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Daniel Leroy Baldwin (born October 5, 1960) is an American actor, producer and director. He is the second eldest of the four Baldwin brothers, all of whom are actors, as well as part of the Baldwin family. Daniel Baldwin is known for his role as Detective Beau Felton in the popular NBC TV series Homicide: Life on the Street. Other appearances of his include Ned Blessing: The True Story of My Life (1992), Mulholland Falls (1996), Vampires (1998), The Pandora Project (1998), Stealing Candy (2002), Paparazzi (2004), and Grey Gardens (2009).
Baldwin was born in Massapequa, New York, the son of Carol Newcomb (née Martineau), a breast cancer survivor who founded the Carol M. Baldwin Breast Care Center of the University Hospital and Medical Center at Stony Brook, and Alexander Rae Baldwin, Jr., a high school history/social studies teacher and football coach. Baldwin was raised in a Catholic family, and has English, Irish, Scottish, French, and German ancestry. In addition to his three famous actor brothers, Alec (born 1958), William (born 1963) and Stephen (born 1966), Baldwin has two sisters, Beth Baldwin Keuchler (born 1955), and Jane Baldwin Sasso (born 1965).
Baldwin was a standout high school football and basketball player and graduated in 1979 from Alfred G. Berner High School in Massapequa, New York. He also attended McKenna Junior High School.
Baldwin's acting debut was in the TV movie Too Good to Be True in 1988, which he followed with feature roles in the films Born on the Fourth of July (1989), Harley Davidson and the Marlboro Man (1991) and Hero (1992). He returned to television in 1990 for the short-lived sitcom Sydney, which starred Valerie Bertinelli.
In 1993, Baldwin was cast in the Baltimore-based cop show Homicide: Life on the Street. Although he received good reviews he left in 1995 after three seasons, and his character was later killed off. He returned to TV movies such as Attack of the 50 Ft. Woman, Family of Cops, and Twisted Desire, as well as the 1996 feature films Mulholland Falls and Trees Lounge.
In 1998, Baldwin was set to film the romantic comedy It Had to Be You, but was replaced by Michael Rispoli after being arrested for cocaine possession. John Carpenter's Vampires was released during his subsequent stint in rehab.
Baldwin returned to appearances in various TV series episodes, including The Sopranos and TV and direct-to-video movies, including reprising his role as Beau Felton in Homicide: The Movie in 2000. Baldwin then starred in TV movies such as Anonymous Rex (2004) and Our Fathers (2005) and small-budget films including Sidekick (2005) and Moola (2006).
In 2008, Baldwin signed on to play Julius Krug in the Award Winning HBO film based on the 1975 documentary Grey Gardens. That same year, he has made appearances on truTV's The Smoking Gun Presents: World's Dumbest... as a frequent commentator. He also appeared as a supporting cast member in indie director Akihiro Kitamura's sophomore film, I'll Be There With You.
Baldwin was featured in UniGlobe Entertainment's breast cancer docu-drama titled 1 a Minute in 2010. The documentary was made by actress Namrata Singh Gujral and featured breast cancer survivors Olivia Newton-John, Diahann Carroll, Melissa Etheridge, Namrata Singh Gujral, Mumtaz and Jaclyn Smith as well as William Baldwin, Daniel Baldwin and Priya Dutt. The film also starred Bárbara Mori, Lisa Ray, Deepak Chopra and Morgan Brittany.
In 2009, Baldwin moved to Lake Oswego, Oregon, a suburb of Portland, to start a production company, Grilletto Entertainment.
In 2005, he was featured in VH1's Celebrity Fit Club, a reality show in which overweight celebrities compete to see who can shed the most pounds. He was the team captain of the Eastsiders, which also featured rapper Biz Markie, plus-size model Mia Tyler, and actor Joe Gannascoli (later traded for Judge Mablean Ephriam from Divorce Court).
In 2008, Baldwin appeared on VH1's reality series Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew. In June 2009, he joined the cast of I'm a Celebrity... Get Me out of Here!, with his brother Stephen Baldwin. He was the second one voted off. As of 2011, Baldwin makes appearances on truTV's The Smoking Gun Presents: World's Dumbest.
Relationships and family
In 1984, Baldwin had a daughter, Kahlea, with his first wife, Cheryl. In 1990, he married actress Elizabeth Baldwin and they had a daughter, Alexandra, in 1994, before divorcing in 1996. Alexandra moved to England with her mother and stepfather and now lives in Bonita Springs, Florida. Baldwin was involved for a decade with his Homicide: Life on the Street co-star, Chicago-born actress Isabella Hofmann. They have a son, Atticus, who was born in July 1996 and is named after the lawyer in To Kill a Mockingbird. Baldwin is married to Joanne Smith-Baldwin, a former British model, with whom he had a baby girl, Avis Ann, in 2008. The couple have a second daughter, Finley Rae Martineau, born in 2009. In 2011, Baldwin filed for divorce, and sought a restraining order against his wife. In August 2011, Baldwin and his wife announced that they had dropped the divorce filings and are attempting to reconcile. However in 2012, he again filed for divorce.
Addiction and arrests
In 1998, Baldwin was found running naked through the halls of New York's Plaza Hotel shouting "Baldwin!" and was arrested for possession of cocaine. He pled guilty to disorderly conduct and was sentenced to three months in drug rehab. He later told People magazine he had been battling a cocaine addiction since 1989.
On April 22, 2006, Baldwin was arrested after police received a call that a woman had been threatened at the Ocean Park Motel in Santa Monica. Authorities subsequently declined to press charges.
He was arrested again on July 19, 2006. According to the police, Baldwin ran a red light after weaving through the traffic in West L.A. just before 1 pm. He then crashed his rented Ford Thunderbird into two parked cars while going in a zone. Jason Lee, a spokesman for the Los Angeles police, said: "The Thunderbird pushed one of the vehicles about , and that was a Hummer." Police say Baldwin was driving with a suspended license at the time of the crash. He was transferred to UCLA Medical Center with back and neck injuries, but did not appear to be seriously hurt.
On November 7, 2006, Baldwin was arrested in Santa Monica, California, after allegedly stealing a white GMC Yukon SUV, according to TMZ.com. The actor was taken to jail and booked for investigation of grand theft auto. Bail was set at $20,000. "The car belongs to an acquaintance of Mr. Baldwin, but he had no permission to take it", said Jim Amormino, a spokesman for the Orange County Sheriff's Department. The charges were subsequently dropped.
On February 6, 2007, an arrest warrant was issued for Baldwin in Newport Beach, California, by the Orange County Superior Court for his failure to show up for an arraignment stemming from an auto-theft charge. At the time, Baldwin was in Detroit, Michigan, filming a movie. He turned himself in to police on February 20 and pleaded not guilty to his charges. He remained free on bail. Less than a year later, Baldwin had to be cleared by Judge Nancy Newman of wrongdoing due to a court communication error related to a separate charge. An arrest warrant had been issued for Baldwin, the reason was Baldwin's failure to appear in court to report on his progress in a drug rehabilitation program. Unconfirmed reports placed Baldwin in Toronto for the filming of a movie.
Baldwin starred on the VH1 reality television show Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew, filmed in 2007, but left the show after the fourth episode. His stated reasons for leaving included having a prior commitment to an acting job and the others' behavior interfering with his recovery, but it is eventually revealed that he left because of inappropriate text messages he had sent to Mary Carey, fellow patient in the same treatment group as him.