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Alec Baldwin

Alec BaldwinAKA Alexander Rae Baldwin III

Born: 3-Apr-1958
Birthplace: Amityville, NY

Gender: Male
Religion: Roman Catholic
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Actor
Party Affiliation: Democratic

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: A Baldwin Brother

Alexander Baldwin is best known for playing icy, smarmy, self-satisfied characters, like the sales manager who offered the steak knife incentive plan in Glengarry Glen Ross. His father was a high school history teacher who also led the school's drama club. As a struggling actor Baldwin worked as a busboy at New York's famous Studio 54, but says he had to quit because seeing all the ongoing sex left him perpetually horny.

He studied political science in college, and on a lark auditioned for the acting program at New York University, where he was "blown away" when they offered him a full tuition scholarship. His education was interrupted when he was hired for the daytime soap The Doctors in 1980. When that show was cancelled he starred in a prime time drama, Cutter to Houston, as a young doctor convicted of writing illegal prescriptions but given a second chance to practice medicine in rural Texas. That show was quickly cancelled, and Baldwin was soon seen on Knots Landing as a slithery TV preacher revealed to be the illegitimate son of Julie Harris and half-brother of Joan Van Ark. After a few TV movies and a Broadway run in Loot he played the ghostly husband of Geena Davis in Beetlejuice, and charlatan Jimmy Swaggart in Great Balls of Fire with Dennis Quaid. He landed his first starring role as Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan in The Hunt for Red October and then, to Hollywood's amazement, Baldwin turned down the sequel, handing the part to Harrison Ford.

He has occasionally played good guys since then -- the mysterious hero The Shadow with Penelope Ann Miller, the crusading district attorney in Ghosts of Mississippi with James Woods, war hero James Doolittle in Pearl Harbor, and the conductor in the kiddie film Thomas and the Magic Railroad with Peter Fonda. Audiences, though, seem to prefer Baldwin as a bad guy, and he is always enjoyable in any villainous part. He played the psychotic thief and murderer at the center of Miami Blues with Jennifer Jason Leigh, a surgeon with an oversized ego in Malice with Nicole Kidman, the conceited star with a penchant for young girls in State and Main with Philip Seymour Hoffman, a wicked neighbor in The Cat in the Hat with Mike Myers, the casino boss who takes advantage of hard-luck friend William H. Macy in The Cooler, and Howard Hughes's main competition in The Aviator with Leonardo DiCaprio.

Baldwin belatedly earned his BA in Drama in 1993, writing a thesis on "The Method" acting style which paid particular attention to the work of his Glengarry Glen Ross co-star Al Pacino. Now primarily a supporting actor, Baldwin had a recurring part on Will & Grace, and played Tina Fey's arrogant boss on the sitcom 30 Rock.

He was married to movie star Kim Basinger from 1993 to 2002, and they were frequent fodder for gossip magazines. They have remained a headline couple even after splitting, with messy custody battles and mutual nasty allegations.

Known for his outspoken liberal politics, Baldwin writes a column at The Huffington Post and has hinted at an eventual second career in politics. He wrote a 1998 episode of Law & Order, in which suspicions of murder were cast on a gossip columnist. He has never been shy about poking fun of his own image, and is among the most frequent celebrity hosts on Saturday Night Live. Among his funniest SNL moments, he played a Scoutmaster making a pass at adolescent Adam Sandler, and shared his "Schweddy Balls" with Ana Gasteyer and Molly Shannon.

Father: Alexander Rae Baldwin, Jr. (history teacher, b. 1925, d. 1983 cancer)
Mother: Carol Martineau Baldwin (breast cancer activist, b. 1930)
Sister: Elizabeth Keuchler (heads Stephen Baldwin's fan club, b. 1955)
Brother: Daniel Baldwin (actor, b. 5-Oct-1960)
Brother: William Baldwin (actor, b. 21-Feb-1963)
Sister: Jane Sasso (physical therapist, b. 1965)
Brother: Stephen Baldwin (actor, b. 12-May-1966)
Wife: Kim Basinger (actress, dated 1990-93, m. 19-Aug-1993, div. Feb-2001)
Daughter: Ireland Eliesse Baldwin (model, b. 23-Oct-1995)
Girlfriend: Janine Turner (actress, dated and engaged 1982-1983)
Girlfriend: Michelle Pfeiffer
Girlfriend: Ally Sheedy
Girlfriend: Kristin Davis (dated 2001)
Girlfriend: Jennifer Love Hewitt
Girlfriend: Holly Granger (actress, dated 1980s)
Girlfriend: Tatum O'Neal (actress, dated 2002-03)
Girlfriend: Nicole Seidel (lawyer, dated 2003-04)
Girlfriend: Anna Rothschild (interior designer)
Wife: Hilaria Thomas (yoga instructor, m. 30-Jun-2012)
Daughter: Carmen Gabriela Baldwin (b. 23-Aug-2013)

    High School: Alfred G. Berner High School, Massapequa, NY
    University: George Washington University
    University: BA Drama, New York University (1993)

