Alec Baldwin

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Alec Baldwin

Born

4/3/1958, Massapequa, Long Island, New York, USA

Birth Name

Alexander Rae Baldwin III

Gender

Male
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8.6
out of 10
User Rating
232 votes

Biography

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One of the more impressive young actors to hit Broadway in the 1980s, this dark-haired, blue-eyed heartthrob attained screen stardom late in the decade, alternating leading-man assignments with spicy character roles. After apprenticing on soap operas and in such TV movies as Sweet Revenge and Dress Gray, Baldwin…more

Credits

Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • Alec was one of the presenters at the American leg of the Live Earth event. He has also spoken on the behalf of the Save the Manatee Club.

    • On January 12, 2009, Alec became the host of the nationally broadcast radio series belonging to the New York Philharmonic, "The New York Philharmonic This Week."

    • On May 12, 2009, on the Late Show with David Letterman, he made a joke about getting Filipino bride in order to have more kids. However, the Filipino community were greatly offended by the joke and later they targeted him for it. Alec has since apologized for the comment.

    • Alec published A Promise To Ourselves, which tells the story of his seven-year battle to get back in his daughter's life, in 2008.

    • Alec was considered for the role of Batman in Batman and again for Batman Forever.

    • Theatrical Credits:
      A Midsummer Night's Dream (1980) as Lysander
      Summertree (1981) as Soldier
      Loot (1986) as Dennis
      Serious Money (1988) as Grimes and Billy Corman
      Prelude to a Kiss (1990) as Peter
      A Streetcar Named Desire (1992) as Stanley Kowalski
      Macbeth (1998) as Macbeth
      Short Talks on the Universe (2002) as Peter
      Twentieth Century (2004) as Oscar Jaffe
      Entertaining Mr. Sloane (2006)
      A Life in the Theatre, Study in Scarlet, and The Wager

    • In 2001, Alec produced and directed (although uncredited) The Devil and Daniel Webster by Family Room Entertainment.

    • One of Alec's favorite actors is William H. Macy. He has worked with him on The Cooler and Ghosts of Mississippi. Alec has also stated that one of his favourite actors is Marlon Brando.

    • Alec serves on the board for several organizations such as the East Hampton Daycare Center, People for American Way, YU/Brennan Center for Justice, Carol M. Baldwin Breast Cancer Research Fund and the NYU Tisch School of the Arts Dean's Council. He is also a big supporter of PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) and PAWS (Performing Animal Welfare Society).

    • Alec owns a production company called El Dorado Pictures. They have made films such as The Confession and State and Main.

    • Awards:
      Academy Awards
      - Nominations
      • 2004- "Best Actor in a Supporting Role" for The Cooler

      Emmys
      - Wins
      • 2008- "Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series" for 30 Rock
      • 2009- "Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series" for 30 Rock
      - Nominations
      • 1996- "Outstanding Lead Actor for a Miniseries or Special" for Tennessee Williams' A Streetcar Named Desire
      • 2001- "Outstanding Miniseries" for Nuremburg
      • 2002- "Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or Movie" for Path to War
      • 2005- "Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series" for Will and Grace
      • 2006- "Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series" for Will and Grace
      • 2007- "Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series" for 30 Rock
      • 2009- "Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series" for 30 Rock

      Golden Globes
      - Wins
      • 2007- "Best Actor in a TV Series- Musical or Comedy" for 30 Rock
      • 2009-"Best Actor in a TV Series- Musical or Comedy" for 30 Rock
      - Nominations
      • 1996- "Best Performance by an Actor in a Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for TV" for A Streetcar Named Desire
      • 2001- "Best Performance by an Actor in a Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for TV" for Nuremburg
      • 2003- "Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television" for Path to War
      • 2004- "Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture" for The Cooler
      • 2008- "Best Actor in a TV Series- Musical or Comedy" for 30 Rock

      Screen Actors Guild Awards
      - Wins
      • 2007- "Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Comedy Series" for 30 Rock
      • 2008- "Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Comedy Series" for 30 Rock
      • 2009- "Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Comedy Series" for 30 Rock
      • 2009- "Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series" for 30 Rock
      - Nominations
      • 1996- "Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a TV Movie or Miniseries" for A Streetcar Named Desire
      • 2001- "Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries" for Nuremburg
      • 2004- "Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role" for The Cooler
      • 2005- "Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture" for The Aviator
      • 2007- "Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture" for The Departed
      • 2008- "Outstanding Ensemble in a Comedy Series" for 30 Rock
      • 2009- "Outstanding Ensemble in a Comedy Series" for 30 Rock
      • 2009- "Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series" for 30 Rock

    • As of 2001, Alec resides in Los Angeles.

