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  • Actor
  • Supporter of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals
  • Board of Directors member of People for the American Way
  • National spokesman for the Bill of Rights Defense Committee 
  • Advisory Board member with the Brennan Center for Justice
  • Supports Democratic political candidates and agendas



See also:  People for the American Way   Bill of Rights Defense Committee

               Brennan Center for Justice   People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals



An “A-list” Hollywood actor and the oldest brother in the Baldwin acting family, Alec Baldwin was
born on April 3, 1958 in Amityville, New York. While studying political science at George Washington University, he auditioned, on a lark, for the acting program at New York University, where he was “blown away” by an offer for a full tuition scholarship, which he accepted. In 1980, when Baldwin was just four credits shy of graduating, he left school in order to take a role in the daytime soap opera The Doctors. Thirteen years later, he returned to NYU to complete the requirements for his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree.

Since 1980, Baldwin has
appeared in numerous stage productions and television programs, as well as nearly 70 films. From 2006-13, he starred as Jack Donaghy on the popular NBC sitcom 30 Rock. For comprehensive details about Baldwin's acting career, click here.

One of the entertainment industry’s most outspoken, combative champions of left-wing causes, Baldwin
contends that “the vast right-wing conspiracy that’s after me” is composed of people who “hate liberals who can throw a punch.”

Baldwin has long opposed capital punishment, citing its “misapplication … in terms of race, in terms of the potency of court-appointed counsel, and in terms of the admission of DNA evidence in cases where tragically slipshod work by police and prosecutors is undone by modern technology.” In 1995 he 
signed a New York Times ad advocating a new trial for the convicted cop-killer, former Black Panther, and leftist icon Mumia Abu-Jamal.[1] Similarly, in September 2011 Baldwin objected to the death-penalty execution of Troy Davis, a black Georgian who had been convicted twenty years earlier for killing a police officer. Describing Davis as potentially “an innocent man,” the actor denounced conservative columnist Michelle Malkin, who supported the execution, as “a world class, crypto fascist hater.”

Also in the '90s, Baldwin was a staunch backer of President Bill Clinton, for whom he once held an extravagant fundraiser at his (Baldwin's) Long Island, New York home. In a December 1998 appearance on CNBC television, the actor derided Republicans who supported the impeachment efforts against Clinton as “a group of people who want to undo the '96 election.” And in an appearance on Conan O’Brien's late-night NBC talk show that same month, Baldwin angrily denounced Republican congressman Henry Hyde, who was managing the impeachment hearings in the House: “If we were in other countries, we would all right now, all of us together ... would go down to Washington and we would stone Henry Hyde to death! We would stone him to death!... We would stone Henry Hyde to death and we would go to their homes and we’d kill their [Republicans'] wives and their children. We would kill their families!”

In June 1999, Baldwin signed on to an “Open Letter to the National Rifle Association” by Handgun Control, Inc., which demanded the implementation of a number of gun-control measures such as the abolition of “semi-automatic assault weapons” and “ammunition clips holding more than 10 rounds.”[2]

Baldwin felt deep contempt for Republican President George W. Bush (2001-09), whom he metaphorically described as “the little guy that snuck into the theater [and] popped the window open so that all these other hooligans could come in and just rape and rip off and plunder the government.” Contending that Bush's victory in the disputed 2000 presidential election was illegitimate, Baldwin in 2002 said: “I believe that what happened in 2000 did as much damage to the pillars of democracy as terrorists did to the pillars of commerce in New York City.” “Bush wasn't elected,” Baldwin added. “He was selected—selected by five [Supreme Court] judges up in Washington who voted along party lines.”

Also during the Bush Administration, Baldwin asserted that the Republican Party had been “hijacked” by “fundamentalist wackos,” and he described Vice President Dick Cheney as “a terrorist” who “terrorizes our enemies abroad and innocent citizens here at home indiscriminately.”

Since October 2005 Baldwin has written numerous blogs for The Huffington Post, articulating his views on a variety of matters including politics, foreign policy, the environment, and the entertainment industry.

In a December 2006 blog post, Baldwin suggested that a good way “to defeat terrorism while building new and better alliances in the Arab world” would be to “get rid of the CIA, which has outlived its usefulness and is an embarrassment to this great country.”

