Alexander Rae Baldwin III (born on April 3, 1958) is an American actor, singer, film producer, comedian, and political activist. The eldest of the Baldwin brothers, a family that has been present in film and television since the 1980s and also includes Daniel, William and Stephen. He has worked in both supporting and starring roles, and in numerous films, including Beetlejuice and The Hunt for Red October, as well as Martin Scorsese’s The Aviator and The Departed.
|Birth name||Alexander Rae Baldwin III|
|Birth date||April 3, 1958|
|Birthplace||Amityville, New York, United States|
|Residence||Upper West Side and Greenwich Village|
|Mother tongue||American English|
|Height||1.82 m (6’0″)|
|Parents||Alexander Rae Baldwin Jr.
Carolyn Newcomb Martineau
|Spouse||Kim Basinger (marr.1993; Div.2002)
Hilaria Thomas (marr. 2012)
|Children||8 (including Ireland Baldwin)|
|Student of||Sanford Meisner|
|Occupation||Actor, film producer, comedian and activist|
|Active years||since 1980|
|Debut role||Billy Allison Aldrich, in The Doctors (1980-1982).|
|Political party||Democratic Party|
|Golden Globes||Best Television Actor in a Comedy or Musical Series
2007 30 Rock 2009 30 Rock 2010
|Emmy Awards||Best Actor – Comedy Series 2008 30 Rock 2009 30 Rock
Best Supporting Actor – Comedy
2017 Saturday Night Live
|SAG Awards||Best Television Actor in a Comedy Series
2006 30 Rock, 2007 30 Rock, 2008 30 Rock, 2009 30 Rock, 2010 30 Rock, 2011 30 Rock 2012
He has been nominated for Oscar, Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild Awards for his role in the film The Cooler (2003). He played Jack Donaghy in the series 30 Rock (2006-2013), a role for which he won two Emmys, three Golden Globes and seven Screen Actors Guild Awards.
Baldwin has also hosted Saturday Night Live 17 times.
First years of Alec Baldwin
Alexander Rae Baldwin III was born on April 3, 1958, in Amityville, New York, and raised in the Nassau Shores neighborhood of nearby Massapequa, the eldest son of Carolyn Newcomb (née Martineau) and Alexander Rae Baldwin Jr., a high school history and social science teacher and football coach. He was raised in a Catholic family of Irish, English and French origin. He attended Alfred G. Berner in Massapequa, Long Island, where he also played football under Bob Reifsnyder (currently in the College Football Hall of Fame). Baldwin worked as a busboy at the famous Studio 54 nightclub. From 1976 to 1979, he attended George Washington University. He then moved to New York University and the Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute to study acting. He returned to New York University in 1994 and graduated that same year.
Three of his brothers, Daniel, William and Stephen, have also taken up acting.
Baldwin made his Broadway debut in 1986, in a revival of Joe Orton’s Loot, alongside theater veterans Zoe Wanamaker, Željko Ivanek, Joseph Maher and Charles Keating. The work remained on display for three months.
Other Broadway credits include Caryl Churchill’s Serious Money opposite Kate Nellligan and a lauded revival of Tennessee Williams ‘ A Streetcar Named Desire; for his portrayal of Stanley Kowalski, he was nominated for a Tony Award for Best Actor. In this production, he worked alongside Jessica Lange, Amy Madigan, Timothy Carhart, James Gandolfini and Aida Turturro. Baldwin would receive an Emmy nomination for the television version of this play, in which he and Lange reprised their roles, working alongside John Goodman and Diane Lane.
In 1998, Baldwin played Macbeth in the play of the same name alongside Angela Bassett and Liev Schreiber. The production was directed by George C. Wolfe.
In June 2005, he appeared in South Pacific at Carnegie Hall, a version of the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical. He played Luther Billis, alongside Reba McEntire and Brian Mitchell. The production was taped and broadcast on PBS on April 26, 2006.
Film and television of Alec Baldwin
His first major role was as Billy Aldrish on the soap opera The Doctors from 1980 to 1982. In the fall of 1983 he was one of the protagonists of the series Cutter to Houston, which had a brief run. He then co-starred in another series, Knots Landing, from 1984 to 1986.