    • Alec's hobbies include playing tennis, jogging, boxing, and reading.

    • In January 2007 Alec Baldwin accused his ex-wive, Kim Basinger of breaching a 2004 custody agreement over their daughter, Ireland. Alec alleges Kim failed to tell him she'd be out of town, giving him an opportunity to care for Ireland and she failed to inform him of an injury Ireland suffered which needed medical attention. Court papers allege Kim has a "pathological need" to distance Ireland from her father. Kim must now answer 12 contempt of court charges, and faces a 60-day jail sentence and $1300 fine if she's found guilty.

    • Alec is hoping to re-marry and have more children. The only time he is truly happy is when he is spending time with his daughter.

    • Alec is a Roman Catholic and of Irish descent.

    • Carol M. Baldwin, whose maiden name is Martineau, is Alec's mother. His father is Alexander Rae, Jr., who was a high school social studies teacher and a football coach.

    • Alec has done voice overs in television commercials for Subaru and General Electric. The latter is ironic, as in his show 30 Rock he plays the head of the same company.

    • Alec told his wife that he was a vegetarian to get a first date with her. He has since become one in reality.

    • Alec enjoys smoking Cuban cigars.

    • Alec aspired to be a lawyer before choosing acting as his profession. He auditioned for the New York University Undergraduate Drama Program on a dare.

    • In 1990, Alec was chosen by People magazine as one of the '50 Most Beautiful People in the World' and in 1995, Alec was ranked #80 on Empire magazine's list of "100 Sexiest Stars in Film History."

    • Alec is the brother-in-law of Wilson Phillips singer Chynna Phillips. She is married to Alec's brother William.

    • Alec has dated many famous actresses such as Ally Sheedy, Janine Turner, Jennifer Love Hewitt, Kristin Davis, Holly Granger, Tatum O'Neal, and Michelle Pfeiffer.

    • In 1994, Alec graduated from New York University with a Bachelor of Arts in Drama. He also attended George Washington University in Washington, D.C., intending to major in Political Science, but did not earn a degree. Prior to studying at the university, he graduated from Alfred G. Berner High School in Massapequa, New York.

    • Alec is 5' 11" (1.80 m) tall.

    • Alec belongs to the Democratic political party. Along with prominent business and political figures, he is part of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee.

    • Alec has hosted Saturday Night Live 14 times which is only one away from tying with Steve Martin for the most times.

    • Alec is the brother of William Baldwin, Stephen Baldwin and Daniel Baldwin. He is the oldest of the four famous brothers. He also has an actor cousin, Joseph Baldwin.

    • Alec married Kim Basinger on August 19, 1993 and they divorced in February, 2000. They have a daughter named Ireland Eliesse who was born on October 23, 1995.

  • Quotes

    • Alec: If you are passionate and truthful, you find success. There are a more people who have lasted forever as actors earlier because films used to be character driven and now they are mostly plot driven. Much of the most delicate work being done today is on television. It often has the best acting because of their ability to be truthful.

    • Alec: Sometimes, you know, the president is a father-like figure in American society, to most Americans, even today, no matter how cynical we've become. And people don't want to think that daddy's a bum all the time. They don't want to think that Daddy's a liar, a cheat and a fraud.

    • Alec: I wanted to be president of the United States. I really did. The older I get, the less preposterous the idea seems.

    • Alec: There's less critical thinking going on in this country on a Main Street level - forget about the media - than ever before. We've never needed people to think more critically than now, and they've taken a big nap.

    • Alec: Let's face facts, this is visual medium, there's a very high premium put on people who are good-looking. But the minute you rely on that you get yourself in trouble. You certainly don't make a career out of that anymore as an actor.

    • Alec: (About getting tax breaks for the film and television industry in New York) [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.

    • Alec: (About his comment about the Bush administration's warrantless wiretapping) 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.

    • Alec: If I ever ran for anything, the thing I would like to be is governor of New York.

