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William Baldwin

Baldwin at the 2008 All Stars and Legends Softball game at Yankee Stadium
Born William Joseph Baldwin
February 21, 1963 (1963-02-21) (age 47)
Massapequa, New York, U.S.
Occupation Actor, Producer, Writer
Years active 1989–present
Spouse(s) Chynna Phillips (1995–present)
(3 Children)

Jamison (Born 2000)

Vance (Born 2001)

Brooke (Born 2004)
Official website

William Joseph "Billy" Baldwin (born February 21, 1963) is an American actor, producer, and writer, known for his starring roles in such films as Flatliners (1990), Backdraft (1991), Sliver (1993), Fair Game (1995), Virus (1999), Double Bang (2001), Art Heist (2004), Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths (2010), and as Senator Patrick Darling in the hit drama Dirty Sexy Money (2007-2009) on ABC.


Early life

Baldwin was born in Massapequa, New York, the son of Carol Newcomb (née Martineau) and Alexander Rae Baldwin, Jr., a high school history/social studies teacher and football coach.[1] He is the brother of actors Alec, Daniel and Stephen, sometimes collectively known as the Baldwin brothers. Baldwin was raised in a Catholic family of Irish, English and French descent.[2][3] A graduate of Berner High School and Binghamton University, he has a degree in political science and is known for his support and contributions to Binghamton's wrestling team.


Before starting his acting career, he was a fashion model. William's first starring role was in a TV Movie as Robert Chambers, alongside Lara Flynn Boyle called The Preppie Murder which aired on ABC in 1989. Baldwin got great reviews for his performance. Then Starred in hit movies like Flatliners with Kiefer Sutherland, Julia Roberts and Kevin Bacon. He portrayed Chicago firefighter Brian McCaffrey in Backdraft co-starring was Kurt Russell, Robert De Niro, Scott Glenn, and Donald Sutherland. The movie was an instant success and was directed by Ron Howard. Baldwin starred alongside Cindy Crawford in the 1995 film Fair Game, then in 1996 William starred in a low-budget film by the Miramax Film Corp. Titled Curdled and was paid $150,000 for his role compared to the 1.7 million dollars he made for his role in Sliver with Sharon Stone back in 1993. In 1999 Baldwin Teamed up with Jamie Lee Curtis and Donald Sutherland for the Scifi thiller "Virus". Again in 1999 he starred alongside Peter Gallagher in the Showtime Original Movie 'Brotherhood of Murder'. In 2001, Baldwin got a leading role in the 2001 film Double Bang , the film was originally going to open in theaters world wide, but they felt that the film would not do well box office wise, so they aired it on HBO in 2001. Since then Baldwin played in other projects such as, Red Rover in 2003, Art Heist in 2004. Then "Park", 'Feel', 'Lenexa, 1 Mile' in 2006, Adrift in Manhattan, A Plumm Summer, Noise, and 'American Fork' in 2007. Baldwin has continued to act in films and on television, but he has not taken many leading roles. He was well-received in a supporting role in the 2005 film The Squid and the Whale. He also co-starred as Donald Sutherland's oldest son, Patrick Darling IV, on Dirty Sexy Money, for ABC for the entire duration of the show until April 2009.

Among other diverse characters he's played in his career, Baldwin was actually on Joel Schumacher's short list for Batman Forever to play the caped crusader. His four choices – which was an eclectic, diverse array – were Daniel Day Lewis, Ralph Fiennes, Val Kilmer and Baldwin.[4] Audiences got to hear his first time playing Batman in Feburary of 2010 in Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths, a loose adaptation of Grant Morrison's JLA: Earth 2 story.[5]

Then in 2010, Baldwin got the role as William van der Woodsen (Sarena's dad) in the show Gossip Girl, and will be featured in the last 3 episodes of season 3.

Baldwin will be featured in UniGlobe Entertainment's breast cancer docu-drama titled 1 a Minute scheduled for release in 2010.[6] The documentary is being made by actress Namrata Singh Gujral and will feature breast cancer suriviors Olivia Newton-John, Diahann Carroll, Melissa Etheridge, Namrata Singh Gujral, Mumtaz and Jaclyn Smith as well as Daniel Baldwin and Priya Dutt.

Personal life

In 1995 Baldwin married singer Chynna Phillips (of the music group Wilson Phillips and her new group 'Chynna & Vaughan', who is the daughter of John and Michelle Phillips of the '60s group, The Mamas & the Papas. They have three children: daughter Jamison (born 2000), son Vance Alexander (born 2001) and daughter Brooke (born 2004). Baldwin has two estates, one in Santa Barbara, California and another one in Bedford Corners, New York, just 30 minutes away from his brother Stephen's estate in Nyack, New York.[7] Baldwin is also a big fan of the New York Yankees and a member of Yankees Universe.[citation needed]



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