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Alexander Rae "Alec" Baldwin III (born April 3, 1958) is an American film and television actor. An actor comfortable in both lead and supporting roles, he has appeared in numerous Hollywood films including Beetlejuice and The Hunt for Red October in addition to the Martin Scorsese films The Aviator and The Departed.

He was nominated for the Academy Award, Golden Globe, and Screen Actors Guild Award for his performance in the 2003 film, The Cooler. Currently, he appears as Jack Donaghy on the NBC sitcom 30 Rock, a role for which he has won two Emmy Awards, two Golden Globe Awards, and three Screen Actors Guild Awards.

Baldwin has hosted Saturday Night Live 14 times and is the oldest of the Baldwin brothers, a family which has been active in film and television for the last two decades.

Early life

Baldwin was born in Amityvillemarker, New York, the son of Carolyn Newcomb (née Martineau) and Alexander Rae Baldwin, Jr., a high school history/social studies teacher and American football coach. Baldwin was raised in a Catholic family of Irish, English and French descent. He attended Alfred G. Berner High School in Massapequa, Long Island, and played football there under Coach Bob Reifsnyder, who is in the College Football Hall of Famemarker. Baldwin worked as a busboy at the famous New York City disco Studio 54marker. He attended George Washington Universitymarker from 1976 to 1979. He then transferred to New York Universitymarker to study acting at the Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute under Elaine Aiken and Geoffrey Horne. He returned to NYU in 1994 and graduated with a BFA that year.

The other Baldwin brothers, Daniel (Homicide: Life on the Street), William (Backdraft), and Stephen (The Usual Suspects) all followed him into the acting profession.

Career

Stage

Baldwin made his Broadwaymarker debut in 1986, in a revival of Joe Orton's Loot alongside theatre veterans Zoe Wanamaker, Željko Ivanek, Joseph Maher and Charles Keating. This production closed after three months.

His other Broadway credits include Caryl Churchill's Serious Money with Kate Nelligan and a highly acclaimed revival of Tennessee Williams' A Streetcar Named Desire; his performance as Stanley Kowalski garnered him a Tony Award nomination for Best Actor. This production also featured Jessica Lange, Amy Madigan, Timothy Carhart, James Gandolfini, and Aida Turturro. Baldwin would receive an Emmy nomination for the television version of the production, in which both he and Lange reprise their roles. That version featured John Goodman and Diane Lane.

In 1998, Baldwin played the title role in Macbeth at the Public theater alongside Angela Bassett and Liev Schreiber. The production was directed by George C. Wolfe. In 2004, Baldwin starred in a revival of Twentieth Century with Anne Heche.

On June 9, 2005, he appeared in a concert version of the Rogers and Hammerstein musical South Pacific at Carnegie Hallmarker. He starred as Luther Billis, alongside Reba McEntire as Nellie and Brian Stokes Mitchell as Emile. The production was taped and telecast by PBS on April 26, 2006. In 2006, Baldwin made theater news in Roundabout Theatre Company's Off-Broadway revival of Joe Orton's Entertaining Mr. Sloane.

Film and television

Baldwin's first major role was as Billy Aldrich on the daytime soap opera The Doctors from 1980 to 1982. In the fall of 1983 he starred in the short lived television series Cutter to Houston. He then shot to stardom co-starring in the television series Knots Landing from 1984 to 1986.

In 1986, Baldwin starred in Dress Gray, a four-hour made-for-television miniseries, as an honest cadet sergeant who tries to solve the mystery of a murdered classmate. The film was adapted by Gore Vidal from the novel by Lucian K. Truscott IV.

Baldwin made his theatrical film debut with a minor role in the 1988 film She's Having a Baby. Also in 1988, he appeared in Beetlejuice and Working Girl. Fresh from those hits, his film career was firmly established with his role as Jack Ryan in The Hunt for Red October (1990).

Baldwin met his future wife Kim Basinger when they played lovers in the 1991 film The Marrying Man. He appeared with Basinger again in The Getaway, a 1994 remake of the 1972 Steve McQueen film of the same name.

In a brief but memorable role, Baldwin played a ferocious sales executive in 1992's Glengarry Glen Ross, a part added to the film version of David Mamet's Pulitzer Prize-winning stage play. He then starred in 1992's Prelude to a Kiss with Meg Ryan, which was based on the Broadwaymarker play. The film received a lukewarm reception by critics and grossed only $22 million worldwide.

