Ricky Martin

Singer, Actor, Restaurateur
While most of mainstream America may have been tangentially aware of him before his star-making performance on the 1999 Grammy Awards telecast, Ricky Martin was already well-known to a large part of the world as a ... Read more »
Born: 12/24/1971 in Puerto Rico

Filmography

Actor (67)

The Latin Explosion: A New America 2015 - 2016 (TV Show)

Himself

Jimmy Kimmel Live 2015 (Tv Show)

Guest

The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon 2015 (Tv Show)

Performer

Behind the Music 1997 - 2014 (TV Show)

Actor

Dancing With the Stars 2014 (Tv Show)

Judge

General Hospital 1962 - 2014 (TV Show)

Actor

The 2014 Billboard Music Awards 2013 - 2014 (TV Show)

Performer

Glee 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

The 66th Annual Tony Awards 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Presenter

CNN Heroes: An All Star Tribute 2010 - 2011 (TV Show)

Actor

The 12th Annual A Home for the Holidays 2010 - 2011 (TV Show)

Performer

The 53rd Annual Grammy Awards 2010 - 2011 (TV Show)

Presenter

The 52nd Annual Grammy Awards 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Actor

My Night at the Grammys 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

The 2005 Radio Music Awards 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

The Victoria's Secret Fashion Show 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

World Music Awards 2005 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

100 Greatest Kid Stars 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

The 2005 MTV Video Music Awards 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

Cellular 2004 (Movie)

Adam Taylor Gordon (Actor)

Making the Video 2000 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Michael Jackson: 30th Anniversary Celebration 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

All Eye's on Destiny's Child 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

An All-Star Tribute to Brian Wilson 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Everybody Talk About... Pop Music! 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Greatest TV Moments: Sesame Street Music A-Z 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Miss Universe 2001 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Popstars 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Ricky Martin's Super Bowl Saturday Night 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Staying Alive 2 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

The 1st Annual Latin Grammy Awards 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Performer

The 2000 Billboard Music Awards 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Performer

The 2000 MTV Europe Music Awards 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Performer

The 2000 MTV Video Music Awards 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Presenter

The 2000 Radio Music Awards 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Presenter

The 2001 World Music Awards 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Performer

The 28th Annual American Music Awards 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Performer

The 7th Annual Blockbuster Entertainment Awards 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Performer

The Beatles Revolution 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

And So This Is Christmas 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Grammy Countdown 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Pavarotti & Friends 99 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Ricky Martin: Opening Night Live 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

The 1999 Billboard Music Awards 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Performer

The 1999 MTV Video Music Awards 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Performer

The 2000 World Music Awards 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Performer

The 27th Annual American Music Awards 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Presenter

The 42nd Annual Grammy Awards 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Performer

The Barbara Walters Special (03/26/00) 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

The 1999 MTV Movie Awards 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Performer

The 1999 World Music Awards 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Performer

The 41st Annual Grammy Awards 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Performer

The 5th Annual Blockbuster Entertainment Awards 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Performer

The 1996 NCLR Bravo Awards 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Performer

Latin Nights: An All-Star Celebration 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

The 11th Annual Soap Opera Awards 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Presenter

Cristina Presents: Latin Lovers of the 90's 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

Getting By 1993 - 1994 (Tv Show)

Actor

The 21st Annual Daytime Emmy Awards 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Presenter

Supermodel of the World: 1993 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor
Music (6)

August: Osage County 2013 (Movie)

("Livin' La Vida Loca (Pablo Flores English Radio Edit)") (Song Performer)

2nd Annual MTV Video Music Awards Latin America 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Performer

The 4th Annual Latin Grammy Awards 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Song Performer

Born Romantic 2001 (Movie)

("La Bomba") (Song Performer)

Grammy's Greatest Performances 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Song Performer

Target Stars on Ice 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Song Performer

Biography

While most of mainstream America may have been tangentially aware of him before his star-making performance on the 1999 Grammy Awards telecast, Ricky Martin was already well-known to a large part of the world as a member of the youthful singing group, Menudo, and later as Latin lover Miguel Morez on "General Hospital" (ABC, 1962- ). The Puerto Rican-born singer and actor was actually a showbiz veteran with some two decades of work to his credit before hitting the big time with the hits "Livin' La Vida Loca" and "La Copa de la Vida" ("Cup of Life") made him an international music superstar and the point-man for ushering in a late-1990s Latin revolution in both music and other media.

