William Baldwin

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William Baldwin
Billy Baldwin, GLAAD Awards 2008.jpg
Baldwin at the 2008 GLAAD Media Awards
BornWilliam Joseph Baldwin
(1963-02-21) February 21, 1963 (age 51)
Massapequa, New York, U.S.
OccupationActor, producer, writer
Years active1989–present
Spouse(s)Chynna Phillips (1995–present)
RelativesAlec Baldwin (brother)
Daniel Baldwin (brother)
Stephen Baldwin (brother)
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William Baldwin
Billy Baldwin, GLAAD Awards 2008.jpg
Baldwin at the 2008 GLAAD Media Awards
BornWilliam Joseph Baldwin
(1963-02-21) February 21, 1963 (age 51)
Massapequa, New York, U.S.
OccupationActor, producer, writer
Years active1989–present
Spouse(s)Chynna Phillips (1995–present)
RelativesAlec Baldwin (brother)
Daniel Baldwin (brother)
Stephen Baldwin (brother)

William "Billy" Joseph 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), as Johnny 13 in Danny Phantom (2004–2007), Art Heist (2004), The Squid and the Whale (2005), as himself in Forgetting Sarah Marshall, as Senator Patrick Darling in the TV drama Dirty Sexy Money (2007–2009) on ABC, Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths (2010), was a regular guest on Gossip Girl as William van der Woodsen until December 2012, and Parenthood as Gordon Flint. Baldwin appeared as lead detective Brian Albert in the Lifetime Original Movie The Craigslist Killer. In 2011, Baldwin was cast in a recurring role on Hawaii Five-0 as a dirty cop, former homicide detective Frank Delano, appearing over the show's second season as well as the season premiere episode of the third season. In 2013, Baldwin joined the cast of BBC America's Copper for two episodes of season 2, prior to the series being cancelled.

Early life[edit]

Baldwin was born in Massapequa, New York, the son of Carol Newcomb (née Martineau) and Alexander Rae Baldwin, Jr. His father was 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, and of sisters Beth and Jane, all together known as the Baldwin family. Baldwin was raised in a Catholic family, and has English, Irish, Scottish, French, and German ancestry.[2][3][4] A graduate of Berner High School and Binghamton University, where he was a varsity wrestler,[5] he has a degree in political science.



Before starting his acting career, Baldwin was a fashion model for Calvin Klein. His first starring role was in a TV movie as Robert Chambers, alongside Lara Flynn Boyle in The Preppie Murder, which aired on ABC in 1989. Baldwin was also cast in the 1989 film Born on the Fourth of July starring Tom Cruise, and brothers Stephen and Daniel where he played in a minor role as a U.S Marine during the Vietnam War.

Baldwin with Jennifer Grey at the 1988 Academy Awards.


Baldwin then starred in hit movies like Flatliners with Kiefer Sutherland, Julia Roberts and Kevin Bacon. He portrayed Chicago firefighter Brian McCaffrey in Backdraft. Baldwin starred alongside Cindy Crawford in the 1995 film Fair Game, then in 1996 starred in a low-budget film by Miramax Films titled Curdled, and was paid US$150,000 for his performance compared to the $1.7 million he received for his role in Sliver with Sharon Stone in 1993.[6] In 1999, Baldwin teamed up with Jamie Lee Curtis and Donald Sutherland for the science fiction thriller Virus, and alongside Peter Gallagher in the Showtime original movie, Brotherhood of Murder.


In 2001, Baldwin played a leading role in the television film Double Bang which aired on HBO. Since then, Baldwin has played in other projects such as Red Rover in 2003, Art Heist in 2004, "Park", Feel and Lenexa, 1 Mile in 2006, Adrift in Manhattan, A Plumm Summer, Noise, and Humble Pie in 2007. Baldwin has continued to act in films and on television, but 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 in ABC's Dirty Sexy Money as Donald Sutherland's oldest son, Patrick Darling IV, for the duration of the show until April 2009. Among other diverse characters he has played in his career, Baldwin was on Joel Schumacher's shortlist for Batman Forever to play the caped crusader. His four diverse choices were Daniel Day-Lewis, Ralph Fiennes, Val Kilmer and Baldwin.[7] Audiences got to hear his first time playing Batman in February 2010 in Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths, a loose adaptation of Grant Morrison's JLA: Earth 2 story.[7]


In 2010, Baldwin portrayed Dr. Willam van der Woodsen, father of Serena and Eric van der Woodsen, on the third and fourth seasons of Gossip Girl. Baldwin was also featured with his brother Daniel in UniGlobe Entertainment's breast cancer docu-drama, 1 a Minute.[8] The documentary was made by actress Namrata Singh Gujral and will feature breast cancer survivors Olivia Newton-John, Diahann Carroll, Melissa Etheridge, Namrata Singh Gujral, Mumtaz and Jaclyn Smith as well as Daniel Baldwin and Priya Dutt. Baldwin was cast in the second season of Parenthood to play a boss and love interest for several episodes.[9] Baldwin joined Parenthood for a multi-episode arc that aired in fall 2010 as Gordon Flint, the "wealthy, charismatic" boss of Adam (Peter Krause), a bachelor who also has eyes for Adam's sister Sarah (Lauren Graham). In 2011, Baldwin starred in the Lifetime Original Movie, The Craigslist Killer which aired January 3, 2011. He plays the lead detective on the case of the killer, Philip Markoff, who connected with victims through Craigslist ads placed in Boston, Massachusetts. On June 1, 2011, Baldwin joined Sobini Films' indie film Sexy Evil Genius along with Seth Green, Harold Perrineau Jr., Katee Sackhoff, and Michelle Trachtenberg. The film is to be directed by Shawn Piller. In July 2011, Baldwin joined the CBS drama Hawaii Five-0 for a multi-episode arc.[10] On March 22, 2012, Baldwin guest starred on the NBC show 30 Rock. Baldwin plays Lance Drake Mandrell, an actor who plays Jack Donaghy – the role played in the series by Baldwin's real-life brother Alec – in a made-for-TV movie within the show.[11][12] Baldwin is currently a model for Sacoor Brothers. Baldwin appeared in the fourth and final season of Wilfred, replacing Dwight Yoakum in the role of Bruce.

