Alec Baldwin

Actor, Producer, Director
Alec Baldwin's commanding onscreen presence won him big screen acclaim in "The Hunt for Red October" (1990), "Glengarry Glen Ross" (1992), "The Cooler" (2003) and "The Departed" (2006). Offscreen, however, his outspoken ... Read more »
Born: 04/02/1958 in Amityville, New York, USA

Filmography

Actor (189)

Concussion 2015 (Movie)

Dr. Julian Bailes (Actor)

Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation 2015 (Movie)

(Actor)

Untitled Warren Beatty/Howard Hughes Project 2015 (Movie)

Bob Mayhew (Actor)

Andron--The Black Labyrinth 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

Caught Stealing 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

Playmakers of New Orleans 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

Still Alice 2014 (Movie)

John Howland (Actor)

The 65th Primetime Emmy Awards 2013 - 2014 (TV Show)

Presenter

The Normal Heart 2014 (Movie)

Ben Weeks (Actor)

The Normal Heart 2013 - 2014 (TV Show)

Actor

Thomas The Tank: Trackside Tunes 2014 (Movie)

(Voice)

Torrente 5 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

WWE Tribute to the Troops 2013 - 2014 (TV Show)

Actor

Years of Living Dangerously 2013 - 2014 (TV Show)

Himself

30 Rock 1999 - 2006, 2008 - 2013 (TV Show)

Actor

AmeriQua 2013 (Movie)

(Actor)

Blue Jasmine 2013 (Movie)

Hal (Actor)

Crossing the Ice 2012 - 2013 (TV Show)

Host

Journey to the Edge of the Universe 2012 - 2013 (TV Show)

Host

Mystery Bear of the Arctic 2012 - 2013 (TV Show)

Host

Secrets of the Lost Gold 2012 - 2013 (TV Show)

Host

Seduced and Abandoned 2013 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

The 35th Annual Kennedy Center Honors 2012 - 2013 (TV Show)

Actor

The 400 Million Dollar Emerald 2012 - 2013 (TV Show)

Host

The Late Show With David Letterman 2006 - 2013 (Tv Show)

Guest

Touching the Dragon 2012 - 2013 (TV Show)

Host

Waking the Baby Mammoth 2012 - 2013 (TV Show)

Host

Frozen Planet 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Narrator

Hick 2012 (Movie)

Beau (Actor)

Method To The Madness of Jerry Lewis 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Actor

Rise of the Guardians 2012 (Movie)

North (Voice)

Rock of Ages 2012 (Movie)

Dennis Dupree (Actor)

Saturday Night Live 2011 - 2012 (Tv Show)

Host

To Rome With Love 2012 (Movie)

John (Actor)

17th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards 2010 - 2011 (TV Show)

Presenter

Conan 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

Great Migrations 2010 - 2011 (TV Show)

Narrator

The 33rd Annual Kennedy Center Honors 2010 - 2011 (TV Show)

Actor

The 65th Annual Tony Awards 2010 - 2011 (TV Show)

Presenter

The 68th Annual Golden Globe Awards 2010 - 2011 (TV Show)

Presenter

The 83rd Annual Academy Awards 2010 - 2011 (TV Show)

Performer

The Comedy Awards 2010 - 2011 (TV Show)

Presenter

Last Play at Shea 2010 (Movie)

(Narrator)

Paul McCartney: Good Evening New York City 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Narrator

SNL Presents: A Very Gilly Christmas 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Actor

The 16th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Actor

The 61st Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Actor

The 82nd Annual Academy Awards 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Host

The Marriage Ref 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

An Unlikely Weapon 2009 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

It's Complicated 2009 (Movie)

Jake (Actor)

Lymelife 2009 (Movie)

Mickey Bartlett (Actor)

My Sister's Keeper 2009 (Movie)

Campbell Alexander (Actor)

Real Time with Bill Maher 1999 - 2006, 2008 - 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor

Rosie Live 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Actor

Teenage Paparazzo 2009 (Movie)

(Himself)

The 60th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Actor

Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa 2008 (Movie)

Voice of Makunga (Actor)

My Best Friend's Girl 2008 (Movie)

Professor Turner (Actor)

Running With Arnold 2008 (Movie)

(Narrator)

The 59th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

The 62nd Annual Tony Awards 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

