Alec Baldwin. biography
Alec Baldwin was born Alexander Rae Baldwin III on April 03, 1958, in Massapequa, Long Island, New York with his brothers Daniel, William and Stephen, all of which are actors.
Alec developed the love for acting at an early age but studied political science at George Washington University in hopes of getting into law school. Realizing his undying passion for acting would never subside, Alec enrolled in New York University's drama department to study under the esteemed acting coach Lee Strasberg.
Alec's career was initiated on television with a role on the soap opera The Doctors (1980-82), followed by a supporting role in the CBS medical drama Cutter to Houston (1983) and the primetime soap opera Knots Landing (1984-85).
Alec's next career move was his Broadway debut in Joe Orton's dark farce Loot, which earned him a Theatre World Award, followed by an appearance in Caryl Churchill's satirical play Serious Money (1987). In 1991, Alec's performance in the off-Broadway hit Prelude to a Kiss led to an Obie Award for Best Actor. He then went on to star in the revival of Tennessee Williams' classic hit A Streetcar Named Desire (1992) and acquired a Tony nomination for Best Actor.
Next, Alec made his big-screen debut in the comedy thriller Forever, Lulu (1987) with Hanna Schygulla and Deborah Harry. He then went on to star in Tim Burton's dark comedy Beetlejuice (1988) with Michael Keaton, the comedy Married to the Mob (1988) alongside Michelle Pfeiffer, Oliver Stone's drama Talk Radio (1988), the romantic comedy Working Girl (1988) alongside Harrison Ford, Jim McBride's biopic Great Balls of Fire! (1989) opposite Dennis Quaid, Charles Willeford's action-thriller Miami Blues (1990) and starring in Tom Clancy's The Hunt for Red October (1990) with Sean Connery. Also during this time, Alec starred in Glengarry Glen Ross (1992), Prelude to a Kiss (1992) alongside Diane Lane and the superhero film The Shadow (1994) with Peter Boyle.
In the late 90s, Alec continued to make a name for himself with starring roles in the thriller Mercury Rising (1999) and the comedy Outside Providence (1999). He later made a big splash with his performance in Wayne Kramer's romantic drama The Cooler (2003), leading to an Oscar nomination for Best Actor in a Supporting Role Golden Satellite Award nomination for Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role, Broadcast Film Critics nomination for Best Supporting Actor and a Film Critics Society Award. His popularity and success continued with his performance in Martin Scorsese's biopic Aviator (2004) alongside Leonardo DiCaprio, and the romantic comedy Along Came Polly (2004) with Jennifer Aniston and Ben Stiller.
In 2006, Alec showed his comedic genius as network executive Jack Donaghy in the NBC sitcom 30 Rock alongside Tina Fey. His consistent performance throughout the seasons has led to three Screen Actors Guild Awards, three Golden Globe Awards and two Emmy Awards. He also starred in the spy film The Good Shepherd (2006) alongside Angelina Jolie and ended out the year with a supporting role in Martin Scorsese's crime thriller The Departed (2006) with Leonardo DiCaprio, Jack Nicholson and Matt Damon.
Alec returned to the big-screen in 2009, co-starring in the romantic comedy It's Complicated with Meryl Streep and making an appearance in the on-screen comedy musical Rock of Ages (2012) alongside Catherine Zeta-Jones and Tom Cruise. He has also used his characteristic voice in the animated comedy Madagascar 2: Escape 2 Africa (2008) and the animated adventure Rise of the Guardians (2012).
His most recent projects include, the comedy AmeriQua (2013), the drama Blue Jasmine (2013) opposite Cate Blanchett, the romance comedy Untitled Cameron Crowe Project (unknown release date) with Rachel McAdams and Bradley Cooper, and the thriller Caught Stealing (2014).
Alec Baldwin Wife & Dating History Timeline
1993 – February 2002
Alec and actress Kim Basinger got married in 1993 after the two met on the set of the romantic comedy The Marrying Man (1991). Despite having a daughter together, named Ireland, the couple ultimately divorced in 2002 and rumors began circling that Alec’s rage led to their divorce. Considering their nasty custody battle, the rumors seem to be on point.
Did You Know . . .
- Alec made an appearance in the romantic comedy Notting Hill (1999), starring Hugh Grant and Julia Roberts.
- In addition to his lead role on 30 Rock, Alec serves as one of the show’s producers.
- Alec was ranked 80th in Empire Magazine's list of 100 Sexiest Stars in Film History by the year 1995.