Personal life[edit]

In 1995, Baldwin married singer Chynna Phillips of the music group Wilson Phillips. Together, they have three children: daughter Jameson (born 2000), son Vance (born 2002), and daughter Brooke (born 2004).[13] Baldwin has two estates, one in Santa Barbara, California and another in Bedford Corners, New York, just 30 minutes away from his brother Stephen Baldwin's estate in Nyack, New York.[14]


1989The Preppie MurderRobert ChambersTV movie
Born on the Fourth of JulyU.S. Marine – Vietnam
1990Internal AffairsVan Stretch
FlatlinersJoe Hurley
1991BackdraftBrian McCaffrey
1993Three of HeartsJoe
SliverZeke Hawkins
1995A Pyromaniac's Love StoryGaret
Fair GameDet. Max Kirkpatrick
1996CurdledPaul Guell
1998BulworthConstance Bulworth's Lover
Shattered ImageBrian
1999VirusSteve Baker
Brotherhood of MurderTom MartinezTV movie
2000Primary SuspectChristian Box
Relative ValuesDon Lucas
2001Double BangBilly Brennan
One Eyed KingFrank
Say NothingJulian GrantTV movie
2002R.U.S./H.TV movie
You Stupid ManBrady
2003Red RoverWill Taylor
E.D.N.Y.Mike 'Mad Dog' KellyTV movie
2004Art HeistBruce Walker
2005The Squid and the WhaleIvan
2006Full CountDan Cooney Jr
2007Humble PieTruman HopeAlso known as American Fork
Adrift in ManhattanMark Phipps
A Plumm SummerMick Plumm
NoiseMayor's Chief of Staff
2008Forgetting Sarah MarshallHimself/"Detective Hunter Rush"
2010Justice League: Crisis on Two EarthsBatman
1 a MinuteHimself
2011The Craigslist KillerDetective Brian AlbertTV movie
Jock of the BushveldBoatman
2012High MidnightSheriff Holt Mosely
Sexy Evil GeniusBert Mayfaire
2013Be My ValentineDaniel Farrell
2014PopeyeJ. Wellington WimpyVoice role
in production
2004–2007Danny PhantomJohnny 133 episodes
2006WaterfrontPaul Brennan5 episodes
2007–2009Dirty Sexy MoneyPatrick Darling23 episodes
2010–2012Gossip GirlDr. William van der Woodsen11 episodes
2010ParenthoodGordon Flint8 episodes
2011–2012Hawaii Five-0Frank Delano5 episodes
201230 RockLance Drake Mandrell1 episode
Men at WorkShepard Petersseason 1, episode 9
2013CopperWilliam 'Wild Bill' Eustace2 episodes
2014WilfredBruce1 episode


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  2. ^ "Helen's Alec Baldwin site-Interview, 1989". Helenheart.com. Retrieved September 29, 2010. 
  3. ^ Alec Baldwin – Juvenile Delinquency, The White House, Newsday – Newsday.com[dead link]
  4. ^ http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000285/bio
  5. ^ Vancheri, Barbara (March 25, 1999). "William Baldwin's support adds weight to wrestling championships". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Retrieved October 7, 2011. 
  6. ^ "William Baldwin". IMdB. 
  7. ^ a b "Interview At". Fancoredaily.com. Retrieved September 29, 2010. 
  8. ^ "Mcg – Indian Star Rallies Celebrity Support For Cancer Movie". Contactmusic.com. Retrieved September 29, 2010. 
  9. ^ DiNunno, Gina (July 28, 2010). "William Baldwin Joins Parenthood". TV Guide. 
  10. ^ Bryant, Adam (July 30, 2011). "Exclusive: Hawaii Five-0 Books William Baldwin for Recurring Role". TV Guide. 
  11. ^ Sherrow, Rita (March 22, 2012). "Alec Baldwin reveals live episode of '30 Rock'". Tulsa World. 
  12. ^ Kelly Nelson, Liz (March 23, 2012). "'30 Rock': Cynthia Nixon, Billy Baldwin bring 'Kidnapped by Danger' to life". Zap2it. 
  13. ^ Rodriguez, Brenda; Silverman, Stephen M. (December 4, 2004). "Baby Girl for Chynna Phillips, Billy Baldwin". People. Retrieved September 8, 2008. 
  14. ^ Costaregni, Susie (December 3, 2006). "'The Dish' column, 'Christmas concert to help children in Rwanda'". The Advocate (Stamford, CT). Retrieved December 23, 2006. [dead link]

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