Alexander Rae Baldwin III, better known as Alec Baldwin, is an Emmy and Academy Award nominee as well as a Golden Globe Award winner. He is an American actor who is the eldest of the Baldwin brothers and has starred in many television shows and movies.
Alec Baldwin is the eldest of his brothers, Daniel, William, and Stephen Baldwin, all of whom are actors in film and television. Born April 3, 1958, Alec grew up in Massapequa, Long Island where his father was a high school teacher for twenty-eight years and his mother raised six children, including his sisters, Beth and Jane. Alec attended George Washington University and planned to attend law school, when he auditioned for the New York University Undergraduate Drama Program on a dare. He was accepted, and in 1979 began what would become his professional training. In 1980, he was cast in the daytime TV series "The Doctors" on NBC and, subsequently, has worked in nearly every venue as a professional actor ever since.
Whether in regional theater or Saturday Night Live, blockbuster movies or Broadway, literary festivals or television mini-series, Alec has always attempted to balance his love of communicating with an audience with the demands of a motion picture career.
On Broadway, he was nominated for a Tony Award for his performance in the 1992 revival of Tennessee Williams' "A Streetcar Named Desire", was nominated for an Emmy Award and a Golden Globe Award for the television movie of that same production, won an Obie Award for the 1991 off-Broadway production of Craig Lucas' "Prelude to a Kiss" and a Theatre World Award in 1986 for his turn in Joe Orton's "Loot" on Broadway.
Alec has starred in several films, including "The Hunt for Red October", "Miami Blues", "Prelude to a Kiss", "Malice", "The Getaway", "The Shadow", "Glengarry Glen Ross", "Heaven's Prisoners", "Ghosts of Mississippi" and "The Edge", among others. His production company, El Dorado Pictures, has co-produced "The Confession" (winner of the 2000 Writers Guild Award for best adapted screenplay by David Black) for Cinemax Television, "Nuremberg: Infamy on Trial" for Turner Network Television, and "State and Main", a motion picture comedy written and directed by David Mamet.
Alec is an out-spoken supporter of various causes related to public policy, including environmentalism, the government's support of the arts, campaign finance reform, animal rights and gun control.
Alec has a daughter, Ireland Eliesse, with his former wife, actress Kim Basinger.