- Has sold more than 60 million albums worldwide as a solo artist.
- Began acting in TV commercials at age 6.
- Joined the popular Puerto Rican boy group Menudo in 1984; he left the band in 1989.
- Joined the cast of the Mexican telenovela Alcanzar una estrella II in 1991.
- Received the Premio El Heraldo for his work in Mas que alcanzar una estrella, a 1992 movie spin-off of the Alcanzar una estrella II series.
- Made his Broadway debut in the musical Les Misérables in 1996.
- Originated the role of Che in the 2012 Broadway revival of Evita.
- Established the Ricky Martin Foundation to help with charitable causes.
- Campaigns against human trafficking.