I Need to Know
The biggest-selling salsa artist of all time, singer and actor Marc Anthony made a name for himself as one of the contemporary Salsa superstars in Latin America by taking home such awards as two Billboard Awards, a Diplo Award (Puerto Rico) and a Grammy Award, before crossing over with his triple platinum self-titled English-language debut album in the late 90’s. The album spawned the mega hit, “I Need to Know,” which became one of the US Top 5. Additionally, the acclaimed track handed him a Latin Grammy Award for Song of the Year, as well as a Record of The Year nomination. He also earned several Grammy nominations in the categories of Best Male Pop Performance By a Duo or Group With Vocals, Best Music Video for ” No Me Ames” (duet with his wife Jennifer Lopez) and Best Tropical Song for “Da La Vuelta.” More recent, Anthony won an ASCAP Award for “You Sang to Me,” a 2002 ALMA Award for his outstanding performance at Christmas in Rockefeller Center, and picked up a 2005 Grammy Award for his amazing album Amar Sin Mentiras.
Aside from being a solo artist, Anthony also established himself as a duet star due to his impressive collaboration with Tina Arena for “I Want to Spend My Lifetime Loving You,” a soundtrack from The Mask of Zorro, for which he won an ALMA in 1999.
“It’s so challenging, so challenging. It’s great to be allowed to be someone else without being called a schizophrenic. That’s cool, you know. I mean that is really cool.” Marc Anthony on acting
As for being an accomplished actor, Marc Anthony has added several films under his belt after kicking off his screen career with the musical comedy East Side Story (1988). His film credits include the acclaimed drama Carlito's Way (1993), Natural Causes (1994), Hackers (1995), Big Night (1996), The Substitute (1996), Martin Scorsese's Bringing Out the Dead (1999), the romantic drama In the Time of Butterflies (2001, TV) and the Denzel Washington vehicle Man on Fire (2004). In 2006, Anthony will also add Who Killed Hector Lavoe to his resume.
Off screen, People magazine’s “Sexiest Salsa Singer” (2001) Marc Anthony and his wife, Jennifer Lopez, reportedly donated a large sum of money to Children's Health Fund's Operation Assist with the purpose of helping the young Katrina's victims. The couple also used their celebrity status to urge fans to do the same. As for his private life, Anthony has been married twice. He tied the knot with first wife, ex-Puerto Rican Miss Universe Dayanara Torres Delgado, on 2000, but they divorced in 2004. With Delgado, he has two sons, Christian Anthony Muniz (born in 2001) and Ryan Anthony Muniz (born in 2003). A few days after the divorce, Anthony married superstar Jennifer Lopez on June 5, 2004. Initially, he was linked with Kim Vilanueva, model Noemie and actress Mira Sorvino. He also dated a policewoman named Debbie Rosado, with whom Anthony shares a daughter named Arianna Muniz (born in 1994).
Childhood and Family:
Son to Puerto Rican parents, Marco Antonio Muniz, who would later be famous as Marc Anthony, was born on September 16, 1968, in New York, New York, but raised in Manhattan's East Harlem. His early attention on music was inherited from his musician father with whom young Marc frequently performed with in front of friends and family. As a child, he was also surrounded by performances by Latin musicians Willie Colón, Rubén Blades, Hector Lavoe, as well as contemporary pop recordings by Air Supply and José Feliciano. By the age of 12, the youngest child of seven siblings to Felipe Muniz and Guillermina Muniz, was spotted by producer of demos and commercials Davis Harris and began his singing career as a background vocalist. Marc later added acting to his endeavors.
On May 9, 2000, Marc Anthony, whose nickname is Skinny, tied the knot with Puerto Rican beauty Dayanara Torres Delgado after a seven-month engagement. The couple welcomed their first son, Christian Anthony Muniz, on February 5, 2001, but they separated in July in the following year. Five months after the split, they were back together and Delgado gave birth to their second son, Ryan Anthony Muniz, on August 16, 2003. On June 1, 2004, however, the two announced their divorce. Four days after his divorce was finalized, Marc married actress/singer Jennifer Lopez in a secret wedding on June 5, 2004. Before their wedding, Anthony and Lopez had been work together for a song titled” No Me Ames.”
“That was fantastic. I fell in love with her, fell in love with her, and absolutely fell in love with her.” Marc Anthony on shooting a video with Jennifer Lopez
Who Killed Hector Lavoe?
Used to singing for family and friends and performing in an after school program during his early years, 12-year-old Marc Anthony got his first start as a background singer after being discovered by producer David Harris. He went on to sing backup for artists like the Ricky Martin-era Menudo, the Latin Rascal, and Safire. He also began displaying his song writing crafts by panning the Top 40 dance hit “Boy, I’ve Been Told” for Safire.
At age 20, Anthony tried his hand in acting and landed a supporting part in the 1988 musical comedy East Side Story. His film career did not deter him away from music. This was proved by the release of his first album, When the Night Is Over, two years after his acting debut. Working with producer and disc jockey Little Louie Vega, his Latin hip-hop-style album scored a No. 1 dance hit titled “Ride on the Rhythm,” collaboration tracks with Tito Puente and Eddie Palmieri. The success opened up the door to further enter the musical industry and an offer arrived to be the opening act on a show celebrating Puente's 100th album release at Madison Square Garden arrived in November 1991.
