Ricky Martin (info)

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Ricky Martin
Born and raised in Puerto Rico, Ricky initiated his singing career in the Latin all boy-band group Menudo. After leaving the group, he moved to New York to study acting. After finishing his studies, he relocated to Mexico where he performed as actor in "Mama ama el Rock", "Alcanzar una Estrella II". In 1991, he began to focus his career as a soloist singer, eventually becoming an international superstar with the release of his self-titled English language album in 1996.- IMDb Mini Biography By: Mayra Caro

Ricky Martin was raised in Puerto Rico. He began his career at the age of 12, as a member of the Puerto Rican music group Menudo. During his time in the group he had the opportunity to travel and record in various languages including Italian, Portuguese, Spanish and English. He left the group in 1989 and went to study in New York. During a trip to Mexico his plans changed when he was offered a part in the musical play, "Mama ama el Rock". He went on to portray "Pablo" in the Mexican soap opera Alcanzar una estrella II (1991). He won a Heraldo, the Mexican equivalent of the Academy Award, for his role in Más que alcanzar una estrella (1992), a film loosely based on the soap. In 1991 he began his career as a soloist, with the release of his first album, "Ricky Martin". It sold over 500,000 copies worldwide, becoming one of the highest debuts for a Latin artist under the Sony label in the previous ten years. He followed with another album, "Me Amaras", a more mature compilation of personal and romantic songs which also skyrocketed to the top of the Latin charts and earned him "Best New Latin Artist" at the 1993 Billboard Video Awards. Seeking further opportunities as an actor, he moved to Los Angeles in late 1993. He appeared on two episodes of the NBC sitcom Vamos tirando(1993). In February 1994 he made his debut on the ABC daytime soap opera General Hospital (1963), as "Miguel Morez". After dedicating two years of his career to acting, Ricky has returned to his first love, music. His release "A Medio Vivir" is a compilation of songs reflecting pop, rock and Latin influences. Ricky Martin is as passionate about helping others as he is about his work. He always finds time to give to drug-addicted and abused children, as well as to educate and inform the youth of the countries he visits about AIDS. - IMDb Mini Biography By: Ricky Martin's L.A. Connection Fan Club < jfnaranj@usa.pipeline.com>

Trade Mark 
Instinctive up-arms dancing coreography on tage

Named one of "People" magazine's 50 Most Beautiful People

Had a cameo in the film El diablo metió la mano (1999), but the scene was deleted. He can still be seen in the background at the Burger Jungle car park.

Sings the Spanish version of "Go the Distance", main theme of Hércules (1997).

Opened a restaurant in Miami beach called Casa Salsa in 1999, but it has since closed.

Is a vegetarian.

His nickname among his immediate family members is Kiki.

Created the Ricky Martin Foundation which gave a million dollar worth of musical instrument to Puerto Rican public schools. The foundation is also deeply involved in helping children who are victims of child prostitution and/or pornography, especially in India but also all around the world. According to Ricky, "This is the biggest problem our society is going to face within the next ten years".

Speaks 5 languages: Spanish, English, Portuguese, French & Italian.

Lives in Miami

Is the sponsor of three children in India.

Ranked #42 on VH1's 100 Sexiest Artists.

Received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for recording on October 16, at 6901 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California.

Jon Secada, Desmond Child and Emilio Estefan Jr. have all been his music producers for his self-titled album.

His song, "The Cup of Life" was the official theme of the World Cup in France, for 1998.

Welcomed twin sons Matteo and Valentino by gestational surrogate in early August 2008.

In Australia promoting his album. [July 2003]

In Australia promoting his new album. Has just come back from Thailand where he was building houses for poor children. [October 2005]

Personal Quotes 
Ignore the ignorant.

The homosexual community wants me to be gay. The heterosexual community wants me to be straight. Every [writer] thinks, "I'm the journalist who's going to make him talk". I pray for them. I pray that they get a life and stop living mine!

[asked if he has any aspirations for adopting his own children] I don't know when, but right now I am sponsoring three children in India and we have a very beautiful connection.

[on what he would teach his children] Self-respect and to fight for what you want. I love my dad because he allowed me to do what I wanted, even though he know I wouldn't succeed in some moments. With success or failure, people grows. I wouldn't limit the life of my child, because that way you learn the importance of being realistic.

[how he takes care of himself] I eat everything, that's a problem. I don't have discipline. My favorite dish is the Caribbean. Meat, rice, lots of grains. But I do like to do exercises. Lately, I've been having capoeira classes and lots of cardiovascular exercises, such as jogging and cycling.

Buddha's teaching are very simple, you don't have to break your head to understand the message. The part that I like the most from Buddha's teachings and from His Holiness, The Dalai Lama, is that the most powerful weapon is to not attack, to be able to have self-control.

I don't want to dream anymore, I want my life to be real!

[on Michael Jackson's death] I am very sad. No one will be able to replace him. But I know that the light that he emanated from the stage will live on with all of us who saw him for what he was and always will be - a great teacher, pure musical inspiration.

[3/29/l0, on his official website] Hoy ACEPTO MI HOMOSEXUALIDAD como un regalo que me da la vida. ¡Me siento bendecido de ser quien soy! (I am proud to say that I am a fortunate homosexual man. I am very blessed to be who I am.)

[from an open Father's Day letter to Matteo and Valentino, 2015] Above all, my beautiful sons, your love gave me the strength to live an honest life. Don't ever let anyone or anything make you feel like you can't be your true self.