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Also Known As: Alexander Rae Baldwin, Harry Kirkpatrick Died:
Born: April 3, 1958 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Amityville, New York, USA Profession: actor, voice actor, director, producer, shirt salesman, driver, waiter, gas station attendant

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Alec Baldwin's commanding onscreen presence won him big screen acclaim in "The Hunt for Red October" (1990), "Glengarry Glen Ross" (1992), "The Cooler" (2003) and "The Departed" (2006). Offscreen, however, his outspoken liberal politics and his impatience with the Hollywood system initially limited the gifted actor's leading man potential at its youthful peak. His tempestuous courtship and marriage to actress Kim Basinger - coupled with the view by many in the industry that both were "difficult" - only helped dull the luster of a promising career as sexy movie hero. Once his profile lowered, Baldwin divided his time between character film roles of varying size, New York stage productions, and political activism until the sitcom "30 Rock" (NBC, 2006-2013) offered him an ideal outlet for his cocky, breezy charm. After repeatedly threatening to quit showbiz, Baldwin suddenly found himself with numerous acting awards and watched as his former leading man image - with the help of many classic hosting appearances on "Saturday Night Live" (NBC, 1975- ) - morphed him into that of a peerless comic actor. For years, he had shown hints of comedic timing few actors possessed, but between his fearless "SNL"...

Alec Baldwin's commanding onscreen presence won him big screen acclaim in "The Hunt for Red October" (1990), "Glengarry Glen Ross" (1992), "The Cooler" (2003) and "The Departed" (2006). Offscreen, however, his outspoken liberal politics and his impatience with the Hollywood system initially limited the gifted actor's leading man potential at its youthful peak. His tempestuous courtship and marriage to actress Kim Basinger - coupled with the view by many in the industry that both were "difficult" - only helped dull the luster of a promising career as sexy movie hero. Once his profile lowered, Baldwin divided his time between character film roles of varying size, New York stage productions, and political activism until the sitcom "30 Rock" (NBC, 2006-2013) offered him an ideal outlet for his cocky, breezy charm. After repeatedly threatening to quit showbiz, Baldwin suddenly found himself with numerous acting awards and watched as his former leading man image - with the help of many classic hosting appearances on "Saturday Night Live" (NBC, 1975- ) - morphed him into that of a peerless comic actor. For years, he had shown hints of comedic timing few actors possessed, but between his fearless "SNL" appearances and the revered role of network exec Jack Donaghy on "30 Rock," even established comedians were reluctant to get in the ring with Baldwin, who could more than hold his own.

