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Alexander Rae Baldwin III (born April 3, 1958) is an American actor, writer, producer, comedian, and political activist.    A member of the Baldwin family, he is the oldest of the four Baldwin brothers, all actors. Baldwin first gained recognition by appearing in seasons six and seven of the CBS television drama Knots Landing.
Early in his career, he played leading and supporting roles in a variety of films including Tim Burton’s Beetlejuice (1988), Mike Nichols’ Working Girl (1988), Jonathan Demme’s Married to the Mob (1988), and Oliver Stone’s Talk Radio. . (1988). He gained attention for his performances as Jack Ryan in The Hunt for Red October (1990) and Glengarry Glen Ross (1992). Since then he has worked with such notable directors as Woody Allen on Alice (1990), To Rome with Love (2012) and Blue Jasmine (2013), and Martin Scorsese on The Aviator (2004) and The Departed (2006). His performance in the drama The Cooler (2003) earned him an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor. He has done voice work for The SpongeBob Squarepants Movie (2004), Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa (2008), Rise of the Guardians (2012), and The Boss Baby.
Baldwin was born on April 3, 1958 in Amityville, New York,  and grew up in the Nassau Shores  neighborhood of nearby Massapequa,   the eldest son of Carol Newcomb (née Martineau; born December 15, 1929) of Syracuse  and Alexander Rae Baldwin Jr. (October 26, 1927 – April 15, 1983),  Brooklyn high school history / social studies teacher and football coach .  He has three younger brothers, Daniel (born 1960), William (born 1963), and Stephen (born 1966), who also became actors. He also has two sisters, Elizabeth “Beth” Baldwin Keuchler (born 1955)  and Jane Ann Baldwin Sasso (born 1965).  
Alec and his brothers were raised as Roman Catholics.  They are of Irish, French and English descent.   Through his father, Baldwin is a descendant of Mayflower passenger John Howland, and through this line, he is the thirteenth generation of his family born in North America and the fourteenth generation living in North America.
Baldwin made his Broadway debut in 1986 in a Joe Orton revival of Loot alongside Zoë Wanamaker, Željko Ivanek, Joseph Maher, and Charles Keating.  This production closed after three months. His other Broadway credits include Caryl Churchill’s Serious Money with Kate Nelligan and a revival of Tennessee Williams’ A Streetcar Named Desire, for which his portrayal of Stanley Kowalski earned him a Tony Award nomination for best actor. Baldwin also received an Emmy nomination for the 1995 television version of the production, in which he and Jessica Lange reprized their roles, alongside John Goodman and Diane Lane. In 1998 Baldwin played the title role in Macbeth at The Public Theater alongside Angela Bassett and Liev Schreiber in a production directed by George C. Wolfe. In 2004 Baldwin starred in a revival of Broadway’s Twentieth Century about a successful and egotistical Broadway director (Baldwin), who has transformed a showgirl (Anne Heche) into a leading lady.
Baldwin, along with his mother Carol, created the Carol M. Baldwin Cancer Research Fund. This led to the Carol M. Baldwin Breast Care Center at Stony Brook University Hospital being named in her honor.  
During her 2010-2013 term as a spokesperson for Capital One, Baldwin’s contract was drafted to fund the Baldwin charitable foundation. They paid him $ 15 million for almost five years. After taxes and accounting fees, the remainder, $ 14.125 million, went to charity. 
In March 2011, Baldwin donated $ 1 million to the New York Philharmonic (whose board he served on) and $ 500,000 to the Roundabout Theater Company, where he has performed plays in New York.  In recent years, his foundation has donated gift certificates from bookstores to Long Island libraries to support literacy programs.
Awards and nominations
Baldwin has also received several awards and nominations throughout his career for roles in theater, television, and film: