- NAME: Alec Baldwin
- OCCUPATION: Animal Rights Activist, Film Actor, Theater Actor, Television Actor
- BIRTH DATE: April 03, 1958 (Age: 55)
- EDUCATION: George Washington University, New York University
- PLACE OF BIRTH: Amityville, New York
- Full Name: Alexander Rae Baldwin III
- AKA: Alec Baldwin
- AKA: Alexander Baldwin
- ZODIAC SIGN: Aries
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American film, television and theater actor Alec Baldwin stars on the sitcom 30 Rock, for which he received Golden Globes and an Emmy Award.
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Alec Baldwin was born on April 3, 1958, in Amityville, New York. Baldwin's career started when he landed a role on the soap opera The Doctors. In 1986, he made his Broadway debut in Loot. His film debut was in the movie Forever Lulu (1987). Since then, Baldwin has demonstrated his knack for comedy as one of the stars of the popular ensemble sitcom 30 Rock.
"There are people who would rather choke than go see my movies. They write me letters all the time."
"Remember, sex is like a Chinese dinner. It ain't over 'til you both get your cookie."
Alec Baldwin was born Alexander Rae Baldwin III on April 3, 1958, in Amityville, New York, the second of six children of a football coach and a social studies teacher. He grew up in Massapequa, a suburb of Long Island, New York. His brothers, Daniel, William and Stephen, also became actors.
Baldwin majored in political science at George Washington University, intending to go to law school. However, his childhood love for acting resurfaced in college, resulting in a move to Manhattan. He then enrolled in New York University's drama department, under the tutelage of the venerable acting coach Lee Strasberg.
Alec Baldwin's career began on television. He landed a role on the NBC soap opera, The Doctors (1980-82). He soon moved to prime-time TV as a co-star in the series Cutter to Houston, and as Joshua Rush in the nighttime soap opera, Knots Landing (1984-85).
His Broadway debut was in Joe Orton's black comedy, Loot (1986), which won Baldwin a Theatre World Award. This was followed by a role in Caryl Churchill's hit comedy, Serious Money (1987). He starred off-Broadway in a sold-out engagement of Prelude to a Kiss, receiving an Obie Award as Best Actor in 1991. He would reprise this role on screen in 1992.
Baldwin then appeared as Stanley Kowalski in the revival of Tennessee Williams's A Streetcar Named Desire (1992), earning a Tony nomination for Best Actor. He later appeared in the 1995 version of the play on CBS, which co-starred Jessica Lange, John Goodman and Diane Lane.
Baldwin's inauspicious film debut was in the movie Forever Lulu (1987) with Deborah Harry and Dr. Ruth Westheimer. Subsequent film highlights include Tim Burton's offbeat comedy Beetlejuice (1988), Jonathan Demme's Married to the Mob (1988) with Michelle Pfeiffer, Oliver Stone's Talk Radio (1988), Mike Nichols's Working Girl (1988), as Jimmy Swaggart in Great Balls of Fire (1989), starring roles in Miami Blues (1990) and The Hunt For Red October (1990). He was also part of the all-star ensemble cast in David Mamet's Glengarry Glen Ross (1992), starred in Prelude to a Kiss (1992), The Shadow (1994) and an unbilled cameo in 1999's Notting Hill, with Julia Roberts and Hugh Grant.
In 1998, Baldwin went back to the stage, appearing in Shakespeare's Hamlet with co-star Angela Bassett, at the Joseph Papp Public Theater in New York City. He returned to the big screen in the 1998 thriller Mercury Rising and the 1999 comedy Outside Providence. In 2003, Baldwin signed on to co-star in Aviator, a Howard Hughes biopic starring Leonardo DiCaprio.
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