Adam Baldwin

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Adam Baldwin
Adam Baldwin 2013.jpg
Baldwin at Florida Supercon 2013
Born (1962-02-27) February 27, 1962 (age 52)
Winnetka, Illinois, U.S.
Occupation Actor
Years active 1980–present

Adam Baldwin (born February 27, 1962) is an American actor. His early fame was gained in Full Metal Jacket as Animal Mother, and he established a cult following for starring in the television series Firefly and its continuation film Serenity as Jayne Cobb, Chuck as Colonel John Casey and more recently The Last Ship as Mike Slattery.


Adam Baldwin played the super soldier Knowle Rohrer in Fox Television drama The X-Files.

Appearing in a large number of films since 1980, Baldwin rose to prominence as the troubled outcast Ricky Linderman in My Bodyguard (1980) and moved on to bigger roles in D.C. Cab (1983), Full Metal Jacket (1987), Predator 2 (1990), Independence Day (1996), The Patriot (2000) and Serenity (2005)—in which he reprises his role as the mercenary Jayne Cobb from the television series Firefly.

His other work includes Radio Flyer (1992), From the Earth to the Moon (1998), The X-Files (Knowle Rohrer), Smoke Jumpers (1996), The Cape, Men in Black: The Series, Stargate SG-1, Angel, The Inside, NCIS, the 2005 remake of The Poseidon Adventure, Bones (2006 - one episode as Special Agent Jamie Kenton). He also starred in the ABC series Day Break as Chad Shelten in 2006.

Baldwin parodied the Ricky Linderman character in the 2008 film Drillbit Taylor. He is also known for NBC's Chuck, in which he played John Casey, one of the lead characters for the five season run of the show.

In season four of Castle, Baldwin was reunited with former Firefly castmate Nathan Fillion. He played Detective Ethan Slaughter in the 21st episode called "Headhunters" which aired April 16, 2012.[1][2]

Baldwin won a SyFy Genre Award in 2006 for Best Supporting Actor/Television for his role as Jayne Cobb in the television series Firefly.[3]

Baldwin was cast as Kal-El/Clark Kent/Superman in Superman: Doomsday, which is based on DC Comics' The Death of Superman. He also voices the character in the massively multiplayer online game, DC Universe Online.

Baldwin has a role as a voice actor in the Xbox 360 games Halo 3 and Halo 3: ODST, the latter putting him in the role of Corporal Taylor "Dutch" Miles. Baldwin also appears as a voice actor in Half Life 2: Episode 2 for various resistance soldiers and citizens. Along with his Chuck co-star, Yvonne Strahovski, he also appeared in Mass Effect 2, playing the role of Quarian marine squad leader Kal'Reegar.

Personal life[edit]

Baldwin was born in Winnetka, Illinois and studied at New Trier Township High School East in Winnetka.[4] He has three children with his wife, Ami.[5] He has no relation to the Baldwin brothers.

Politically, he has been a registered Democrat since 1980,[6] but states that he re-examined his views after being given a copy of David Horowitz's book Radical Son.[7] He now considers himself a "small government conservative libertarian",[8] and has contributed to The Huffington Post[9] and Big Hollywood.[10]

He is an avid supporter of Ride 2 Recovery, a bike-riding organization set up for the rehabilitation of wounded veterans. He participated in the 2009 "Don't Mess With Texas Challenge" bike ride.[11][12]

Baldwin is credited with having originated the GamerGate hashtag, which concerns a controversy in video game culture.[13][14] His role in GamerGate led to a petition to keep him from speaking at the Supanova Pop Culture Expo.[15][16]



