Marc Anthony Biography

Marc Anthony, born Marco Antonio Muniz, is a multi-talented American artist known for his exceptional skills in singing, songwriting, acting, and producing. Hailing from Spanish Harlem in New York City, Anthony began his musical journey in the freestyle and underground New York house music scene. However, it was his debut Spanish album, ‘Otra Nota,’ that catapulted him to international fame. With numerous Spanish and English albums and chart-topping singles under his belt, Anthony has solidified his position as one of the most renowned tropical salsa artists of all time. His remarkable talent has earned him six Grammy nominations, with three wins for his albums ‘Contra La Corriente,’ ‘Amar Sin Mentiras,’ and ‘Opus.’ In addition to his musical achievements, Anthony has also showcased his acting prowess in notable films such as ‘Man on Fire’ and ‘In the Time of the Butterflies.’ Notably, he starred alongside Jennifer Lopez, his former spouse, in the film ‘El Cantante,’ and the couple shares two twins.

Quick Facts

  • Also Known As: Marco Antonio Muñiz Rivera
  • Age: 55 Years, 55 Year Old Males
  • Family:
    • Spouse/Ex-: Dayanara Torres, Jennifer Lopez, Nadia Ferreira
    • Father: Felipe Muñiz
    • Mother: Guillermina Muñiz
    • Siblings: Yolanda Muñiz
    • Children: Ariana Anthony, Chase Muñiz, Cristian Anthony Muñiz Anthony, Emme Marbiel Muñiz Anthony, Maximilian David Muñiz, Ryan Anthony Muñiz Anthony
  • Born Country: United States
  • Actors
  • Singers
  • Height: 5’8″ (173 cm), 5’8″ Males
  • Ancestry: Puerto Rican American
  • U.S. State: New Yorkers

Childhood & Early Life

Marc Anthony was born to Guillermina and Felipe Muniz. His father was a small-time musician and a hospital lunchroom worker while his mother was a homemaker. Anthony is of Puerto Rican descent and grew up in El Barrio, Spanish Harlem with his seven siblings. His real name is Marco Antonio Muniz; he was named after the famous Mexican singer of the same name. Anthony started singing at a very young age and realized that he needs to work on his stage presence to become famous. Frankie Cutlass, a platinum producer and songwriter also grew up in the same vicinity.

Career

Anthony started his singing career by becoming a vocalist for freestyle and Underground New York house music. He got small-time gigs for ‘Menudo’ and ‘Latin Rascals. In 1988, he came out with his album ‘Rebel’. Around the same time, he wrote and produced for Sa-Fire for his album ‘Boy I’ve Been Told.’ He also did backup singing for Ann-Marie, for her ‘With or Without You’ which was produced by Little Louie Vega and Todd Terry.

In 1990, the producers of ‘With or Without You’ offered Anthony another opportunity and he wrote lyrics and gave vocals with Chrissy I-eece for ‘You Should Know By Now’. In 1992, he provided vocals for ‘Love Change’ and ‘Here’s Your Hat’. During the same period, he came into collaboration with the producer Little Louie Vega and gave him freestyle hits like ‘Ride On The Rhythm’ and ‘When The Night Is Over’. Anthony eventually changed his style to Salsa.

In 1993, Anthony’s Spanish debut album ‘Otra Nota’ was released. He was initially reluctant to make a Spanish album and declined an offer from ‘RMM Records’ but later changed his mind. It established him as a new star in Salsa. In 1995, he came out with another Salsa album called ‘Todo asu tiempo.’ The album did very well and was declared gold in the US and Puerto Rico. He won a Billboard Award for it and was nominated for a Grammy.

Around this time, he started his acting career by doing supporting roles in movies like: ‘Hackers’, ‘Big Night’ and ‘The Substitute’. He also did an on-stage musical called ‘The Capeman’ with Puerto Rico singer Nazario. In 1999, his third album was released, ‘Contra La Coriente’. He did the TV special ‘Marc Anthony: The Concert from Madison Square Garden’ which was televised on HBO. It was the first salsa album ever on the Billboard 200 Chart.

