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Also Known As: Billy Baldwin Died:
Born: February 21, 1963 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Massapequa, New York, USA Profession: actor, model, stuntman, restaurateur, government aide

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This strikingly handsome lead of the 1990s is notable for his bedroom eyes and lean physique. The third of the acting Baldwin brothers (including the older Alec and Daniel and younger Stephen), William Baldwin left law school and began modeling. He first gained attention as an actor for his performance as convicted killer Robert Chambers in the TV-movie "The Preppie Murder" (ABC, 1989). That same year, Baldwin made his feature film debut (virtually as an extra) as a member of Tom Cruise's Marine platoon in Oliver Stone's "Born on the Fourth of July."Baldwin subsequently appeared as Richard Gere's hapless partner and accomplice in "Internal Affairs" and as a death-defying, womanizing medical student in "Flatliners" (both 1990) before landing a leading role as a rookie fireman in Ron Howard's "Backdraft" (1991). He worked with some of contemporary Hollywood's most intriguing leading ladies in two very different 1993 features: as a male escort involved in a triangle with two estranged lesbian lovers (Kelly Lynch and Sherilyn Fenn) in the romantic comedy "Three of Hearts" and as a wealthy bachelor involved with Sharon Stone in the thriller "Sliver".A small-scale critical hit and a big-scale bomb marked...

This strikingly handsome lead of the 1990s is notable for his bedroom eyes and lean physique. The third of the acting Baldwin brothers (including the older Alec and Daniel and younger Stephen), William Baldwin left law school and began modeling. He first gained attention as an actor for his performance as convicted killer Robert Chambers in the TV-movie "The Preppie Murder" (ABC, 1989). That same year, Baldwin made his feature film debut (virtually as an extra) as a member of Tom Cruise's Marine platoon in Oliver Stone's "Born on the Fourth of July."

Baldwin subsequently appeared as Richard Gere's hapless partner and accomplice in "Internal Affairs" and as a death-defying, womanizing medical student in "Flatliners" (both 1990) before landing a leading role as a rookie fireman in Ron Howard's "Backdraft" (1991). He worked with some of contemporary Hollywood's most intriguing leading ladies in two very different 1993 features: as a male escort involved in a triangle with two estranged lesbian lovers (Kelly Lynch and Sherilyn Fenn) in the romantic comedy "Three of Hearts" and as a wealthy bachelor involved with Sharon Stone in the thriller "Sliver".

A small-scale critical hit and a big-scale bomb marked 1995 for Baldwin. He starred in Joshua Brand's well-received dark comedy "A Pyromaniac's Love Story", as one third of an unhealthy triangle with Sadie Frost and John Leguizamo. Later that year, he supported supermodel Cindy Crawford in her film debut, the ill-advised actioner "Fair Game". Baldwin's penchant for odd little projects was also displayed in "Curdled" (1996), where he played a sexy serial killer obsessed over by the heroine.

In 1995, Baldwin married singer-actress Chynna Phillips.

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 Be My Valentine (2013)
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 Sexy Evil Genius (2013)
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 Poliwood (2009)
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 Plumm Summer, A (2008)
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 Noise (2007)
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Worked on Capitol Hill as aide to Democratic US Representative Thomas J. Downey (NY)
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Worked as model for Calvin Klein; also appeared in commercials
1989:
Feature acting debut, "Born on the Fourth of July"
1989:
TV acting debut, cast as killer Robert Chambers in the ABC movie "The Preppie Murder"
1991:
Starred in Ron Howard's film, "Backdraft"; also performed stunts
1993:
Cast as leading man to Sharon Stone in "Sliver"
1995:
Co-starred with model Cindy Crawford in "Fair Game"
1998:
Featured as Annie Parillaud's husband in Raul Ruiz's "Shattered Image"
1999:
Played one of the leads in the Showtime original "Brotherhood of Murder"
2000:
Acted opposite Julie Andrews in "Relative Values"
2001:
Played the lead in "Double Bang"; premiered on HBO in lieu of theatrical release
2005:
Offered a well-received performance as Laura Linney's love interest in Noah Baumbach's "The Squid and the Whale"
2007:
Cast as Donald Sutherland's oldest son, Patrick Darling VI on the short-lived ABC drama "Dirty Sexy Money"
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Education

Alfred G Berner High School: Massapequa , New York - 1977 - 1981
State University of New York at Binghamton: Binghamton , New York - 1981 - 1985

Notes

"I could count my modeling jobs on my hands and toes. When I graduated from college, I moved to New York specifically to study acting and I needed to pay the bills and it's better to make a couple thousand dollars in one day than to wait tables six days a week."--William Baldwin quoted in MOVIELINE, August 1995

"Billy Baldwin knows his business. He's front and center in a new generation of actors who've gotten smart about the film industry at an early age. It's a generation that, faced with the choice of following in the Brat Pack's unfortunate footsteps or of riding a Harley Davidson alongside Mickey Rourke, has instead chosen to follow the lead of Tom Cruise, modern Hollywood's model star. The lesson is basic: don't act like a jerk, make smart choices rather than hip choices, and make the business work for you by working the business." --From DETAILS, June 1991

Named "Male Star of Tomorrow" by the Motion Picture Bookers in 1991.

With his brother Stephen, opened Alaia, a restaurant in Manhattan

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wife:
Chynna Phillips. Singer, actor. Daughter of John Phillips (of The Mama and the Papas) and actress-singer Michelle Phillips; performed in band Wilson Phillips; met in 1991; married on September 9, 1995.

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father:
Alexander Rae Baldwin Jr. Teacher. Taught history in high school and coached football; died of lung cancer in June 1983.
mother:
Carol 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:
Alec Baldwin. Actor. Born on April 3, 1958; married to actress Kim Basinger.
brother:
Daniel Baldwin. Actor. Older; born on October 5, 1960; second wife is actress Isabella Hofmann.
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 Baldwin.
daughter:
Jamison Baldwin. Born on February 27, 2000.
son:
Vance Alexander Baldwin. Born on October 23, 2001.
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