Brooklyn Rules 2007 (Movie)

Caesar Manganaro (Actor)

Christmas in Rockefeller Center 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Actor

Inside the Actors Studio 2007 (Tv Show)

Interviewee

Shortcut to Happiness 2007 (Movie)

Jabez Stone (Actor)

Suburban Girl 2007 (Movie)

Archie Knox (Actor)

The 2007 Screen Actors Guild Awards 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Actor

Clerks 1999 - 2000, 2004 - 2006 (Tv Show)

Voice

Film School 2004 - 2006 (Tv Show)

Actor

I'm King Kong! The Exploits of Merian C. Cooper 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Narrator

Knots Landing Reunion: Together Again 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

Mini's First Time 2006 (Movie)

Martin (Actor)

Nip/Tuck 2004 - 2006 (Tv Show)

Actor

Primetime Glick 1999 - 2002, 2004 - 2006 (Tv Show)

Actor

Running with Scissors 2006 (Movie)

Norman Burroughs (Actor)

The Departed 2006 (Movie)

Captain Ellerby (Actor)

The Good Shepherd 2006 (Movie)

Sam Murach (Actor)

Elizabethtown 2005 (Movie)

Phil DeVoss (Actor)

Fun With Dick and Jane 2005 (Movie)

Jack McCallister (Actor)

Will & Grace 2005 (Tv Show)

Actor

Along Came Polly 2004 (Movie)

Stan Indursky (Actor)

Las Vegas 2004 (Tv Show)

Actor

TV Land Moguls 2004 (Tv Show)

Actor

The 76th Annual Academy Awards 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

The Aviator 2004 (Movie)

Juan Trippe (Actor)

The Last Shot 2004 (Movie)

Joe Devine (Actor)

The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie 2004 (Movie)

Voice of Dennis (Actor)

Dr. Seuss' The Cat in the Hat 2003 (Movie)

Quinn (Actor)

The Cooler 2003 (Movie)

Shelly Kaplow (Actor)

Friends 2002 (Tv Show)

Actor

Cats & Dogs 2001 (Movie)

of Butch (Voice)

Final Fantasy: the Spirits Within 2001 (Movie)

of Captain Gray Edwards (Voice)

History Vs. Hollywood: Pearl Harbor 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Joan Rivers: The E! True Hollywood Story 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Pearl Harbor 2001 (Movie)

Jimmy Doolitte (Actor)

Pearl Harbor: A Journey to the Screen 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Speak Truth to Power 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

The Royal Tenenbaums 2001 (Movie)

(Narrator)

World Stunt Awards 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Intimate Portrait: Judy Collins 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Narrator

State and Main 2000 (Movie)

Bob Barrenger--Actor (Actor)

The 57th Annual Golden Globe Awards 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

The Democratic Promise: Saul Alinsky & His Legacy 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Narrator

Thomas and the Magic Railroad 2000 (Movie)

Mr Conductor (Actor)

14th Independent Spirit Awards 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Little Jimmy Scott 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Outside Providence 1999 (Movie)

Old Man Dunphy (Actor)

The 53rd Annual Tony Awards 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

The Kennedy Center Honors 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Mercury Rising 1998 (Movie)

Nicholas Kudrow (Actor)

The 52nd Annual Tony Awards 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

The 70th Annual Academy Awards 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

The Simpsons 1998 (Tv Show)

Voice

Thomas and Friends 1998 (TV Show)

Narrator

The 51st Annual Tony Awards 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

The 55th Annual Golden Globe Awards 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

The Edge 1997 (Movie)

Robert Green (Actor)

A Streetcar Named Desire 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Blacklist: Hollywood on Trial 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Narrator

Ghosts of Mississippi 1996 (Movie)

Bobby DeLaughter (Actor)

Heaven's Prisoners 1996 (Movie)

Dave Robicheaux (Actor)

Looking for Richard 1996 (Movie)

Clarence (Actor)

The Juror 1996 (Movie)

The Teacher (Actor)

The 49th Annual Tony Awards 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Two Bits 1995 (Movie)

Narration (Narrator)

A Time of AIDS 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Narrator

The 66th Annual Academy Awards Presentation 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

The Getaway 1994 (Movie)

Carter "Doc" McCoy (Actor)

