Alexander Rae Baldwin III (born 1958) is an Emmy Award winning liberal Democrat actor. The eldest of the Baldwin brothers, Alec Baldwin has starred in many movies and television shows such as 30 Rock, and has hosted Saturday Night Live 14 times.
Baldwin was formerly married to actress Kim Basinger. The ensuing divorce proceedings and custody battle have been a source of fodder for reporters, who have published assorted claims by Basinger and Baldwin. As of May 4, 2007 a court will be considering whether Baldwin should be allowed continued visitation with his daughter in light of an expletive-strewn, threatening phone message he left to his 11-year-old daughter, Ireland.
On the recording, Baldwin can be heard berating his young daughter, "You are a rude, thoughtless little pig." "You don't have the brains or the decency as a human being," he says, apparently upset that she did not answer her phone for a planned call. He further says, "I don't give a damn that you're 12 years old, or 11 years old, or that you're a child, or that your mother is a thoughtless pain in the ass who doesn't care about what you do as far as I'm concerned."
According to TMZ.com, a family law judge was so alarmed after hearing the tape, she has temporarily barred Baldwin from having any contact with his child.
In 2011, Baldwin endangered the safety of an aircraft by using his cell phone in the middle of a flight after the crew had instructed him that it be turned off. The flight was delayed for an hour because the aircraft had to turn around and go back to the gate to remove him from the plane.