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Alec Balwin

Biography

Alec Baldwin last appeared on stage in The Roundabout Theatre Company’s 2004 Broadway revival of Hecht and MacArthur’s The Twentieth Century. His other stage appearances include Gross Points (Bay Street Theatre, 2001). His Broadway credits include A Streetcar Named Desire, directed by Gregory Mosher (Tony Nomination), Joe Orton’s Loot, directed by John Tillinger (Theatre World Award), and Caryl Churchill’s Serious Money. Baldwin's Off-Broadway appearances include Macbeth, in the 1998 New York Shakespeare Festival production, directed by George C. Wolf, Prelude to a Kiss at Circle Rep, directed by Norman Rene (Obie Award), and David Mamet’s Life in the Theatre at the Hartman, directed by A.J. Antoon.

On film, Baldwin has appeared in The Cooler (Academy Award Nomination, Screen Actors Guild Nomination, Golden Globe Nomination), Cat in the Hat, Along Came Polly, Pearl Harbor, State and Main, Thomas and the Magic Railroad, Outside Providence, The Edge with Anthony Hopkins, Mercury Rising, Ghosts of Mississippi, The Juror, Heaven’s Prisoners, The Shadow, Malice, Glengarry Glen Ross, Prelude to a Kiss, The Hunt for Red October, Great Balls of Fire, Alice, Miami Blues, Working Girl, Talk Radio, Married to the Mob, Beetlejuice, and She’s Having a Baby, among others. Baldwin recently completed shooting the feature film The Last Shot with Matthew Broderick, written and directed by Jeff Nathanson.

Baldwin began his career in daytime television on the NBC series The Doctors. He went on to numerous television roles including Knot’s Landing on CBS and Dress Gray, an NBC mini-series. Baldwin produced and starred in the film The Confession (winner of the Writer’s Guild Award for Best Adapted Screenplay) that was released by Cinemax Television. He co-produced and starred in the TNT television mini-series Nuremberg: Infamy on Trial. Baldwin was nominated for an Emmy for his role as Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara in Path to War, an HBO Films production, directed by the late John Frankenheimer.

Baldwin is also involved in several causes related to public policy. He is a board member of People for the American Way. He also serves on the board of the Carol M. Baldwin Breast Cancer Research Fund, sponsored by Stonybrook University in honor of his mother. Baldwin is a member of the NYU Tisch School of The Arts Dean’s Council and serves on Bay Street Theatre’s Board. He is a board member of the New York Shakespeare Festival, and a dedicated supporter of various animal rights groups.

Alec Baldwin is a native of Massapequa, Long Island. He is a graduate of the New York University Tisch School of The Arts (BFA). Baldwin studied acting at the Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute under Elaine Aiken. He also studied with Mira Rostova. He has a daughter, Ireland Eliesse Baldwin.