Marc Anthony was born in 1968 as Marco Antonio Muniz. He is an American singer, songwriter, actor, recording executive, and television producer. Besides his numerous achievements in his career, he is also known to be a philanthropist.
During his long career, Marc Anthony has taken home two Grammy Awards. Besides this, he has earned over six Latin Grammy Awards.
There is so much to love about Marc Anthony. Worldwide, he has sold over 12 million albums. He is best known for his Latin ballads. He is a hard-working person, and it shouldn’t surprise you to know that he is a Guinness World Record holder as well.
Marc Anthony was born in New York City on 16th September 1968. He was named after a popular Mexican artist called Marco Antonio Muniz. Marc got his love for music from his father, Felipe. Marc’s mother, Guillermina, was a housewife whereas his father ran the hospital cafeteria. Felipe was also a musician; he was a professional guitarist. Marc Anthony had a full house with seven siblings, of whom he was the youngest.
Growing up, Marc Anthony received his first music lessons from his father, Felipe. Being Puerto Rican, he chose to teach Marc in both Spanish and English. From a very early stage, Marc was exposed to different genres of music. He grew up listening to rock music, music by rhythm and blues, Jose Feliciano, Air supply, and Hector Lavoe.
Relationships & Breakups
Anthony was romantically involved with Debbie Rosado for some time around the 90s’. They also had a daughter together in 1994. Soon after they choose to adopt a son and complete their family, but soon they fell apart. In 1996, Marc started seeing Claudette Lali. They even got engaged, but things didn’t go anywhere. 1998 saw the end of this couple.
Soon after he separated from Claudette Lali, he got engaged to Miss Universe Dayanara Torres. They tied to knot in 2000. Shortly after the marriage, Dayanara was blessed with two healthy boys. But disaster struck this couple too. They divorced at the beginning of 2004.
Post-divorce, he got involved with Jennifer Lopez, with whom he had twins- Emme and Maximillian. Three years after the birth of the twins, this couple decided to divorce each other. Their divorce was finalized in 2014. In November 2014, Marc Anthony and Shannon de Lima tied the knot. By 2017, their divorce was finalized, and they were on different paths.
Inches & Pounds
51-year-old Marc Anthony has a height of 5 feet 8 inches and weighs around 64kg.
Marc Anthony started his career as a session vocalist for freestyle music. Soon he was working as a songwriter and backing vocalist for Menudo and the Latin Rascals. This gave him in-depth knowledge regarding the music industry.
Soon his career took off, and he was selling records like crazy. In the early 1990s, he was the artist who sold most salsa records in the world. By the end of 1990, he was a well-known salsa artist. People loved Marc Anthony’s work because it was very different from the works of other salsa artists. At the core of Marc Anthony’s music was the authentic salsa music he grew up listening to. His work was heavily influenced by the praiseworthy works of ‘Rhythm and Blues’ and ‘House’.
His debut album ‘Rebel’ came out in 1988. In the same year, he also wrote and produced ‘Boy I’ve Been Told’ which was later performed by freestyle artist Sa-Fire. He went on to work for Ann-Marie soon after. He also wrote ‘You should know by now’ for Chrissy I-eece, in collaboration with Little Louie Vega and Todd Terry. This followed incredible hits like ‘Ride on the Rhythm’ and the ‘When the Night is Over’.
Marc Anthony wanted to do something in the field of music, but he was not particularly inclined towards salsa music. When he offered the opportunity to become a salsa musician, he initially declined. Soon he changed his mind and accepted the offer by Ralph Mercado- the president of RMM Records.
Marc Anthony’s Spanish debut came out in 1993- ‘Otra Nota’. His work shows hints of inspiration from artists like Tito Puente, Hector Lavoie, Ruben Blades, and Juan Gabriel. Soon after his debut album, he went on an American tour which not only promoted his album but also established him as the new face of salsa music.
In 1995, his next album ‘Todo a su tiempo’ came out. It was a massive hit- selling over 800,000 copies in America itself. This album was established as a gold record in the United States of America and Puerto Rico.
Marc Anthony has made significant contributions to the field of acting as well. Some of her initial performances include movies like ‘hackers’, ‘Big Night’, and ‘the Substitute’. His most important theatre performance includes ‘The Capeman’. ‘Bringing Out the Dead’, ‘In the Times of Butterflies’ and ‘ Man on Fire’ are some of his other movies.
As mentioned earlier, Marc Anthony is a prominent philanthropic figure. In 2012, he started a foundation called Maestro Cares. Through this organization, Marc Anthony aims to establish orphanages and youth centers to give the younger generation a better start at life.
Hard Work Pays
It is estimated that Marc Anthony has assets worth over 80 million USD. Marc Anthony is a career-oriented person. He is smart and passionate about music, which is why he is constantly on music tours- both inside and outside America. It is believed that most of his income comes from these tours. Not only in America but in countries like Puerto Rico, Colombia, and Argentina.
His music albums ‘Todo a su tiempo’ sold over one million copies worldwide. By 1999, Marc was one of the most recognized salsa artists. His music earned the eight position in the Billboard Magazine. Marc Anthony rose to this position because of his hard work. His true passion is music and is evident in his work.