In 1994, Baldwin made a foray into pulp fiction-based movies with the role of the title character in The Shadow. The film made $48 million but was considered a commercial failure due to the high expectations that it would be a blockbuster. Baldwin played in several thrillers including The Edge (with Anthony Hopkins), The Juror (with Demi Moore) and Heaven's Prisoners (with Teri Hatcher).

Between the years of 1998 and 2002, Baldwin was the U.S. narrator for the children's show Thomas and Friends, narrating all 52 episodes of seasons 5 and 6.

Baldwin appeared in a celebrity edition of Who Wants To Be A Millionaire in November 2000, competing against Jon Stewart, Charlie Sheen, Vivica A. Fox and Norm Macdonald. He won $250,000 for PAWS, and used Kim Basinger as one of his "phone-a-friend" partners.

Baldwin then shifted towards character acting, including his Academy Award-nominated performance in 2003's gambling drama The Cooler, and in the Martin Scorsese films The Aviator and The Departed.

Baldwin is also a voice actor, working in the films The Royal Tenenbaums, Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within and Thomas the Tank Engine and Friends. Baldwin has hosted Saturday Night Live 14 times as of February 2009, including a 1998 episode with Kim Basinger.

Baldwin wrote an episode of Law & Order entitled "Tabloid", which aired in 1998. He played the role of Dr. Barrett Moore, a retired plastic surgeon, in the series Nip/Tuck. In 2001, Baldwin directed and starred in an all-star version of The Devil and Daniel Webster with Anthony Hopkins, Jennifer Love Hewitt and Dan Aykroyd. The then-unreleased film became an asset in a federal bank fraud trial when investor Jed Barron was convicted of bank fraud while the movie was in production. The film eventually was acquired by The Yari Group without Baldwin's involvement. In 2007, the Yari Film Group announced it would give the film, now titled Shortcut to Happiness a theatrical release in the spring and cable film network Starz! announced they had acquired pay TV rights for the film.

In 2002, Baldwin appeared on two episodes of Friends as Phoebe Buffay's overly enthusiastic love interest, Parker. In the episode entitled "The One in Massapequa," Parker, seemingly clueless and curious about its history, comments that Massapequa sounds like a "magical place". In reality, Baldwin was raised in Massapequa and went to high school there. Baldwin appeared in a number of episodes in season 7 and 8 of Will & Grace. He played Malcolm - a 'top secret agent' and the lover of Karen Walker (Megan Mullally). He also appeared in the first live episode of the series.

In 2006, he starred in the film Mini's First Time, alongside Nikki Reed and Luke Wilson. Baldwin performed opposite Sarah Michelle Gellar in the 2007 romantic comedy, Suburban Girl.

Baldwin stars in the Emmy Award-winning NBC sitcom 30 Rock, which first aired in October 2006. Baldwin had met series creator Tina Fey and one of his co-stars, Tracy Morgan, during several tapings of Saturday Night Live. He received numerous honors for his work as TV exec Jack Donaghy, including two Emmy Awards, two Golden Globe awards and two Screen Actors Guild Awards. He was again nominated for the Emmy for Best Actor in a Television Comedy or Musical in 2007, for the role but lost to Ricky Gervais. He received his second Emmy nomination for his role as Jack Donaghy in 2008, marking his seventh Primetime Emmy nomination and went on to win the award as Best Actor in a comedy series. He won again in 2009. Since season 3, Baldwin has been credited as producer of the show.

On July 7, 2007, Baldwin presented at the American leg of Live Earth. He recorded two nationally distributed public service radio announcements on behalf of the Save the Manatee Club.

Baldwin joined TCM’s The Essentials Robert Osborne as co-host beginning in March 2009.

Baldwin is slated to co-host the 82nd Academy Awards with Steve Martin on March 7, 2010.

Personal life

In 1990, he met his former wife, actress Kim Basinger, when they played lovers in the film The Marrying Man. They married in 1993. Basinger and Baldwin have a daughter, Ireland Eliesse "Addie" Baldwin (born October 23, 1995). They filed for divorce in January 2001; it was finalized in February 2002. Since then, the couple has been locked in a contentious public custody battle.

A Promise to Ourselves

In 2008 Alec Baldwin and Mark Tabb published A Promise to Ourselves, which chronicles his seven-year battle to remain a part of his daughter's life.