Year Title Role Notes
1980 My Bodyguard Ricky Linderman
1980 Ordinary People Kevin Stillman
1983 D.C. Cab Albert Hockenberry
1984 Reckless Randy Daniels
1985 Poison Ivy Ike Dimick
1986 3:15 Jeff Hannah
1986 Bad Guys Skip Jackson
1987 Full Metal Jacket Animal Mother
1987 Hadley's Rebellion Bobo McKenzie
1988 Cohen and Tate Tate
1988 Chocolate War, TheThe Chocolate War Carter
1989 Next of Kin Joey Rosselini
1990 Predator 2 Garber
1991 Guilty by Suspicion FBI Agent #1
1992 Where the Day Takes You Officer Black
1992 Radio Flyer The King
1993 Eight Hundred Leagues Down the Amazon Koja
1993 Treacherous Tommy Wright
1993 Bitter Harvest Bobby
1994 Cold Sweat Mitch
1994 Wyatt Earp Tom McLaury
1995 Digital Man Captain West
1995 How to Make an American Quilt Finn's Father
1996 Independence Day Major Mitchell
1996 Lover's Knot John Reed
1997 Starquest II Lee
1998 Gargantua Marine Biologist
2000 Patriot, TheThe Patriot Capt. Wilkins
2000 Right Temptation, TheThe Right Temptation Captain Wagner
2001 Pursuit of Happiness Chad Harmon
2001 Above & Beyond Peter Clerkin
2001 Jackpot Mel James
2001 Farewell, My Love Jimmy
2001 Double Bang Vinnie Krailes
2002 Keyman, TheThe Keyman Chris Myers / Keyman
2003 Betrayal Det. Mark Winston
2004 Freediver, TheThe Freediver Dr. Viades
2004 Evil Eyes Jeff Stenn
2005 Serenity Jayne Cobb
2006 Thirst, TheThe Thirst Lenny
2008 Gospel Hill Carl Herrod
2008 Drillbit Taylor Disgruntled Bodyguard
2009 Little Fish, Strange Pond aka. Frenemy Tommy
2010 Browncoats: Redemption Phone Operator (uncredited)
2011 InSight Dr. Graham Barrett
2012 War of the Worlds: Goliath Wilson (voice)


Year Title Role Notes
1984 Pigs vs. Freaks Mickey South TV movie
1985 Special Treat Otto Frommer Episode: "Out of Time"
1985 Poison Ivy Ike Dimick TV movie
1986 Welcome Home, Bobby Cleary Biggs TV movie
1991 Murder in High Places TV movie
1992 Cruel Doubt Det. John Taylor TV movie
1992 Deadbolt Alec Danz TV movie
1993 Last Shot, TheThe Last Shot Mark Tullis Jr. TV short
1994 Blind Justice Sgt. Hastings TV movie
1995 Fallen Angels Ralph Episode: "Good Housekeeping"
1995 VR.5 Scott Cooper Episode: "Pilot"
1995 Trade-Off Thomas Hughes TV movie
1995 Sawbones Burt Miller TV movie
1995 Shadow-Ops Dalt TV movie
1996 Smoke Jumpers Don Mackey TV movie
1996–1997 Cape, TheThe Cape Col. Jack Riles 17 episodes
1997 Visitor, TheThe Visitor Michael O'Ryan 4 episodes
1998 From the Earth to the Moon Fred Haise Episode: "For Miles and Miles"
1998 Gargantua Jack Ellway TV movie
1998 Indiscreet Jeremy Butler TV movie
1998 Outer Limits, TheThe Outer Limits Major James Bowen Episode: "Phobos Rising"
2000 Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde Dr. Jekyll / Mr. Hyde TV movie
2000 Static Shock York (voice) Episode: "Aftershock"
2000–2005 Jackie Chan Adventures Finn / Various (voice) 48 episodes
2001 Static Shock York (voice) Episode: "Junior"
2001 Zeta Project, TheThe Zeta Project Swen (voice) Episode: "Crime Waves"
2001–2002 X-Files, TheThe X-Files Knowle Rohrer 5 episodes
2002 Hyper Sonic Christopher Bannon Video
2002–2003 Firefly Jayne Cobb 14 episodes
2003 Control Factor Lance Bishop TV movie
2003 CSI: Miami De Soto Episode: "Dead Woman Walking"
2003 Gacy John Gacy, Sr. Video
2003 Monster Makers Jay Forrest TV movie
2004 JAG Cmdr. Michael Rainer Episode: "Good Intentions"
2004 Stargate SG-1 Col. Dave Dixon Episode: "Heroes: Part 1"
Episode: "Heroes: Part 2"
2004 NCIS Cmdr. Michael Rainer Episode: "A Weak Link"
2004 Angel Marcus Hamilton 5 episodes
2005 Molly & Roni's Dance Party School Principal Video
2005 Justice League Hal Jordan / Green Lantern / Various (voice) 3 episodes
2005 Inside, TheThe Inside Special Agent Danny Love 13 episodes
2005 Poseidon Adventure, TheThe Poseidon Adventure Mike Rogo TV movie
2006 Talk to Me TV series
2006 Bones Special Agent Jamie Kenton Episode: "Two Bodies in the Lab"
2006 Invader Zim Various (voice) Episode: "The Frycook What Came from All That Space"
2006–2008 Day Break Chad Shelton 13 episodes
2007 Sands of Oblivion Jesse Carter TV movie
2007 Superman: Doomsday Superman / Clark Kent / Dark Superman (voice) Video
2007–2012 Chuck John Casey main role, 91 episodes
2008 CSI: NY DHS Agent Brett Dunbar Episode: "Hostage"
2008 Chuck Versus the Webisodes John Casey 5 episodes
2011 Love Bites Hotel Dick Episode: "Modern Plagues"
2011–2012 Transformers: Prime Breakdown (voice) 13 episodes
2012 Castle Detective Slaughter Episode: "Headhunter"
2012 Young Justice Parasite (voice) Episode: "Performance"
2012 Leverage Colonel Michael Vance 2 episodes ("The Very Big Bird Job", "The Rundown Job")
2012 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Captain Steven Harris Season 14; 3 episodes
2014 The Last Ship Commander Mike Slattery Main role

