Name at birth: Alexander Rae Baldwin III
Alec Baldwin plays Jack Donaghy, the craven and yet strangely likable TV network exec, on the hit TV series 30 Rock. Alec Baldwin started his career on the stage but soon moved to the screen when he was cast in the series The Doctors in 1980. He has since appeared in dozens of feature films, including Beetlejuice (1988, with Michael Keaton), Miami Blues (1990) and Ghosts of Mississippi (1996), and he did voice work for 2001's Final Fantasy. His filmography is a mixed bag that includes broad comedy such as the blockbuster The Cat in the Hat (2003, starring Mike Myers) and dramas such as The Cooler (2003, which earned him an Oscar nomination as best supporting actor). In 1992, Baldwin was nominated for a Tony award for his Broadway performances of A Streetcar Named Desire. Baldwin is an outspoken activist for the environment and animal rights, and was married to actress Kim Basinger from 1993 to 2001. His other films include The Hunt for Red October (1990, with Sean Connery), Glengarry Glen Ross (1992, with Kevin Spacey), The Getaway (1994), The Edge (1997, with Anthony Hopkins) and the Martin Scorsese films The Aviator (2004) and The Departed (2006). In 2006 he joined the cast of the TV comedy 30 Rock; his nutty character and on-screen sparring sessions with Tina Fey were a fast success and are often credited with rejuvenating his career.
Alec Baldwin’s younger brothers Daniel, Billy and Stephen are also actors… Alec Baldwin played CIA hero Jack Ryan in The Hunt for Red October, the 1990 movie based on Tom Clancy‘s spy novel; the role was taken over by Harrison Ford for two sequels, Patriot Games (1992) and A Clear and Present Danger (1994), and then by Ben Affleck for The Sum of All Fears (2002).