Stephen Baldwin

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Stephen Baldwin
Stephen Baldwin by Gage Skidmore.jpg
Baldwin at CPAC in Washington, D.C., 2010
Born Stephen Andrew Baldwin
(1966-05-12) May 12, 1966 (age 48)
Massapequa, New York, U.S.
Occupation Actor, director, producer
Years active 1986–present
Religion Christianity (evangelical)[1]
Spouse(s) Kennya Baldwin (1990–present)
Children 2 daughters
Relatives Alec Baldwin (brother)
Daniel Baldwin (brother)
William Baldwin (brother)

Stephen Andrew Baldwin (born May 12, 1966) is an American actor, director, producer and author. In film, he is known for his roles in the comedy-drama Threesome (1994), the neo-noir crime thriller The Usual Suspects (1995), the stoner comedy Bio-Dome (1996), the action film Fled (1996), in which he plays an escaped prisoner, the family-romantic comedy film The Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas (2000) and the adventure film The Flyboys (2008); in television, as William F. Cody in the western show The Young Riders (1989–92), and the reality shows Celebrity Big Brother 2010 (UK) and Celebrity Apprentice. In 2004, he directed Livin' It, a Christian-themed skateboarding DVD. He is also known for being the youngest of the Baldwin brothers, for Christian evangelism and for his legal troubles.

Early life[edit]

Baldwin was born in Massapequa, New York. His mother, Carol Newcomb (née Martineau, born 1930), was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1990 and had a double mastectomy.[2] His father, Alexander Rae Baldwin, Jr., (1927–83),[3] was a high school history/social studies teacher and football coach, who died of lung cancer. Baldwin is the youngest brother of notable actors, Alec, Daniel and William, sometimes collectively known as the "Baldwin brothers", and as a whole with the family, they are known together as the Baldwin family. Baldwin was raised in a Catholic family, and has English, Irish, Scottish, French, and German ancestry. In high school, Baldwin also participated on the varsity wrestling team, following in the footsteps of his older brother William Baldwin. [4][5] Baldwin has two sisters, Elizabeth Keuchler (born 1955) and Jane Sasso (born 1965).[6]


During his time at Berner High School, Baldwin was an opera singer.[citation needed] After high school, he attended the American Academy of Dramatic Arts.[7] He played small roles in shows like Kate and Allie and Family Ties, before landing his first feature film role as an adult, in the 1988 film The Beast. That role led to other parts, in the 1989 films Last Exit to Brooklyn and Born on the Fourth of July, as well as the television series The Young Riders. In 1994, he appeared in Threesome,[8] and in 1995 he landed a breakthrough role in The Usual Suspects. Baldwin's next role was in Bio-Dome (1996). In 2000, he played Barney Rubble in The Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas.

In 2002, Baldwin participated in Celebrity Mole Hawaii, the first celebrity edition of The Mole. ABC broadcast the program in early 2003. Later that year he returned for Celebrity Mole Yucatán, which ABC aired in early 2004. In 2006, Baldwin had a part as antagonistic character Joe Genest in the television film Jesse Stone: Night Passage. In August 2007, Baldwin was back on television when CMT cast him in Ty Murray's Celebrity Bull Riding Challenge, one of nine celebrities cast.[9] In the first episode, Baldwin was injured in a bad fall from a wooden pontoon, breaking his shoulder blade and cracking a rib. Under doctor's orders, he left the show in the second episode.

From January to March 2008, Baldwin appeared on Donald Trump's Celebrity Apprentice on NBC. Baldwin finished fifth out of the 14 celebrity contestants. He and Trace Adkins became friends while competing on the show. In October 2008, Baldwin appeared in the Adkins' music video, "Muddy Water". In March 2013, Baldwin returned to compete in All-Star Celebrity Apprentice. He was a contestant on the 2009 NBC reality show, I'm a Celebrity…Get Me out of Here!.[10] Baldwin quit the show mid-season. On the second episode, Baldwin baptised The Hills actor Spencer Pratt.

