Alec Baldwin is an American actor, producer and comedian. A member of the Baldwin family, he is the oldest of the four Baldwin brothers, all actors.
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1. Alexander Rae “Alec” Baldwin III was born April 3, 1958 in Amityville, New York.
2. He is the eldest son of Carol Newcomb and Alexander Rae Baldwin, Jr., a high school history/social studies teacher and football coach.
3. He has three younger brothers, Daniel, William, and Stephen, who also became actors. He also has two sisters, Beth and Jane.
4. Alec and his siblings were raised as Roman Catholics.
5. They are of English, Irish, Scottish, French-Canadian, and German ancestry.
6. Through his father, Baldwin is descended from Mayflower passenger John Howland, and through this line, is the 13th generation of his family born in North America and the 14th generation to live in North America.
7. Baldwin attended Alfred G. Berner High School in Massapequa and played football there under Coach Bob Reifsnyder.
8. In New York City, Baldwin worked as a busboy at the disco Studio 54. From 1976 to 1979, he attended George Washington University, afterward transferring to New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts.
9. There he studied with, among others, Geoffrey Horne and Mira Rostova at the Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute,
10. Later, he was accepted as a member of the Actors Studio.
11. Baldwin eventually returned to NYU in 1994, graduating with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree that year.
12. Baldwin made his Broadway debut in 1986 in a revival of Joe Orton’s Loot alongside Zoë Wanamaker, Željko Ivanek, Joseph Maher and Charles Keating.
13. This production closed after three months. His other Broadway credits include Caryl Churchill’s Serious Money with Kate Nelligan and a revival of Tennessee Williams’ A Streetcar Named Desire, for which his performance as Stanley Kowalski garnered a Tony Award nomination for Best Actor.
14. Baldwin also received an Emmy nomination for the 1995 television version of the production, in which both he and Jessica Lange reprised their roles, alongside John Goodman and Diane Lane.
15. In 1998, Baldwin played the title role in Macbeth at The Public Theater alongside Angela Bassett and Liev Schreiber in a production directed by George C. Wolfe.
16. In 2004, Baldwin starred in a revival of Twentieth Century with Anne Heche.
17. On June 9, 2005, he appeared in a concert version of the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical South Pacific at Carnegie Hall. He starred as Luther Billis, alongside Reba McEntire as Nellie and Brian Stokes Mitchell as Emile.
18. The production was taped and telecast by PBS on April 26, 2006. In 2006, Baldwin made theater news in Roundabout Theatre Company’s Off-Broadway revival of Joe Orton’s Entertaining Mr. Sloane.
19. In 2010, Baldwin starred opposite Sam Underwood in a critically acclaimed revival of Peter Shaffer’s Equus, directed by Tony Walton at Guild Hall in East Hampton, New York.
20. Baldwin has returned to Broadway as Harold in Orphans. The show, which opened April 18, 2013, was also to have starred Shia LaBeouf as Treat, but LaBoeuf left the production in rehearsals and was replaced by Ben Foster.
21. Baldwin’s first acting role was as Billy Aldrich in the NBC daytime soap opera The Doctors from 1980 to 1982.
22. In fall 1983, he starred in the short-lived television series Cutter to Houston. He went on to appear as the brother of Valene Ewing and son of Lilimae Clements (played by Joan Van Ark and Julie Harris, respectively) in Knots Landing from 1984 to 1985.
23. In 1986, Baldwin starred in Dress Gray, a four-hour made-for-television miniseries, as an honest cadet sergeant who tries to solve the mystery of a murdered gay classmate.
24. In 1998, he became the third narrator and George Carlin’s replacement for the fifth and sixth seasons of Thomas the Tank Engine & Friends.
25. He left the series in 2002 on winning the role of Lawrence Quinn in The Cat in the Hat and was replaced by Michael Brandon.
26. Baldwin made his film debut with a minor role in the 1987 film Forever, Lulu. In 1988, he appeared in Beetlejuice and Working Girl. He gained further recognition as a leading man with his role as Jack Ryan in The Hunt for Red October (1990).
27. Although, his debut movie was not appreciated, but, in 1988, a horror comedy called Beetlejuice, proved to be his 1st box-office hit.
28. Most of the roles played by him actually revolve around characters that have lack of morals.
29. In 2006, he acted in “30 Rock” an American sitcom. He showed his comedic talents with his portrayal of television network executive Jack Donaghy, and received numerous awards, including 3 Golden Globes, 3 Screen Actors Guild Awards and 2 Emmy Awards.
30. Baldwin first gained recognition appearing on seasons 6 and 7 of the CBS television drama Knots Landing, in the role of Joshua Rush. He has since played both leading and supporting roles in films such as the horror comedy fantasy film Beetlejuice (1988), as Jack Ryan in the action thriller The Hunt for Red October (1990), the romantic comedy The Marrying Man (1991), the superhero film The Shadow (1994), and two films directed by Martin Scorsese: the Howard Hughes biopic The Aviator (2004) and the neo-noir crime drama The Departed (2006).
31. His performance in the 2003 romantic drama The Cooler garnered him a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor.
32. From 2006 to 2013, Baldwin starred as Jack Donaghy on the NBC sitcom 30 Rock, winning two Emmy Awards, three Golden Globe Awards, and seven Screen Actors Guild Awards for his work on the show, making him the male performer with the most SAG Awards.
33, Baldwin co-starred in Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation, the fifth installment of the Mission: Impossible series, released on July 31, 2015.
34. He is also a columnist for The Huffington Post.
35. Since 2016, he has been the host of Match Game.
36. Baldwin was married to actress Kim Basinger in 1993 and the couple has one daughter.
37. In January 2001, Basinger filed for divorce with allegations of abuse and alcoholism which followed a vicious custody battle over the couple’s daughter.
38. In 2012, he married Hilaria Thomas on June 30, 2012.
39. They have two children together, a daughter Carmen and a son on Twitter – Rafael Thomas Baldwin.
40. Baldwin is an activist for People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), as a result of his compassion for animals.