In 1986, Baldwin starred in Drees Gray, a four-hour miniseries, playing an honest cadet sergeant trying to solve the mystery of the death of one of his companions. The series was adapted by Gore Vidal from Lucian K’s novel Truscott IV.
She made her film debut with a brief role in She’s Having a Baby (1988). Also in 1988, she starred in Beetlejuice and was part of the cast in Working Girl. Shortly after these successes, his film career was reaffirmed when he played Jack Ryan in The Hunt for Red October (1990).
Baldwin met his future wife Kim Basinger when they both played a couple in The Marrying Man (1991). They worked together again when they starred in The Getaway (1994), a remake of Steve McQueen’s film of the same name.
In a small but memorable role, Baldwin played a fierce executive in Glengarry Glen Ross (1992), a part added to the film taken from David Mamet’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play. She then starred in Prelude to a Kiss (1992) opposite Meg Ryan, based on a Broadway play. The film received lukewarm reviews, and worldwide grossed only $22 million.
In 1994, he participated in La Sombra playing the title character, La Sombra. Although the film grossed $48 million, it was considered a commercial failure, due to the high expectations created. Baldwin acted in several thrillers and dramas, including The Edge (opposite Anthony Hopkins), The Juror (opposite Demi Moore) and Heaven’s Prisoners (opposite Teri Hatcher).
Between 1998 and 2002, Baldwin was the English-language narrator of the children’s television show Thomas and Friends, narrating a total of 52 episodes of seasons five and six.
In November 2000, he participated in a celebrity edition of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?, where he competed against Jon Stewart, Charlie Sheen, Vivica A. Fox and Norm Macdonald. He won $250,000 for the animal advocacy organization PAWS and called Kim Basinger when he used the “call wild card.”
Later, he went on to play supporting characters, including appearances in films such as the drama The Cooler, for which he was nominated for an Oscar, and The Aviator and The Departed, directed by Martin Scorsese.
He has also lent his voice to several productions, including The Royal Tenenbaums, Final Fantasy: The Force Within and Thomas and His Friends. He has hosted Saturday Night Live seventeen times (most recently in 2017), including a 1998 episode with Kim Basinger.
He wrote an episode of the Law & Order series entitled “Tabloid”, which premiered in 1998. He played Dr. Barrett Moore, a retired plastic surgeon in the series Nip/Tuck. In 2001, Baldwin directed and starred in an all-star version of The Devil and Daniel Webster, opposite Anthony Hopkins. The film was never released and in 2007 a new distributor released it under the title Shortcut to Happiness.
In 2002, Baldwin appeared in two episodes of Friends playing Parker, Phoebe Buffay’s enthusiastic suitor. In the episode “The One in Massapequa”, Parker, apparently uninformed and curious about his history, comments that Massapequa seems like a “magical place”. In real life, Baldwin was raised in Massapequa. He also appeared in some episodes of seasons seven and eight of Will & Grace, where he played Malcolm, a secret agent and lover of Karen Walker, (Megan Mullally).
Baldwin is the star of the award-winning sitcom 30 Rock, which has been airing since 2006. He met his creator Tina Fey during the SNL recordings. He received numerous honors for his role as executive Jack Donaghy, including three Golden Globe Awards, two Emmy Awards, and six Screen Actors Guild Awards. In 2007 he was nominated for an Emmy Award for Best Actor, but it was Ricky Gervais who took the award. He received his second Emmy nomination for his role in 30 Rock in 2008 (his 17th nomination at these awards) and this time he managed to win. Since the third season, Baldwin has been credited as a producer on the series.
In 2005 he participated in the comedy Fun with Dick and Jane, playing the role of an unscrupulous billionaire, in the comedy starring comedian Jim Carrey, with Tea Leoni and Richard Jenkins in the cast.
In July 2007 he hosted Live Earth in New York. He recorded two national public radio announcements on behalf of the Save the Manatee Club.
Baldwin was announced as the host along with his It‘s Complicated co-star Steve Martin of the 82nd Academy Awards ceremony held on March 7, 2010.
