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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), as Johnny 13 in Danny Phantom (2004–2007), Art Heist (2004), The Squid and the Whale(2005), as himself in Forgetting Sarah Marshall (2008), as Senator Patrick Darling in the drama series Dirty Sexy Money (2007–2009), Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths (2010), as William van der Woodsen on Gossip Girl until December 2012, and as Gordon Flint on Parenthood.

Baldwin appeared as lead detective Brian Albert in the Lifetime Original Movie The Craigslist Killer. In 2013, he joined the cast of BBC America's Copper for two episodes of season 2, prior to the series being cancelled.

Background 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. 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-Canadian, and German ancestry. A graduate of Alfred G. Berner High School and Binghamton University, where he was a varsity wrestler, he has a degree in political science.

Career Edit

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 Danny Aiello and Lara Flynn Boyle in The Preppie Murder, which aired on ABC in 1989. Baldwin also appeared in the 1989 film Born on the Fourth of July, starring Tom Cruise, where he had a minor role as a U.S Marine during the Vietnam War, his brothers Daniel and Stephen also had minor parts in the film.

Baldwin's first featured film was Internal Affairs, in which he starred alongside Richard Gere and Andy García. He then starred in big-budget films like Flatliners with stars like Julia Roberts, Kiefer Sutherland and Kevin Bacon. He portrayed Chicago firefighter Brian McCaffrey in Backdraft alongside Kurt Russell and many other stars. His role in 1993 film Sliveralong with Sharon Stone earned him the MTV Movie Award for Most Desirable Male.

In 1995, 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, the role went to Val Kilmer. Baldwin starred alongside Cindy Crawford in 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. In 1998, he appeared in Warren Beatty's film Bulworth as Constance Bulworth's lover. 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, ParkFeel and Lenexa, 1 Mile in 2006, Adrift in ManhattanA Plumm SummerNoise, and Humble Pie in 2007. His 2004 film Art Heist received much attentions when its released on DVD. 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 alongside Laura Linney and Jeff Daniels, for which he earned the Gotham Award for Best Cast. 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. In 2008, he appeared in the comedy film Forgetting Sarah Marshallwhich stars Jason Segel and Kristen Bell, as Detective Hunter Rush. In February 2010, audiences got to hear his first time playing Batman in Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths, a loose adaptation of Grant Morrison's JLA: Earth 2 story.

In 2010, Baldwin portrayed Dr. Willam van der Woodsen, father of Serena and Eric van der Woodsen, on The CW's teen drama series Gossip Girl. Baldwin was also featured with his brother Daniel in UniGlobe Entertainment's breast cancer docu-drama, 1 a Minute. 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. 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. 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. Baldwin is currently a model for Sacoor Brothers. Baldwin appeared in the fourth and final season of Wilfred, replacing Dwight Yoakam in the role of Bruce. In 2015, he narrated for the documentary A Wing and a Prayer, a film about American fighter pilots who assisted in the 1948 Arab–Israeli War and the founding of the Israeli Air Force.

Personal Life Edit

In 1995, Baldwin married singer Chynna Phillips of the music group Wilson Phillips and daughter of musician John Phillips by his second wife, Michelle. Together, they have three children: daughter Jameson (born 2000), son Vance (born 2002), and daughter Brooke (born 2004).

Baldwin splits his time between an estate in Santa Barbara, California and another in Bedford Corners, New York (30 minutes away from his brother Stephen's estate in Nyack, New York).

Filmography Edit

Movies Edit

Movie Role Year Notes
The Preppie Murder Robert Chambers 1989 Television film
Born on The Fourth of July US Marine - Vietnam 1989
Internal Affairs Van Stretch 1990
Flatliners Joe Hurley 1990
Backdraft Brian McCaffrey 1991
Three of Hearts Joe 1993
Silver Zeke Hawkins 1993 Nominated - MTV Movie Award for Most Desirable Male

Nominated - Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Actor

A Pyromaniac's Love Story Garet 1995
Fair Game Det. Max Kirkpatrick 1995 Nominated - Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Screen Couple (shared with Cindy Crawford)
Curdled Paul Guell 1996
Bulworth Constance Bulworth's Lover 1998
Shattered Image Brian 1998
Virus Steve Baker 1999
Brotherhood of Murder Tom Martinez 1999 Television film
Primary Suspect Christian Box 2000
Relative Values Don Lucas 2000
Double Bang Billy Brennan 2001
One Eyed King Frank 2001
Say Nothing Julian Grant 2001 Television film
R.U.S./H. 2002 Television film
You Stupid Man Brady 2002
Red Rover Will Taylor 2003
E.D.N.Y. Mike 'Mad Dog' Kelly 2003 Television film
Art Heist Bruce Walker 2004
The Squid and the Whale Ivan 2005 Gotham Award for Best Cast
Lenexa, 1 Mile Dan Cooney Sr. 2006
Park Dennis 2006
Feel Nathan 2006
Humble Pie Truman Hope 2007 Also known as American Fork
Adrift in Manhattan Mark Phipps 2007
A Plumm Summer Mick Plumm 2007
Noise Mayor's Chief of Staff 2007
Forgetting Sarah Marshall Detective Hunter Rush 2008
Lymelife Co-producer 2008
Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths Batman 2010
1 a Minute Himself 2010
The Craigslist Killer Detective Brian Albert 2011 Television film
Garbage Billy 2011
Remnants Roy 2011
Jock of the Bushveld Boatman 2011
High Midnight Sheriff Holt Mosely 2012
Sexy Evil Genius Bert Mayfaire 2012
Aftermath Shane (voice) 2012
Dino Time Sarco (voice) 2012
Be My Valentine Daniel Farrell 2013
The Stranger Within Robert 2013
The Wisdom to Know the Difference Dennis 2014
A Wing and a Prayer Narrator 2015 Documentary
Lead with your Heart Ben Walker 2015

Television Edit

Title Role Year(s) Notes
Danny Phantom Johnny 13 2004-07 3 episodes
Waterfront Paul Brennan 2006 5 episodes
Dirty Sexy Money Patrick Darling 2007-09 23 episodes
Gossip Girl Dr. William van der Woodsen 2010-2012 11 episodes
Parenthood Gordon Flint 2010 8 episodes
Hawaii Five-0 Frank Delano 2011-12 5 episodes
30 Rock Lance Drake Mandrell 2012 Episode: "Kidnapped by Danger"
Men at Work Shepard Peters 2012 Season 2, Episode 9
Copper William 'Wild Bill' Eustace 2013 2 episodes
Wilfred Bruce 2014 1 episode
Forever Oliver Clausten 2015 1 episode
Hot in Cleveland Dan Stevens 2015 Recurring; Season 6

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