18. Retrieved 2014-08-01. 

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