Was Alec Baldwin ever on a daytime or nighttime soap opera?
—Nancy C., Illinois
Alec Baldwin, 44, began his on-camera career when he was cast in the daytime television series The Doctors on NBC in 1980 in the role of Billy Allison Aldrich. He switched into the nighttime soap arena in 1984, when he joined the cast of the long-running Knots Landing as Joshua Rush. Baldwin is the eldest of his brothers—Daniel, William, and Stephen Baldwin, all actors. He grew up in Massapequa, Long Island, where his father was a high school teacher and his mother raised six children (Baldwin has two sisters, Beth and Jane). He attended George Washington University and planned to attend law school but took a detour when he auditioned for the New York University Undergraduate Drama Program on a dare. He was accepted, and in 1979 began his professional training. Baldwin's films include The Hunt for Red October and Pearl Harbor, and he has worked on Broadway. He was married to actress Kim Basinger, with whom he has a daughter.