The eldest of the Long Island-native Baldwin brothers, Alec Baldwin had aspirations to attend law school until he made good on a dare to audition for NYU’s undergraduate drama program.
Since getting his start in 1980 on the NBC sitcom The Doctors, Baldwin has starred in a number of hit films, TV shows, and Broadway plays. Nowadays, he is perhaps best known for his leading role on NBC’s 30 Rock, a part that has earned him a slew of nominations and awards, including a 2009 Best Actor Golden Globe.
His fame has been substantially magnified by his antics off the set, including, most notably, his high-profile divorce with Kim Basinger and a heated phone message he left for his then 11-year-old daughter.
Baldwin is also well known for his liberal political beliefs, which earned him a biting parody in Team America: World Police.