During the 2008 presidential primaries, Baldwin's blog posts were replete with praise for each of the two leading Democratic candidates, Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama. Ultimately he sided with Obama, stating: “This country is in deep trouble. We not only need something effective, we need something new. I believe Obama will bring that more that Mrs. Clinton.” The actor also mused: “One possible consequence of an Obama presidency? Supreme Court Justice Hillary Clinton. Dang, that sounds good.” In addition, Baldwin suggested that sexism might be even more deeply ingrained in the American psyche than racism: “Sometimes I honestly believe that a racist white guy would vote for Obama over anyone like his wife or mother.”

In November 2011, Baldwin wrote an article for the Huffington Post titled “What Occupy Wall Street Has Taught Me,” where he said: “Occupy Wall Street people understand that not only are more difficult times possibly around the corner, they know that the current government will likely do as it has historically done, which is to protect the rich and powerful at the expense of the long term interests of the middle class. Some of the most financially successful people in America continually remind us all that capitalism is a contest. There are winners and losers. And the winners want to enjoy their success and they want the losers to keep it down. The noise of the vanquished is spoiling the victors' fun.”

In another Huffington Post piece, Baldwin recalled how a “veteran Democratic member of Congress” had once told him: “It’s the tax cuts that will kill us. These people [Republicans] want to make these cuts permanent. And that will mean the death of all entitlements in the budget. That will mean the death of a great deal of our social programming.”[3]

In March 2012, Baldwin derided Republican U.S. Senator James Inhofe as an “oil whore” who should “retire to a solar-powered gay bar.” The slur was issued in response to Inhofe’s new book, The Greatest Hoax: How the Global Warming Conspiracy Threatens Your Future, wherein the author claimed that it was pure “arrogance” for people to think that their actions could affect the earth's climate.

At a June 2, 2012 screening of the anti-fracking film Gasland, Baldwin claimed that hydraulic fracturing “causes cancer or can potentially cause cancer to an elevated number of people.”

In 2012 Baldwin supported President Obama's re-election bid and suggested that voter racism accounted for the fact that the incumbent was not leading Republican challenger Mitt Romney by a wide margin in most polls. “If Obama was white, he’d be up by 17 points,” Baldwin tweeted a few weeks before the election.

On October 11, 2013, Baldwin began hosting his own nightly program on MSNBC, Up Late With Alec Baldwin. In mid-November, however, he was suspended from the show for two weeks as a result of an anti-gay slur (“cocksucking fag”) which he shouted at a media photographer during an altercation that was captured on video. After initially denying that he had used those words, Baldwin eventually admitted on Twitter that he had uttered an “anti-gay epithet” and said: “I apologize and will retire it from my vocabulary.”

Later in November, MSNBC elected to fire Baldwin outright. In response, the actor said that he had not in fact used the term “fag” during his October altercation with the photographer. “I dispute half the comment I made,” he said. “... [I]f I called him 'cocksucking maggot' or a 'cocksucking motherfucker' ... 'faggot' is not the word that came out of my mouth. That I know. But you've got the fundamentalist wing of gay advocacy … they're out there, they've got you....”

Baldwin today is a board-of-directors member of People for the American Way, a national spokesman for the Bill of Rights Defense Committee, a program advisory board member with the Brennan Center for Justice, and a supporter of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals.

Baldwin supports comprehensive immigration reform that would offer a path-to-citizenship for illegal aliens who are currently “vulnerable to exploitation like wage theft” while working in “unsafe and even deadly ... conditions.”

Baldwin's net worth is approximately $65 million.

For additional information on Alec Baldwin, click here.


NOTES:

[1] Other high-profile signatories included Noam Chomsky, Roger Ebert, Mike Farrell, Danny Glover, bell hooks, Spike Lee, Norman Mailer, Michael Moore, Charles Rangel, Susan Sarandon, Gloria Steinem, and Cornel West

[2] Other notable signatories included Cher, Walter Cronkite, Phil Donahue, Spike Lee, Rosie O'Donnell, Bonnie Raitt, Tim Robbins, Julia Roberts, Susan Sarandon, Bruce Springsteen, and Barbra Streisand.

[3]
Jason Mattera, Hollywood Hypocrites (Kindle Edition, 2012), Location: 2060-63

 

 

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