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Chosen by Empire magazine as one of the 100 Sexiest Stars in film history (#80). [1995]

He and now ex-wife Kim Basinger owned a total of eleven dogs, seven cats and a wolf during their marriage.

Education: George Washington University, Washington, D.C. (majored in political science), New York University, New York, New York (majored in drama; B.A., 1994).

As part of his preparation for The Hunt for Red October (1990), he was trained to drive a Los Angeles-class attack submarine at the New London Submarine Base in Connecticut.

One of six children of Carol M. Baldwin of Syracuse, New York, and the late Alexander R. Baldwin Jr., a social studies teacher and football coach at Massapequa High School, one of whose students was Brian Kilmeade. Alec's siblings are William Baldwin, Stephen Baldwin, Daniel Baldwin, Jane Sasso and Elizabeth Keuchler. Brother-in-law of Chynna Phillips, Kennya Baldwin and Joanne Smith-Baldwin. Cousin of actor Joseph Baldwin.

Chosen by People magazine as one of the 50 Most Beautiful People in the World. [1990]

Reportedly, Baldwin originally wanted to be a lawyer before he was bit by the acting bug.

During the Bill Clinton impeachment trial went on Late Night with Conan O'Brien (1993) and said to a cheering audience that the head of the trial, Henry Hyde and his family, should be stoned to death. He later apologized and said it was just a joke.

A huge fan of novelist James Lee Burke, he owns the rights to a number of books featuring his character Dave Robiceaux. One of these, Heaven's Prisoners (1996), was released in 1996.

Wrote the episode Law & Order: Tabloid (1998) based on his own experiences with tabloid reporters.

Turned down the chance to reprise the role of Jack Ryan in Patriot Games (1992) in order to play Stanley Kowalski in a revival of Tennessee Williams's "A Streetcar Named Desire" on Broadway.

Told brother Stephen Baldwin that doing Bio-Dome (1996) could be the single most career-ending decision he could possibly make.

At George Washington University, Baldwin ran for president but lost by two votes.

Taught "Master Theater Workshop" in summer 2002 at Southampton College, New York, where friend James LaRocca is Dean.

Is only the third person in history to be nominated for both Best Supporting Actor from the Oscars, for The Cooler (2003), and Worst Supporting Actor from the Razzies, for The Cat in the Hat (2003), in the same year.

Jokes that he "stole" his performance in The Cooler (2003) from Ben Kingsley's in Sexy Beast (2000).

Replaced Alan Rickman as the voice of Leonardo Leonardo in the 2000 cartoon based on Kevin Smith's film Clerks (1994).

Received an honorary Doctor of Letters degree (Litt.D) from Montclair State University at their 2004 graduation ceremony.

Like ex-wife Kim Basinger, he is also a vegetarian. He claims she was the one who convinced him. Since their divorce he has continued to be an advocate for animal rights.

In 1995, he played the role of Stanley Kowalski in A Streetcar Named Desire (1995), a role originated by Marlon Brando, who went on to play Vito Corleone. On Saturday Night Live (1975), he has played Robert De Niro, who played the young Vito Corleone to Brando's older Don Corleone, in The Godfather: Part II (1974).

Has done voice-over work in television ads for both General Electric and Subaru.

Was nominated for Broadway's 1992 Tony Award as Best Actor (Play) for playing Stanley Kowalski in a revival of Tennessee Williams's "A Streetcar Named Desire", a performance he recreated in a television version of the same title, A Streetcar Named Desire (1995).

Is one of only two people with a standing invitation to host Saturday Night Live (1975) every year (schedules allowing). The other is Christopher Walken.

Has impersonated Robert De Niro on Saturday Night Live (1975) a few times, and now he will be in The Good Shepherd (2006), which is directed by De Niro.

Was willing to voice his own puppet in Team America: World Police (2004) (despite the film's unflattering portrait of him and other celebrities) but was turned down by producers Matt Stone and Trey Parker, because all of the other celebrities were voiced by impressionists in the film. The role went to impressionist Maurice LaMarche.

No relation to actor Adam Baldwin.

Was considered for the role of Dr. Curtis McCabe in Vanilla Sky (2001), which went to Kurt Russell.

Declined two roles that later went to fellow actor Harrison Ford. First, he declined to reprise the role of Jack Ryan in Patriot Games (1992), then he turned down the lead role in The Fugitive (1993).

Was considered for the role of Batman/Bruce Wayne in Batman (1989), which went to Michael Keaton.

Did a skit on Saturday Night Live (1975) in December of 2005 in which he spoofed himself delivering the same speech he did in Glengarry Glen Ross (1992) to a couple of Santa's elves. Only some of the words were changed to apply to the elves rather than salesmen. He slipped though when saying the line, "Always Be Cobbling" instead he said the original line, "Always Be Closing". This made the other cast members break out in laughter on the live show.