During the same time, he left RMM and started working with producers Afanasieff, Rooney, Dan Shea, and Jerkins and released his first English album ‘Marc Anthony’. The hit single ‘You Sang To Me’ was a part of the album.

In 2001, Anthony came out with another Spanish album ‘Libre’. It included hit singles like ‘Viviendo’, ‘Celos’, etc. The album was a hit on the Billboard Top Latin Albums chart. He also acted in the movie ‘In the Time of the Butterflies’. In 2004, he released a Latin pop album, ‘Amar Sin Mentiras’ and after the release of the album he came out with the dance version of the same tracks in the album ‘Valio La Pena’. It won two Latin Grammy Awards.

Around the same time, he acted in the hit Hollywood motion picture called ‘Man on Fire’, opposite Denzel Washington. He played the role of a wealthy businessman in the movie who hires professionals to protect his little daughter.

During the late 2000s, he released a collection of his greatest hits called ‘Sigo Siendo Yo’ (2006) and ‘Iconos’ (2010) which was a tribute from his side to the greatest Latin artists like Jose Jose, Juan Gabriel, etc.

In 2007, Anthony starred in the movie called ‘El Cantante’ which was a drama on the life of the great salsa artist Hector Lavoe. His ex-wife Jennifer Lopez also acted in the movie alongside him and it was critically well-received.

In 2011, Anthony appeared in the Latin talent series ‘Q’Viva! The Chosen’ created by Simon Fuller. He judged the show alongside his ex-wife and singer Jennifer Lopez and Jamie King.

In 2013, his salsa album ‘3.0’ was released. It was declared Platinum and included the hit single ‘Vivir Mi Vida’. He went on the tour ‘Vivir Mi Vida World Tour’ and traveled across 15 countries.

In 2019, he came out with his twelfth studio album, ‘Opus.’ It proved to be a major hit and topped the charts, securing the number 1 spot on the ‘Tropical Albums’ and number 2 on the ‘Top Latin Albums.’ It also won the ‘Grammy Award’ for ‘Best Tropical Latin Album.’ In 2021, he played the role of ‘Gapo’ in the musical drama film ‘In the Heights’ directed by Jon M. Chu. While the film failed to perform at the box office, it garnered wide critical acclaim and scored a 94% approval score on Rotten Tomatoes.

Anthony released his thirteenth studio album ‘Pa’llá Voy’ in 2022. The album garnered positive reviews and won ‘Latin Grammy Award’ for ‘Best Salsa Album’ and ‘Grammy Award’ for ‘Best Tropical Latin Album.’

Award & Achievements

Anthony has won 3 ‘Grammy Awards’ for ‘Contra La Corriente’ (1999), ‘Amar Sin Mentiras’ (2005), and ‘Opus’ (2020). He also has 6 Grammy nominations which he received for ‘Todo a su tiempo’ (1996), ‘I Need to Know’ (2000), ‘You Sang to Me’ (2001), ‘Libre’ (2006), and ‘3.0’ (2014). Furthermore, he has also been a 9-time recipient of the ‘Latin Grammy Awards.’

Personal Life & Legacy

In 1994, he and his long-term girlfriend Debbie Rosado, an NYC police officer, had a daughter named Ariana. They also adopted a son named Chase Muñiz. However, the couple later got separated.

He married former Miss Universe Dayanara Torres on May 9, 2000. They got separated in early 2002 but reconciled again in December 2002. However, the marriage didn’t last long and they separated again in October 2003. The couple has two sons, Cristian Marcus Muñiz and Ryan Adrian Muñiz.

In 2004, he started dating his old friend and singer/actress Jennifer Lopez. They got married the same year. They had a secret wedding and the couple gave birth to twins, Emme and Maximillian. They got divorced after 8 years of marriage.

In 2022, he started dating fashion model, Nadia Ferreira. The couple got engaged in the same year and exchanged wedding vows in January 2023 at the Pérez Art Museum in Miami. The following month, the couple announced on Instagram that they were expecting their a child.

Trivia

Anthony and Lopez’s wedding ceremony was kept a secret, even from the guests. The guests thought that they were being invited to an ‘afternoon party’ and had no idea that they were to attend a wedding.

Anthony and Lopez sold the first photos of their twins to People magazine for 6 million US dollars.

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