Caption: Tito Puente in Calle 54 (2000)
Soundtrack, Actor, Composer
Born: April 20, 1923
Star sign: Taurus
Known for: Blow (2001), The Big Lebowski (1998), Wild Things (1998), Star Trek Into Darkness (2013)
Ernest "Tito" Anthony Puente was the eldest son of Puerto Rican parents. His mother called him "Ernestito" which means "Little Ernest", which was later shortened to "Tito". His mother saw his musical potential and enrolled him in piano classes. Eventually he attended the Juilliard School of Music from 1945-47 on the GI bill. He would write a piece...