41 Facts About Marc Anthony


Marc Anthony is the top selling tropical salsa artist of all time.


Marc Anthony was the recipient of the 2009 Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute Lifetime Achievement Award.


Marc Anthony received the "2009 CHCI Chair's Lifetime Achievement Award" on September 16,2009.


Marc Anthony is the artist with the most number one songs on the Billboard Latin Tropical Airplay chart with 32 songs.


Marc Anthony's father, Felipe Muniz, was a hospital cafeteria worker and musician, and his mother, Guillermina Quinones, was a housewife.


Marc Anthony grew up in East Harlem, known as Spanish Harlem or El Barrio, and is the youngest of eight children.


Marc Anthony began his career as a session vocalist for freestyle music and underground New York house music acts.


Unlike the more socially conscious New York salsa musicians of the 1960s and 1970s, or the highly produced "romantic" salsa artists of the 1980s, Marc Anthony gained fame performing a salsa style that borrowed more heavily from the African American and urban genres that he listened to growing up, such as rhythm and blues and house.


Marc Anthony's first album was a freestyle music record, "Rebel", which debuted in 1988 on Bluedog Records.


Marc Anthony was initially reluctant to become a salsa musician; he declined an offer to make an album in this genre when Ralph Mercado, president of RMM Records, asked him.


Marc Anthony was in a taxi when he heard Juan Gabriel's hit song, "Hasta Que Te Conoci", which influenced him to change his mind and ask Mercado if he could record it as a salsa tune.


Marc 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.


Marc Anthony recorded a duet "I Want to Spend My Lifetime Loving You" with Tina Arena, written by James Horner for the latter's soundtrack for the 1998 swashbuckling movie The Mask of Zorro.


In 1999, riding the crossover wave of Ricky Martin and Enrique Iglesias in the Anglophone market, Marc 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, "Dimelo".


In June 2004, Marc Anthony released a Latin pop album, Amar Sin Mentiras.


Lopez and Marc Anthony performed "Escapemonos" at the 2005 Grammy Awards.


On July 11,2006, Marc Anthony released Sigo Siendo Yo, a Spanish greatest-hits album.


In December 2012, it was announced that Marc Anthony was recording a salsa album alongside longtime producer Sergio George.


In July 2013, Marc Anthony released 3.0, a salsa album including his song "Vivir Mi Vida".


Marc Anthony sang "God Bless America" at the 2013 Major League Baseball All-Star Game at Citi Field.


In September 2016, part of his tour "Marc Anthony Live" included 5 dates at Radio City Music Hall.


Marc Anthony played supporting roles in projects including 1995's Hackers, and 1996's Big Night and The Substitute.


Marc Anthony appeared with Ruben Blades and Puerto Rican pop singer Ednita Nazario in Paul Simon's 1998 stage musical, The Capeman, which ran for 68 performances.


Marc Anthony 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 2007, Marc Anthony starred in El Cantante, a biographical drama about the life of salsa music legend Hector Lavoe, who died in 1993 from AIDS complications.


In 2010, Marc Anthony guest-starred in two episodes of the TNT medical drama HawthoRNe as a detective and the title character's love interest.


Marc Anthony was later named the executive music producer of the show.


In 2012, Marc Anthony guest-mentored on Season 2 of The X Factor.


Marc Anthony played the father of Sonny in 'In the Heights'.


Marc Anthony has been recognized by New York magazine as one of the Ten Most Influential New Yorkers, 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, DC in September 2009.


Marc Anthony has won a total of 29 Premio Lo Nuestro Latin Music awards, the most for any male artist, and has been honored with the ASCAP Founders Award.


Marc Anthony received his first Grammy in 1998 for Best Latin Tropical Performance for Contra La Corriente, directed, arranged and produced by Angel "Cucco" Pena, followed by the first-ever Latin Grammy Song of the Year award for Dimelo in 2000.


Marc Anthony was honored as the Person of the Year by the Latin Recording Academy on November 16,2016, for his musical contributions and philanthropic work.


Marc Anthony became a minority owner of the Miami Dolphins in 2009.


Marc Anthony is a supporter of the Democratic Party, and performed "The Star-Spangled Banner" at the 2012 Democratic National Convention.


Marc Anthony performed "The Star-Spangled Banner" at the 2013 Major League Baseball All-Star Game.


In 1994, Marc Anthony had a daughter, Arianna Muniz, with then-girlfriend Debbie Rosado.


From 1996 to 1998, Marc Anthony dated and became engaged to Dominican-American actress Claudette Lali.


Marc Anthony married former Miss Universe Dayanara Torres on May 9,2000, in Las Vegas.


Marc Anthony married Jennifer Lopez in June 2004; they had previously worked together and dated for a few months in the late 1990s.


Marc Anthony and model Shannon De Lima was born on January 6,1989 and married on November 11,2014, in La Romana, Dominican Republic.