Alexander Rae "Alec" Baldwin III (born April 3, 1958 in Massapequa, New York) is an American actor in film and television.
He is the eldest and arguably the best-known of the Baldwin brothers (the other three, in descending order of age, are Daniel Baldwin, William Baldwin, and Stephen Baldwin). In 2011, he passed Steve Martin as the new record holder for most episodes of Saturday Night Live hosted and became famous (or notorious, depending on your political views) from 2016 to 2020 for appearing on SNL as then-President Donald Trump.
He has seven children - a daughter, Ireland Baldwin, with ex-wife Kim Basinger and six kids with second wife Hilaria Baldwin.
Baldwin is also active in politics. Outspoken about his liberal views, he has hosted a short-lived talk show on MSNBC, mulled a run for New York City mayor, and written columns for The Huffington Post.
No relation to and not to be confused with Adam Baldwin.
- Knots Landing (1984—1986)
- Beetlejuice (1988) as Adam Maitland
- Married to the Mob (1988) as Frank de Marco
- Working Girl (1988)
- The Hunt for Red October (1990) as Jack Ryan
- Miami Blues (1990) as Frederick Junior Frenger Jr.
- Glengarry Glen Ross (1992)
- Malice (1993)
- The Shadow (1994)
- The Edge (1997)
- Mercury Rising (1998)
- Thomas & Friends (narrator for the U.S. version) (1998—2003)
- Notting Hill (1999)
- Nuremberg (2000)
- Clerks: The Animated Series (2000—2001)
- Pearl Harbor (2001)
- Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within (2001)
- The Royal Tenenbaums (2001)
- The Adventures of Pluto Nash (uncredited) (2002)
- The Cat in the Hat (2003)
- Along Came Polly (2004)
- The Sponge Bob Squarepants Movie (2004)
- The Aviator (2004)
- Elizabethtown (2005)
- 30 Rock (2006—2013)
- The Departed (2006)
- The Good Shepherd (2006)
- Shortcut to Happiness (2007) (also directed and produced)
- Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa (2008)
- It's Complicated (2009)
- Rock of Ages (2012)
- To Rome with Love (2012)
- Rise of the Guardians (2012)
- Blue Jasmine (2013)
- Still Alice (2014)
- Mission: Impossible Film Series as Alan Hunley
- Concussion (2015)
- Match Game (2016—)
- Saturday Night Live (2016— or Season 42 onwards) as Donald Trump
- The Boss Baby (2017)
- Motherless Brooklyn (2019) as Moses Randolph
Alec Baldwin and his works provide examples of:
- Career Resurrection: While hardly stagnant at the time, the Donald Trump role in SNL caused his name to blow up all over the place.
- Creator Backlash: Hes made no secret that he despises playing Donald Trump, and only took the gig because he never dreamed it would actually last beyond the 2016 election. One sketch even has him break character to mention my personal nightmare of playing the President.
- Leslie Nielsen Syndrome: He has seldom been seen near dramatic works as of late, thanks to 30 Rock and his frequent hosting gigs on Saturday Night Live (hosting so many times that he dethroned Steve Martin as the show's most frequent host, and essentially becoming a Fake Guest Star in Season 42 when Donald Trump, whom he'd been portraying in skits surrounding the presidential election, actually won). Heck, he's even doing comedy commercials.
- Man of a Thousand Voices: He's a gifted impressionist and is one of the few non-cast members to regularly do celebrity impersonations on SNL.
- Role-Ending Misdemeanor: Alec's late night show on MSNBC was canceled after he allegedly called a reporter a "cocksucking faggot" off air. He had been suspended by the network for at least two weeks until it was decided to have the plug pulled permanently.
- Star-Making Role: Alec's popularity skyrocketed when he portrayed Jack Ryan in The Hunt for Red October.
- What Could Have Been: He had originally signed on to play Thomas Wayne in Joker (2019) but had to back out because of scheduling conflicts.
- He auditioned for the role of Henry Hill in GoodFellas.