    Golden Globe 2007, Best Actor for 30 Rock
    Emmy 2008, Best Actor for 30 Rock
    Emmy 2009, Best Actor for 30 Rock
    Golden Globe 2009, Best Actor for 30 Rock
    Golden Globe 2010, Best Actor for 30 Rock
    Endorsement of Hulu (2009)
    Endorsement of Wegmans Grocery Stores (2010)
    Endorsement of Capital One (2011-)
    Disorderly Conduct New York City (arrested, 13-May-2014)
    The Creative Coalition Advisory Board
    Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee
    New York Philharmonic $1M donation
    People for the American Way Board of Directors
    People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals
    Hernia Operation (21-Dec-2007)
    Irish Ancestry
    Risk Factors: Smoking, Vegetarian, Yoga, Depression, Lyme Disease

    TELEVISION
    30 Rock Jack Donaghy (2006-)
    Will & Grace Malcolm (2005)
    Knots Landing Joshua Rush (1984-85)

    FILMOGRAPHY AS ACTOR
    Blue Jasmine (26-Jul-2013)
    Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me (19-Apr-2013) · Himself
    Eurotrapped (28-Feb-2013)
    Rise of the Guardians (10-Oct-2012) [VOICE]
    Rock of Ages (13-Jun-2012) · Dennis Dupree
    To Rome with Love (20-Apr-2012) · John
    Hick (10-Sep-2011) · Beau
    Teenage Paparazzo (22-Jan-2010) · Himself
    It's Complicated (10-Dec-2009) · Jake
    My Sister's Keeper (26-Jun-2009) · Campbell Alexander
    Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa (30-Oct-2008) [VOICE]
    My Best Friend's Girl (18-Sep-2008)
    Lymelife (8-Sep-2008)
    Brooklyn Rules (30-Apr-2007) · Caesar
    Suburban Girl (27-Apr-2007) · Archie
    The Good Shepherd (11-Dec-2006)
    Running with Scissors (20-Oct-2006) · Norman Burroughs
    The Departed (4-Oct-2006)
    Mini's First Time (1-May-2006)
    Fun with Dick and Jane (21-Dec-2005)
    Elizabethtown (4-Sep-2005) · Phil Devoss
    The Aviator (17-Dec-2004)
    The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie (14-Nov-2004) [VOICE]
    The Last Shot (24-Sep-2004)
    Along Came Polly (12-Jan-2004) · Stan Indursky
    The Cat in the Hat (8-Nov-2003) · Quinn
    Second Nature (16-Apr-2003)
    Broadway: The Golden Age (Apr-2003) · Himself
    The Cooler (17-Jan-2003) · Shelly Kaplow
    Path to War (18-May-2002)
    The Royal Tenenbaums (5-Oct-2001) · Narrator [VOICE]
    Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within (2-Jul-2001) · Capt. Gray Edwards [VOICE]
    Cats & Dogs (23-Jun-2001) [VOICE]
    Pearl Harbor (21-May-2001)
    The Acting Class (16-Oct-2000) · Himself
    State and Main (26-Aug-2000) · Bob Barrenger
    Nuremberg (16-Jul-2000)
    Thomas and the Magic Railroad (14-Jul-2000) · Mr. Conductor
    Outside Providence (16-Aug-1999)
    The Confession (22-Jan-1999) · Roy Bleakie
    Mercury Rising (1-Apr-1998) · Nick Kudrow
    Thick as Thieves (28-Jan-1998) · Mackin
    The Edge (6-Sep-1997) · Robert Green
    Ghosts of Mississippi (20-Dec-1996)
    Looking for Richard (5-Jul-1996) · Himself
    Heaven's Prisoners (17-May-1996)
    The Juror (2-Feb-1996) · Teacher
    A Streetcar Named Desire (29-Oct-1995)
    The Shadow (1-Jul-1994) · Lamont Cranston
    The Getaway (11-Feb-1994) · Doc McCoy
    Malice (29-Sep-1993)
    Glengarry Glen Ross (29-Sep-1992) · Blake
    Prelude to a Kiss (10-Jul-1992) · Peter Hoskins
    The Marrying Man (5-Apr-1991)
    Alice (25-Dec-1990) · Ed
    Miami Blues (20-Apr-1990)
    The Hunt for Red October (2-Mar-1990) · Jack Ryan
    Great Balls of Fire! (30-Jun-1989) · Jimmy Swaggart
    Working Girl (21-Dec-1988) · Mick Dugan
    Talk Radio (21-Dec-1988) · Dan
    Married to the Mob (19-Aug-1988) · "Cucumber" Frank de Marco
    Beetlejuice (30-Mar-1988) · Adam
    She's Having a Baby (5-Feb-1988) · Davis McDonald
    Forever Lulu (24-Apr-1987)
    The Alamo: Thirteen Days to Glory (28-Jan-1987)
    Dress Gray (9-Mar-1986)
    Code of Honor (31-Oct-1984)

Official Website:
http://www.alecbaldwin.com/


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