Personal life[edit]

Baldwin reads to children at the 2007 White House Easter Egg Roll

Baldwin resides in the village of Nyack, New York, with his wife, the Brazilian graphic designer Kennya Baldwin (née Deodato), whom he met in 1987 and married in 1990. The couple have two children, Alaia (born 1993) and Hailey (born 1996).[11][unreliable source?] His father-in-law is the Grammy Award-winning Brazilian musician Eumir Deodato.[citation needed]

In 2006, Baldwin launched a campaign to prevent an adult bookstore from opening in Nyack.[12] He has a tattoo on his left shoulder of the initials "HM" for Hannah Montana. He got the tattoo after making a pact with Miley Cyrus and Kayla Bell that he would be allowed to cameo on the show if he had the initials tattooed on him. He revealed the tattoo to Cyrus at a book signing in Nashville, on November 10, 2008.[13] He never appeared on the show and has since said that he regrets getting the tattoo.[14]

Baldwin and his wife defaulted on paying $824,488.36 on their mortgage. Baldwin's home in Upper Grandview, (Rockland County) New York was subsequently auctioned off on June 12, 2009, after Bankers Trust Co. foreclosed on the home. Gannett News also reported that "county filings show the Baldwins owe National City Bank money for a separate mortgage and may owe tens of thousands in unpaid state and federal taxes on the property."[15] He filed for a Chapter 11 bankruptcy petition in New York, on July 21, 2009, according to a court document that says he is millions in debt. He claimed he owes more than $2.3 million and owns a New York property valued at only $1.1 million. His wife Kennya also is named in the document.[16][17]

Baldwin was the first person to enter the Celebrity Big Brother House on January 3, 2010. The theme for this series was "Hell", with a devil head on the front door, he frequently taunted the head by saying "you're a loser". During his stay in the house he frequently read passages from the Bible to his fellow housemates.[18] He also tried to convert eventual winner Alex Reid. He failed to win many fans and was evicted on January 22, 2010, becoming the fourth housemate to be evicted. In a three-way vote—against Ivana Trump and Sisqó—he received 50% of the public vote.[19] After his eviction, the website, unsolicited by him, began soliciting cash donations to improve Baldwin's career.[20]

In December 2010, Baldwin filed a $3.8 million lawsuit against Kevin Costner over oil-separating technology that was used to help solve the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.[21] In June 2012, a jury sided with Costner and awarded Baldwin no damages. In March 2013, Baldwin pleaded guilty to failing to file income taxes for the years 2008, 2009 and 2010. Baldwin agreed to pay $300,000 within a year, or he will be sentenced to five years' probation and have five years to pay the money.[22]


In religion[edit]

In September 2006, Baldwin released his book titled The Unusual Suspect, which details highlights from his personal life, career, days of drug abuse, and ultimately, his turn to becoming a born-again Christian after the 9/11 attacks.[23] In the same year, Baldwin, Mario D'Ortenzio and Bobby Brewer founded Breakthrough Ministry, which was designed to utilize extreme sports as a ministry via arena tours, called AsSalt Tours. The tours featured extreme sports celebrities, including Christian Hosoi. In 2007, Daniel Southern joined Baldwin as president of his ministry.[24] In late 2008, Baldwin formed a for-profit organization called Antioch Ministry, which exists "to facilitate the gifts and calling of Stephen Baldwin".[25] In 2009, Baldwin and Southern launched a third ministry called Now More Than Ever, designed to reach enlisted men and women in the military around the world. In 2008, Baldwin teamed up with conservative talk-radio host Kevin McCullough to put together a Saturday radio show called Baldwin/McCullough Radio. As of April 18, 2009, the show aired on 213 stations and in more than 400 cities across the US, and worldwide on Sirius 161 and XM 227.[26] Baldwin appears weekly on the show from the broadcast studios in New York City, as well as from various locations around the US when he is traveling for other business purposes.

Baldwin talks on the red carpet of a Children Uniting Nations party, 2009

In politics[edit]

In 2007, Baldwin endorsed Sam Brownback for President.[27] After Brownback left the race, Baldwin switched his support to Mike Huckabee.[28] Baldwin was a strong supporter of the McCainPalin presidential ticket after Huckabee dropped out of the 2008 presidential race. That same year, Baldwin threatened to move to Canada if Barack Obama was elected, and challenged the candidate to box for charity.[29] On October 18, 2008, Sarah Palin joked with Democrat Alec Baldwin during a Saturday Night Live skit that Stephen is her "favorite Baldwin brother."[30][31] In June 2011, Baldwin floated the possibility of entering New York City's 2013 mayoral race as an opponent of his brother Alec, who previously suggested that he may run himself.[32]



