(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
The Hunt for Red
in addition to the Martin Scorsese
films The Aviator
and The Departed
He was nominated for the Academy Award
Screen Actors Guild Award
for his performance in the 2003 film,
. 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
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.
was born in Amityville, 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
Hall of Fame. Baldwin worked as a busboy at the famous New York City disco Studio
54. He attended George
Washington University from 1976 to 1979. He then transferred to
University to study acting at the Lee Strasberg Theatre
Institute under Elaine Aiken and Geoffrey Horne.
returned to NYU in 1994 and graduated with a BFA
The other Baldwin brothers
(Homicide: Life on the
), and Stephen
(The Usual Suspects
) all followed him
into the acting profession.
made his Broadway debut in
1986, in a revival of Joe Orton's
Loot alongside theatre veterans
Zoe Wanamaker, Željko Ivanek, Joseph Maher and Charles Keating.
production closed after three months.
His other Broadway credits include Caryl
's Serious Money
with Kate Nelligan
and a highly
acclaimed revival of Tennessee
Streetcar Named Desire
; his performance as Stanley Kowalski
garnered him a Tony Award
nomination for Best Actor. This
production also featured Jessica
, 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
and Diane Lane
In 1998, Baldwin played the title role in Macbeth
at the Public theater alongside
and Liev Schreiber
. The production was directed
by George C. Wolfe
. In 2004, Baldwin starred in a revival
with Anne Heche
On June 9,
2005, he appeared in a concert version of the Rogers and Hammerstein musical
South Pacific at
He starred as Luther Billis, alongside
as Nellie and Brian Stokes Mitchell
as Emile. The
production was taped and telecast by PBS
April 26, 2006. In 2006, Baldwin made theater news in Roundabout Theatre Company
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
from 1984 to
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
. 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
Baldwin met his future wife Kim
when they played lovers in the 1991 film The Marrying Man
. He appeared with
Basinger again in The
, 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
's Pulitzer Prize
stage play. He then starred in 1992's Prelude to a Kiss with Meg Ryan, which was based on the Broadway 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
. 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
), The Juror
) 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
, narrating all 52 episodes of seasons 5 and
Baldwin appeared in a celebrity edition of Who Wants To Be A
in November 2000, competing against Jon Stewart
, Vivica A. Fox
and Norm Macdonald
. He won $250,000
, and used
Kim Basinger as one of his "phone-a-friend" partners.
Baldwin then shifted towards character
, including his Academy
-nominated performance in 2003's gambling drama
, 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
and Thomas the Tank Engine and
. 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
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
, Jennifer Love
and Dan Aykroyd
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
Baldwin's involvement. In 2007, the Yari
announced it would give the film, now titled
Shortcut to Happiness
a theatrical release in the spring
and cable film network Starz!
had acquired pay TV
rights for the
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
). 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
Baldwin stars in the Emmy Award
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
awards and two Screen Actors Guild Awards
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
Baldwin joined TCM
as co-host beginning
in March 2009.
Baldwin is slated to co-host the 82nd Academy Awards
with Steve Martin
on March 7, 2010.
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
A Promise to Ourselves
In 2008 Alec Baldwin and Mark Tabb published A Promise to
, 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
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
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."
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 California (he lived in New York), so he could stay in his
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
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.
Baldwin serves on the board of People for the American Way
Baldwin is an animal rights
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
, 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
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
, in the same blog post
/Looney Bin news operation."
During his appearance on the comedy late night show Late Night with Conan
on December 12, 1998, eight days before President
was to be impeached
, Baldwin said "if we were in
another country... we would stone Henry
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
In 2002, blogger Matt
threatened to sue Baldwin for his appearance on the
show, during which Baldwin
claimed that Drudge had propositioned him in the hallway at
studios in Los
Angeles when he was doing the Gloria
show. No other action was taken by Drudge. In March
2008, Baldwin repeated the story to the LGBT
magazine, The Advocate
that there was "a kind of creepy quality" to Drudge's sexual
advances, and that he was surprised Drudge was so "uptight about
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
, 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
fired in that general direction." He concluded that Cheney is a
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
the damage done by the September 11, 2001 attacks
bringing up such things as the Bush administration
's warrantless wiretapping
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
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
The conservative American Spectator
Baldwin's statement, noting that the tax revenue brought in from
the industry presence in New York outweighs the amount of the tax
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 Philippines.
Baldwin later apologized for the remark via
his Huffington Post
the Philippines' Department of Foreign Affairs has not lifted the
ban on the actor from entering the country due to his status as an
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