William Baldwin

William Baldwin Biography

William Joseph Baldwin (born February 21, 1963) is an American actor, producer, writer, brother of Alec Baldwin, 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, 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 was a regular guest on Gossip Girl as William van der Woodsen until December 2012, and Parenthood as Gordon Flint. Baldwin appeared as lead detective Brian Albert in the Lifetime Original Movie The Craigslist Killer. In 2011, Baldwin was cast in a recurring role on Hawaii Five-0 as a dirty cop, former homicide detective Frank Delano, appearing over the show's second season as well as the season premiere episode of the third season.

Early life

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, and German ancestry. A graduate of 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 Lara Flynn Boyle in The Preppie Murder, which aired on ABC in 1989. Baldwin was also cast in the 1989 film Born on the Fourth of July starring Tom Cruise, and brothers Stephen and Daniel where he played in a minor role as a U.S Marine during the Vietnam War.


Baldwin then starred in hit movies like Flatliners with Kiefer Sutherland, Julia Roberts and Kevin Bacon. He portrayed Chicago firefighter Brian McCaffrey in Backdraft. 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. 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 third and fourth seasons of 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.

Personal life

In 1995, Baldwin married singer Chynna Phillips of the music group Wilson Phillips. Together, they have three children: daughter Jameson (born 2000), son Vance (born 2002), and daughter Brooke (born 2004). Baldwin has two estates, one in Santa Barbara, California and another in Bedford Corners, New York, just 30 minutes away from his brother Stephen's estate in Nyack, New York.


Year Title Role Notes
1989 The Preppie Murder Robert Chambers TV movie
Born on the Fourth of July U.S. Marine - Vietnam
1990 Internal Affairs Van Stretch
Flatliners Joe Hurley
1991 Backdraft Brian McCaffrey
1993 Three of Hearts Joe
Sliver Zeke Hawkins
1995 A Pyromaniac's Love Story Garet
Fair Game Det. Max Kirkpatrick
1996 Curdled Paul Guell
1998 Bulworth Constance Bulworth's Lover
Shattered Image Brian
1999 Virus Steve Baker
Brotherhood of Murder Tom Martinez TV movie
2000 Primary Suspect Christian Box
Relative Values Don Lucas
2001 Double Bang Billy Brennan
One Eyed King Frank
Say Nothing Julian Grant TV movie
2002 R.U.S./H. TV movie
You Stupid Man Brady
2003 Red Rover Will Taylor
E.D.N.Y. Mike 'Mad Dog' Kelly TV movie
2004 Art Heist Bruce Walker
2005 The Squid and the Whale Ivan
2006 Full Count Dan Cooney Jr
Park Dennis
Feel Nathan
2007 Humble Pie Truman Hope Also known as American Fork
Adrift in Manhattan Mark Phipps
A Plumm Summer Mick Plumm
Noise Mayor's Chief of Staff
2008 Forgetting Sarah Marshall Himself/"Detective Hunter Rush"
Lymelife co-producer
2010 Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths Batman
1 a Minute Himself
2011 The Craigslist Killer Detective Brian Albert TV movie
Garbage Billy
Remnants Roy
Jock of the Bushveld Boatman
2012 High Midnight Sheriff Holt Mosely
Sexy Evil Genius
2014 Popeye J. Wellington Wimpy Voice role
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Year Title Role Notes
2004"2007 Danny Phantom Johnny 13 3 episodes
2006 Waterfront Paul Brennan 5 episodes
2007"2009 Dirty Sexy Money Patrick Darling 23 episodes
2010"2012 Gossip Girl Dr. William van der Woodsen 11 episodes
2010 Parenthood Gordon Flint 8 episodes
2011"2012 Hawaii Five-0 Frank Delano 5 episodes
2012 30 Rock Lance Drake Mandrell 1 episode
Men at Work Shepard Peters season 1, episode 9

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