The Shadow 1994 (Movie)

Lamont Cranston/The Shadow (Actor)

Knots Landing 1979 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Malice 1993 (Movie)

Dr Jed Hill (Actor)

Glengarry Glen Ross 1992 (Movie)

Blake (Actor)

Prelude to a Kiss 1992 (Movie)

Peter Hoskins (Actor)

The 46th Annual Tony Awards 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

Living in America 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

The Marrying Man 1991 (Movie)

Charley Pearl (Actor)

Alice 1990 (Movie)

Ed (Actor)

Earth '90: Children and the Environment 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Miami Blues 1990 (Movie)

Frederick J Frenger Jr (Actor)

The Hunt for Red October 1990 (Movie)

Dr Jack Ryan (Actor)

Great Balls of Fire 1989 (Movie)

Jimmy Swaggart (Actor)

Beetlejuice 1988 (Movie)

Adam (Actor)

Married to the Mob 1988 (Movie)

"Cucumber" Frank DeMarco (Actor)

She's Having A Baby 1988 (Movie)

Davis McDonald (Actor)

Talk Radio 1988 (Movie)

Dan (Actor)

Working Girl 1988 (Movie)

Mick Dugan (Actor)

Forever, Lulu 1987 (Movie)

Buck (Actor)

The Alamo: 13 Days to Glory 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

Love on the Run 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

Sweet Revenge 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

Actor

The Sheriff and the Astronaut 1983 - 1984 (TV Show)

Actor

The Doctors 1962 - 1983 (TV Show)

Actor

Code of Honor (Movie)

Major Alex Breen (Actor)

Cutter to Houston (TV Show)

Actor

Dress Gray (TV Show)

Actor

Free Money (TV Show)

Actor

Love on the Run (Movie)

Sean Carpenter (Actor)

Mailer on Mailer (TV Show)

Voice

Nuremberg (TV Show)

Actor

Path To War (TV Show)

Actor

Raw Footage (TV Show)

Actor

Second Nature (TV Show)

Actor

Teenage Paparazzo (TV Show)

Actor

The Confession (TV Show)

Actor

Thick As Thieves (TV Show)

Actor

Walking With Cavemen (TV Show)

Narrator
Producer (5)

Seduced and Abandoned 2013 (Movie)

(Producer)

Lymelife 2009 (Movie)

(Producer)

Shortcut to Happiness 2007 (Movie)

(Producer)

State and Main 2000 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Heaven's Prisoners 1996 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)
Music (1)

Rock of Ages 2012 (Movie)

("Nothin' But A Good Time") (Song Performer)
Writer (1)

Law & Order 1998 (Tv Show)

Story By
Director (1)

Shortcut to Happiness 2007 (Movie)

(Director)

Biography

Alec Baldwin's commanding onscreen presence won him big screen acclaim in "The Hunt for Red October" (1990), "Glengarry Glen Ross" (1992), "The Cooler" (2003) and "The Departed" (2006). Offscreen, however, his outspoken liberal politics and his impatience with the Hollywood system initially limited the gifted actor's leading man potential at its youthful peak. His tempestuous courtship and marriage to actress Kim Basinger - coupled with the view by many in the industry that both were "difficult" - only helped dull the luster of a promising career as sexy movie hero. Once his profile lowered, Baldwin divided his time between character film roles of varying size, New York stage productions, and political activism until the sitcom "30 Rock" (NBC, 2006-2013) offered him an ideal outlet for his cocky, breezy charm. After repeatedly threatening to quit showbiz, Baldwin suddenly found himself with numerous acting awards and watched as his former leading man image - with the help of many classic hosting appearances on "Saturday Night Live" (NBC, 1975- ) - morphed him into that of a peerless comic actor. For years, he had shown hints of comedic timing few actors possessed, but between his fearless "SNL" appearances and the revered role of network exec Jack Donaghy on "30 Rock," even established comedians were reluctant to get in the ring with Baldwin, who could more than hold his own.

