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Overview (4)

Born in Massapequa, Long Island, New York, USA
Birth NameWilliam Edward Baldwin
Nicknames Bill
Billy
Height 6' 2" (1.88 m)

Mini Bio (1)

William Baldwin has distinguished himself as an actor/producer/writer who continues to showcase his multitude of talents in the world of film and television.

Baldwin has a busy year ahead starring in several high-profile upcoming projects. He is currently travelling the world shooting back-to-back productions - most recently wrapping his recurring role opposite Miles Teller in Nicolas Winding Refn's highly-anticipated upcoming Amazon series "Too Old to Die Young."

He is about to begin production in Canada starring in & executive producing the new Netflix / CBC family drama "Northern Rescue" opposite Kathleen Robertson. After the death of his wife, John West (Baldwin) packs up his three children and moves from their hectic urban life to his small northern hometown to take command of the local search-and-rescue service. Once there, the family struggles with their new surroundings, new friends and accepting Sarah's death.

Additionally, Baldwin will reprise his role as Brian McCaffrey from the 1991 blockbuster "Backdraft" in the Universal / Netflix sequel "Backdraft 2," along with Donald Sutherland. The action drama is now shooting in Eastern Europe. He then will return to the United States to begin his recurring role in the USA Network/SyFy series "The Purge" (Fall 2018). Based on the popular Blumhouse film franchise about one day each year when murder and mayhem is legalized - the series will be an entirely new chapter in America's 12 hours of annual lawlessness. Baldwin will play David Ryker, the handsome & powerful Managing Partner at an investment firm, who leads his team with confidence & intelligence, but also harbors a Purge night secret. He will also appear in the upcoming Netflix series "Insatiable."

Baldwin made his television series debut starring in the hit ABC series, "Dirty Sexy Money," opposite Jill Clayburgh, Donald Sutherland and Peter Krause. The tongue-in-cheek drama focused on the wealth, power & privilege of the fictional Darling family of New York City. He won rave reviews portraying Patrick Darling, the state Attorney General - who harbored a multitude of scandalous secrets - including an affair with his transgendered mistress. Since then, he has appeared on several acclaimed series including BBC's "Copper," TV Land's "Hot in Cleveland," NBC's "Parenthood" & "30 Rock," CW's "Gossip Girl" and FX's "Wilfred." He has also guested/recurred on such series as "MacGyver," "Hawaii 5-0," "Hit the Floor," "Forever," and starred in the popular Lifetime telefilm "The Craig's List Killer."

Baldwin has starred in over 30 films of varied genres. In 2005, he memorably starred with Laura Linney and Jeff Daniels in the critical award-winning hit film "The Squid & The Whale." The drama, directed by Noah Baumbach and produced by Wes Anderson, was recognized on over 200 Top 10 Lists that year. He also appeared in the hit comedy "Forgetting Sarah Marshall," with Kristen Bell & Russell Brand, co-starred with William Hurt & Tim Robbins in the independent comedy "Noise," as well as the 2007 Slamdance Film Festival & HBO Comedy Arts Festival entry "Humble Pie." His other film credits include the screen adaptation of Noel Coward's "Relative Values," "One Eyed King," "The Brotherhood of Murder," "Curdled," "Virus," "Pyromaniacs: A Love Story," "Shattered Image," "Double Bang," "Fair Game," "Sliver," "Three of Hearts," "Flatliners," "Internal Affairs," and the "The Preppy Murder." He made his feature film debut in Oliver Stone's "Born on the Fourth of July."

As a producer, Baldwin co-produced the independent film "Lymelife" starring Cynthia Nixon & his brother Alec. He produced & starred in "Lead with the Heart" and "Second Time Around" for the Hallmark Network.

A native of Massapequa, New York, Baldwin graduated Binghamton University with a degree in Political Science, and politics remains a passion. Baldwin serves on the boards of KCLU radio, The Massapequa Community Fund, The Committee to Preserve Olympic Wrestling, The Los Angelitos Orphanage and The Carol M. Baldwin Breast Cancer Research Fund.

Baldwin lives in California with his wife, singer/songwriter Chynna Phillips and their three children Jameson, Vance and Brooke. He was also the Executive Producer for Phillips' record "One Reason" for her band "Chynna & Vaughan."