Among his most recent works in cinema, two stand out with Woody Allen (To Rome with Love and Blue Jasmine) and a brief collaboration in the Spanish film Torrente 5: Operación Eurovegas.
Fatal accident on a shoot
On October 21, 2021, Baldwin was filming on the set of his upcoming film, the western Rust at Bonanza Creek Ranch, New Mexico, when a prop firearm he was holding went off, striking in the chest and accidentally killing cinematographer, Halyna Hutchins, and wounding the film’s director Joel Souza in the shoulder who was behind her.
The personal life of Alec Baldwin
In 1990, he met actress Kim Basinger when they played lovers in the film The Marrying Man. They married in 1993. Together they had a daughter, Ireland Eliesse Baldwin (born 23 October 1995). Divorce proceedings began in January 2001 and were finalized in February 2002.
In 2011 he met celebrity yoga instructor Hilaria Thomas, 26 years his junior, at a Manhattan restaurant, and they married in 2012. They have two daughters together: Carmen Gabriela (born on August 23, 2013) and María Lucía Victoria (born on February 25, 2021 through surrogacy), and four sons: Rafael Thomas (born on June 17, 2015), Leonardo Ángel Charles (born on September 12, 2016), Romeo Alejandro David (born on May 17, 2018) and Eduardo Pau Lucas (born on September 8, 2018) and Eduardo Pau Lucas (born on September 8, 2018) 2020). Between the births of Romeo and Edward, his wife suffered two miscarriages. In March 2022 they announced that they were expecting their seventh child together and the actor’s eighth. Their daughter, Ilaria Catalina Irena, was born on September 22, 2022.
A Promise to Ourselves
In 2008, Alec Baldwin and Mark Tabb published A Promise to Ourselves, a book in which they recount their seven-year struggle to remain a part of their daughter’s life.
Baldwin says that after their separation in December 2000, his ex-wife, Kim Basinger, went out of her way to deny him contact with their daughter by refusing to discuss raising their daughter, preventing visitation, not allowing telephone contact, disobeying orders from the judge, Not letting his daughter see him for reasons of inconvenience and directly pressuring the girl. Baldwin says Basinger spent over a million and a half dollars on these efforts.
Baldwin called this parental alienation syndrome. He has referred to the lawyers in the case as “opportunists” and described Basinger’s psychologists as part of the “divorce industry.” He has blamed them more than Basinger, writing, “I actually blame my ex-wife less than the rest for what has happened. He is a person, like many of us, doing the best he can with what he has. She is a client and therefore, someone who walks into the courthouse and is offered nothing more than what is served there. Nothing off the menu, ever.”
He wrote that he has spent nearly a million dollars, has had to take time away from his career, he has had to travel a lot, and he had to find a house in California (he lived in New York) in order to be close to his daughter. He says that after seven years of these problems, he reached a breaking point, and angrily left a voicemail answering a summons call. He says the recording was sold to TMZ.com, who disseminated it despite laws against publishing material related to a minor in the media, without the authorization of both parents.
Baldwin admitted he made a mistake but asked not to be judged as a father based on a bad time. Later, in June 2009, he admitted in an interview on Playboy that he thought about suicide after the voicemail that went out to the public. About that incident he said: “I talked to many professionals who helped me. If I committed suicide, Kim Basinger’s side would have considered it a victory. Destroying me was their stated goal.”
In the fall of 2008, Baldwin toured to promote the book, talking about his experiences related to this issue.
Baldwin serves on the People For the American Way, a liberal organization. He is also an advocate for animal rights. A loyal PETA activist, he has worked for this organization and has narrated a video entitled Meet your Meat.
When interviewed by the New York Times, asked what public office he would hold, Baldwin replied: “If at any time I ran for public office, the one I would like would be governor of New York.” When asked if he was qualified, he replied: “That’s what I hate about Arnold Schwarzenegger. His only references are that in the past he conducted an exercise program for a president… I’m from Tocqueville compared to Schwarzenegger.”
Baldwin and television host Bill O’Reilly have had several conflicts. However, despite their political differences, Baldwin has said on his blog after an interview with O’Reilly that O’Reilly was “aggressive, but quite gentleman,” and also called him a “talented broadcaster”. However, Baldwin also referred to O’Reilly’s company, Fox News Channel, in the same blog post as “Roger Ailes’ Luftwaffe/Looney Bin news operation [Ailes is the network’s chairman].”
