A member of the Baldwin family, he is the eldest of the four Baldwin brothers, all actors.Baldwin first gained recognition appearing on seasons 6 and 7 of the CBS television drama Knots Landing, in the role of Joshua Rush.He received his second Emmy nomination for Best Actor in a Television Comedy or Musical as Jack Donaghy in 2008, marking his seventh Primetime Emmy nomination and first win. He also impersonated Republican nominee Donald Trump during SNL's coverage of the 2016 Presidential election, to widespread critical acclaim.
Beginning in 2010, Baldwin appeared in a television campaign for Capital One as their spokesperson.
Following his 2013 confrontation with a videographer reported by TMZ (see below), his contract was not renewed, In 2016, Baldwin began hosting a reboot of the game show Match Game on ABC.
From 1976 to 1979, he attended George Washington University.
In 1979, he lost the election for student body president and received a personal letter from former U. president Richard Nixon (with whom he had a common friend) encouraging him to use the loss as a learning experience. His other Broadway credits include Caryl Churchill's Serious Money with Kate Nelligan and a revival of Tennessee Williams' A Streetcar Named Desire, for which his performance as Stanley Kowalski garnered a Tony Award nomination for Best Actor.
Baldwin's first acting role was as Billy Aldrich in the NBC daytime soap opera The Doctors from 1980 to 1982.
In fall 1983, he starred in the short-lived television series Cutter to Houston.He met his future co-stars Tina Fey and Tracy Morgan while appearing on Saturday Night Live, and is one of only two actors to whom Lorne Michaels has extended a standing offer to host the show should their schedules permit (the other being Christopher Walken).Since season 3, Baldwin was credited as one of 30 Rock two Golden Globe awards and seven Screen Actors Guild Awards for his role.He left the Thomas the Tank Engine & Friends series in 2002 on winning the role of Lawrence Quinn in The Cat in the Hat and was replaced by Michael Brandon.In 2002, Baldwin appeared in two episodes of Friends as Phoebe's overly enthusiastic love interest, Parker.In 1988, he appeared in Beetlejuice and Working Girl.