William Joseph Baldwin (born February 21, 1963) is an American actor, producer and writer. A member of the Baldwin family, he is the third-oldest of the four Baldwin brothers. He has starred in the films Flatliners (1990), Backdraft (1991), Sliver (1993), Virus (1999), The Squid and the Whale (2005), and played himself in Forgetting Sarah Marshall, and the Netflix show Northern Rescue (2019). Baldwin is married to singer Chynna Phillips.
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 Irish and French 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.
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 such as Flatliners with stars such as Julia Roberts, Kiefer Sutherland and Kevin Bacon. He portrayed Chicago firefighter Brian McCaffrey in Backdraft with Kurt Russell and also with an ensemble cast including Donald Sutherland, Scott Glenn, Rebecca De Mornay, and Robert De Niro. His role in 1993 film Sliver along 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 title character; Schumacher’s 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, he 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; his performance in the film was slightly acclaimed by critics. 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 played 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, Park, Feel and Lenexa, 1 Mile in 2006, and Adrift in Manhattan, A Plumm Summer, Noise, and Humble Pie in 2007. His 2004 film Art Heist received much attention when it was 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 Independent Film Award for Best Ensemble 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 Marshall, which stars Jason Segel and Kristen Bell, as Detective Hunter Rush.
In February 2010, Baldwin played Batman in Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths, a loose adaptation of Grant Morrison’s JLA: Earth 2 story. 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 docudrama, 1 a Minute. The documentary was made by Namrata Singh Gujral, and features breast cancer survivors Olivia Newton-John, Diahann Carroll, Melissa Etheridge, Namrata Singh Gujral, Mumtaz, Jaclyn Smith, Daniel Baldwin and Priya Dutt. Baldwin was cast in the second season of Parenthood, which aired Fall 2010. He played Gordon Flint: a charismatic bachelor, the boss of Adam Braverman (Peter Krause) and a love-interest 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 played 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 starred in the indie film Sexy Evil Genius, alongside Seth Green, Harold Perrineau Jr., Katee Sackhoff and Michelle Trachtenberg. The film was 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.
In 2016, Baldwin signed on and currently has a recurring role on the 2016 reboot of the television series MacGyver as Elwood Davis, Riley’s estranged father on CBS Television Studios. On November 21, 2017 Baldwin joined the main cast on a television series along with Miles Teller in Too Old To Die Young which is scheduled to be released in the fall of 2019 on Amazon Video. Currently, Baldwin stars and executive produces Northern Rescue, a Canadian drama television series produced by CBC Television distributed internationally on Netflix. The first season of 10 episodes debuted on March 1, 2019.
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, daughters Jameson (born in 2000) and Brooke (born in 2004) and son Vance (born in 2001).
Baldwin splits his time between an estate in Santa Barbara, California, and another in Bedford Corners, New York, which is 30 minutes away from his brother Stephen’s estate in Nyack, New York.
|1989||Born on the Fourth of July||U.S. Marine – Vietnam|
|1990||Internal Affairs||Officer Van Stretch|
|1993||Three of Hearts||Joe Casella|
|1993||Sliver||Zeke Hawkins||MTV Movie Award for Most Desirable Male
Nominated – Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Actor
|1995||A Pyromaniac’s Love Story||Garett|
|1995||Fair Game||Detective Max Kirkpatrick||Nominated – Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Screen Couple (shared with Cindy Crawford)|
|1998||Bulworth||Constance Bulworth’s Lover|
|2000||Primary Suspect||Christian Box|
|2000||Relative Values||Don Lucas|
|2001||Double Bang||Billy Brennan|
|2001||One Eyed King||Frankie Thomas|
|2001||Say Nothing||Julian Grant|
|2002||You Stupid Man||Brady|
|2003||Red Rover||Will Taylor|
|2004||Art Heist||Bruce Walker|
|2005||The Squid and the Whale||Ivan||Gotham Independent Film Award for Best Ensemble Cast|
|2006||Lenexa, 1 Mile||Dan Cooney Sr.|
|2007||Adrift in Manhattan||Mark Phipps|
|2007||American Fork||Truman Hope|
|2007||A Plumm Summer||Mick Plumm|
|2007||Noise||Mayor’s Chief of Staff|
|2008||Forgetting Sarah Marshall||Detective Hunter Rush|
|2010||Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths||Batman (voice)||Direct-to-video|
|2010||1 a Minute||Himself|
|2011||Jock the Hero Dog||Boatman|
|2012||Dino Time||Sarco (voice)|
|2013||Stranger Within||Robert Moore|
|2013||Be My Valentine||Dan|
|2014||The Wisdom to Know the Difference||Dennis|
|2015||A Wing and a Prayer||Narrator||Documentary|
|2016||Blowtorch||Detective Frank Hogan|
|2017||The Broken Key||Friar Hugo|
|2017||Maximum Impact||Man in Shadows|
|2018||Minutes to Midnight||Mr. Walters|
|2018||Welcome to Acapulco||Drake Savage|
|2018||The Trouble||Joey Mangepanni|
|2018||Born Again Dead||Haskell|
|2019||Backdraft 2||Brian McCaffrey||Direct-to-video|
|2019||You Are Here||Keith|
|2020||2 Graves in the Desert|
|TBA||Church People||Mr. Cameron||Completed|
|1989||The Preppie Murder||Robert Chambers||Television film|
|1999||Brotherhood of Murder||Tom Martinez||Television film|
|2003||E.D.N.Y.||Mike ‘Mad Dog’ Kelly||Television film|
|2004–2005; 2007||Danny Phantom||Johnny 13 (voice)||3 episodes|
|2006||Waterfront||Paul Brennan||5 episodes|
|2007–2009||Dirty Sexy Money||Patrick Darling||23 episodes|
|2010–2012||Gossip Girl||William Van Der Woodsen||11 episodes|
|2010||Parenthood||Gordon Flint||8 episodes|
|2011–2012||Hawaii Five-0||Frank Delano||5 episodes|
|2011||The Craigslist Killer||Detective Bennett||Television film|
|2012||30 Rock||Lance Drake Mandrell||Episode: “Kidnapped by Danger”|
|2012||Men at Work||Shepard Peters||Episode: “Inventing Milo”|
|2013||Be My Valentine||Dan||Television film|
|2013||Copper||William ‘Wild Bill’ Eustace||2 episodes|
|2015||Forever||Oliver Clausten||Episode: “The Wolves of Deep Brooklyn”|
|2015||Hot in Cleveland||Dane Stevens||3 episodes|
|2015||Lead With Your Heart||Ben Walker||Television film|
|2016||Hit the Floor||Jackson Everett||4 episodes|
|2017||While You Were Dating||Nick Stendahl||Television film|
|2017–present||MacGyver||Elwood Davis||5 episodes|
|2018||Insatiable||Gordy Greer||Episode: “Banana Heart Banana”|
|2018||The Purge||David Ryker||5 episodes|
|2018||Dream Corp, LLC||Dad||Episode: “Can’t Touch This”|
|2019||Northern Rescue||John West||10 episodes|
|2019||Too Old to Die Young||Theo||10 episodes|