Inspired by Juan Gabriel’s “Hasta Que Te Conoci,” Anthony was back in the studio in 1993 to record this track as his first Spanish-language single on his second album, “Otra Notra.” Produced and arranged by Sergio George, the album displayed a better depiction of Anthony's salsa roots. A scorching performance at the Radio Y Musica Latin music convention, combined with an appearance on the international TV program “Carnival Internacional,” led to bookings around the world. Additionally, a duet song with singer La India, “Vivir Lo Nuestro,” became a hit and brought the singer his first taste of mainstream success. In 1994, his brilliant work in the album handed him a Billboard Latin Music for Best New Artist of the Year and a Diplo (Puerto Rico). Anthony was then launched as one of the hottest new stars in salsa after his booming tours throughout the Americas as the opening slot for the Blades.
The same year Anthony worked in the recording studio on his sophomore album, he was also seen acting as a performer in director Brian De Palma's acclaimed 1993 crime drama Carlito's Way. He was next featured as a Marine Guard in the drama Natural Causes (1994, starring Janis Paige and Ken Wisan) and landed the small part of Agent Ray in director Iain Softley’s Hackers (1995). The thriller film starred Angelina Jolie, Jonny Lee Miller and Jesse Bradford.
Balancing his film and music career, Anthony launched his Grammy-nominated album titled Todo A Su Tiempo in 1995. Also in 1995, he netted a second Billboard for Song of the Year for his bright effort on “Te Conozco Bien.” In the following year, Anthony appeared on two films. First his first major role arrived with Stanley Tucci's Big Night. Portraying restaurant's busboy Cristiano, Anthony shared top billing with Tony Shalhoub and Stanley Tucci. He was then cast in the small role of a high school gang banger in the Robert Mandel-helmed film The Substitute (1996).
In 1997, Anthony continued to pursue his singing career by teaming up with producer/arranger Angel “Cucco” Peña to produce Contra la Corriente. To promote this album, Anthony embarked on a solo-concert at NYC’s Madison Square Garden. Anthony gained even more recognition when he nabbed a first Grammy for Best Tropical Latin Performance in 1999.
On the other hand, Marc made a wrong decision by accepting the offer to star as the title character in Paul Simon's Broadway musical “The Capeman” (1997-1998), a production based on a real life 1950s NYC murder case. The play was considered a bomb and closed after 68 regular performances.
Bouncing back from that disappointment, Anthony worked with Aussie singer Tina Arena to record the love theme song for the motion picture The Mark of Zorro, “I Want to Spend my Lifetime Loving You.” Their bravura collaboration garnered a 1999 ALMA for: Outstanding Performance of a Song for a Feature Film. He scored another success with the release of an English-language debut, Marc Anthony, in 1999. Working with leading producers like Walter Afanasieff and Rodney Jerkins, the self-titled album spawned the monster hit “I Need to Know',” which reached the US Top 5. Moreover, the song won Anthony a Latin Grammy for Song of The Year, as well as countless nominations at the Latin Grammys, including Record Of The Year for “I Need To Know,” Best Male Pop Performance By a Duo or Group With Vocals for “No Me Ames” (duet with Jennifer Lopez), Best Tropical Song for “Da La Vuelta” and Best Music Video for the “No Me Ames” video. By May 15, 2000, Marc Anthony received double platinum certification and then went triple platinum.
Vanishing from film for three years, Anthony made his return to the big screen in 1999. After starring alongside Lucecita Benítez and Elvis Crespo in the Spanish-language musical film Con la música por dentro (1999), the actor gave an impressive portrayal of itinerant Noel, who stays alive after being shot in the head, in Martin Scorsese's Bringing Out the Dead (1999). In 2000, Anthony was seen as college professor Lio in the television movie In the Time of the Butterflies (2001).
Meanwhile, his musical career was still going strong with such albums as Libre (2001) and Mended (2002). In 2001, he was honored with an ASCAP for Most Performed Songs from Motion Pictures for the 1999 Runaway Bride, “You Sang To Me.” The following year, he took home an ALMA for Outstanding Performance in a Musical, Variety or Comedy Special for Christmas in Rockefeller Center (2001).
Recently, Anthony picked up a 2005 Grammy for Best Latin Pop Album due to his spectacular project Amar Sin Mentiras (2005). In August 2005, Anthony, Alejandro Fernandez and Chayanne started their 15-city U.S. tour.
After a costarring role opposite Denzel Washington and Dakota Fanning in Tony Scott’s action Man of Fire (2004), the Latino singer is set to star with his actress wife, Jennifer Lopez, in the forthcoming movie Who Killed Hector Lavoe? In writer/director Leon Ichaso’s drama, Anthony will play the title character of Hector Lavoe, who brought salsa music to the US in 1975, while Lopez will portray his onscreen wife.
- Grammy: Best Latin Pop Album, Amar Sin Mentiras, 2005
- ALMA: Outstanding Performance in a Music, Variety or Comedy Special, Christmas in Rockefeller Center, 2002
- ASCAP: Most Performed Songs from Motion Pictures for Runaway Bride, “You Sang To Me,” 2001
- Latin Grammy: Song Of The Year, “Dimelo” (I Need To Know), 2000
- ALMA: Outstanding Performance of a Song for a Feature Film for The Mask of Zorro (shared with Tina Arena), “I Want To Spend My Lifetime Loving You,” 1999
- Grammy: Best Tropical Latin Performance, Contra La Corriente, 1999
- Billboard: Song of the Year, “Te Conozco Bien,” 1995
- Diplo Award (Puerto Rico): 1994
- Billboard: Best New Artist of the Year, 1994