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ALEC BALDWIN (Sam Murach) grew up in Massapequa, Long Island, where his father was a high school teacher for 28 years and his mother raised six children, including his sisters, Beth and Jane. Baldwin is the eldest of his brothers—Daniel, William and Stephen—all of whom are actors in film and television.

Baldwin attended George Washington University and planned to attend law school when, on a dare, he auditioned for the New York University Undergraduate Drama Program. He was accepted, and in 1979 began what would become his professional training. In 1980, he was cast in the daytime television series The Doctors on NBC and subsequently has worked as a professional actor in nearly every venue ever since.

Whether in regional theater or Saturday Night Live, blockbuster movies or Broadway, literary festivals or television miniseries, Baldwin has always attempted to balance his love of communicating with an audience with the demands of a motion picture career.

On Broadway, Baldwin recently appeared in the Roundabout Theatre Company's 2006 revival of Joe Orton's Entertaining Mr. Sloane, directed by Scott Ellis. His previous work with the Roundabout Theatre Company was with its 2004 revival of Hecht and MacArthur's The Twentieth Century, directed by Walter Bobbie and co-starring Anne Heche. He was nominated for a Tony Award for his performance in the 1992 revival of Tennessee Williams' A Streetcar Named Desire, was nominated for an Emmy Award and a Golden Globe for the television movie of that same production, won an Obie Award for the 1991 off-Broadway production of Craig Lucas' Prelude to a Kiss and a Theatre World Award in 1986 for his turn in Joe Orton's Loot on Broadway. He has also performed on Broadway in Caryl Churchill's Serious Money. Other stage work includes David Mamet's Life in the Theatre, directed by the late AJ Antoon; the Williamstown Theatre Festival; and at the Bay Street Theatre in Sag Harbor, New York, where he performed in Ira Lewis' Gross Points.

Baldwin has starred in several films, including The Hunt for Red October, Miami Blues, Prelude to a Kiss, Malice, The Shadow, Glengarry Glen Ross, Heaven's Prisoners, Ghosts of Mississippi, The Edge, Pearl Harbor and Dr. Seuss' The Cat in the Hat, among others. In 2004, Baldwin received an Academy Award® nomination for Best Actor in a Supporting Role for his role in Wayne Kramer's The Cooler. That same year, Baldwin was awarded the National Board of Review Best Supporting Actor honor for The Cooler. He also recently appeared in The Last Shot, with Matthew Broderick; Martin Scorsese's The Aviator; Cameron Crowe's Elizabethtown; and in Jim Carrey's comedy Fun With Dick and Jane, which also starred Téa Leoni and was directed by Dean Parisot.

In 2006, Baldwin can also be seen in Martin Scorsese's The Departed, with Leonardo DiCaprio, Matt Damon and Jack Nicholson, and Ryan Murphy's Running With Scissors, with Annette Bening.

Baldwin currently stars in 30 Rock, NBC's new half-hour comedy, which also stars Tina Fey, Tracy Morgan and Jane Krakowski.

His production company, El Dorado Pictures, has co-produced The Confession for Cinemax Television (for which David Black won the 2000 Writers Guild Award for Best Adapted Screenplay); Nuremberg: Infamy on Trial for Turner Network Television; State and Main, a motion picture comedy that was written and directed by David Mamet; and TNT Productions' Second Nature, which co-starred Powers Boothe.

Baldwin is an outspoken supporter of various causes related to public policy, including environmentalism, the government's support of the arts, campaign finance reform, animal rights and gun control. He serves on the board of directors of the Bay Street Theatre (Sag Harbor, Long Island); the New York University/Brennan Center for Justice Program Advisory Board; People

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