Alexander Rae "Alec" Baldwin III is an American actor who has appeared on film, stage, and television.
Baldwin attended Alfred G.Berner High School in Massapequa, Long Island. He further attended George Washington University from 1976 to 1979. He then transferred to New York University to study acting at the Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute under Elaine Aiken and Geoffrey Horne. On May 12, 2010, Baldwin gave a commencement address at New York University and was awarded a Doctor of Fine Arts degree.
Baldwin first gained recognition through television for his work, for two seasons (6 and 7), on the soap opera Knots Landing. Baldwin has since played both leading and supporting roles in films such as Beetlejuice(1988), The Hunt for Red October, (1990), The Marrying man (1991), The Shadow (1994), The Aviator (2004) , The Departed (2006), Rock of Ages(2012). His performance in the 2003 film The Cooler garnered him a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor.
Since 2006 Baldwin starred on the NBC sitcom 30 Rock, receiving critical acclaim for his performance and winning two Emmy Awards , four Golden Globe Awards and seven Screen Actors Guild Awards for his work on the show, making him the male performer with most SAG Awards ever. He is the eldest of the Baldwin brothers working in Hollywood.