A few years ago, after a few rough battles with the press and paparazzi and the cancellation of his MSNBC talk show, Alec Baldwin penned a much-publicized article announcing he’d be leaving “public life.” Baldwin seems to have reconsidered that departure and has been all over the media this last year, most recently appearing in the popular 2018 films “BlacKkKlansman,” “Mission Impossible: Fallout” and “A Star Is Born,” as well as the 2019 release “Motherless Brooklyn.” On the small screen, he appeared in the limited series “The Looming Tower,” recreated his recurring role on the reboot of “Will and Grace” and hosted “Match Game.”
Most notably Baldwin has continued his appearances on “Saturday Night Live” lampooning Donald Trump. He made so many appearances in 2017 that he won an Emmy as Best Comedy Supporting Actor, his third career prize after his two leading wins for “30 Rock.” He returned to the category in 2018, earning his 19th overall nomination from the TV Academy.
On the film side, Baldwin earned Oscar, Golden Globe, SAG and Critics Choice nominations for his supporting turn in “The Cooler” (2003). He reaped subsequent SAG Ensemble bids for his roles in two Martin Scorsese films: “The Aviator” (2004) and “The Departed” (2006).
Prior to making it big, Baldwin dropped out of college to take a role on a soap opera, which led to other appearances on TV most notably as a regular on the TV series “Knots Landing.” After a few more appearances on television and Broadway, he suddenly seemed to be everywhere in 1988 appearing in five major films. Controversy always seemed to follow him though. Baldwin and his future wife Kim Basinger made headlines on the set of a Neil Simon comedy called “The Marrying Man,” where the two clashed with the film’s personnel and infamously told pioneering comedic playwright Simon that he didn’t understand comedy.
Baldwin celebrates his 62nd birthday on April 3, 2020. To celebrate, tour our photo gallery of his 15 greatest movie performances, ranked from worst to best. Our list includes “Glengarry Glen Ross,” “The Cooler,” “Beetlejuice,” “The Hunt for Red October,” “Blue Jasmine” and more.