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Latino Daily News

Monday March 7, 2011

Marc Anthony Joins Cast of TNT’s Hawthorne with Jada Pinkett Smith

Grammy-winning recording artist and actor Marc Anthony has joined the cast of TNT’s HAWTHORNE, the drama series starring and executive-produced by Jada Pinkett Smith. Anthony will reprise the newly expanded role of Police Detective Nick Renata, the character he introduced as a guest star in two episodes last season. HAWTHORNE is scheduled to return for its third season this June.

As a recording artist, Anthony has sold more than 12 million albums worldwide, making him the top-selling salsa artist of all time. He has been awarded numerous gold and platinum record certifications from the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). His Grammy accolades began with a 1998 Grammy for Best Tropical Latin Performance for “Contra La Corriente,” followed with a 1999 Latin Grammy for Song of the Year for “Dimelo.” In 2004 he earned a Grammy for Best Latin Pop Album for Amar Sin Mentiras and a Latin Grammy for Best Salsa Album for Valio la Pena. He won his third Latin Grammy for the 2008 album El Cantante.

Last summer, the Miami Dolphins minority owner released his latest album, Iconos, an all-Spanish ballad collection produced with Julio Reyes. The platinum album held the #1 spot on the Billboard charts for six consecutive weeks and earned him his 12th Latin Grammy nomination.

Anthony’s acting career includes roles in Martin Scorsese’s Bringing Out the Dead and Tony Scott’s Man on Fire. Starring opposite wife Jennifer Lopez, Anthony played Puerto Rican salsa pioneer Hector Lavoe in Leon Ichaso’s biopic El Cantante. He also starred opposite Salma Hayek in the television film In the Time of the Butterflies. In 1997, Anthony made his Broadway debut in Paul Simon’s musical The Capeman.

HAWTHORNE premiered on TNT in summer 2009. Last summer, the second season averaged 3.7 million viewers and ranked as one of cable’s top scripted series among women.