Video games[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2003 Kill.switch Nick Bishop
2007 Halo 3 Marines
2007 Half-Life 2: Episode Two Citizens
2009 Halo 3: ODST Dutch
2010 Mass Effect 2 Kal'Reegar
2011 DC Universe Online Superman
2013 Injustice: Gods Among Us Hal Jordan / Green Lantern
2015 Firefly: Online Jayne Cobb
TBA Infinite Crisis Hal Jordan / Green Lantern


  1. ^ "Keck's Exclusives First Look: Firefly's Nathan Fillion, Adam Baldwin Reunite on Castle". 2012-03-27. Retrieved 2013-04-08. 
  2. ^ "Castle, Season 4, Episode 21". Retrieved 2013-04-08. 
  3. ^ "SyfyPortal Awards". Archived from the original on 2006-11-07. Retrieved 2006-10-08. 
  4. ^ Ryan, Maureen (2010-01-06). "'Chuck's' Adam Baldwin on John Casey, a man of few words and many bullets". Chicago Tribune. Archived from the original on 14 November 2010. Retrieved 2010-11-09. 
  5. ^ Babineau , Jeff (1996-12-15), Faces of the Game, Orlando Sentinel, retrieved 2010-10-29 
  6. ^ "Adam Baldwin Twitter Feed". Retrieved 13 July 2010. 
  7. ^ Driscoll, Ed (2010-03-27). "PJM Political 03/27/10: Full Metal Podcast". Pajamas Media. 8:46. Retrieved 2010-10-29. 
  8. ^ "Special Guests - Adam Baldwin & Lorie Byrd". GayPatriot. BlogTalkRadio. 2010-10-11. 8:59. Archived from the original on 15 October 2010. Retrieved 2010-10-29. 
  9. ^ Baldwin, Adam. "Huffington Post Website". Retrieved 15 June 2010. 
  10. ^ "Big Hollywood Website". Archived from the original on 10 June 2010. Retrieved 15 June 2010. 
  11. ^ Baldwin, Adam (2009-04-19). "Ride 2 Recovery: An Amazing Journey". Huffington Post. Retrieved 2013-04-08. 
  12. ^ "Road 2 Recovery Don't Mess with Texas Challenge". 2009-04-07. Retrieved 2013-04-08. 
  13. ^ Young, Cathy (12 October 2014). "GamerGate: Part I: Sex, Lies, and Gender Games". Reason. Retrieved 18 November 2014. 
  14. ^ Hern, Alex (16 October 2014). "Lazy coverage of Gamergate is only feeding this abusive campaign". The Guardian. Retrieved 18 November 2014. 
  15. ^ Mann, Effie (22 January 2015). "There's a petition to keep the Sci-Fi actor who started #Gamergate out of Australia". Daily Life. Retrieved 22 January 2015. 
  16. ^ Williams, Tom (21 January 2015). "Australians Are Trying To Keep Adam Baldwin Away Over #Gamergate". CraveOnline. Retrieved 22 January 2015. 

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