Baldwin contends that after their separation in December 2000, his former wife, Kim Basinger, endeavored to deny him access to his daughter by refusing to discuss parenting, blocking visitation, not providing telephone access, not following court orders, not dropping their daughter off for reasons of it being inconvenient, and directly lobbying the child. He contends she spent over $1.5 million in the effort.

Baldwin called this parental alienation syndrome. Baldwin has called the attorneys in the case "opportunists" and has characterized Basinger's psychologists as part of the "divorce industry". He has faulted them more than Basinger, and writes, "In fact, I blame my ex-wife least of all for what has transpired. She is a person, like many of us, doing the best she can with what she has. She is a litigant, and therefore, one who walks into a courtroom and is never offered anything other than what is served there. Nothing off the menu, ever."

Baldwin wrote that he has spent over a million dollars, has had to put time aside from his career, has had to travel extensively, and needed to find a house in Californiamarker (he lived in New York), so he could stay in his daughter's life. Baldwin contended that after seven years of these issues, he hit a breaking point, and left an angry voicemail message in response to another unanswered arranged call. He contends that the tape was sold to TMZ, which released the recording despite laws against publishing media related to a minor without the permission of both parents. Baldwin admitted he made a mistake, but asked not to be judged as a parent based on a bad moment. He later admitted to Playboy in June 2009 that he contemplated suicide over the voice mail that leaked to the public. Of the incident, he said "I spoke to a lot of professionals, who helped me. If I committed suicide, [ex-wife Kim Basinger's side] would have considered that a victory. Destroying me was their avowed goal."

During the autumn of 2008, Baldwin toured in support of the book, speaking about his experiences related in it.

Politics

Baldwin serves on the board of People for the American Way. Baldwin is an animal rights activist. He is a strong supporter of PETA and has done work for the organization including narrating the video entitled Meet your Meat.

When interviewed by the New York Times, Baldwin was asked what public office he would consider running for, he replied:"If I ever ran for anything, the thing I would like to be is governor of New York." When asked if he was qualified, Baldwin answered: "That's what I hate about Arnold Schwarzenegger. His only credentials are that he ran a fitness program under some bygone president...I'm de Tocqueville compared to Schwarzenegger."

Baldwin and commentator Bill O'Reilly have been in a number of conflicts. Despite their political differences, however, Baldwin stated on his blog after an interview with O'Reilly that he "was aggressive, but was a gentleman throughout," and also called O'Reilly a "talented broadcaster." Baldwin, however, also referred to O'Reilly's employer, Fox News Channel, in the same blog post as "Roger Ailes' Luftwaffe/Looney Bin news operation."

During his appearance on the comedy late night show Late Night with Conan O'Brien on December 12, 1998, eight days before President Bill Clinton was to be impeached, Baldwin said "if we were in another country... we would stone Henry Hyde to death and we would go to their homes and kill their wives and their children. We would kill their families, for what they're doing to this country." Baldwin apologized, and the network explained it was meant as a joke and promised not to rerun it.

In 2002, blogger Matt Drudge threatened to sue Baldwin for his appearance on the Howard Stern show, during which Baldwin claimed that Drudge had propositioned him in the hallway at ABC studios in Los Angeles when he was doing the Gloria Allred show. No other action was taken by Drudge. In March 2008, Baldwin repeated the story to the LGBT magazine, The Advocate, saying that there was "a kind of creepy quality" to Drudge's sexual advances, and that he was surprised Drudge was so "uptight about being gay."

In a February 2006 editorial column written for his blog on the Huffington Post, Baldwin provided a searing criticism of Dick Cheney, saying that he was involved in former Governor of California Gray Davis being recalled, that Cheney had instigated the outing of Valerie Plame as a CIA agent, and that Cheney had shot Harry Whittington. Baldwin wrote "The rumor I heard is that someone yelled, "Look out! Shooter!" and Cheney thought he said Scooter and fired in that general direction." He concluded that Cheney is a terrorist and Whittington should sue. "Cheney... terrorizes our enemies abroad and innocent citizens here at home indiscriminately. Who ever thought Harry Whittington would be the answer to America's prayers?" When asked if he had gone too far, Baldwin replied that Cheney was not a terrorist, but rather just "a lying, thieving Oil Whore. Or, a murderer of the US Constitution..."

