When Adam was a child, his father took him to the theater to see Westerns on a regular basis. This is where his love for film began and he's had a serious interest in acting since he was in the 5th grade.
He graduated from of New Trier Township
Among his favorite Westerns are The Wild Bunch, The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly, Once Upon a Time in the West, Red River, and The Culpepper Cattle Company.
Adam's first leading role in a film was in D.C. Cab. His first appearance in a made-for-TV movie is in Off Sides in 1984.
In 2001, Adam was nominated for a Video Premiere Best Actor Award for Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.
Adam has a son named Devlin Shephard Baldwin who was born on October 17, 1996. His wife is actress Ami Julius.
Adam's father is William W. Baldwin, who served in Kenya during the Mau Mau uprising in the 1950s. He was also a writer for the Chicago Sun Times.
During his time away from work, Adam likes to mountain bike, go bowling, play Frisbee and baseball.
Adam is an active supporter of the Marine Corps/Law Enforcement Foundation, a charity group whose aim is to raise funds to send fallen soldiers' and law enforcers' children to school on scholarship.
Adam was named TV Guide's Sexiest Newcomer in 2005 even though he started his acting career in 1980.
In retaliation for another practical joke, Adam completely covered the windshield of Firefly co-star Nathan Fillion's car with Gummi Worms during filming. They melted in the California heat, and the car had to be taken to the motor shop to have sugar flushed out of the engine.
Adam prefers to have a recurring role rather than make one time guest appearances on a television show.
Adam frequently participates in celebrity hockey games.
Due to his height and stocky build, Adam is frequently cast as a bad guy or psychotic killer.
Adam is 6' 4" (1.93 m) tall.
Adam is an avid golfer. Frequently, he competes in celebrity golf events and has a 2.5 handicap. He was Celebrity Golf Association Tour's Orlando Classic champion held in February 1997.
Though it's one of Adam's most popular roles, he did not originally audition for the part of Knowle Rohrer on The X-Files. He read for the part of John Doggett (which ultimately went to Robert Patrick). However, they liked him so much, he was later offered the part of Rohrer.
Adam is one of three actors, along with Nathan Fillion and Gina Torres, to cross over to either Buffy the Vampire Slayer or Angel after Firefly was canceled to play a Big Bad. He played Marcus Hamilton, the liaison to the Senior Partners in Season 5 of Angel.
Adam Baldwin: (on doing his own stunts on "Chuck") Um, most of the fight scenes. I try to stay away from the high falls, and any explosion work I'll stand clear. (Laughs) I don't really like fire and impact.
Adam Baldwin: (on doing a lot of sci-fi genre roles) It's just I go where the money is. I'm a practical guy. (Laughs) No, I've been very blessed that I've fortunately been involved in cool sci-fi projects.
Adam Baldwin: (on whether he has encountered a crazy fan; in a 2006 interview) No. Not yet! No, and I hope they don't and I hope they don't take me seriously enough to think that I'm important enough to do something crazy. I'm just a stupid actor.
Adam Baldwin: (on his early days as an actor) It's easier to be broke in L.A. than it is to be broke in New York. So it was the path of least resistance. The competition for stage acting in New York was so stiff, and at such a young age I wasn't qualified to compete. I wasn't trained enough, and it was discouraging. Also the film work was more abundant [in Los Angeles].
Adam Baldwin: There are two things I wish someone had told me early on. One is that if you can appreciate your situation while it's happening, you can look back on it and consider that you did the best you could. The other is what Spencer Tracy said: to show up, hit your mark, say your lines, and mean them. It's the journey to be able to accomplish that with simplicity yet profundity that's important, and it took me a long time to learn that.
Adam Baldwin: My wife has a joke where whenever I come home from an audition: She'll say, `Did they ask you how tall you are?' If the answer is yes, she knows immediately I didn't get the job.
Adam Baldwin: (about playing his character on "Chuck") It's hard to sell tough and funny and that's what I'm trying to get better at doing and this role affords that opportunity. Plus it's fun, it's silly, it's goofy and then there is this hard edge and then it goes back to silly and goofiness.
Adam Baldwin: The top-notch shows have pretty good crews and I'm a big fan of hard-working camera crews. They make our jobs so easy.
Adam Baldwin: Hopefully, young people will read more books, and it will cause them to think a little longer, than just react to pretty pictures.
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