During his appearance on the show Late Night with Conan O’Brien in December 1998, eight days before President Bill Clinton was charged with crimes committed in the line of duty, Baldwin said, “If we were in another country … We would stone Henry Hyde to death and go home and kill his wives and children. We would kill their families for what they are doing to this country”. Baldwin apologized, and the network explained that it was supposed to be a joke and vowed not to repeat it.
In 2002, blogger Matt Drudge threatened to sue Baldwin for his involvement on the Howard Stern show, during which Baldwin claimed that Drudge had insinuated himself to him in the hallway of ABC’s Los Angeles studios when he was doing the Gloria Allred show. The matter did not escalate. In March 2008, Baldwin told the story to LGBT magazine, The Advocate, and said that there was “kind of creepy features” in Drudge’s sexual advances, and that he was surprised that Drudge was so “tense about being gay”.
In a column written for his Huffington Post blog in February 2006, Baldwin made a scathing critique of Dick Cheney, commenting that Cheney was involved in the election to remove Gray Davis, that Cheney had caused Valerie Plame to leave as a CIA agent, and that Cheney had shot Harry Whittington. Baldwin wrote, “The rumor I heard is that someone shouted, ‘Watch out! Shot! (Shooter)” and that Cheney thought he said “Scooter” and fired in either direction.” He ended by saying that Cheney is a terrorist. “Cheney… It indiscriminately terrorizes our enemies abroad and innocent civilians at home. Who believed Harry Whittington would be the answer to America’s prayers?” When asked if he had gone very far, Baldwin replied that Cheney was not a terrorist, but simply “an oil-stealing liar, or a murderer of the U.S. Constitution… “.
In another editorial, Baldwin compared the consequences of George W’s controversial victory. Bush in the 2000 elections with the damage suffered by the attacks of September 11, 2001. While mentioning things like the Bush administration’s unwarranted wiretapping program, he said, “I know maybe it’s hard to say, but I think what happened in 2000 caused as much damage to the pillars of democracy as the damage that terrorists did to the pillars of commerce in New York”.
In February 2009, Baldwin spoke to encourage state leaders to resume the New York tax deduction for the film and television industry, stating that if “tax deductions are not reinserted into the budget, film production and television production in this city will collapse and move to California”. The conservative magazine The American Spectator approved of Baldwin’s remarks, noting that the tax revenue generated by the industry’s presence in New York exceeds the number of tax deductions offered.
In a guest appearance on Late Show with David Letterman in May 2009, Baldwin made a joke about getting a “Filipino girlfriend in the mail… or a Russian one” to have more children. Baldwin was the target of criticism from the Filipino community, who were offended, including Senator Bong Revilla. Baldwin later apologized for his comment on his blog; the Department of Foreign Affairs of the Philippines did not lift the ban on the actor entering the country, due to his status as an “unwanted alien”.