In another editorial, Baldwin compared the consequences of George W. Bush's controversial victory in the 2000 election to the damage done by the September 11, 2001 attacks. While bringing up such things as the Bush administration's warrantless wiretapping program, he noted, "I know that's a harsh thing to say, perhaps, but I believe that what happened in 2000 did as much damage to the pillars of democracy as terrorists did to the pillars of commerce in New York City."

In February 2009, Baldwin spoke out to encourage state leaders to renew New York's tax break for the film and television industry, stating that if the "...tax breaks are not reinstated into the budget, film production in this town is going to collapse and television production is going to collapse and it's all going to go to Californiamarker." The conservative American Spectator endorsed Baldwin's statement, noting that the tax revenue brought in from the industry presence in New York outweighs the amount of the tax breaks offered.

On a May 12 Late Show with David Letterman appearance in 2009, Baldwin made a joke about getting a "Filipino mail-order bride...or a Russian one" in order to have more children. Baldwin was targeted by members of the Filipino community who were offended, including Senator Ramon "Bong" Revilla, Jr. of the Philippinesmarker. Baldwin later apologized for the remark via his Huffington Post blog; the Philippines' Department of Foreign Affairs has not lifted the ban on the actor from entering the country due to his status as an "undesirable alien".

Filmography

Year Film Role Notes
1986 Dress Gray Rysam 'Ry' Slaight TV miniseries
1987 Forever, Lulu Buck
1988 She's Having a Baby Davis McDonald
Beetlejuice Adam Maitland
Married to the Mob Frank de Marco
Working Girl Mick Dugan
Talk Radio Dan
1989 Great Balls of Fire! Jimmy Swaggart
Tong Tana Narrator Documentary
1990 The Hunt for Red October Jack Ryan
Miami Blues Frederick J. Frenger Jr.
Alice Ed
1991 The Marrying Man Charley Pearl
1992 Prelude to a Kiss Peter Hoskins
Glengarry Glen Ross Blake
1993 Malice Dr. Jed Hill
1994 The Getaway Carter 'Doc' McCoy
The Shadow Lamont Cranston/The Shadow
1995 Two Bits Narrator
1996 Wild Bill: Hollywood Maverick Narrator Documentary
The Juror Teacher
Heaven's Prisoners Dave Robicheaux
Looking for Richard Documentary
Ghosts of Mississippi Bobby DeLaughter
1997 The Edge Robert Green
1998 Thick as Thieves Mackin, The Thief
Mercury Rising Lt. Col. Nicholas Kudrow
1999 The Confession Roy Bleakie
Notting Hill Jeff King
Outside Providence Old Man Dunphy
"Scout's Honor" Todd Fitter Short film
2000 The Acting Class Himself
Thomas and the Magic Railroad Mr. Conductor
State and Main Bob Barrenger
Clerks: The Animated Series Leonardo Leonardo
2001 Pearl Harbor Lt. Col. James Doolittle
Cats & Dogs Butch Voice
Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within Capt. Gray Edwards Voice
The Royal Tenenbaums Narrator Voice
2002 The Adventures of Pluto Nash M.Z.M.
2003 The Cooler Shelly Kaplow
Broadway: The Golden Age, by the Legends Who Were There
The Cat in the Hat Lawrence "Larry" Quinn
Walking with Cavemen Narrator Documentary
"Brighter Days" Himself Short film
Channel Chasers 30-year-old Timmy Turner Voice
2004 Along Came Polly Stan Indursky
Double Dare Documentary
The Last Shot Joe Devine
The Aviator Juan Trippe
The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie Dennis (Plankton's hired hitman) Voice
2005 Elizabethtown Phil DeVoss
Fun with Dick and Jane Jack McCallister
2006 Mini's First Time Martin
The Departed Capt. George Ellerby
Running with Scissors Norman Burroughs
The Good Shepherd Sam Murach
2007 Suburban Girl Archie Knox
Brooklyn Rules Caesar Manganaro
Shortcut to Happiness Jabez Stone
2008 My Best Friend's Girl Professor Turner
Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa Makunga Voice
Lymelife Mickey Bartlett
2009 My Sister's Keeper Campbell Alexander
It's Complicated Jake awaiting release


