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Overview (2)

Date of Birth 27 February 1962Winnetka, Illinois, USA
Height 6' 4" (1.93 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Adam Baldwin was born on February 27, 1962 in Winnetka, Illinois, USA. He is an actor, known for Full Metal Jacket (1987), Independence Day (1996) and Serenity (2005). He has been married to Ami Julius since 1988. They have three children.

Spouse (1)

Ami Julius (1988 - present) (3 children)

Trade Mark (4)

Usually plays tough guys or men of authority
Towering height and muscular physique
Strong jawline and bold blue eyes
Deep resonant voice

Trivia (17)

No relation to the Baldwin brothers Alec Baldwin, Daniel Baldwin, William Baldwin and Stephen Baldwin, who are from Long Island, New York (Adam is from the Chicago area).
Alumnus of New Trier Township High School East, Winnetka, Illinois. Other New Trier graduates include Ralph Bellamy, Charlton Heston, Rock Hudson, Hugh B. O'Brien, Ann-Margret, William Christopher, Bruce Dern, Penelope Milford, Virginia Madsen and Liz Phair.
Is an avid golfer.
Is good friends with Jamie Lee Curtis, and appeared in Molly & Roni's Dance Party (2005) as a favor to her.
Recorded his own version of the song "The Man They Call Jayne" for use as an easter-egg feature in the DVD collection of Firefly (2002).
Son: Devlin Shepard Baldwin (b. October 17, 1996). Daughters: Zoey Baldwin (b. 1990) and Jeselle Baldwin (b. 1992).
Voiced the second Green Lantern Hal Jordan on Justice League (2001), and later chosen to voice Superman/Clark Kent for the DVD feature Superman/Doomsday (2007).
One of four actors from Firefly (2002) who voiced superheroes on Justice League (2001). He voiced Hal Jordan, the Silver Age Green Lantern, while Nathan Fillion voiced the Vigilante, Gina Torres voiced Vixen and Morena Baccarin voiced Black Canary.
According to the commentary track on Superman/Doomsday (2007), he was the original choice to play the voice of Superman on Superman (1996), but was unavailable at the time. The role then went to Tim Daly.
Irish-American.
During his time away from work, Adam likes to mountain bike, go bowling, play Frisbee and baseball.
Frequently participates in celebrity hockey games.
Was named TV Guide's Sexiest Newcomer in 2005 even though he started his acting career in 1980.
Both Adam Baldwin and Angel (1999) co-star David Boreanaz have provided the voice of DC Comics' Green Lantern Hal Jordan, Baldwin in Justice League (2001) and Boreanaz in Justice League: The New Frontier (2008).
Is politically very conservative and conducts ongoing political discussions on his Twitter account.
Is a frequent contributor to Breitbart.com's Big Hollywood blog.
Is the only actor to work with both Joss Whedon and Stanley Kubrick.

Personal Quotes (16)