Year Title Role Notes
1988 Homeboy Luna Park Drunk
1988 The Beast Anthony Golikov
1989 Casualties of War Soldier Uncredited
1989 Last Exit to Brooklyn Sal
1989 Born on the Fourth of July Billy Vorsovich
1992 Crossing the Bridge Danny Morgan
1993 Bitter Harvest Travis
1993 Posse Jimmy J. “Little J.” Teeters
1994 A Simple Twist of Fate Danny Newland
1994 8 Seconds Tuff Hedeman
1994 Threesome Stuart
1994 Mrs. Parker and the Vicious Circle Roger Spalding
1995 The Usual Suspects McManus National Board of Review Motion Pictures Award for Best Acting by an Ensemble
1995 Fall Time Leon
1995 Under the Hula Moon Buzzard Wall
1996 Bio-Dome Doyle Johnson
1996 Fled Dodge
1996 Crimetime Bobby Mahon
1997 Sub Down Rick Postley Video
1998 Half Baked McGayver Smoker
1998 Scar City John Trace
1998 One Tough Cop Bo Dietl
1999 Friends & Lovers Jon
1999 The Sex Monster Murphy
2000 Mercy Mechanic
2000 The Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas Barney Rubble Nominated – Razzie Award for Worst Actor
2000 Cutaway Wictor Cooper
2000 Table One Jimmy
2000 XChange Clone #1 / Toffler 3
2001 Protection Sal
2001 Dead Awake Desmond Caine
2002 Deadrockstar Johnny Johnny
2002 Slap Shot 2: Breaking the Ice Sean Linden Video
Nominated – DVD Premiere Award for Best Actor
2002 Greenmail Scott Anderson Video
2002 Spider's Web Clay Harding
2003 Silent Warnings Cousin Joe Vossimer Video
2003 Lost Treasure Bryan McBride
2003 Firefight Wolf
2003 Shelter Island Lenny
2004 Livin' It Director
2004 Target Charlie Snow
2004 Fallacy Realtor
2004 Six: The Mark Unleashed Luke
2005 Liminality Caramelli Short
2005 Bound by Lies Max Garrett Short
2006 Midnight Clear Lefty
2006 The Genius Club Rory Johnson
2007 Fred Claus Himself
2008 The Flyboys Silvio Esposito
2008 Shark in Venice David Franks
2009 To the Wall Mansfield
2010 Let the Game Begin David Carroll
2010 Shoot the Duke Max Rockinsky
2010 Loving the Bad Man McQuade
2012 Dino Time Surly Voice
2013 To the Wall Mansfield
2013 I'm in Love with a Church Girl Jason McDaniels


Year Title Role Notes
1986–87 The Lawrenceville Stories Gutter Pup Miniseries
3 episodes
1987 American Playhouse Gutter Pup Episode: The Prodigious Hickey
1988 Family Ties Bobby Episode: "Beyond Therapy"
1989–92 The Young Riders William F. Cody 67 episodes
1989 China Beach Chuck Berry Episode: "All About E.E.V."
1994 New Eden Adams Movie
1995 Dead Weekend Weed Movie
1998 Mr. Murder Marty Stillwater / Alfie Movie
1999 Absence of the Good Caleb Barnes Movie
2000 Cutaway Agent Vic Cooper Movie
2000 Batman Beyond Charlie Bigelow (voice) Episode: "Big Time"
2001 Zebra Lounge Jack Bauer Movie
2003 Scare Tactics Himself / host 8 episodes
2005 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Jesse Acheson Episode: "Compulsion"
2005 The Snake King Matt Ford Movie; a.k.a. Snakeman
2006 Jesse Stone: Night Passage Joe Genest Movie
2006 Dark Storm Daniel Gray Movie
2006 Earthstorm John Redding Movie
2007 Harpies Jason Movie
2009 The Celebrity Apprentice Himself/contestant 15 episodes
2009 I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here! Himself/contestant 13 episodes
2010 8 Out of 10 Cats Himself 1 Episode
2010 Celebrity Big Brother UK Himself 27 episodes
2013 All-Star Celebrity Apprentice Himself/contestant 8 episodes
Video games
Year Title Role
1999 FreeSpace 2


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  21. ^ "Stephen Baldwin spills lawsuit on Kevin Costner". 
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  26. ^ Baldwin McCullough
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  28. ^ "Stephen Baldwin says he hearts Huckabee, rejects gay marriage and no longer photographs porn patrons"[dead link].
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  30. ^ Bauder, David (August 19, 2008). "Palin draws big ratings for 'Saturday Night Live'". Retrieved 2007-08-25. [dead link]
  31. ^ Hamby, Peter; Hornick, Ed (August 19, 2008). "Sarah Palin appears on 'Saturday Night Live'". CNN. Retrieved 2007-08-25. [dead link]
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