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 Caught Stealing (2015)
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 Still Alice (2015)
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 Lucky Them (2014)
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 Torrente 5 (2014)
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 Blue Jasmine (2013)
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Interned for Jerry Ambro, a liberal Democratic congressman from Long Island
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Worked as a waiter at the famed disco Studio 54
1980:
Began career on NBC daytime TV series "The Doctors" playing Billy Aldrich
1983:
Played Dr. Hal Wexler on the short-lived CBS primetime medical drama "Cutter to Houston"
1984:
Cast in featured role on the primetime soap "Knots Landing" (CBS) as Julie Harris' son Joshua Rush
1986:
Starred as a West Point cadet implicated in a murder in the NBC miniseries "Dress Gray"
1986:
Made Broadway debut as a bumbling thief in Joe Orton's "Loot"
1986:
Film acting debut in "Forever, Lulu"
1988:
Returned to Broadway as a slick corporate raider in Caryl Churchill's play "Serious Money"
1988:
Landed pivotal supporting roles in "Working Girl" and "Married to the Mob"
1988:
Played first romantic lead in Tim Burton's supernatural farce "Beetlejuice"
1989:
Portrayed Jimmy Swaggart, cousin to rock singer Jerry Lee Lewis (Dennis Quaid) in the biopic "Great Balls of Fire"
1990:
First received top billing in "Miami Blues"
1990:
Cast as Jack Ryan in "The Hunt for Red October; passed on reprising his role in the sequels
1990:
Directed by Woody Allen in "Alice"
1990:
Starred opposite Mary-Louise Parker in Craig Lucas' play "Prelude to a Kiss" at Circle Repertory Theatre
1991:
First teamed on screen with future wife Kim Basinger in "The Marrying Man"
1992:
Reprised stage role opposite Meg Ryan in Norman Rene's film version of "Prelude to a Kiss"
1994:
Founded El Dorado Productions
1994:
Played title role in "The Shadow"
1994:
Acted opposite wife Kim Bassinger in Roger Donaldson's remake of "The Getaway"
1995:
Played Stanley Kowalski opposite Jessica Lange in the Broadway revival of "A Streetcar Named Desire"; earned a Tony nomination; reprised role for TV-movie that year for which he netted an Emmy nomination
1996:
Appeared in Rob Reiner's "Ghosts of Mississippi"
1997:
Starred opposite Anthony Hopkins in the David Mamet scripted "The Edge"
1998:
Offered a villainous turn in "Mercury Rising"
1998:
Returned to the stage to play "Macbeth" opposite Angela Bassett
1999:
Played supporting role as the father of a troubled teen in "Outside Providence"
1999:
Made cameo appearance in "Notting Hill"
2000:
Cast (also executive produced) as the lead attorney in the TNT miniseries "Nuremberg"
2000:
Produced City Center Voices! Of The American Theater, a series of one-night only staged readings of American plays; appeared with Joanne Woodward in the inaugural production of "Arsenic and Old Lace"
2000:
Played (also executive producerd) a self-centered actor in David Mamet's "State and Main"
2001:
Starred in "Gross Points" at the Bay Street Theatre in Sag Harbor, NY; role reportedly based on actor Al Pacino
2002:
Cast as Robert McNamara in the HBO drama "Path To War"
2002:
Feature directorial debut (also co-starred), the remake of "The Devil and Daniel Webster"
2003:
Cast as Quinn in the film adaptation of "Dr. Seuss' The Cat in the Hat"
2003:
Co-starred with William H. Macy in "The Cooler" as a casino tycoon
2004:
Cast in Martin Scorsese's "The Aviator," a biopic of legendary director and recluse Howard Hughes (Leonardo DiCaprio)
2004:
Guest starred on the season finale of "Nip/Tuck" (F/X) playing Dr. Barrett Moore, the ex-husband of "life coach" Ava Moore (Famke Janssen)
2005:
Earned two Emmy nominations for his guest starring role on "Will & Grace" (NBC) as Will's new boss
2005:
Cast in "Fun with Dick and Jane," an update of the 1977 comedy where a married couple turn to robbery to pay the bills
2006:
Performed on stage in "Entertaining Mr. Sloane"; co-star Jan Maxwell left the production after complaining about the behavior of her co-star and was replaced by an understudy; this was denied by Baldwin and the theatre
2006:
Cast as Jack Donaghy, the network boss of a New York based sketch comedy show in "30 Rock" (NBC)
2006:
Cast as an alcoholic father in the ensemble drama-comedy "Running with Scissors"
2006:
Played a macho police official in Martin Scorsese's "The Departed"
2006:
Cast in Robert De Niro's "The Good Shepherd," as a CIA operative
2007:
Starred in (also produced) "Shortcut to Happiness" as a struggling writer who sells his soul to the devil for fame and fortune
2009:
Played Campbell Alexander in "My Sister's Keeper," a Nick Cassavetes-directed adaptation of the Jodi Picoult novel
2009:
Announced as co-host, along with Steve Martin, of the 82nd Annual Academy Awards
2009:
Co-starred as Meryl Streep's ex-husband in the Nancy Meyers comedy "It's Complicated"
2011:
Nominated for the 2011 Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in Comedy Series
2012:
Co-starred with Chloƫ Grace Moretz in the indie drama "Hick"
2012:
Played manager of the Bourbon Room opposite Tom Cruise and Julianne Hough in feature adaptation of the stage musical "Rock of Ages"
2012:
Again directed by Woody Allen in the romantic comedy "To Rome with Love"
2012:
Voiced Santa Claus character North in animated adventure "Rise of the Guardians"
2013:
"30 Rock" ends after seven successful seasons on NBC
2013:
Re-teamed with Woody Allen in "Blue Jasmine"
2013:
Premiere of "Up Late with Alec Baldwin" on MSNBC
2013:
"Up Late with Alec Baldwin" is suspended by MSNBC
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Education

George Washington University: Washington , Washington D.C. -
Berner High School: Massapequa , New York - 1976
The Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute: New York , New York - 1979
New York University: New York , New York - 1993

Notes

Baldwin's official Web site is at www.alecbaldwin.com.

Noted for his disdain of publicity and the press, Baldwin was given the Hollywood Women's Press Club's Sour Apple Award in 1991.

With companion (and later wife) Kim Basinger, Baldwin owns 11 dogs, seven cats and a wolf. These devoted pet owners were honored at the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals ball during President Clinton's 1993 inauguration festivities.---From USA Today, January 20, 1993.

Along with Basinger, Baldwin received an award from The Carriage Horse Action Committee at an event held on January 27, 1993 at The Sherry Netherland hotel in NYC. The organization was honoring the couple's commitment to better working conditions for the horses and the fact that Baldwin testified on the animals' behalf at a City Coucil hearing in 1992. (He also got into a fight with a carriage horse driver there.)---From the "Apple Sauce" column of Daily News, January 28, 1993.