Awards

Year Award Category Title
1985 Soap Opera Digest Awards Outstanding New Actor in a Prime Time Serial Knots Landing
1992 Valladolid International Film Festivalmarker Best Actor Glengarry Glen Ross (Shared with cast)
2000 Cinequest San Jose Film Festival Maverick Tribute Award
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2000 National Board of Review of Motion Pictures Best Acting by an Ensemble State and Main (Shared with cast)
2003 Best Supporting Actor The Cooler
2006 Best Ensemble The Departed (Shared with cast)
2001 Gemini Award Best Dramatic Mini-Series Nuremberg
Florida Film Critics Circle Awards Best Ensemble Cast State and Main (Shared with cast)
Online Film Critics Society Awards Best Ensemble State and Main (Shared with cast)
2004 Dallas-Fort Worth Film Critics Association Best Supporting Actor The Cooler
Phoenix Film Critics Society Awards Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role The Cooler
Vancouver Film Critics Circle Best Supporting Actor The Cooler
2005 Hamptons International Film Festival Golden Starfish Award for Career Achievement
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2007 Golden Globe Award Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Musical or Comedy 30 Rock
Television Critics Association Awards Individual Achievement in Comedy 30 Rock
Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series 30 Rock
2008 Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series 30 Rock
Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series 30 Rock
Emmy Award Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series 30 Rock
Golden Globe Award Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Musical or Comedy 30 Rock
2009 Emmy Award Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series 30 Rock


References

  1. Stated on Inside the Actors Studio, 2007
  2. Alec Baldwin Biography (1958-). filmreference.com
  3. Newsday
  4. Prelude to a Kiss. TheNumbers.com.
  5. "Alec Baldwin to Co-Host TCM's The Essentials." TV Guide. October 23, 2008. Retrieved on October 24, 2008.
  6. "Newly Crowned Emmy Winner Alec Baldwin Coming to TCM As Co-Host of THE ESSENTIALS Weekly Movie Showcase, Set to Premiere March 2009." TCM.com.
  7. Baldwin 2008.
  8. Alec Baldwin: A Promise to Ourselves." Men's News Daily. January 2, 2009.
  9. Baldwin 2008. p25.
  10. Baldwin 2008. pp 71, 117, 150–51, 153, 166, 169.
  11. Baldwin 2008. pp. 43, 71, 127, 153–54, 178, 180.
  12. Baldwin 2008. pp. 117, 155, 165, 175–77.
  13. Baldwin 2008
  14. Baldwin 2008. p. 66.
  15. Baldwin 2008. pp. 185, 202.
  16. Baldwin 2008. pp.75-94.
  17. Baldwin 2008. pp 215-216.
  18. Baldwin 2008. pp. 202–03.
  19. Baldwin 2008. p. 99, 102.
  20. Baldwin 2008. pp. 41, 45, 151–53.
  21. Baldwin 2008. pp. 44, 47, 117.
  22. Baldwin 2008. pp173-184.
  23. Baldwin 2008. pp. 178-179.
  24. Baldwin 2008. pp. 101, 151.
  25. Italie, Hillel. "Alec Baldwin's Book Tour: Crowded And Conflicted." Huffington Post. September 24, 2008.
  26. "Alec Baldwin: A Journey Through Fatherhood and Divorce." Fora.tv. September 24, 2008.
  27. " Baldwin book rails against US family court system." International Herald Tribune. September 23, 2008.
  28. Georgiades, William. "Emmy winner Alec Baldwin talks about the book he didn't want to write." Los Angeles Times. September 25, 2008.
  29. Baldwin, Alec. "Hannity Makes Political Pornography." Huffington Post. March 28, 2006.
  30. "Baldwin Outburst Video." Media Research Center. December 16, 1998. (Vol. Three; No. 200).
  31. "Baldwin Chastised." Media Research Media. December 22, 1998 (Vol. Three; No. 203).
  32. Baldwin, Alec. Will They Go to Court? Huffington Post. February 17, 2006.
  33. Baldwin, Alec. "Republicans Married into the Wrong Family." Huffington Post. February 22, 2006.
  34. "Alec Baldwin says disputed vote damaged democracy."
  35. "Alec Baldwin Calls on Governor To Extend Tax Credit." NY1 News. February 26, 2009.
  36. "Alec Baldwin, Right on Taxes." The American Spectator. March 6, 2009.
  37. "Alec Baldwin banned from RP despite apology"


Further reading

  • Baldwin, Alec. A Promise to Ourselves - A Journey through Fatherhood and Divorce. St. Martin's Press, 2008.


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