Relationships

Alexander Baldwin

Father
Taught high school history and coached football in Massapequa, NY Died of lung cancer in 1983

Daniel Baldwin Actor

Brother
Born Oct. 5, 1960; starred as Detective Beau Felton on NBC's "Homicide: Life on the Street"

Carol Baldwin

Mother
Born in 1930; breast cancer survivor and formidable figure in the national drive to raise funds for breast cancer research; founded the Carol M. Baldwin Breast Care Center of the University Hospital and Medical Center at Stony Brook

William Baldwin Actor

Brother
Born Feb. 21, 1963; starred in "Backdraft" (1991), "Sliver" (1993), and ABC's "Dirty Sexy Money"

Ireland Baldwin

Daughter
Born Oct. 23, 1995; mother, Kim Basinger

Stephen Baldwin Actor

Brother
Born May 12, 1966; starred in "The Usual Suspects" (1995) and "Bio-Dome"; became a born-again Christian in the Evangelical church shortly after the Sept. 11 attacks

Ireland Baldwin Actor

Daughter

Kim Basinger Actor

Wife
Met when they played lovers in "The Marrying Man" (1991) Married Aug. 19, 1993 Separated December 2000 Filed for divorce January 2001 Divorced Sept. 3, 2002; went through a long drawn out and very public custody battle over daughter Ireland

Kristin Davis Actor

Companion
Reportedly dated in 2001 No longer together

Holly Gagnier Actor

Companion
Dated in the mid-1980s No longer together

Elizabeth Keuchler

Sister
Born in 1955; non-acting mother of six and head of Stephen Baldwin's fan club; married to landscaper Charles Keuchler

Tatum O'Neal Actor

Companion
Reportedly dated c. 2002 No longer together

Jane Sasso

Sister
Born c. 1965

Hilaria Thomas

Companion
Met early 2011 at Manhattan vegan restaurant Pure Food and Wine Began dating in May 2011 Engaged in April 2012 Married June 30, 2012 in New York

Janine Turner Actor

Companion
Engaged c. 1983 Wedding cancelled

EDUCATION

George Washington University

Washington , Washington D.C.
Ran unsuccessfully for president of the student body in his third year; attended for three years before transferring to New York University

The Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute

New York , New York 1979
Trained with Marcia Haufrecht and Geoffrey Horne

New York University

New York , New York 1993
Received acting scholarship to Tisch School of the Arts; graduated after attending for ten years

Berner High School

Massapequa , New York 1976

Studied with Mira Rostova of the Moscow Art Theater

Milestones

2013

"30 Rock" ends after seven successful seasons on NBC

2013

Premiere of "Up Late with Alec Baldwin" on MSNBC

2013

Re-teamed with Woody Allen in "Blue Jasmine"

2013

"Up Late with Alec Baldwin" is suspended by MSNBC

2012

Played manager of the Bourbon Room opposite Tom Cruise and Julianne Hough in feature adaptation of the stage musical "Rock of Ages"

2012

Again directed by Woody Allen in the romantic comedy "To Rome with Love"

2012

Co-starred with Chloë Grace Moretz in the indie drama "Hick"

2012

Voiced Santa Claus character North in animated adventure "Rise of the Guardians"

2011

Nominated for the 2011 Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in Comedy Series

2009

Co-starred as Meryl Streep's ex-husband in the Nancy Meyers comedy "It's Complicated"

2009

Announced as co-host, along with Steve Martin, of the 82nd Annual Academy Awards

2009

Played Campbell Alexander in "My Sister's Keeper," a Nick Cassavetes-directed adaptation of the Jodi Picoult novel

2007

Starred in (also produced) "Shortcut to Happiness" as a struggling writer who sells his soul to the devil for fame and fortune

2006

Played a macho police official in Martin Scorsese's "The Departed"

2006

Cast in Robert De Niro's "The Good Shepherd," as a CIA operative

2006

Performed on stage in "Entertaining Mr. Sloane"; co-star Jan Maxwell left the production after complaining about the behavior of her co-star and was replaced by an understudy; this was denied by Baldwin and the theatre

2006

Cast as an alcoholic father in the ensemble drama-comedy "Running with Scissors"

2006

Cast as Jack Donaghy, the network boss of a New York based sketch comedy show in "30 Rock" (NBC)

2005

Earned two Emmy nominations for his guest starring role on "Will & Grace" (NBC) as Will's new boss

2005

Cast in "Fun with Dick and Jane," an update of the 1977 comedy where a married couple turn to robbery to pay the bills