Alec Baldwin Filmography
|1987||Forever, Lulu||Buck||Amos Kollek|
|1988||She’s Having a Baby||Davis McDonald||John Hughes|
|Beetlejuice||Adam Maitland||Tim Burton|
|Married to the Mob||Frank de Marco||Jonathan Demme|
|Working Girl||Mick Dugan||Mike Nichols|
|Talk Radio||Dan||Oliver Stone|
|1989||Great Balls of Fire!||Jimmy Swaggart||Jim McBride|
|Tong Tana||Narrator||Björn Cederberg and Kristian Petri||Documentary|
|1990||The Hunt for Red October||Jack Ryan||John McTiernan|
|Miami Blues||Frederick J. Frenger Jr.||George Armitage|
|1991||The Marrying Man||Charley Pearl||Jerry Rees|
|1992||Prelude to a Kiss||Peter Hoskins||Norman René|
|Glengarry Glen Ross||Blake||James Foley|
|1993||Malice||Dr. Jed Hill||Harold Becker|
|1994||The escape||Carter “Doc” McCoy||Roger Donaldson|
|The Shadow||Lamont Cranston/The Shadow||Russell Mulcahy|
|1995||Two Bits||Narrator||James Foley|
|Wild Bill: Hollywood Maverick||Narrator||Todd Robinson||Documentary|
|1996||The Juror||Teacher||Brian Gibson|
|Heaven’s Prisoners||Dave Robicheaux||Phil Joanou|
|Looking for Richard||Duke of Clarence||Al Pacino||Documentary|
|Ghosts of Mississippi||Bobby DeLaughter||Rob Reiner|
|1997||On the edge of danger||Robert Green||Lee Tamahori|
|1998||Thick as Thieves||Mackin||Scott Sanders|
|Mercury Rising||Lieutenant Colonel Nicholas Kudrow||Harold Becker|
|1999||The Confession||Roy Bleakie||David Hugh Jones|
|Notting Hill||Jeff King||Roger Michell|
|Outside Providence||Old Dunphy||Michael Corrente|
|Scout’s Honor||Todd Fitter||Neil Leifer||Short film|
|2000||The Acting Class||Alec Baldwin||Jill Hennessy and Elizabeth Holder|
|Thomas and the Magic Railroad||Driver||Britt Allcroft|
|Nuremberg (film)||U.S. Attorney Robert H. Jackson||Yves Simoneau||Docudrama|
|State and Main||Bob Barrenger||David Mamet|
|2001||Pearl Harbor||Lieutenant Colonel James “Jimmy” Doolittle||Michael Bay|
|Like dogs and cats||Butch||Lawrence Guterman||Voice|
|Final Fantasy: The Spirits Whithin||Captain Gray Edwards||Hironobu Sakaguchi||Voice|
|The Royal Tenenbaums||Narrator||Wes Anderson||Voice|
|2002||The Adventures of Pluto Nash||M.Z.M.||Ron Underwood|
|Path to War||Robert McNamara||John Frankenheimer|
|2003||The Cooler||Shelly Kaplow||Wayne Kramer|
|Broadway: The Golden Age, by the Legends Who Were There||Rick McKay||Documentary|
|The Cat||Lawrence “Larry” Quinn||Bo Welch|
|Brighter Days||Alec Baldwin||Godfrey Astudillo||Short film|
|Channel Chasers||30-year-old Timmy Turner||Butch Hartman and Ken Bruce||Voice|
|2004||Along Came Polly||Stan Indursky||John Hamburg|
|Double Dare||Amanda Micheli||Documentary|
|The Last Shot||Joe Devine||Jeff Nathanson|
|The Aviator||John Trippe||Martin Scorsese|
|SpongeBob: The Movie||Dennis||Stephen Hillenburg||Voice|
|The Devil and Daniel Webster||Jabez Stone||Alec Baldwin|
|2005||Elizabethtown||Phil DeVoss||Cameron Crowe|
|The Follies of Dick and Jane||Jack McCallister||Dean Parisot|
|2006||Mini’s First Time||Martin||Nick Guthe|
|The Departed||Capt. George Ellerby||Martin Scorsese|
|Running with Scissors||Norman Burroughs||Ryan Murphy|
|The Good Shepherd||Sam Murach||Robert De Niro|
|2007||Suburban Girl||Archie Knox||Marc Klein|
|Brooklyn Rules||Caesar Manganaro||Michael Corrente|
|2008||My Best Friend’s Girl||Professor Turner||Howard Deutch|
|Madagascar 2: Escape from Africa||Makunga||Eric Darnell and Tom McGrath||Voice|
|Lymelife||Mickey Bartlett||Derick Martini|
|2009||My Sister’s Keeper||Campbell Alexander||Nick Cassavetes|
|It’s Complicated||Jake||Nancy Meyers|