On April 11, 2007, he caused a scandal by leaving an expletive-filled voicemail for his daughter, Ireland, calling her a "thoughtless little pig," which later was revealed to the media.

Revealed during an appearance on Late Night with Conan O'Brien (1993) that he suffers from OCD.

Wrote the episode Law & Order: Tabloid (1998), which was part of the 1998 season, because of his own experience with tabloid reporters.

Caused a major uproar in the Philippines when he made a joke that he was interested in buying a Filipina wife. As a result, Philippine senator Ramon "Bong" Revilla, Jr., (also an actor) blasted Baldwin and even swore to personally beat him up if he ever visits the Philippines. Despite apologizing for the joke, Baldwin was effectively banned from visiting the Philippines.

Will surpass Steve Martin, for hosting Saturday Night Live (1975) the most times--16--which he did on September 24, 2011. Martin has hosted 14 times. In 2010, the friendly duo co-hosted The 82nd Annual Academy Awards (2010).

Good friends with actress Meryl Streep.

In 1979, he auditioned for the New York University Undergraduate Drama Program on a dare (and was accepted). Studied at New York University's prestigious Tisch School of the Arts. Trained at the Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute. Teaches a theater class at The Ross School in New York.

On December 12, 1998, Alec Baldwin hosted Saturday Night Live (1975) and appeared in the double entendre-filled "Schweddy Balls" edition of the recurring skit "The Delicious Dish", which spoofed National Public Radio (NPR). In 2009, Baldwin became the on-air radio host of "The New York Philharmonic This Week" on the real NPR. In 2011, Baldwin became the host of his own public radio interview podcast show on WNYC, "Here's the Thing with Alec Baldwin".

Received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on February 15, 2011, outside Eva Longoria's restaurant, Beso, on Hollywood Boulevard, seven blocks away from ex-wife Kim Basinger's star. In attendance were his brother Stephen Baldwin, his daughter Ireland and friend Megan Mullally.

As a longtime political liberal activist, was rumored to be weighing a run for mayor of New York City... until he denied it recently on Late Show with David Letterman (1993) (2011).

(September 11, 2011) For his role on 30 Rock (2006), he was named one of the "Eight Actors Who Turn Television into Art", in cover story of The New York Times Magazine.

Removed from an American Airlines flight on December 6, 2011, at Los Angeles International Airport, reportedly for not turning off his cellphone.

On April 3, 2012, became engaged to yoga instructor Hilaria Thomas.

In 2011 announced that he canceled his plans to retire from acting. He explained that his intention had been to enter politics, but he decided against it and he will renew his contract for 30 Rock (2006).

(February 12, 2013) Alec and his wife, Hilaria Baldwin, are expecting their first child in summer 2013.

His acting mentor was the late Julie Harris.

Became a father for the 1st time at age 37 when his 1st wife [now ex-wife] Kim Basinger gave birth to their daughter Ireland Eliesse Baldwin, aka Ireland Baldwin, on October 23, 1995.

Became a father for the 2nd time at age 55 when his 2nd wife Hilaria Baldwin gave birth to their daughter Carmen Gabriella Baldwin on August 23, 2013.

Has appeared in films with all three of his successors in the role of Jack Ryan: Harrison Ford in Working Girl (1988), Ben Affleck in Pearl Harbor (2001), and Chris Pine in Rise of the Guardians (2012). He has also been played by Affleck on "Saturday Night Live" (1975).

Claimed in a 2013 interview that he donates all the money he makes from his Capital One commercials to charity and even 'got addicted to giving the money away'.

In September 2013, Baldwin officially announced he would be hosting his own television talk show on MSNBC, Up Late with Alec Baldwin (2013), starting in October 2013 (on Fridays at 10 pm). However, after only one month on the air, the show was canceled in November 2013 after Baldwin angrily uttered a "gay slur" during his latest confrontation with photographers staked outside his Manhattan apartment building.

Alec Baldwin has worked with all four actresses who played Bruce Wayne's love interests in the Burton/Schumacher Batman films. He was married to Kim Basinger and appeared with her in The Getaway (1994). He and Michelle Pfeiffer appeared in Married to the Mob (1988). He and Nicole Kidman appeared in Malice (1993). He and Elle Macpherson appeared in The Edge (1997).

Alec Baldwin appeared in two titles that contain the painting 'Horse Attacked by a Lion' by George Stubbs - 30 Rock (2006) (2nd season, Auction house) and Working Girl (1988) (Katherine Parker's office).

The first film he ever saw was How the West Was Won (1962).

Became a father for the 3rd time at age 57 when his wife Hilaria Baldwin gave birth to their son Rafael Thomas Baldwin on June 17, 2015.

