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Baldwin with fiancée, Hilaria Thomas in 2011.
|Born||Alexander Rae Baldwin III
April 3, 1958
Long Island, New York, U.S.
(m. 1993–2002; divorced, 1 child)
Alexander Rae "Alec" Baldwin III (born April 3, 1958) is an American actor who has appeared on film, stage, and television.
Baldwin first gained recognition through television for his work, for two seasons (6 and 7), on the soap opera Knots Landing, in the role of Joshua Rush. He has since played both leading and supporting roles in films such as Beetlejuice (1988), The Hunt for Red October (1990), The Marrying Man (1991), The Shadow (1994), The Aviator (2004) and The Departed (2006). His performance in the 2003 film The Cooler garnered him a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor.
Since 2006 he has starred as Jack Donaghy on the NBC sitcom 30 Rock, receiving critical acclaim for his performance and winning two Emmy Awards, four Golden Globe Awards, and seven Screen Actors Guild Awards for his work on the show, making him the male performer with most SAG Awards ever.
Baldwin was born on Long Island, New York, the son of Carolyn Newcomb (née Martineau) and Alexander Rae Baldwin, Jr., a high school history/social studies teacher and football coach. Baldwin was raised in a Roman Catholic family of Irish, English, and French descent. He has three younger brothers, Daniel, William, and Stephen, who also became actors. Baldwin has two sisters, Beth Baldwin Keuchler (born 1955), and Jane Baldwin Sasso (born 1965).
Baldwin 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 Fame. He worked as a busboy at the famous New York City disco Studio 54. Baldwin attended George Washington University from 1976 to 1979. He then transferred to New York University 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. On May 12, 2010, he gave a commencement address at New York University and was awarded a Doctor of Fine Arts degree, honoris causa.
Baldwin made his Broadway debut in 1986, in a revival of Joe Orton's Loot alongside theater veterans Zoë 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 in the latter garnered him a Tony Award nomination for Best Actor. Baldwin also received an Emmy nomination for the 1995 television version of the production, in which both he and Jessica Lange reprised their roles, alongside John Goodman and Diane Lane. In 1998, Baldwin played the title role in Macbeth at the Public theater alongside Angela Bassett and Liev Schreiber in a production 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 Hall. 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. In 2010, Baldwin starred opposite Sam Underwood in a critically acclaimed revival of Peter Shaffer's Equus, directed by Tony Walton at Guild Hall in East Hampton, NY.
Baldwin's first major acting role was as Billy Aldrich on the daytime soap opera The Doctors from 1980 to 1982. In fall 1983, he starred in the short-lived television series Cutter to Houston. He then co-starred 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 gay classmate. The film was adapted by Gore Vidal from the novel by Lucian Truscott IV.
Between 1998 and 2003, Baldwin was the U.S. narrator for the children's show Thomas the Tank Engine & Friends, narrating all 52 episodes of Series 5 and Series 6. He portrayed Arnold Pagani in a Goosebumps episode, "Bad Hare Day". 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. He voiced Blue Barron in Teen Titans.
In 2002, Baldwin appeared on two episodes of Friends as Phoebe Buffay's overly enthusiastic love interest, Parker. He also portrayed a recurring character in a number of episodes in seasons 7 and 8 of Will & Grace, in which he played Malcolm – a "top secret agent" and the lover of Karen Walker (Megan Mullally). He also guest-starred in the first live episode of the series. 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.
Baldwin stars in the NBC sitcom 30 Rock, which first aired October 2006. Baldwin met his future co-stars Tina Fey and Tracy Morgan while appearing on Saturday Night Live. He has received two Emmy Awards, two Golden Globe awards and five Screen Actors Guild Awards for his role. Baldwin received his second Emmy nomination for Best Actor in a Television Comedy or Musical as Jack Donaghy in 2008, marking his seventh Primetime Emmy nomination and first win. He won again in 2009. Since season 3, Baldwin has been credited as producer of the show.
Baldwin co-hosted the 82nd Academy Awards with Steve Martin in 2010. He has hosted Saturday Night Live sixteen times, the most recent being the Season 37 premiere on September 24, 2011. He currently holds the record for most times hosting Saturday Night Live, eclipsing Steve Martin.