Relationships

Rebecca Alba

Companion
Reportedly had on-again, off-again relationship

Angel Fernandez

Half-Brother
Mother's son from previous marriage

Fernando Fernandez

Half-Brother
Mother's son from previous marriage

Carlos González Abella

Companion

Enrique Martin

Father
Divorced from Martin's mother c. 1974 Martin was estranged from his father from 1985-96, but they have since reconciled

Matteo Martin

Son
Born in August 2008 via a gestational surrogate mother; twin of Valentino

Valentino Martin

Son
Born in August 2008 via a gestational surrogate mother ; twin of Matteo

Daniel Martin

Half-Brother

Eric Martin

Half-Brother

Vanessa Martin

Half-Sister

Ines Misan Actor

Companion
Dated in 2000 No longer together

Nereida Morales

Mother
Divorced from Martin's father c. 1974

Milestones

2012

Returned to Broadway, playing Ché in "Evita"

2012

Guest starred as a night school Spanish teacher on "Glee" (Fox)

2011

Made musical comeback with ninth album Música + Alma + Sexo

2010

Publicly acknowledged his homosexuality in a post on his official website

2007

Received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame

2006

MTV aired "MTV Diary: Ricky Martin," showcasing scenes from the "One Night Only" tour, on the road and onstage

2006

Performed at the Winter Olympics Closing Ceremony in Turin, Italy

2005

Released the English language album Life; Martin co-wrote most songs on the album

2003

Released a new Spanish-Language album Almas del Silencio/Souls of Silence

2000

Released second English-language album Sound Loaded, which included the hit single "She Bangs"

1999

Headlined own CBS variety special "Ricky Martin: One Night Only"

1999

Signed deal with PepsiCo for sponsorship of his 1999-2000 North American tour; appeared in commercials for the beverage

1999

Released his first English language album Ricky Martin; included the prominent single "Livin' la Vida Loca"

1999

Enlivened the telecast of the Grammy Awards with live performance of "La Copa de la Vida," the official theme song of the '98 World Cup France

1998

Returned to the studio and recorded his fourth album Vuelve

1996

Made Broadway musical debut, playing the romantic lead Marius in "Les Misérables"

1994

Landed regular role as Miguel Morez on the ABC daytime drama "General Hospital"

1993

Released his second solo album Me Amarás, which sold more than a million copies worldwide

1993

Made U.S. TV debut on two episodes of the NBC sitcom "Getting By"

1993

Reprised role as Pablo for the spin-off movie version of "Alcanzar una Estrella II/To Reach a Star"

1992

Portrayed a musician/singer in the Spanish-language telenovela "Alcanzar una Estrella II/To Reach a Star"

1991

Released his first solo album, the Spanish-language Ricky Martin

1989

Left Menudo to pursue solo acting and singing career

1985

Legally changed first name from Enrique to Ricky

1984

Joined the popular teen singing group Menudo

1978

Began acting career at age six, appearing in television commercials

Spent six months in NYC looking for work

Known for such albums as "Ricky Martin" and "Sound Loaded"

Returned to Puerto Rico to finish high school

Popular songs include "Livin' La Vida Loca" and "Disparo Al Corazón".

Born and raised in Puerto Rico

Bonus Trivia

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Martin was co-owner of Casa Salsa in Miami Beach, FL.

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Martin was chosen along with Félix Trinidad in 1999, to lead Puerto Rico's worldwide tourism campaign, both exemplifying Puerto Rico's youthfulness, enthusiasm and indefatigable character.

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On his appearance on the Grammy telecast, Martin told the Daily News, May 11, 1999: "I was performing in front of the industry for the first time, and I realized they'd heard it all and seen it all. I said to myself, 'What are you going to do to catch their attention? Let's give them passion. Let's go out there and be who we are.'"

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On the pitfalls of fame, Martin told Gloria Estefan in Interview (June 1999): "Having to let go of our privacy creates some kind of block to our creative moments. We have to think about can I open myself, should I say that, shouldn't I, should I go and walk to the patio of my house, maybe they'll take a picture..."

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In March 2010, Martin admitted on his own website, after years of speculation, that he was "...proud to say that I am a fortunate homosexual man. I am very blessed to be who I am."

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