Although Baldwin was reportedly the first choice to play news anchor Frank Vitchard in Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy (2004), the part went to Luke Wilson.

For two consecutive years, he played the screen husband of the Best Actress Oscar winner: Cate Blanchett in Blue Jasmine (2013) and Julianne Moore in Still Alice (2014).

Named Last Tango in Paris (1972) as his all-time favorite film in a poll taken by the AFI.

Worked at Studio 54 in the '70s.

As of 2019, has appeared in 5 films that were nominated for the Best Picture Oscar: Working Girl (1988), The Aviator (2004), The Departed (2006), BlacKkKlansman (2018), and A Star Is Born (2018). Of these, The Departed (2006) is a Best Picture winner.

As of February 2017, he holds the record for hosting Saturday Night Live (1975) with seventeen episodes.

One of his least favorite films of all time is Salò, or the 120 Days of Sodom (1975).

Auditioned for the role of Bobby Grady in Crimes of Passion (1984).

Became a father for the 4th time at age 58 when his wife Hilaria Baldwin gave birth to their son Leonardo Ángel Charles Baldwin on September 12, 2016.

Was the first non-cast member of Saturday Night Live (1975) to play Donald Trump in an "SNL" sketch.

Is a teetotaler, having entered AA at the age of 26.

In his 2017 memoir, he wrote that he was the inspiration for the role of the primadonna actor in What Just Happened (2008). He wasn't pleased about it and was even more annoyed when Robert De Niro offered him the role. After he declined, Bruce Willis got the role.

In 1996, he was acquitted of criminal battery against a paparazzi photographer. He is not the first Alexander Baldwin in the family who was acquitted of a criminal offense. In 1938, his grandfather Alexander Baldwin I, an assistant district attorney in Brooklyn, NY, was acquitted of bribery. but nonetheless he was disbarred and was never to practice law again.

He is the only actor to play the role of Jack Ryan who acted alongside every other actor who played the role: He was in Working Girl (1988) with Harrison Ford who played Ryan in Patriot Games (1992) and Clear and Present Danger (1994). He was in _Pearl Harbor (2001) with Ben Affleck who played Ryan in The Sum of All Fears (2002). He was in Rise of the Guardians (2012) with Chris Pine who played Ryan in Jack Ryan: Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit (2014) and he was in Aloha (2015) with John Krasinski who plays Ryan in Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan (2018).

Was Cate Blanchett's co-star in both the movies for which she won her Oscars; The Aviator (2004) and Blue Jasmine (2013).

He has starred in three films with Matt Damon: The Departed (2006), The Good Shepherd (2006) and Downsizing (2017). The two also appeared in multiple episodes of 30 Rock (2006) together.

In 1991, owing to his disdain of publicity and the press, Baldwin received the Hollywood Women's Press Club's Sour Apple Award.

Dated Lori Loughlin, Tatum O'Neal, Kristin Davis, Jennifer Love Hewitt , Lori Singer, and Holly Gagnier.

Was once engaged to Janine Turner.

Withdrew from Henry & June (1990) two weeks before filming began.

Was considered for the Patrick Swayze role in Ghost (1990).

Baldwin and wife Hilaria had their fourth child, a boy, in the spring of 2018.

He was considered by Tim Burton and Warner Brothers Studios for the titular role in Batman (1989).

Baldwin and former wife Kim Basinger are animal rights activists.

On February 11, 2010, he got into an argument on the phone with his daughter Ireland and threatened to take pills. When Ireland tried to call him back and couldn't reach him, she dialed 911. That same day Alec was taken to Lenox Hill Hospital before being released just hours later.

Nominated for the 2018 Emmy Award in the Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series category for his role as Donald Trump in Saturday Night Live (1975), but lost to Henry Winkler from Barry (2018).

In his memoir, Baldwin estimates that ex-wife Kim Basinger spent about $1.5 million over a seven-year period in her efforts to deny him parental access.

His wife Hilaria Baldwin became pregnant by him a fifth time, but suffered a miscarriage whilst still in her first trimester in April 2019.

His numerous impressions of fellow actor Robert De Niro are among De Niro's favorites.

Former student of acting teacher, David Gideon.

Susan Sarandon once described Baldwin as "fucking brilliant" and suggested he run for President.

Was replaced by Harrison Ford for the role of Jack Trainer in Working Girl (1988) and relegated to the smaller role of Mick Dugan. Since Melanie Griffith wasn't a big enough name to carry a film back then (she ended up getting third billing despite having the main role), Fox demanded that the male lead be played by a box office star or they wouldn't green-light the project. "So, Mike Nichols had to call Alec and say, 'Look, I'm really sorry. The circumstances have changed. Would you do this other part?' Alec understood and was so lovely about it. He came in and really nailed that character. It was an awkward adjustment," recalled producer Douglas Wick.