Alec Baldwin: A history of the actor’s career and life

Star, who has seven children, is famous for his role in ‘30 Rock’ and for his impersonation of Donald Trump on ‘SNL’

Ellie Harrison
Friday 22 October 2021 18:06
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Alec Baldwin fires prop gun on movie set, killing cinematographer
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Alec Baldwin has had a career in TV and film for more than three decades. He is best known for his roles in 30 Rock, and has had roles in Beetlejuice, Glengarry Glen Ross and The Departed. Recently, he received acclaim for his impression of Donald Trump on Saturday Night Live.

He was starring in a western film called Rust in Santa Fe, New Mexico, when he discharged a prop firearm, killing Halyna Hutchins, the director of photography, and injuring the director, police said.

Cinematographer Hutchins, 42, was airlifted to hospital where she was pronounced dead by medical personnel, authorities said, while director Joel Souza, 48, was taken by ambulance and treated for his injuries. He has reportedly left hospital.

A spokesman for Baldwin said there was an accident on the set involving the misfire of a prop gun with blanks.

Baldwin, 63, is the eldest of the four actor brothers of his family – the others are Daniel, Stephen and William.

He first found fame in the soap opera Knot’s Landing in the 1980s, but made a name for himself on the big screen in films such as Beetlejuice and The Hunt For Red October, as well as his collaborations with directors Woody Allen, in films such as Alice, To Rome With Love and Blue Jasmine, and Martin Scorsese in The Aviator and The Departed.

He also stars opposite Tom Cruise in the Mission: Impossible films.

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He was nominated for an Oscar for the 2003 film The Cooler, but found a new audience in the hit sitcom 30 Rock, playing Jack Donaghy opposite Tina Fey, for which he won a slew of awards, including two Emmys and seven Screen Actors Guild Awards.

He returned to television during the 2016 presidential campaign to play candidate Donald Trump on US sketch show Saturday Night Live, and continued his skewering impression after the 2017 inauguration until Trump’s defeat in the 2020 election.

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The president appeared to take umbrage at the impression, tweeting that "the Baldwin impersonation just can’t get any worse".

Baldwin, who is a Democrat, was a vocal critic of Trump during the businessman’s time in the White House.

Baldwin impersonates Trump

The star, who is also a popular podcast host, has often made headlines due to his private life.

In 1995, he allegedly assaulted a photographer for videotaping his then-wife Kim Basinger and their three-day-old daughter, Ireland.

The couple divorced in 2003 and went through a lengthy legal battle.

In 2007, Baldwin left an infamous voicemail in which he called his then 11-year-old daughter a "rude, thoughtless little pig" for missing a scheduled phone call from him.

He faced a backlash for the leaked comment and later referred to the incident as "a scab that never heals", saying it was "thrown in your face every day".

In 2011, he was removed from a flight after reportedly becoming belligerent when he was asked to put away his phone while playing the game Words With Friends as he waited for take-off.

In 2014, Baldwin was arrested in New York for allegedly being hostile with police who said they stopped him for cycling the wrong way on a one-way street. The case was eventually dismissed.

Hilaria and Alec Baldwin with their children

He was arrested again in 2018 for allegedly punching someone during a dispute over a New York City parking spot.

Baldwin is now married to yoga teacher Hilaria Thomas, with whom he has six children.

The fitness instructor apologised earlier this year for implying that she is Spanish, despite being born and raised in Massachusetts. In December her agency CAA updated her online biography to remove a sentence stating she was born in Mallorca, Spain.

In February, Thomas said in an Instagram post that she had spent the “last month listening, reflecting, and asking myself how I can learn and grow” before adding that she was raised with “two cultures, American and Spanish,” and feels a “true sense of belonging to both”.

Additional reporting by Press Association

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