Alexander Rae “Alec” Baldwin III is an American actor, writer, producer and comedian. A member of the Baldwin family, he is the eldest of the four Baldwin brothers, all of which are actors. Take a look below for 30 more fun and interesting facts about Alec Baldwin.
1. Baldwin first gained recognition appearing on seasons 6 and 7 of the CBS television drama “Knots Landing, in the role of Joshua Rush.
2. He has played both leading and supporting roles in films such as the horror comedy fantasy film “Beetlejuice,” as Jack Ryan in the action thriller “The Hunt for Red October,” the romantic comedy “The Marrying Man,” the drama “Glengarry Glen Ross,” the superhero film “The Shadow,” and two films directed by Martin Scorsese: the Howard Hughes biopic “The Aviator,” and the neo-noir crime drama “The Departed.”
3. His performance in the 2003 romantic drama “The Cooler” garnered him a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor.
4. He has done voice work for “The SpongeBob Squarepants Movie,” “Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa,” and “The Boss Baby.”
5. From 2006 to 2013, Baldwin starred as Jack Donaghy on the NBC sitcom “30 Rock,” winning two Emmy Awards, three Golden Globe Awards, and seven Screen Actors Guild Awards for his work on the show, making him the male performer with the most SAG Awards.
6. Baldwin co-starred in “Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation” and “Mission: Impossible – Fallout,” the fifth and sixth installment of the “Mission: Impossible” series, released in 2015 and 2018, respectively.
7. He is also a columnist for The Huffington Post.
8. Since 2016, he has been the host of “Match Game.”
9. He has received worldwide attention and acclaim for his portrayal of Donald Trump on the long-running sketch series “Saturday Night Live.”
10. Baldwin was born April 3, 1958, in Amityville, New York, and raised in the Nassau Shores neighborhood of nearby Massapequa.
11. He is the eldest son of Carol Newcomb and Alexander Rae Baldwin Jr., a high school history and social studies teacher and football coach.
12. He has three younger brothers, Daniel, William and Stephen, who also became actors.
13. He also has two sisters, Elizabeth “Beth” Baldwin Keuchler and Jane Ann Baldwin Sasso.
14. Baldwin and his siblings were raised as Roman Catholics.
15. They are of Irish, French and English ancestry.
16. Through his father, Baldwin is descended from Mayflower passenger John Howland, and through this line, is the 13th generation of his family born in North American and the 14th generation to live in North America.
17. Baldwin attended Alfred G. Berner High School in Massapequa and played football there under Coach Bob Reifsnyder.
18. In New York City, Baldwin worked as a busboy at the disco Studio 54.
19. From 1976 to 1979, he attended George Washington University.
20. In 1979, he lost the election for student body president and received a personal letter from former U.S. President Richard Nixon encouraging him to use the loss as a learning experience.
21. Afterward, he transferred to New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts where he studied with, among others, Geoffrey Horne and Mira Rostova at the Lee Strasberg Theater Institute.
22. Later, he was accepted as a member of the Actors Studio.
23. In 1994, he completed his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree at New York University.
24. During his 2010 to 2013 stint as a spokesperson for Capital One, Baldwin’s contract was written to fund Baldwin’s charity foundation. He was paid $15 million over nearly five years. After taxes and accounting fees, the remainder, $14.125 million, was given to charity.
25. In March 2011, Baldwin donated $1 million to the New York Philharmonic and $500,000 to the Roundabout Theater Company, where he has performed plays in New York.
26. In recent years, his foundation has donated bookstore gift certificates to Long Island libraries to support literacy programs.
27. On May 12, 2010, Baldwin gave a commencement address at New York University and was awarded a Doctor of Fine Arts degree, honoris causa.
28. Baldwin has also received a number of awards and nominations throughout his career for stage, television and film roles.
29. In 1990, Baldwin met actress Kim Basinger when they played lovers in the film “The Marrying Man.” They married in 1993 and had a daughter, Ireland, in 1995. They separated in 2000, and finalized a divorce in 2002.
30. By August 2011, Baldwin began dating Hilaria Thomas, a yoga instructor with Yoga Vida in Manhattan. Baldwin and Thomas moved from the Upper West Side to Greenwich Village that August. The couple became engaged in April 2012 and married on June 30, 2012, at St. Patrick’s Old Cathedral in New York City.