    • Alec: (About dealing with the case involving his voice mail tape he left his daughter) 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.

    • Alec: (On why he doesn't do cover stories like he once did) I got older. The industry now-and it's been this way for a while- is largely about young people, sometimes very young people. Kids in movies have all kinds of marketing potential. Then it's the actors of the Zach Braff/Jessica Alba stripe, the 30-and-under people. But if you look at the number of films that star people over 40, there seem to be a lot less of them now. So the issue is competing to get good roles in these things.

    • Alec: (On the writer's strike in 2007) I can't even describe to you how painful it's been. My friends are all out of work. They're miserable. They're really unhappy.

    • Alec: (On whether he misses making movies full-time) I don't. Making movies is a little too self-conscious. [On the show] we do the job, we have fun, we work hard and we work fast, but nobody believes we're the London Symphany Orchestra. When I've done films lately, the amount of self-importance and anxiety that accompanies film-making has become a little too much for me. When you're with great people, moviemaking is great. But they aren't many great people out there. And the rest of it is tiresome.

    • Alec: [Gossip is] probably the thing that makes me the most sad... Even educated people read Gawker and Defamer and all this other crap, and it's a world of people who have small lives, and their whole thing is to have this ledge that they can spit down on people from.

    • Alec: (On his show 30 Rock) The response to the show has been good. People think it's good and I agree with them. I think Tina is the funniest woman I've ever met. Well it's a close tie between her and Paula Pell (a Saturday Night Live writer-actress who's also appeared on the show).

    • Alec: (On his movie "The Cooler") This has one of those unusual scripts where you get to what I call the 'kill page.' We shouldn't reveal this but, there's a critical moment, and this moment is comparable to when you walk into the kindergarten bus with a flamethrower and kill everybody, I called my agent. I said, 'I'm not doing this movie.' There are a half dozen things I won't do in a movie. This horrible thing happens. He says 'Read the next page.'

    • Alec: I'm starting to feel I have to cure my addiction to Hollywood money, because while it's delightful, it's also insidious.

    • Alec: Acting in the theatre is fun, acting in film is work.

    • Alec: (On considering online dating) I'm thinking about it. I could post my picture and say, 'People tell me I look like Alec Baldwin.' They'll go, 'Oh, I hate him,' or 'Who the hell is he?'

    • Alec: I was in love when I was married to Kim Basinger, I'm not ashamed to say. I used to wake up in the morning and just look at her and say 'What do you want for breakfast, baby? Special K with blueberries? Let me go get some.'

    • Alec: One day you're filling out applications to be a waiter, and the next you're nominated for an Oscar. This business is crazy.

    • Alec: When you talk about private contractors, I've always been someone who felt that defense fraud was tantamount to treason.

    • Alec: I feel like I am two different people. I have interest in acting, and I have a lot of political interests that I'd like to pursue.

    • Alec: I was very competitive with my brothers when I was younger. Now we are all in completely different worlds.

    • Alec: Great acting can be almost a psychotic mix of self-consciousness and unselfconsciousness.

SUBMIT REVIEW
  • He's a good actor and narrator.

    9.7
    I'm telling you, Alec Baldwin is awesome! He did the narrating for Seasons 5-6 of "Thomas the Tank Engine" perfectly! He also did good movie acting in "The Cat in the Hat" and "The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie". Some people say he did horrible narrating in "Thomas the Tank Engine & Friends" Seasons 5-6. I have no clue why. I have all his narrating on some of my "Thomas the Tank Engine" video tapes and DVDs. Oh, did I forget to mention one thing? He also did great acting and guest starring in TV series such as "The Simpsons". He's the best!moreless
  • I love this guy's acting/narrating!

    9.5
    I think Alec Baldwin is a great actor. I really believed his role in 'Thomas and the Magic Railroad'. He played Mr. Conductor and he was reallyy good at it. He's my favorite character. Also, he narrated Seasons 5-6 of Thomas the Tank Engine and Friends. I believe that he did a really good job of narrating and many others do, too. After seeing these seasons, he became my new favorite narrator, beffore George Carlin. His voice is very easy to understand and not too squeaky or anything like that. I'm really upset that he doesn't narrate anymore. Alec Baldwin, overall, is very talented!moreless
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