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Raven-haired, suavely handsome and prolific actor Alec Baldwin was born on April 3, 1958 in Massapequa, New York, and is the oldest, and easily the best-known, of the four Baldwin brothers in the acting business (the others are Stephen Baldwin, William Baldwin and Daniel Baldwin). Alexander Rae Baldwin III is the son of Carol Newcomb (Martineau) and Alexander Rae Baldwin, Jr., who was a high school teacher and football coach. He is of English, Irish, French, Scottish, and German descent. Alec burst onto the TV scene in the early 1980s with appearances on several series, including The Doctors (1963) and Knots Landing (1979), before scoring feature film roles in Forever, Lulu (1987), Beetlejuice (1988), Working Girl (1988), Married to the Mob (1988) and Talk Radio (1988). In 1990, Baldwin appeared in the first on-screen adaptation of the "Jack Ryan" character created by mega-selling espionage author, Tom Clancy. The film, The Hunt for Red October (1990), was a box office and critical success, with Baldwin appearing alongside icy Sean Connery. Unfortunately, Baldwin fell out with Paramount Studios over future scripts for "Jack Ryan", and subsequent Ryan roles went to Harrison Ford. Baldwin instead went to Broadway to perform "A Streetcar Named Desire", garnering a Tony nomination for his portrayal of "Stanley Kowalski" (he would reprise the role in a 1995 TV adaptation). Baldwin won over critics as a lowlife thief pursued by dogged cop Fred Ward in Miami Blues (1990), met his future wife Kim Basinger while filming the Neil Simon comedy, The Marrying Man (1991), starred in the film adaptation of the play, Prelude to a Kiss (1992) (in which he starred off-Broadway), and made an indelible ten-minute cameo as a hard-nosed real estate executive laying down the law in Glengarry Glen Ross (1992). He also made a similar tour-de-force monologue in the thriller, Malice (1993), as a doctor defending his practices, in which he stated, "Let me tell you something: I am God". Demand for Baldwin's talents in the 1990s saw more scripts swiftly come his way, and he starred alongside his then-wife, Kim Basinger, in a remake of the Steve McQueen action flick, The Getaway (1994), brought to life the famous comic strip character, The Shadow (1994), and starred as an assistant district attorney in the civil rights drama, Ghosts of Mississippi (1996). Baldwin's distinctive vocal talents then saw him voice US-aired episodes of the highly popular UK children's show, Thomas & Friends (1984), plus later voice-only contributions to other animated/children's shows, including Clerks (2000), Cats & Dogs (2001), Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within (2001) and The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie (2004). In the early 2000s, Baldwin and Basinger endured an acrimonious break-up that quickly became tabloid fodder but, while his divorce was high-profile, Baldwin excelled in a number of lower-profile supporting roles in a variety of films, including State and Main (2000), Pearl Harbor (2001), The Cooler (2003) (for which he received an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor), The Aviator (2004), Along Came Polly (2004) and The Departed (2006). As he was excelling as a consummate character actor, Baldwin found a second career in television comedy. Already known for his comedic turns hosting Saturday Night Live (1975), he essayed an extended guest role on Will & Grace (1998) in 2005 before taking on what would arguably become his most famous role, that of network executive "Jack Donaghy", opposite Tina Fey in the highly-acclaimed sitcom, 30 Rock (2006). The role brought Baldwin two Emmy Awards, three Golden Globes, and an unprecedented six Screen Actors Guild Awards (not including cast wins). Continuing to appear in films as 30 Rock (2006) wrapped up its final season, Baldwin remarried in 2012 to Hilaria Baldwin (aka Hilaria Lynn Thomas), and is rumored to be considering political office.  See full bio on IMDb »

Alec Baldwin -- Tempting Fate ... Goes to Paparazzi Hot Spot (VIDEO)

Alec Baldwin
Tempting Fate ... Goes to Paparazzi Hot Spot

This did NOT happen by accident ... Alec Baldwin and his wife going straight into L.A.'s hot zone for paparazzi the day after he exploded on a photog in Beverly Hills. Tensions had to be… READ MORE >

Alec Baldwin -- Ballistic in Bev Hills ... SHUT UP!!!! (VIDEO)

Alec Baldwin
BALLISTIC in Bev Hills ... SHUT UP!!!

Alec Baldwin exploded in anger Tuesday, getting in a photographer's face and berating him for shooting Baldwin's wife. Baldwin and Hilaria were in Bev Hills when he unleashed on the photog with… READ MORE >

- 716 days ago
Alec Baldwin in NYC -- The Dog Days of Summer!

Alec Baldwin in NYC
The Dog Days of Summer!

See Alec Baldwin take a stroll in NYC on Wednesday. Not even coffee could put a smile on his stoic face. But then, something caught his eye... His dogs! He couldn't get enough of them! How long… READ MORE >

- 1037 days ago
Blake Shelton -- I Don't Have to See 'American Sniper' to Blast Celebs Attacking It

Blake Shelton
I Don't Have to See 'American Sniper' To Blast Celebs Attacking It

Blake Shelton has no problem defending "American Sniper" and ripping celebs who trash it, even though he hasn't even seen the movie! Shelton was leaving 30 Rock (probably after his "Saturday Night… READ MORE >

- 1184 days ago
Alec Baldwin -- Photog Claims ... I Could've Had Alec Arrested!

Alec Baldwin
Photog Claims ... I Could've Had Him Arrested

The photographer who got into it with Alec Baldwin in the Hamptons on Sunday claims police were prepared to arrest Alec ... until he decided to let it all go.  As TMZ first reported, Alec… READ MORE >

- 1327 days ago
Alec Baldwin Gets Pissed Off ... Hamptons Cops Swarm (UPDATE)

Alec Baldwin
Gets Pissed Off ... Hamptons Police Swarm (UPDATE)

11:15 AM PT -- A close friend of the Baldwins tells TMZ ... Alec was in the park with his wife Hilaria and their baby when a paparazzo approached them. According to the friend, Baldwin has some… READ MORE >

- 1328 days ago
Alec Baldwin -- I'm Not Apologizing -- For Disorderly Conduct Arrest

Alec Baldwin
I'm Not Apologizing For Disorderly Conduct Arrest

Alec Baldwin -- who called NYC a "mismanaged carnival of stupidity" -- says he won't apologize for his disorderly conduct arrest in May ... and he could ultimately end up on the winning end.Alec… READ MORE >

- 1366 days ago
Alec Baldwin -- Ben Franklin Movie Plans Revealed in Soap Star's Divorce

Alec Baldwin
Ben Franklin Movie Plans Revealed in Soap Star's Divorce

Alec Baldwin wanted to play Benjamin Franklin in a new movie ... and we didn't find out from an agent, a publicist or a movie studio ... we found out from the divorce docs of a TV soap star."The… READ MORE >

- 1406 days ago
Alec Baldwin BUSTED In New York City for Illegal Biking

Alec Baldwin
BUSTED In NYC For Illegal Biking

9:30 AM PT -- Alec is going off on Twitter, writing, "Officer Moreno, badge number 23388, arrested me and handcuffed me for going the wrong way on Fifth Ave ... Meanwhile, photographers outside my… READ MORE >

- 1438 days ago
Ireland Baldwin Kissing a Girl on Twitter ... Cause Why Not?

Ireland Baldwin
Kissing a Girl on Twitter ... Cause Why Not?

Ireland Baldwin and singer/rapper Angel Haze are getting pretty cozy on social media these days, and Ireland took it a step further this week by posting a photo of the pair kissing.Ireland, who is… READ MORE >

- 1444 days ago
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