Marco Antonio Muñiz, known professionally by his stage name Marc Anthony, was born in New York City on September 16, 1968.
Father's name: Felipe Muñiz (musician)
Mother's name: Guillermina Muñiz
Sister: Yolanda Muñiz
Spouse: Jennifer Lopez (m. 2004–2014), Dayanara Torres (m. 2000–2004), Maria Von Ritchie Lopez (m. 2000–2002)
Children:Emme Maribel Muñiz, Ariana Anthony, Maximilian David Muñiz, Cristian Marcus Muñiz, Ryan Adrian Muñiz
Race or Ethnicity: Hispanic
Sexual orientation: Straight
Muniz Marc was born in 1968 in New York City. In 2004, Anthony married Jennifer Lopez, herself a Puerto Rican singer, actor and musician. His parents, Guillermina and Felipe Muniz, are Puerto Rican and named their son after Marco Antonio Muniz, a Mexican singer who was popular in Puerto Rico. Marc Anthony grew up in New York City with his sister, Yolanda Muniz. His talent was evident early on; Anthony realized that he had the singing voice, but needed to develop a stage presence to support it. This he did by singing backup as a session vocalist for freestyle and underground New York house music acts. Marc changed his name, to avoid confusion with his namesake, and quickly became an in-demand backup singer; lending his voice to acts such as Menudo and the Latin Rascals. His first release was a record called "Rebel," which debuted in 1988 from Bluedog Records, based in the Bronx. Marc Anthony continued perform in the New York club scene and also wrote songs, often teaming with Little Louie Vega and Todd Terry. In 1992, Vega and Anthony played New York City's Madison Square Garden as an opening act for Tito Puente. Soon after, Anthony changed his singing style from Freestyle and House to salsa and other Spanish music. Taking his inspiration from greats such as Puente, Ruben Blades, and Juan Gabriel, Marc Anthony released his first Spanish-language album in 1993. Titled Otra Nota, it included the salsa hit "Hasta queteconoci" (Until I Met You).He has never looked back; his albums and singles have been best-selling, with the exception of his two English-language albums, 1999s Marc Anthony and 2002s Mended. In his effort to crossover, it appears that Anthony may have turned away some of his core audience. In 1998, Anthony appeared with Ruben Blades in Paul Simon's stage musical, The Capeman, which ran for 68 performances. Marc Anthony has also turned his prodigious talents to the big screen, appearing in movies such as 1996s Big Night and Man on Fire, released in 2004.
Anthony has a daughter, Arianna, with his former girlfriend Debbie Rosado who was a New York City police officer. Arianna was born in 1994.Marc Anthony married former Miss Universe Dayanara Torres on May 9, 2000. Though their union was often rumored to be troubled, it produced two sons: Cristian Anthony Muniz, born February 5, 2001 and Ryan Anthony Muniz, born August 16, 2003. Less than one week after his divorce from Torres, Anthony married Jennifer Lopez on June 5, 2004. Their marriage was clandestine and little spoken-of for some time after the fact.Anthony and Lopez have dueted and performed "Escapemonos" at the 2005 Grammy Awards. Their movie, El Cantante, a biography of famed salsa singer Hector Lavoe, was released in August 2007. A year later, on February 22, 2008, the couple welcomed twins. Anthony and Lopez separated in 2011, eventually divorcing in 2012, but continued to work together on the Latin talent search show Q'Viva.
Marc Anthony is actor, record producer, singer-songwriter and television producer. A multi-talented artist, Marc Anthony has balanced an acting career with a musical career. In addition to appearing in films like The Substitute, Big Night, and Hackers, and in Broadway productions such as Paul Simon's Capeman, Anthony rose to the top level of Latino music. The biggest-selling salsa artist of all time, Anthony was included on a top ten list of influential New Yorkers compiled by New York Magazine. Instructed in music theory and composition by his father, Anthony grew up listening to Latin musicians, including Rubén Blades, Hector Lavoe, and Willie Colón, and contemporary pop recordings by Air Supply and José Feliciano. At age 12, Anthony and his sister were discovered by David Harris, a producer of demos and commercials; Anthony was hired to sing background on several productions. His songwriting skills became evident, and an early composition, "Boy, I've Been Told," became a Top 40 hip-hop hit for school friend Safire. Anthony subsequently sang background vocals on Safire's debut album. He also sang on albums by the Latin Rascals and Menudo. Teaming with producer and disc jockey Little Louie Vega, Anthony recorded his debut album, When the Night Is Over, in 1991. The Latin hip-hop-style album, which featured guest appearances by Tito Puente and Eddie Palmieri, included the single "Ride on the Rhythm," which reached the top slot on Billboard's dance music charts. On November 22, 1991, Anthony was the opening act on a show at Madison Square Garden that celebrated Puente's 100th album release. Anthony's second album, Otra Nota (produced and arranged by Sergio George), was a better representation of Anthony's salsa roots and included the original tune "Juego o Amor." Todo a Su Tiempo, released in 1995, was a continuation of Anthony's collaboration with George. With his fourth album, Contra la Corriente, Anthony began working with producer/arranger Angel "Cucco" Peña, and it won the 1999 Grammy for Best Tropical Latin Performance. A self-titled English-language album released in 1999 was an overt attempt at crossing over to the mainstream, and it did reach the Top Ten of the main Billboard album chart, with "I Need to Know" peaking at number three. While 2002's Mended was an even greater commercial success, Anthony continued to release Spanish-language albums that were closer to his roots, like 2001's Libre and 2004's Amar sin Mentiras. His profile was only raised by starring as salsa legend HéctorLavoe in 2007's El Cantante, which co-starred his wife, Jennifer Lopez. All of the Lavoe songs in the film were also sung by Anthony, and a soundtrack album to El Cantante was released featuring these versions. In 2010 he released another Latin album, Iconos, on which he covered classic pop ballads.
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If you do what you love, you'll never work a day in your life.
I think in general I've never dared compose in Spanish. First of all, it is such an intricate language.
I'm not a traditional sonero, at least not in the way they want me to be, I'm an interpreter, and I reach people in a different level.
'Livin' la Vida Loca' is not Latin music. It does not represent Latin music.
Being Puerto Rican, born and raised on the streets of New York, you go, 'Wow, you're still friends with your ex, man? Really? That's weird.' I don't play that.
These opportunities don't come around too often. It's quite an honor and a privilege to be able to sit here today saying that I'm a part-owner of an NFL team.
I just want to sing, I want to work on my music, I want to make my movies, that's all I want to do.