spotlight on... Alec Baldwin.
spotlight on... Alec Baldwin Image: Smooth actor Best known for: Being the eldest of four acting brothers Early life: Born Alexander Rae Baldwin III on April 3, 1958, in Amityville, Long Island, New York. He is from a large family, which includes his actor brothers William, Stephen and Daniel, and two sisters. Alec attended George Washington University and majored in political science, intending to be a lawyer, but after graduating, auditioned for a place on New York University's drama programme as a dare. He was accepted, and hasn't looked back.
Career: Alongside theatre roles, Baldwin's early career included TV series The Doctors, Cutter To Houston, and Knots Landing. His first film was Forever, Lulu in 1987. A year later he starred in Beetlejuice, and had roles in Married To the Mob, Working Girl, Talk Radio, and She's Having a Baby. The Hunt For Red October in 1990 saw him take the lead alongside Sean Connery. He also appeared in Glengarry Glen Ross, The Getaway, The Juror, Pearl Harbor, The Departed, The Good Shepherd and It's Complicated. He has won awards for his portrayal of Jack Donaghy in NBC sitcom 30 Rock.
Love life: Baldwin was married to Kim Basinger for nine years until their divorce in 2002. They have a daughter, Ireland Eliesse. He's also been linked to actresses Michelle Pfeiffer, Janine Turner, Ally Sheedy, and Tatum O'Neal. He wed New York yoga instructor Hilaria Thomas in 2012; she is expecting their first child.
Don't mention: THAT phone call. He left a voicemail message for his daughter calling her a "rude, thoughtless little pig" which was played to the world. Quote: "Acting in the theatre is fun. Acting in film is work." Tonight: The United States of Television: America in Primetime, BBC Two, 10.30pm.