It was never the fame or fortune that drove me to act. It was something I love and enjoy doing it. A lot of people identify who they are by what they do and that's not me. It's what I do but not who I am. Who I am is a parent. I'm a family man.
The inspiration for Jayne Cobb... I had just been trying to do Warren Oates from The Wild Bunch (1969) meets Eli Wallach from "The Good, the Bad and the Ugly." Guys like that. Those are guys I was trying to impersonate, mixed in with some Strother Martin. Those are great Western guys. I just always approached it as a Western, with that sensibility. You can shoot someone in the back and rationalize it, because you're out on the frontier, and survival of the fittest. No honor among thieves. It was up to Joss [Whedon] to infuse him with a little bit of a heart of gold and honor for [Nathan Fillion's character] Mal. The rest of them, he could take or leave them. And later I saw _Alien (1979)_ again, and it turns out I was just doing Yaphet Kotto.
I need my comfort zone. I think I blew out my ears listening to Led Zeppelin in my headphones, living in my basement apartment, so I don't hear too well in crowds. I like having conversations where I don't need to go, "Huh? What?"
We all felt unique and lucky working on a Kubrick movie, but everyone's human. It's not like we got there with these expectations that we'd be working with Kubrick, the master, the God. He's only human. Familiarity breeds contempt. We just wanted to know when it was gonna be done, and he would just say, "I don't know." We were young and unwise. We didn't know it would end at some point, but we should have realized. We should have enjoyed it while we were there.
What I try to do is to appreciate every job I have while I'm working on it. [Stanley] Kubrick taught me that on Full Metal Jacket. He said I wasn't patient enough. We were a bunch of cocky young actors. "We're in a Kubrick film! We've made it!" Big arrogant fat-headed idiots in green fatigues. I'll always reflect back on that. He showed me you should appreciate what you have while you have it.
It's great to be able to pretend you're tough but funny at the same time. Dry humor. The straight man is already kind of in my wheelhouse. It's a pleasure to play that. I'm not one to start rambling on a Neil Simon soliloquy. I'm no Jack Lemmon. The guys I grew up with, my cinematic heroes, have always been men of few words, but of action. Clint Eastwood, Eli Wallach.
[on acting] 'A lot of people identify who they are by what they do and that's not me. It's what I do, but not who I am. Who I am is a parent. I'm a family man!'
[on the cancellation of Firefly (2002)] We were all heartbroken. It was a heartbreaker because we all understood how many stories there were to be told.
[on his character Jayne Cobb in Firefly (2002)] Jayne for me is the role of a lifetime...he could be good, funny, bad, selfish or a slob-that guy can do no wrong!
[on moving from the series Firefly (2002) to the movie Serenity (2005)] It fit like a glove. I still had the boots from the series. I slipped right back into those, and a couple of the T-shirts. We upgraded them a little bit, and put on some cooler beltwork and weaponry. The gun sling that the prop guy made for the movie used a quick-release parachute capo. That was pretty cool. It was great to have that group back again, because at that point, we all appreciated what it was. It was probably the most fun job I've ever worked on. It was so sweet. Such redemption. I'm sorry the movie didn't make more money at the theaters. If we'd had three more million viewers for the show, we'd still be on the air, and if we'd had three million more butts in the seats, we'd probably have made a sequel or two. ... I think the movie title was also kind of misleading. I mean, Serenity is the right title, but also the wrong title. It sounds like a yoga class to the uninitiated. Also, the movie is much darker than the series. There wasn't as much camp and fun. That may have hurt it too. (A.V. Club interview, February 2, 2009)
[on winning the role of Jayne Cobb on Firefly (2002)] I'm under the impression that getting the job was an outlet from having done some guest work on The X-Files (1993). I was in kind of a funky stage in my life. My kids were young, I was hanging out with them, playing a little golf. Being a slacker. My manager called up and said I had to meet the guys from X-Files. I'd auditioned for the Robert Patrick role, but I guess I was wrong for it. Wrong age, wrong type, or just too tall for Gillian Anderson. They liked the audition, though. They brought me back for something else, so Joss [Whedon] had seen my work on the network. So I was on their list, too. I read for him. It went by pretty quick. You read two scenes; if they like you, they test you within a week, and bang, you're off and running. I remember that Joss knew we were under the gun [with "Firefly"] from the get-go, because they weren't too thrilled with the pilot. So they gave us Fridays at 8 p.m.; they didn't want to use the two-hour pilot, because it wasn't finished. That's a reminder that you don't want to give your boss an unfinished product. There was a battle sequence that was supposed to open the show that wasn't in the pilot, so I guess it felt kind of plodding. We were thrown into a perfect storm of baseball playoffs and American Idol's first season. [A.V. Club interview, February 2, 2009]
(2009, on Day Break) Long hours, night shoots; when we came out and our ratings were low, we thought we were under the gun. I think what hurt the show was that it didn't have enough of a sense of fun. No sense of humor. Too dark and brooding to hold an audience. There's not a lot of real estate out there when it's up against baseball and Dancing With The Stars and American Idol. It's also a complicated storyline. You come in two episodes late and you'll go "Huh?" But I think it holds up well as a box set.
(2009, on Angel) [Joss Whedon] would come by and say hi, but he never directed episodes. That was a job where I called him up and said, "Dude, I need a job." That was early '04. Firefly was cancelled in '02, and '03 was a tough year for me. I needed a job. There just wasn't a lot of work to be found. I did video game work and some Jackie Chan Adventures cartoon voiceover work. That's what saved my nut. Joss was kind enough to come along and give me a cool part. He has been very good to me. He's pretty loyal that way, if you don't piss him off too much.

I love [David] Boreanaz. I think he's a sweetheart. Real professional. One of those jobs where the crew has been together forever. There were some hot girls on there, too. J. Richards and Amy Acker and Andy Hallett were all really great.
(2009, on Chuck) The role came up in the normal process of television pilot season. Before that, I'd been on a few series which had gone half a season. So I just went in after Day Break went down, and back into normal casting sessions. Chuck bit-apparently [co-creator] Josh Schwartz and everyone liked my work. They were rooting for me. It was nice to see Zack Levi at the testing session. He's tall, about 6'3", I'm 6'4", so when you're cast opposite people of the same height, it's helpful. Especially for the cinematographer. I don't want them to carry around an apple box, and I don't want to have to carry around a shovel.
(2009, on My Bodyguard) I like to think about that as the role that saved my sanity. I was having a tough time in high school, as most people do. Acting had always been the social scene I'd fallen into. It was sort of a merry band of band geeks and theater nerds. They were a rambunctious band of misfits, and they were very forgiving of your screw-ups. That show came along, and I auditioned for it just as a stupid high-school kid, and went through some screen tests. There were yesses and nos and we're-not-sure's. And then they gave it to me.

I never thought I'd get the part. It was May 1979, and they'd sent out some guys from local agencies to find high-school kids, and the guy that came to our school auditioned about 30 of us. I tried on a lark, he called five or 10 of us back to talk to the casting director at the Ambassador East, and they just sort of weeded it down. They tried a lot of different cities, though. Dallas, L.A., Toronto, New York. But they wanted to shoot in Chicago. But maybe it came down to the fact that they could pay me scale. They saved a lot of money on me, I'm sure, because I could live at home and commute by train.

Fifty-two days of shooting in the summer of '79, which was the summer of Breakfast In America by Supertramp. In Through The Out Door by Led Zeppelin. I had tickets, but Bonham died. That's how I remember it music-wise. The visceral remembrances were very heartfelt. We shot a lot in the Lincoln Park Zoo, and I understand that whole lakefront area is completely transformed. There's an ape house there or something. I haven't been back, but I hear you couldn't reshoot that scene if you wanted to now.
(2009, on Drillbit Taylor) There's a little clip out there on YouTube if you Google "Drillbit Taylor Bodyguard interview." Steve Brill, Michael J. Fox, Richard Dean Anderson, and I would all play hockey in a local actors' league together. Steve knew me from that, so he threw me in for a cameo. But I had to convince them it would be okay to let me wear the My Bodyguard jacket, which I still have. Their idea was to throw me in that cameo montage, but I figure if I'm gonna do it, I might as well do the character with the dirty white T-shirt and the jacket. It's a laugh for the parents taking their kids to see the movie who saw My Bodyguard in theaters. A friend of mine said, "Oh! I laughed when I saw it. My kids didn't get it, but I did."

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