2004

Cast in Martin Scorsese's "The Aviator," a biopic of legendary director and recluse Howard Hughes (Leonardo DiCaprio)

2004

Guest starred on the season finale of "Nip/Tuck" (F/X) playing Dr. Barrett Moore, the ex-husband of "life coach" Ava Moore (Famke Janssen)

2003

Co-starred with William H. Macy in "The Cooler" as a casino tycoon

2003

Cast as Quinn in the film adaptation of "Dr. Seuss' The Cat in the Hat"

2002

Feature directorial debut (also co-starred), the remake of "The Devil and Daniel Webster"

2002

Cast as Robert McNamara in the HBO drama "Path To War"

2001

Starred in "Gross Points" at the Bay Street Theatre in Sag Harbor, NY; role reportedly based on actor Al Pacino

2000

Played (also executive producerd) a self-centered actor in David Mamet's "State and Main"

2000

Cast (also executive produced) as the lead attorney in the TNT miniseries "Nuremberg"

2000

Produced City Center Voices! Of The American Theater, a series of one-night only staged readings of American plays; appeared with Joanne Woodward in the inaugural production of "Arsenic and Old Lace"

1999

Made cameo appearance in "Notting Hill"

1999

Played supporting role as the father of a troubled teen in "Outside Providence"

1998

Returned to the stage to play "Macbeth" opposite Angela Bassett

1998

Offered a villainous turn in "Mercury Rising"

1997

Starred opposite Anthony Hopkins in the David Mamet scripted "The Edge"

1996

Appeared in Rob Reiner's "Ghosts of Mississippi"

1995

Played Stanley Kowalski opposite Jessica Lange in the Broadway revival of "A Streetcar Named Desire"; earned a Tony nomination; reprised role for TV-movie that year for which he netted an Emmy nomination

1994

Played title role in "The Shadow"

1994

Acted opposite wife Kim Bassinger in Roger Donaldson's remake of "The Getaway"

1994

Founded El Dorado Productions

1992

Reprised stage role opposite Meg Ryan in Norman Rene's film version of "Prelude to a Kiss"

1991

First teamed on screen with future wife Kim Basinger in "The Marrying Man"

1990

First received top billing in "Miami Blues"

1990

Directed by Woody Allen in "Alice"

1990

Starred opposite Mary-Louise Parker in Craig Lucas' play "Prelude to a Kiss" at Circle Repertory Theatre

1990

Cast as Jack Ryan in "The Hunt for Red October; passed on reprising his role in the sequels

1989

Portrayed Jimmy Swaggart, cousin to rock singer Jerry Lee Lewis (Dennis Quaid) in the biopic "Great Balls of Fire"

1988

Played first romantic lead in Tim Burton's supernatural farce "Beetlejuice"

1988

Landed pivotal supporting roles in "Working Girl" and "Married to the Mob"

1988

Returned to Broadway as a slick corporate raider in Caryl Churchill's play "Serious Money"

1986

Starred as a West Point cadet implicated in a murder in the NBC miniseries "Dress Gray"

1986

Made Broadway debut as a bumbling thief in Joe Orton's "Loot"

1986

Film acting debut in "Forever, Lulu"

1984

Cast in featured role on the primetime soap "Knots Landing" (CBS) as Julie Harris' son Joshua Rush

1983

Played Dr. Hal Wexler on the short-lived CBS primetime medical drama "Cutter to Houston"

1980

Began career on NBC daytime TV series "The Doctors" playing Billy Aldrich

Worked as a waiter at the famed disco Studio 54

Interned for Jerry Ambro, a liberal Democratic congressman from Long Island

Bonus Trivia

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Baldwin's official Web site was www.alecbaldwin.com.

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Noted for his disdain of publicity and the press, Baldwin was given the Hollywood Women's Press Club's Sour Apple Award in 1991.

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With companion (and later wife) Kim Basinger, Baldwin owned 11 dogs, seven cats and a wolf. The devoted pet owners were honored at the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals ball during President Clinton's 1993 inauguration festivities.

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In 1995, when his wife and newborn daughter were returning home from the hospital, Baldwin got into a scuffle with photographer Alan Zanger. Zanger sued the actor for lost wages due to injuries and distress caused by the incident while Baldwin counter-sued for invasion of privacy. In a 1998 jury verdict, both were found to bear some responsibility for the conflict; Baldwin was ordered to pay $6,000 in damages which were reduced to $4,500 as Zanger was held 25 percent responsible. Baldwin was awarded nothing in his invasion of privacy suit.

