Alec Baldwin

Biography: One of the more impressive young actors to hit Broadway in the 1980s, this dark-haired, blue-eyed heartthrob attained screen stardom late in the decade, alternating leading-man assignments with spicy character roles. After apprenticing on soap operas and in such TV movies as Sweet Revenge and Dress Gray, Baldwin made his feature debut in the barely released mystery Forever, Lulu (1987). His breakthrough year, 1988, saw him appearing in an amazing five films, showing a formidable range: as Kevin Bacon's not-to-be-trusted friend in She's Having a Baby, the benign and bewildered ghost husband in Beetlejuice, a swaggering mafioso in Married to the Mob, a slick producer in Talk Radio and a lower-class clod in Working Girl.

Baldwin played Jimmy Swaggart in Great Balls of Fire! (1989), followed by a psychotic killer in Miami Blues, the heroic Jack Ryan in The Hunt for Red October and a ghostly lover in Alice (all 1990). Then came the Neil Simon "comedy" The Marrying Man (1991); his
One of the more impressive young actors to hit Broadway in the 1980s, this dark-haired, blue-eyed heartthrob attained screen stardom late in the decade, alternating leading-man assignments with spicy character roles. After apprenticing on soap operas and in such TV movies as Sweet Revenge and Dress Gray, Baldwin made his feature debut in the barely released mystery Forever, Lulu (1987). His breakthrough year, 1988, saw him appearing in an amazing five films, showing a formidable range: as Kevin Bacon's not-to-be-trusted friend in She's Having a Baby, the benign and bewildered ghost husband in Beetlejuice, a swaggering mafioso in Married to the Mob, a slick producer in Talk Radio and a lower-class clod in Working Girl.

Baldwin played Jimmy Swaggart in Great Balls of Fire! (1989), followed by a psychotic killer in Miami Blues, the heroic Jack Ryan in The Hunt for Red October and a ghostly lover in Alice (all 1990). Then came the Neil Simon "comedy" The Marrying Man (1991); his romance with costar Kim Basinger (whom he subsequently married) and their alleged behavior during production seriously tarnished his clean-cut image (it didn't help that the picture itself was a dog). He was replaced by Harrison Ford on the Red October sequel, Patriot Games, after a well publicized disagreement with Paramount. Since then he has recreated his off Broadway performance in the film version of Prelude to a Kiss (1992) and galvanized the screen in a brief but unforgettable appearance as a profane, bullying sales executive in Glengarry Glen Ross (1992), in a role especially written by David Mamet for the film adaptation of his play. He returned to Broadway in a much-publicized revival of A Streetcar Named Desire, then returned to Hollywood to play a cocky but gifted surgeon in Malice (1993), a career criminal opposite Basinger in The Getaway (1994), and the mysterious Lamont Cranston in a film version of The Shadow (also 1994).

More recently, Baldwin has focused on his TV roles, having taken minor parts in sitcoms Friends and Will & Grace among others. Today, he can be seen in the lead role of the NBC sitcom 30 Rock.
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Alec Baldwin's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average career score: 58
Highest Metascore: 86 The Departed
Lowest Metascore: 19 Thomas and the Magic Railroad
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 20 out of 40
  2. Negative: 4 out of 40
40 movie reviews
Title: Year: Credit: User score:
73 Working Girl Dec 23, 1988 Mick Dugan 8.6
80 Glengarry Glen Ross Sep 29, 1992 Blake 8.3
72 Broadway: The Golden Age, by the Legends Who Were There Jun 11, 2004 Himself 8.3
63 Under the Boardwalk: The Monopoly Story May 6, 2011 Jack Donaghy 8.3
86 The Departed Oct 6, 2006 Cpt. Ellerby 8.2
67 Beetle Juice Mar 30, 1988 Adam Maitland 8.2
45 Mini's First Time Jul 14, 2006 Martin Tennan 8.1
62 Outside Providence Sep 1, 1999 Old Man Dunphy 8.0
66 The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie Nov 19, 2004 Dennis 7.9
81 Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me Feb 21, 2014 Executive Producer / Himself 7.8
58 The Hunt for Red October Mar 2, 1990 Jack Ryan 7.7
47 The Last Shot Sep 24, 2004 Joe Devine 7.7
78 Blue Jasmine Jul 26, 2013 Principal Cast / Hal 7.6
77 The Aviator Dec 17, 2004 Juan Trippe 7.5
75 The Royal Tenenbaums Dec 14, 2001 Narrator 7.4
71 Married to the Mob Aug 19, 1988 'Cucumber' Frank De Marco 7.4
57 Rise of the Guardians Nov 21, 2012 North/Santa Clause / North 7.4
72 Still Alice Dec 5, 2014 Dr. John Howland 7.3
64 Lymelife Apr 8, 2009 Producer / Mickey Bartlett 7.2
77 Seduced and Abandoned Oct 18, 2013 Producer / Himself 7.0
61 Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa Nov 7, 2008 Makunga 6.9
28 Hick May 11, 2012 Cast / Beau 6.9
69 The Cooler Nov 26, 2003 Shelly Kaplow 6.8
61 The Good Shepherd Dec 22, 2006 Sam Murach 6.6
51 My Sister's Keeper Jun 26, 2009 Campbell Alexander 6.5
19 Thomas and the Magic Railroad Jul 26, 2000 Mr. Conductor 6.4
49 Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within Jul 11, 2001 Captain Gray Edwards 6.4
75 State and Main Dec 22, 2000 Executive Producer 6.3
54 To Rome with Love Jun 22, 2012 Cast / John 6.2
52 Running with Scissors Oct 20, 2006 Norman Burroughs 6.0