|2011||AmeriQua||Mr. Edwards||Marco Bellone and Giovanni Consonni|
|2012||To Rome with Love||John||Woody Allen|
|The rock era||Dennis Dupree||Adam Shankman|
|The origin of the guardians||Nicholas St. North||Peter Ramsey and William Joyce|
|2013||Blue Jasmine||Hal Francis||Woody Allen|
|2014||Always Alice||John Howland||Wash Westmoreland and Richard Glatzer|
|Torrente 5: Operation Eurovegas||John Marshall||Santiago Segura|
|2015||Mission Impossible: Secret Nation||Alan Hunley||Christopher McQuarrie|
|Aloha||General Dixon||Cameron Crowe|
|2017||Blind||Bill Oakland||Michael Mailer|
|The Boss Baby||Boss Baby (voice)||Tom McGrath|
|2018||Mission: Impossible – Fallout||Alan Hunley||Christopher McQuarrie|
|2019||Before You Know It||Peter||Hannah Pearl Utt|
|Drunk Parents||Frank Teagarten||Fred Wolf|
|Crown Vic||Joel Souza||Producer|
|Motherless Brooklyn||Moses Randolph||Edward Norton|
|Arctic Dogs||PB (voice)||Aaron Woodley|
|2020||Beast Beast||Danny Madden||Executive Producer|
|Pixie||Father Hector McGrath||Barnaby Thompson|
|Chick Fight||Jack Murphy||Paul Leyden|
|2021||The Boss Baby: Family Business||Boss Baby (voice)||Tom McGrath||Post|
|2025||The Boss Baby 3||Boss Baby (voice)||Tom McGrath||Post-production and singer|
|1980-1982||The Doctors||Billy Allison Aldrich||Recurring role|
|1983||Cutter to Houston||Dr. Hal Wexler||9 episodes|
|1984||Sweet Revenge||Major Alex Breen||Television movie|
|1984-1985||Knots Landing||Joshua Rush||40 episodes|
|1985||Hotel||Dennis Medford||Episode: “Distortions”|
|Love on the Run||Sean Carpenter||Television movie|
|1986||Dress Gray||Rysam ‘Ry’ Slaight||Television movie|
|1987||The Alamo: Thirteen Days to Glory||Colonel William B. Travis||Television movie|
|1990–2020||Saturday Night Live||Himself (presenter) / various roles||17 episodes|
|1993||The Larry Sanders Show||Himself||Episode: “The List”|
|1995||A Streetcar Named Desire||Stanley Kowalski||Television movie|
|1998, 2005||The Simpsons||Himself / Dr. Caleb Thorn||Voice
Roles 2 episodes
|1998–2003||Thomas the Tank Engine & Friends||Narrator (voice)||73 episodes|
|1999||Storytime with Thomas||Narrator (voice)||2 episodes|
|2000||Nuremberg||Robert H. Jackson||2 episodes; also executive producer|
|2000-2001||Clerks: The Animated Series||Leonardo Leonardo (voice)||6 episodes|
|Path to War||Robert McNamara||Television movie|
|2002–2007||American Bikers||Slade Black (voice)||Main cast|
|2003||Walking with Cavemen||Narrator (voice)||4 episodes|
|Second Nature||Paul Kane||Television movie|
|2004||Johnny Bravo||Himself (voice)||Episode: “Johnny Bravo Goes to Hollywood”|
|The Fairly OddParents||Timmy Turner adult (voice)||Episode: “Channel Chasers”|
|Nip/Tuck||Dr. Barret Moore||Episode: “Joan Rivers”|
|Las Vegas||Jack Keller||2 episodes|
|2005, 2018–2019||Will & Grace||Malcolm Widmark||10 episodes|
|2006||Great Performances: South Pacific||Luther Billis||Concert from Carnegie Hall, PBS|
|2006–2013, 2020||30 Rock||Jack Donaghy||139 episodes; also producer|
|2008||Journey to the Edge of the Universe||Narrator (voice)||Television documentary|
|2012||Frozen Planet||Narrator (voice)||6 episodes|
|2014||Law & Order: Special Victims Unit||Jimmie MacArthur||Episode: “Criminal Stories”|
|2015–2016||The Jim Gaffigan Show||Himself||2 episodes|
|2017||Julie’s Greenroom||Himself||2 episodes|
|Nightcap||Himself||Episode: “Match Game”|
|2018||American Experience||Theodore Roosevelt (voice)||Episode: “Into The Amazon”|
|The Looming Tower||George Tenet||6 episodes|
|2021||Dr. Death||Robert Henderson|