Baldwin made his film debut with a minor role in the 1987 film Forever, Lulu. Also in 1988, he appeared in Beetlejuice and Working Girl. He gained further recognition as a leading man 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. Next, in a brief role, Baldwin played a ferocious sales executive in Glengarry Glen Ross (1992), a part added to the film version of David Mamet's Pulitzer Prize-winning stage play (including the monologue "Coffee's for closers"). Later that year, he starred in 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 in The Shadow. The film made $48 million. In 1996 and 1997, Baldwin continued to work in several thrillers including The Edge, The Juror and Heaven's Prisoners.
Baldwin shifted towards character acting, beginning with Pearl Harbor in 2001. He played Lt. Col. James Doolittle in the film, which, with a worldwide box office of $449,220,945, remains the highest grossing film Baldwin has appeared in his acting career. Baldwin was nominated for an Academy Award, a Golden Globe, and the Screen Actors Guild Award for his performance in the 2003 gambling drama The Cooler. He appeared in Martin Scorsese's The Aviator (2004) and The Departed (2006). 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. In 2009, he co-starred in the hit romantic comedy It's Complicated with Meryl Streep and Steve Martin. In 2001, he voiced Butch in Cats & Dogs.
Baldwin directed and starred in an all-star version of The Devil and Daniel Webster with Anthony Hopkins, Jennifer Love Hewitt and Dan Aykroyd in 2001. 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 2003, he served as the antagonist in the live-action film The Cat in the Hat.
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. Shortcut to Happiness was finally released in 2008. Baldwin, displeased with the way the film had been cut in post-production, demanded that his directorial credit be changed to the pseudonym "Harry Kirkpatrick".
In 2010, Baldwin made a 5-second cameo appearance with comedian Andy Samberg in a musical video titled "Great Day" featured on the bonus DVD as part of Lonely Island's new album "Turtleneck & Chain". In this video, Samberg plays an enthusiastic, upbeat cocaine addict who believes that Tom Petty (who also co-stars) and Alec Baldwin are his very best friends--only to be quickly rejected by both. After finding out the hard way they are quite the opposite and feeling heartbroken, the addict then briefly sings about losing them.
Baldwin has also worked as voice actor in films such as The Royal Tenenbaums, Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within, Thomas and the Magic Railroad and The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie. Baldwin starred alongside Tom Cruise, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Julianne Hough, and Mary J. Blige in the film adaptation of the jukebox hit musical Rock of Ages. Baldwin played Dennis Dupree, the aging owner of a Sunset Strip rock club. Production began in May 2011 and the film was released in June 2012.
On January 12, 2009, Baldwin became the host of The New York Philharmonic This Week, the nationally broadcast radio series of the New York Philharmonic. He has recorded two nationally distributed public service radio announcements on behalf of the Save the Manatee Club.
On October 24, 2011, WNYC public radio released the first episode of Baldwin's new podcast Here's the Thing, a series of interviews with public figures including artists, policy makers and performers. The first two episodes featured actor Michael Douglas and political consultant Ed Rollins.
In 1990, he met his future wife, actress Kim Basinger, when they played lovers in the film The Marrying Man. They married in 1993 and had a daughter, Ireland, in October 1995. On January 12, 2001, Basinger filed for divorce, which was finalized in February 2002.
Since summer 2011, Baldwin has been dating Hilaria Thomas, an instructor with Yoga Vida in Manhattan. As of April 2012, Baldwin and Thomas are engaged. In August 2011, Baldwin moved from the Upper West Side to SoHo, where they live together.
In December of 2011, Alec was waiting on an American Airlines flight at LAX, and playing Words with Friends on his phone. When instructed to put away the "electronic device" by the stewardess, he reportedly became belligerent, and was eventually removed from the plane. He later publicly apologized, though only to the passengers so delayed, not the airline or Federal regulators.