In 1995, when his wife and newborn daughter were returning home from the hospital, Baldwin got into a scuffle with photographer Alan Zanger. Zanger sued the actor for lost wages due to injuries and distress caused by the incident while Baldwin countersued for invasion of privacy. In a 1998 jury verdict, both were found to bear some responsibility for the conflict; Baldwin was ordered to pay $6,000 in damages which were reduced to $4,500 as Zanger was held 25 percent responsible. Baldwin was awarded nothing in his invasion of privacy suit.

"I was reared in a very diehard, left-leaning home: Afflict the comfortable and comfort the afflicted. I grew up with that philosophy."--Alec Baldwin quoted in The Seattle Times, July 16, 2000.

In December 1998, at the height of the controversy surrounding the impeachment of then, President Bill Clinton, Baldwin appeared on NBC's "Late Night With Conan O'Brien" and made the questionable comment, "If we were in other countries . . . all of us together would go down to Washington and we would stone [US Senator] Henry Hyde to death." The actor later claimed it was meant humorously.

"Am I ever going to give up acting? Yes. I almost can't wait to give up acting, in one sense. I'm never going to get it right. I've resolved this with myself. I've made tons of money and seen the world and worked with all these great people, and still feel like a failure out there."---Baldwin quoted in New York, November 24, 1997.

"All along, I think there were things I could have done to make things easier for me in the industry sense. I suppose, deep down inside, that really wasn't important to me because ultimately, if it WAS important to me, I would have acted differently, made different decisions. What I wanted seven years ago was to give the best performance possible in the best possible film, but then I realised I wasn't willing to make certain sacrifices in order to cement that. I was really, really down after a bunch of movies that were really, really frustrating."---Baldwin quoted in Empire, June 1997.

"Nothing is worse than the movie business. Washington is just like the Boy Scouts compared to the movies."---Baldwin as quoted to New York, November 24, 1997.

"I've walked away from some films knowing we've given the director the ingredients to make a good movie, and then I've seen it and it isn't so good. That's why I don't get involved much in the movies I'm in. With about half of them, I've never gone to a screening. I show up at the opening, wave, sign autographs, take pictures, talk to the press and then sneak out the side door with my wife and leave. Because watching my own movies reached a level of frustration where all I see is what might have been, and I must add, that's my shortcoming."---Alec Baldwin quoted in Daily News, September 27, 1997.

"Acting to me is like sex," he said with a chuckle. "When I was young, I would do it with anybody. Now I'm older and it's just too intimate. I can't do it with just anybody, anymore."---Alec Baldwin quoted in Toronto Sun, September 10, 2000.

"The loss of my family was the most catastrophic and painful thing I ever had to go through," he says. "It was so awful. I am not looking for sympathy, but I was really, really down. There was a period when I didn't want to live. I'd go to bed at night and say, `Just please let me die in my sleep.' I didn't want to live anymore without my daughter."---Baldwin quoted in W Magazine, November 2003.

"I was not willing to do the things to make more money," he said. "But I am taken more seriously as an actor as a result of the things I did and the choices I made. I make less, but I can't complain. I am happy. If I did better, maybe I would be happier."---Baldwin quoted to New York Times, September 21st, 2003.

"To me, the Republican Party is the real great tragedy of the last 25 years because there are lot of good and decent people and a lot of good political points [that have] come from the Republican Party in the post-war period, but it has been hijacked by these fundamentalist wackos."---Baldwin speaking at a DNC-sponsored event called "Funny But True: Important Issues in 2004." CNSNews.com, July 29, 2004.

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companion:
Janine Turner. Actor. Engaged c. 1983; wedding cancelled.
companion:
Holly Gagnier. Actor. Together in the mid-1980s.
wife:
Kim Basinger. Actor. Met while filming "The Marrying Man" in 1990; married on August 19, 1993; separated on December 5, 2000; filed for divorce in January 2001; divorce became final Sept. 3, 2002.
companion:
Kristin Davis. Actor. Dated in summer 2001.
companion:
Tatum O'Neal. Actor. Reportedly began dating in spring 2002.
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Family close complete family listing

father:
Alexander Rae Baldwin Jr. Teacher. Taught history in high school and coached football in Massapequa New York; died of lung cancer in 1983 at age 55.
mother:
Carol Newcomb Baldwin. Born in 1930; breast cancer survivor.
sister:
Elizabeth Baldwin. Born in 1955; non-acting mother of six and head of Stephen Baldwin's fan club; married to landscaper Charles Keuchler.
brother:
Daniel Baldwin. Actor. Born on October 5, 1960; companion of actress Isabella Hofmann.
brother:
William Baldwin. Actor, model. Born on February 21, 1963; married to singer-actress Chynna Phillips.
sister:
Jane Baldwin. Physical therapist. Born c. 1965; married to car dealership manager Randy Sasso.
brother:
Stephen Baldwin. Actor. Born on May 12, 1967; married to graphic designer Kennya Deodato.
daughter:
Ireland Eliesse Baldwin. Born on October 23, 1995.
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