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Wallman PR

Spouse (1)

Chynna Phillips (9 September 1995 - present) ( 3 children)

Trivia (29)

The fourth of six children. He has one older sister (Elizabeth Keuchler), two older brothers (Alec Baldwin & Daniel Baldwin), one younger sister (Jane Sasso) and one younger brother (Stephen Baldwin).
Attended the State University of New York at Binghamton for 2 years before leaving to go to Hollywood
Studied political science at university.
Before becoming an actor, he worked as a male model.
Cousin of actor Joseph Baldwin.
Rode along with the Chicago Fire Dept.'s Squad 5 in preparation for his role in Backdraft (1991).
Baldwin and pop singer Chynna Phillips gave birth to 7 lb., 2 oz. daughter, Jamison Leon. [February 2000]
Brother-in-law of Joanne Smith-Baldwin, Kennya Baldwin and Hilaria Baldwin. Ex-brother-in-law of Elizabeth Baldwin and Kim Basinger.
Son, Vance Alexander, born October 23, 2001 in New York City.
A former wrestler, he was inducted in the Amateur Wrestling Hall of Fame after receiving the 2003 Outstanding American Award. Past recipients included Sen. Paul Wellstone, Dan Dierdorf, astronaut Michael Collins, actor Kirk Douglas, writer John Irving, Donald Rumsfeld, Gen Norman Schwarzkopf and many former Presidents.
Son-in-law of John Phillips and Michelle Phillips.
Daughter Brooke Michelle born to his wife Chynna Phillips in New York on December 6 2004 weighing 7 pounds, 6 ounces.
Has a dog named Thurman, named after New York Yankees great Thurman Munson.
Wanted to name one of his sons Gehrig after New York Yankees legend Lou Gehrig.
No relation to actor Adam Baldwin.
Four years after they got together, William and Chynna were married on September 9th, 1995 at the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary Roman Catholic Church in South Hampton, New York.
Acccording to most biographies on the Baldwin Brothers, William and his brothers, Alec Baldwin, Stephen Baldwin and Daniel Baldwin, attended Massapequa High School, but they actually went to Alfred G. Berner High School, two miles from Massapequa High School. But their father, Alexander Jr., was a highly respected history teacher and football coach at Massapequa High. In 1998/1999 he was honored by the school, and the auditorium was renamed for him. (One of Al Baldwin's former students is Brian Kilmeade).
Both William and younger brother, Stephen Baldwin, are former Calvin Klein models.
The Creative Coalition ( TCC ) elected William its their new president.
William and his brothers were all wrestlers in high school, and he even wrestled in college. Aside from being a wrestler in high school, William also played on the high school football team.
William likes jazz, the Count Basie Band (swing), and Van Morrison, but has no favorite genre of music.
William, who trained for three weeks at the Chicago Fire Academy, rode along with the Chicago Fire Department's Squad 5 while preparing for his role as Brian McCaffrey in Backdraft (1991).
William worked as an aide on Capitol Hill for U.S. Representive Thomas J. Downey ( New York/ Democrat).
William and his older brother, Alec Baldwin, were both very close friends of the late John Kennedy Jr..
Like his brother Alec Baldwin, William is a vegetarian and was once nominated for PETA's "Sexiest Vegetarian".
Both he and his brother, Alec Baldwin, won $250,000 for charity on separate celebrity episodes of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire (1999).
He is of Irish, English, Scottish, French-Canadian, and German descent.

Personal Quotes (7)

I could count my modeling jobs on my hands and toes. When I graduated from college, I moved to New York specifically to study acting, and I needed to pay the bills, and it's better to make a couple thousand dollars in one day than to wait tables six days a week.
I see myself much more so as an actor. Acting is my career and activism is my passionate hobby. But acting is my livelihood. I was an activist long before I even entertained the possibility of being an actor.
I look for an interesting and often times, fresh character. Something different that what is done all the time or than I've done recently. I look at who is directing. Those two variables as well as a third, which is the content and the quality of the screenplay. I look at the arcs of the scenes and characters and relationships.
I've been involved with the Creative Coalition since shortly after the founding by (actor) Ron Oliver and (actress) Susan Sarandon and (actor) Christopher Reeve. I love to really roll up my sleeves and get my hands dirty on any level when it comes to these sorts of issues, (i.e. gun control, freedom of speech) on a grass roots level or a clerical level. I love to educate myself and others and help raise awareness on important issues. I love to utilize my celebrity status in a responsible and constructive and substantive manner. I like to get my hands dirty rather than a photo op".
I'm fascinated by each individual story. I'll walk down the street and see a homeless person, and I'll want to stop them and say, How did this happen? Where's your mother? Are you physically ill? Mentally ill? And this is what I wanted to know about Tom. How could this have happened? (on real Tom Martinez, the character in which he portrays in the Showtime original movie, Brotherhood of Murder (1999)).
[Stephen Baldwin: If my father were alive today (a veteran) he would be ashamed & disgusted of media biased & manipulation by people like Anderson Cooper.] If our father were alive today... he'd smack you in the side of the head for supporting Donald Trump.
[My first drink was] probably beer. I didn't really party until college. My friends [in high school] used to drink "rocket fuel" - they'd take, like, every bottle of alcohol and pour it into a Hellman's mayonnaise jar.

Salary (2)

Sliver (1993) $1,700,000
Curdled (1996) $150,000

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