When Alec Baldwin was younger, he wanted to be a politician. He went to George Washington University in Washington, D.C. for three years and dove into the world of politics during his time there. He interned for New York Representative Jerome Ambro but didn’t feel like he fit in with the other interns. He called them, “mythical alcoholics-in-training."
Baldwin was a waiter and busboy at the legendary nightclub Studio 54 for a few months. He was there in 1979, when the hype for the place had died down so it wasn’t as exciting anymore. He was basically an errand boy for customers and he was often sent on cigarette runs.
Baldwin’s first real gig was playing the role of Billy Aldrich on the soap opera The Doctors. He was working at a health club when he booked the role. He loved his time on the show because it taught him how to memorize lines very fast. He explained in an interview, “You have to learn pages of dialogue very quickly. It was very intense. Making choices. Getting along with people.”
Baldwin is a huge classical music fan. He first discovered classical music while driving in LA in the '80s. Much later on in life The New York Philharmonic asked Baldwin to host their radio broadcasts. He wrote on his website that “it’s my favorite job that I’ve ever had.”
In an interview with The New Yorker, Baldwin said that “I never wanted to do a TV show. Never.” He was intrigued by the sitcom schedule. “It really was easy for me to have time off to go see my daughter, who lives in Los Angeles,” he explained to Fresh Air. Saturday Night Live creator Lorne Michaels suggested that he take the role, and Baldwin based his character, Jack Donaghy off of him.
He was on 30 Rock from 2006-2013. His performance as Jack Donaghy on 30 Rock won him two Emmy Awards and three Golden Globe awards. He also won seven Screen Actors Guild Awards making him the male performer with the most SAG Awards.
Baldwin has hostedSNL 17 times and been on the show numerous times this past year with his Donald Trump sketches. Rumor has it that he has been given a standing invitation every year to host SNL depending on his schedule.
Alexander Rae “Alec” Baldwin III was born on April 3, 1958. He is originally from Amityville, New York, home of the infamous Amityville murders. He was raised in Nassau Shores near Massapequa and he is the oldest child. He has three younger brothers who are also actors and two sisters.
He made his film debut with a minor role in Forever, Lulu in 1987. Although this movie did not make waves, the next year he was in Beetlejuice and Working Girl. It was then that his career started to finally take off.
Over his many years in the business, he has been in the spotlight for his run-ins with the paparazzi. He has received a lot of bad press and has been the subject of many scandals in the tabloids. Because of this, Baldwin wrote an episode of Law & Order based on his experiences.
Baldwin made his Broadway debut in 1986 in the revival of Joe Orton’s Loot. He was later in Caryl Churchill's Serious Money and the revival of Tennessee Williams' A Streetcar Named Desire. He was nominated for a Tony for Best Actor for his performance as Stanley Kowalski. All together he has been in six Broadway shows.
His podcast, Here’s The Thing was released on WNYC public radio on October 24, 2011. In the show he interviews public figures including artists, policy-makers and performers. His guest include Carly Simon, John Turturro, Kevin Kline, Dustin Hoffman and Edie Falco.
14. He Is A Direct Descendant Of A Mayflower Passenger
Through his father, he is a direct descendant of Mayflower passenger John Howland. George Bush is also related to Howland. Howland was a servant to Governor John Carver and on the voyage across the Atlantic, he fell overboard, but was rescued by the Mayflower’s crew and made it to plymouth.
In1998 Baldwin replaced George Carlin and narrated a bunch of episodes of the children's series, Thomas the Tank Engine and Friends. He also appeared as the Conductor in the feature film Thomas and the Magic Railroad in 2000. He left the series in 2002.