In 2012, a commercial for Capital One credit cards (for which Alec is a spokesman) made a humorous reference to this event: A viking character from the famous ad series asks about the phone Alec is using, and Baldwin replies, in a very facetious way, that it is not to be used on the runway, ending with a very chiding "no!" A commercial for Best Buy, also humorously referenced the event in which the Words With Friends co-creators are on a plane and are interrupted by a stewardess looking down at them, clearing her throat and signaling them to put their phones away while saying, "we created Words With Friends."
Baldwin also made a guest appearance on SNL's Weekend Update posing as the captain of the plane he was removed from in a bit poking fun at the situation.
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 California (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 on April 11, 2007, left an angry voicemail message in response to another unanswered arranged call in which Baldwin called his daughter a "rude, thoughtless little pig". 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."
Baldwin serves on the board of People for the American Way. He is an animal rights activist, and a strong supporter of PETA, for which he has done work that includes narrating the video entitled Meet Your Meat. Baldwin also lent his support to the Save the Manatee Club by donating his time to record several public service announcements for the group, which had contacted him following his role in "Bonfire of the Manatees", an episode of The Simpsons in which he was the voice of a biologist working to save the endangered mammals.
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 later apologized for the remarks, and the network explained it was meant as a joke and promised not to rerun it.
Baldwin said in a 2006 interview with the New York Times that if he did become involved in electoral politics, he would prefer to run for Governor of New York. When asked if he was qualified for the office, Baldwin responded that he considered himself far more qualified than California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. In June 2011, The Daily reported that Baldwin was mulling a 2013 run for Mayor of New York City, in the wake of a potential early race shakeup after candidate Congressman Anthony Weiner's sexting scandal. However, on December 21, 2011, Baldwin said he was abandoning plans to run for the office and would instead continue in his role on 30 Rock.
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 California".
During the 2011 Emmy Awards, Baldwin was slated to appear in a taped skit. However, the producers of the show cut a portion of the skit containing a reference to Rupert Murdoch and the News International phone hacking scandal. Baldwin told Access Hollywood Live that he asked them not to air his performance. Producers complied and he was replaced with Leonard Nimoy.
|1988||She's Having a Baby||Davis McDonald|
|Married to the Mob||Frank de Marco|
|Working Girl||Mick Dugan|
|1989||Great Balls of Fire!||Jimmy Swaggart|
|1990||The Hunt for Red October||Jack Ryan|
|Miami Blues||Frederick J. Frenger Jr.|
|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|
|1996||Wild Bill: Hollywood Maverick||Documentary|
|Heaven's Prisoners||Dave Robicheaux||Also executive producer|
|Looking for Richard||Clarence||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||Also producer|
|Notting Hill||Jeff King|
|Outside Providence||Old Man Dunphy|
|Scout's Honor||Todd Fitter||Short film|
|2000||The Acting Class||Himself|
|Thomas & the Magic Railroad||Mr. Conductor|
|State and Main||Bob Barrenger||Also executive producer
National Board of Review Award for Best Cast
Online Film Critics Society Award for Best Cast
|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|
|The Royal Tenenbaums||Narrator|
|2002||The Adventures of Pluto Nash||M.Z.M.|
|2003||The Cooler||Sheldon "Shelly" Kaplow||National Board of Review Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated—Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated—Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated—Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated—Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated—Online Film Critics Society Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated—Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actor – Drama
Nominated—Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Male Actor in a Supporting Role
|Broadway: The Golden Age, by the Legends Who Were There|
