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Grammy winner Marc Anthony joins cast of 'Hawthorne'

by jmaloni
Tue, Mar 8th 2011 06:00 pm

Third season set to launch in June

Grammy-winning recording artist and actor Marc Anthony has joined the cast of TNT's "Hawthorne," the powerful drama series starring and executive-produced by Jada Pinkett Smith ("The Women," "The Matrix" trilogy). 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.

Anthony joins "Hawthorne" as a series regular just as Pinkett Smith's Christina Hawthorne, chief nursing officer of James River Hospital, struggles with news that she is pregnant. The two developed a strong bond last season while Renata investigated a pair of criminal cases involving the hospital. But Christina, whose on-again, off-again romance with Dr. Tom Wakefield (Michael Vartan - "Alias") has been a mess of mixed signals and bad timing, told Nick she was not ready to jump into a new relationship.

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. 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 "Valió 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 No. 1 spot on the Billboard charts for six consecutive weeks and earned Anthony 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 Héctor Lavoe in Leon Ichaso's biopic "El Cantante." He also starred opposite Salma Hayak 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.

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