Baldwin was the second of six children, and his three brothers—Stephen, William, and Daniel—also pursued acting careers. He enrolled at George Washington University in 1976, but he later transferred to New York University (B.F.A., 1994) to study drama.
In 2002 his tumultuous marriage to Kim Basinger ended in divorce, and the two engaged in a bitter and highly public custody battle over their daughter,
Passionate about classical music, he was active in the New York Philharmonic, and in 2009 he became the official announcer of its weekly radio broadcasts. Beginning in 2011, he hosted a podcast, Here’s the Thing, on which he interviewed artists, entertainers, and other notable figures. In October 2013 the weekly talk show Up Late with Alec Baldwin debuted on the cable television channel MSNBC. After just five episodes, however, Baldwin was suspended for calling a paparazzo a homophobic slur. Shortly thereafter the show ended. In 2018 he hosted a weekly talk show, The Alec Baldwin Show, which aired on ABC.more » « less