|The Cat in the Hat||Lawrence "Larry" Quinn||Nominated—Razzie Award for Worst Supporting Actor|
|Walking with Cavemen||Narrator||Documentary|
|Brighter Days||Himself||Short film|
|2004||Along Came Polly||Stan Indursky|
|The Last Shot||Joe Devine|
|The Aviator||Juan Trippe||Nominated—Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Cast|
|The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie||Dennis (Plankton's hired hitman)||Voice|
|Fun with Dick and Jane||Jack McCallister|
|2006||Mini's First Time||Martin|
|The Departed||Capt. George Ellerby||National Board of Review Award for Best Cast
Nominated—Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Cast
|Running with Scissors||Norman Burroughs|
|The Good Shepherd||Sam Murach|
|2007||Suburban Girl||Archie Knox|
|Brooklyn Rules||Caesar Manganaro|
|Shortcut to Happiness||Jabez Stone||Also director|
|2008||My Best Friend's Girl||Professor Turner|
|Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa||Makunga||Voice|
|Lymelife||Mickey Bartlett||Also producer|
|Journey to the Edge of the Universe||Narrator||Voice Role|
|2009||My Sister's Keeper||Campbell Alexander|
|It's Complicated||Jacob Adler||National Board of Review Award for Best Cast
Nominated—BAFTA Award for Best Supporting Actor
|2012||Rock of Ages||Dennis Dupree|
|To Rome with Love||John|
|Rise of the Guardians||Nicholas St. North (Santa Claus)|
|1980–1982||The Doctors||Billy Allison Aldrich|
|1983||Cutter to Houston||Dr. Hal Wexler|
|1984||Sweet Revenge||Major Alex Breen|
|1984–1986||Knots Landing||Joshua Rush||Cast member, seasons 6 & 7: 40 episodes|
|1985||Hotel||Dennis Medford||Episode: Distortions|
|Love on the Run||Sean Carpenter|
|1986||Dress Gray||Rysam 'Ry' Slaight||Miniseries|
|1987||The Alamo: Thirteen Days to Glory||Colonel William B. Travis|
|1990–2011||Saturday Night Live||Host/various roles||Has record for most times hosted - 16 times|
|1995||A Streetcar Named Desire||Stanley Kowalski||Nominated—Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor – Miniseries or a Television Film
Nominated—Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Miniseries or Television Film
|1996||Goosebumps||Arnold Pagani||Episode: "Bad Hare Day"|
|1998||The Simpsons||Himself||Episode: "When You Dish Upon A Star"|
|Storytime with Thomas||Himself||Narrator|
|1998–2002||Thomas the Tank Engine & Friends||Himself||Narrator: Series 5-6|
|2000||Nuremberg||Justice Robert H. Jackson||TV miniseries
Nominated—Emmy Award for Outstanding Miniseries
Nominated—Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Miniseries or Television Film
|2000–2001||Clerks: The Animated Series||Leonardo Leonardo||6 Episodes|
|2002||Friends||Parker||Episodes: "The One in Massapequa", "The One with the Tea Leaves"|
|Path to War||Robert McNamara, Secretary of Defense||TV movie
Nominated—Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor – Miniseries or a Television Film
Nominated—Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor – Series, Miniseries or Television Film
|2003||Walking with Cavemen||Himself||Episodes: "Blood Brothers", "First Ancestors", "Savage Family", "The Survivors"|
|Teen Titans||Blue Barron||Voice|
|Second Nature||Paul Kane|
|Dreams & Giants||Himself||Host|
Episode: "Johnny Bravo Goes to Hollywood"
|The Fairly OddParents in: Channel Chasers||Adult Timmy Turner||Voice|
|Nip/Tuck||Dr. Barret Moore||Episode: "Joan Rivers"|
|Las Vegas||Jack Keller||Episodes: "Degas Away with It", "Hellraisers & Heartbreakers"|
|2005||The Simpsons||Dr. Caleb Thorn||Episode: "Bonfire of the Manatees"|
|Will & Grace||Malcolm||Episodes: "The Hole Truth", "Seems Like Old Times", "The Old Man and the Sea", "Alive and Schticking", "Friends with Benefits", "Kiss and Tell"
Nominated—Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actor – Comedy Series (2005, 2006)
|2006||Great Performances||Luther Billis||Episode: "'South Pacific' in Concert from Carnegie Hall"|
|2006–present||30 Rock||Jack Donaghy||Produced five episodes
Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor – Comedy Series (2008, 2009)
Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Television Series Musical or Comedy (2006, 2008, 2009)
Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series (2006-2011)
Nominated—Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor – Comedy Series (2007, 2010, 2011)
Nominated—Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Television Series Musical or Comedy (2007, 2010)
|2010||The Marriage Ref||Guest Judge||Episodes: "Pilot", "Episode 5"|
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