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"All along, I think there were things I could have done to make things easier for me in the industry sense. I suppose, deep down inside, that really wasn't important to me because ultimately, if it WAS important to me, I would have acted differently, made different decisions. What I wanted seven years ago was to give the best performance possible in the best possible film, but then I realised I wasn't willing to make certain sacrifices in order to cement that. I was really, really down after a bunch of movies that were really, really frustrating." – Baldwin quoted in Empire, June 1997

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"I've walked away from some films knowing we've given the director the ingredients to make a good movie, and then I've seen it and it isn't so good. That's why I don't get involved much in the movies I'm in. With about half of them, I've never gone to a screening. I show up at the opening, wave, sign autographs, take pictures, talk to the press and then sneak out the side door with my wife and leave. Because watching my own movies reached a level of frustration where all I see is what might have been, and I must add, that's my shortcoming." – Baldwin quoted in Daily News, Sep. 27, 1997

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"Am I ever going to give up acting? Yes. I almost can't wait to give up acting, in one sense. I'm never going to get it right. I've resolved this with myself. I've made tons of money and seen the world and worked with all these great people, and still feel like a failure out there." – Baldwin quoted in New York, Nov. 24, 1997

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"Nothing is worse than the movie business. Washington is just like the Boy Scouts compared to the movies." – Baldwin as quoted to New York, Nov. 24, 1997

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In December 1998, at the height of the controversy surrounding the impeachment of then President Bill Clinton, Baldwin appeared on NBC's "Late Night With Conan O'Brien" and made the questionable comment, "If we were in other countries, all of us together would go down to Washington and we would stone [U.S. Senator] Henry Hyde to death." The actor later claimed it was meant humorously.

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"I was reared in a very diehard, left-leaning home: Afflict the comfortable and comfort the afflicted. I grew up with that philosophy." – Baldwin quoted in The Seattle Times, July 16, 2000

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"Acting to me is like sex," he said with a chuckle. "When I was young, I would do it with anybody. Now I'm older and it's just too intimate. I can't do it with just anybody, anymore." – Baldwin quoted in the Toronto Sun, Sept. 10, 2000

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"I was not willing to do the things to make more money," he said. "But I am taken more seriously as an actor as a result of the things I did and the choices I made. I make less, but I can’t complain. I am happy. If I did better, maybe I would be happier." – Baldwin quoted to New York Times, Sept. 21, 2003

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"The loss of my family was the most catastrophic and painful thing I ever had to go through," he says. "It was so awful. I am not looking for sympathy, but I was really, really down. There was a period when I didn’t want to live. I’d go to bed at night and say, ‘Just please let me die in my sleep.’ I didn’t want to live anymore without my daughter." – Baldwin quoted in W magazine, November 2003

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"To me, the Republican Party is the real great tragedy of the last 25 years because there are lot of good and decent people and a lot of good political points [that have] come from the Republican Party in the post-war period, but it has been hijacked by these fundamentalist wackos." – Baldwin speaking at a DNC-sponsored event called "Funny But True: Important Issues in 2004"

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"We give the first third of our life to youth. We give the second third of our life to ego. And hopefully, we give the last third of our life to wisdom, or to God." – Baldwin to GQ, October 2006

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Baldwin issued a statement on his Web site in April 2007 after a tape was released in which he called his 11-year-old daughter Ireland a "rude little pig" on her voicemail: "I'm sorry for losing my temper with my child. I have been driven to the edge by parental alienation for many years now."

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"You hope the American public has the ability to delineate what of your private behavior matters and what doesn't. The truth is, they'll slam you for all of it." – Baldwin quoted in People magazine, July, 2009

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"Alec can convey power and there's also in him, as an actor, you can sense that there's volatility or danger below the surface – that he can erupt. So that tension just makes the jokes – and the charm – land way better. – Lorne Michaels on Baldwin, quoted in Vanity Fair, August 2012

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A little over a month after it debuted, Baldwin's interview show, "Up Late with Alec Baldwin," was suspended by MSNBC after the actor allegedly directed an anti-homosexual slur at a photographer.

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