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).