Feb. 21st, 1963
Massapequa, Long Island, New York, USA
6' 1 1/2
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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 Senator Patrick Darling in the TV drama Dirty Sexy Money (2007–2009) on ABC, Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths (2010), and now Baldwin is currently a regular guest on Gossip Girl as William van der Woodsen and Parenthood as Gordon Flint. Billy's most recent role was as lead detective Brian Albert in the Lifetime Original Movie The Craigslist Killer.
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. Baldwin was raised in a Catholic family of Irish, English and French descent. A graduate of Berner High School and Binghamton University, he has a degree in political science and is known for his enthusiastic support and contributions to the university, and in particular, its wrestling team.
Before starting his acting career, he was a fashion model for Calvin Klein. William's 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 got great reviews for his performance. Billy was also cast in the 1989 blockbuster film Born on the Fourth of July starring Tom Cruise, and brothers Stephen and Daniel. Billy played in a minor role as a U.S Marine during the Vietnam War
He then starred in hit movies like Flatliners with Kiefer Sutherland, Julia Roberts and Kevin Bacon. He portrayed Chicago firefighter Brian McCaffrey in Backdraft, co-starring Kurt Russell, Robert De Niro, Scott Glenn, and Donald Sutherland. The movie was directed by Ron Howard and was an instant success. 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. 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 because producers thought the movie would be a box-office failure. 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. 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.
In 2010, Baldwin portrayed Dr. Willam van der Woodsen, father of Serena and Eric van der Woodsen, on the 3rd season of Gossip Girl for 3 episodes. He will reprise his role in the 4th season, his episodes will air in Feb. 2011. Baldwin was also featured in UniGlobe Entertainment's breast cancer docu-drama titled 1 a Minute along with brother Daniel Baldwin, scheduled for release in 2010. 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 recently cast in the second season of Parenthood to play a boss and love interest for several episodes. William Baldwin joined Parenthood for a multi-episode arc this fall as Gordon Flint, the "wealthy, charismatic" boss of Adam (Peter Krause), a bachelor who also has eyes for Adam's sister Sarah (Lauren Graham).
- Acccording to most biographies on the Baldwin Brothers, William and his brothers Alec, Stephen, and Daniel attended Massapequa High School, but they actually went to Alfred G. Berner High School, two miles from Massapequa High School. But their father, Alexander Jr., was a highly respected history teacher and football coach at Massapequa High. In 1998/1999 he was honored by the school, and the auditorium was renamed for him.
- Son-in-law of 'John Phillips (II)' (qv), and 'Michelle Phillips (I)' (qv). Half-brother-in-law of 'Bijou Phillips' (qv), and 'Mackenzie Phillips' (qv).
- No relation to actor 'Adam Baldwin' (qv).
- Rode along with the Chicago Fire Dept.'s Squad 5 in preparation for his role in _Backdraft (1991)_ (qv).
- Ex-brother-in-law of 'Kim Basinger' (qv).
- William worked as an aide on Capitol Hill for U.S. Representive Thomas J. Downey ( New York/ Democrat).
- William, who trained for three weeks at the Chicago Fire Academy, rode along with the Chicago Fire Department's Squad 5 while preparing for his role as Brian McCaffrey in _Backdraft (1991)_ (qv).
- William and his older brother Alec were both very close friends of the late John F. Kennedy Jr.