- Alec had 11 dogs, 7 cats and a wolf with his former wife Kim Basinger.
- Alec is one of the two people with a standing invitation to host Saturday Night Live (1975). The other is Christopher Walken.
- Alec avidly supports the Hudson Riverkeeper of Garrison, New York; PETA; The Performing Animal Welfare Society (PAWS); and East Hampton Daycare Center.
- Alec is a vegetarian.
- Alec turned down the role of Jack Ryan in Patriot Games (1992) to perform as Stanley Kowalski in the Broadway revival of A Streetcar Named Desire.
- Alec is actively involved in Bay Street Theatre Festival, The Creative Coalition, People for the American Way, Carol M. Baldwin Breast Cancer Research Fund, and The Drama League of New York.
- In 1990, Alec was listed as one of the 50 Most Beautiful People in the World list by People magazine.
- In 2002, Alec taught "Master Theater Workshop" at Southampton College, New York.
- Alec made his directorial film debut in Shortcut to Happiness (2002), a remake of the The Devil and Daniel Webster (1941).
- When Rick Perry visited Austin, TX in 2003, Alec brought a box of dog biscuit for him.
- In August 2003, Alec was sued by Corrinne Mann who claimed he owed her $125,000 from TV-movie Second Nature (2003).
- In 2004, Alec admitted that he suffered from an obsessive-compulsive disorder.
- For his role in Pearl Habor (2001), Alec trained in flight simulators at Fort Rucker, Alabama.
- Alec snatched Alan Rickman's voice-over role as Leonardo in the animation film Clerks (2000).
- For his role in The Hunt for Red October (1990), Alec underwent submarine driving training at the New London Submarine Base in Connecticut.
- Alec wrote an episode of Law & Order (1990) called "Tabloid," which was based on his real experience with tabloid reporters.
- Alec’s daughter, Ireland, is called Addie by his family members.
- Alec was a waiter at Studio 54, a driver and a shirt salesman before igniting his acting career.
- Alec is not related to Adam Baldwin.
- While studying at NYU, Alec interviewed Al Pacino for a 65-pages thesis paper.
- Alec’s natural hair color is brown but later dyed it black.
- Alec’s voice can be heard in television ads for both General Electric and Subaru.
- Alec is a huge James Lee Burke's fan and acquired the rights to film a number of his books, including Heaven's Prisoners (1996).
- When he does venture out for a smoke, Alec reaches for a Cuban cigar.
- Alec was crowned Outstanding New Actor in a Prime Time Serial for his performance in Knots Landing (1979-1993) at the 1985 Soap Opera Digest Awards.
- Alec won the Best Actor award at the 1991 Obie Awards for his performance in Prelude to a Kiss, as well as the Best Actor at the 1992 Valladolid International Film Festival for his performance in Glengarry Glen Ross (1992).
- Alec obtained the Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a TV Movie or Miniseries nomination at the 1996 Screen Actors Guild Awards for his role in A Streetcar Named Desire (1995).
- In 2001, Alec and the rest of the State and Main (2000) cast won the Best Acting by an Ensemble Cast at the 2001 National Board of Review Awards, Online Film Critics Society Award and the Florida Film Critics Circle Award.
- Alec was nominated for Best Leading Role Performance in a Dramatic Program or Mini-Series for his performance in Nuremberg (2000), at the 2001 Gemini Awards. He went on to win the award for Best Dramatic Mini-Series as the show’s executive producer.
- For his role in Path War (2002), Alec was nominated for a Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series, or Motion Picture Made for Television award at the 2003 Golden Globe Awards.
- Alec role in Dr. Seuss’ The Cat in the Hat (2003) was nominated for the Worst Supporting Actor at the 2004 Razzie Awards.
- For his role in The Cooler (2003), Alec won the National Board of Review Award for Best Supporting Actor, the 2004 Dallas-Forth Worth Film Critics Association Award and the 2004 Vancouver Film Critics Circle award.
- In 2004, Alec was presented with a Media Award from the Muslim Public Affairs Council.
- In September 2005, Alec received the Linda McCartney Memorial Award by PETA.
- Alec and the rest of the ensemble cast for The Good Shepherd (2006) received the Silver Berlin Bear award for Outstanding Artistic Contribution at the 2007 Berlin International Film Festival.
- In 2010, Alec’s role in It’s Complicated (2009) received a BAFTA Film Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor.
- Alec earned a People’s Choice nomination for Favorite TV Comedy Actor in 2011 and 2012.