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Also Known As: Danny Baldwin, Daniel Leroy Baldwin Died:
Born: October 5, 1960 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Massapequa, New York, USA Profession: actor, sports handicapper

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The self-described "black sheep" of movie star siblings the Baldwin brothers - along with Alec, William and Stephen - Daniel Baldwin entered the family business relatively late in life, and while an early television role garnered him strong notices, his continuing battle with drug abuse eventually threatened to overshadow his work as an actor. After chipping away at minor roles in films that included "Born on the Fourth of July" (1989), "Harley Davidson and the Marlboro Man" (1991) and "Hero" (1992), he broke out with a prominent regular cast role on the celebrated police procedural "Homicide: Life on the Street" (NBC, 1993-99). Promising work in projects such as "Mulholland Falls" (1996), "Trees Lounge" (1996), and "John Carpenter's Vampires" (1998) was quickly eclipsed by a much publicized drug overdose in a luxury New York City hotel. What followed was a lengthy stretch of appearances in direct-to-DVD movies, punctuated by multiple arrests, stints on reality television, and the occasional high-profile project, such as the Emmy-winning cable drama "Grey Gardens" (HBO, 2008). Obviously talented as an actor in his own right, it became clear that the shadow Baldwin most needed to get out from under...

The self-described "black sheep" of movie star siblings the Baldwin brothers - along with Alec, William and Stephen - Daniel Baldwin entered the family business relatively late in life, and while an early television role garnered him strong notices, his continuing battle with drug abuse eventually threatened to overshadow his work as an actor. After chipping away at minor roles in films that included "Born on the Fourth of July" (1989), "Harley Davidson and the Marlboro Man" (1991) and "Hero" (1992), he broke out with a prominent regular cast role on the celebrated police procedural "Homicide: Life on the Street" (NBC, 1993-99). Promising work in projects such as "Mulholland Falls" (1996), "Trees Lounge" (1996), and "John Carpenter's Vampires" (1998) was quickly eclipsed by a much publicized drug overdose in a luxury New York City hotel. What followed was a lengthy stretch of appearances in direct-to-DVD movies, punctuated by multiple arrests, stints on reality television, and the occasional high-profile project, such as the Emmy-winning cable drama "Grey Gardens" (HBO, 2008). Obviously talented as an actor in his own right, it became clear that the shadow Baldwin most needed to get out from under was not that of his illustrious brothers, but his own personal demons.

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DIRECTOR:

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  Tunnel, The (2002) Director

CAST: (feature film)

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 Nine Dead (2010)
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 Shadowheart (2009)
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 Moola (2008)
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 Grey Gardens (2007)
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 Blue Rose, The (2007)
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1988:
TV debut in NBC movie "Too Good to be True"
1989:
Feature debut in "Born on the Fourth of July"
1990:
TV series debut as regular in CBS sitcom "Sydney"
1991:
First sizeable film role in "Harley Davidson and the Marlboro Man"
1992:
Had small role in Stephen Frears' "Hero" starring Dustin Hoffman
1992:
Played title role in "Ned Blessing: The True Story of My Life" (CBS); not cast in the short-lived 1993 series ("Ned Blessing: The Story of My Life and Times") that followed
1993:
Starred opposite Daryl Hannah in HBO remake of "Attack of the 50 Ft. Woman"
1993:
Had regular role of Detective Beau Felton on NBC series "Homicide: Life on the Street"
1994:
Returned to the Ned Blessing role for the feature "Lone Justice"
1995:
Portrayed Charles Bronson's son in CBS movie "A Family of Cops"; replaced by Joe Penny in sequels
1996:
Appeared in two features, Lee Tamahori's "Mulholland Falls" and Steve Buscemi's feature directing debut, "Trees Lounge"
1996:
Acted opposite significant other Isabella Hofmann in NBC movie "Twisted Desire"
1998:
Replaced by Michael Rispoli in "It Had to Be You" after much-publicized cocaine overdose at NYC's Plaza Hotel
1998:
Delivered arguably his best feature work to date in "John Carpenter's Vampires" as James Woods' vampire-hunting partner (filmed before hotel incident)
2001:
Feature directorial debut, "Fall"; also co-starred with Michael Madsen and Chad McQueen; released direct-to-video
2004:
Starred in "Paparazzi" about a celebrity who turns the tables on a persistent photographer; produced by Mel Gibson
2005:
Cast in Showtime's "Our Fathers," an adaptation of David France's epic book about the sex scandals in the Roman Catholic Church
2007:
Cast in a recurring role in the final episodes of HBO's Emmy-winning mob drama "The Sopranos"
2007:
Portrayed Julius Krug, the former secretary of the interior in HBO Films' "Grey Gardens."
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Education

Massapequa High School: Massapequa , New York -
Ball State University: Muncie , Indiana -
Nassau Community College: Garden City , New York -

Notes

On his weight: "I tell people, if you really want me to look that good, why don't you cough up about two million more and hire Alec or Billy? If you want ME to do it, this is what you get." --Daniel Baldwin to Us, January 1994.

In February 1998, Baldwin was rushed to the hospital in critical condition after a drug overdose. He was later downgraded to stable condition and placed under arrest for possession of drug paraphernalia. Baldwin pled guilty to a reduced charge of disorderly conduct in June 1998. In the October 12, 1998 issue of People, he contributed an article about his relapse and its personal and professional costs.

About his much-publicized relapse: "Believe me, I know my life is still in danger. I no longer kid myself about that. But I've never stayed sober for the right reasons before. I did it for my family's approval, for people in the business, my career, to make money--whatever. And it was all bulls--t.

"This time I'm doing it for me. I'm not staying sober for any other reason except I want to stay sober. If any drug is even around me, I just leave.

"I have too much to lose. If I stay sober this time, who knows what could happen? I'm looking forward to finding out." --Baldwin quoted in New York Post, October 28, 1998

Companions close complete companion listing

wife:
Elizabeth Baldwin. Married in April 1990; divorced in 1996.
companion:
Isabella Hofmann. Actor. Born c. 1960; met on the series "Homicide: Life on the Street".

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father:
Alexander Baldwin Jr. Teacher. Taught history in high school in Massapequa, New York; also coached football; died of lung cancer in 1983.
mother:
Carol Baldwin. Born in 1930; breast cancer survivor and formidable figure in the national drive to raise funds for breast cancer research.
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:
Alec Baldwin. Actor. Born on April 3, 1958; married to actress Kim Basinger.
brother:
William Baldwin. Actor. 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 graphics designer Kennya Deodato Baldwin.
daughter:
Kahlea Baldwin. Mother, Elizabeth Baldwin.
son:
Atticus Baldwin. Born prematurely on July 13, 1996; mother, Isabella Hofmann.
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