Alexander Rae Baldwin III is an American actor, film producer, comedian, and political activist. He is the eldest of the four actor brothers in the Baldwin family. Baldwin first gained recognition appearing on the sixth and seventh seasons of the CBS primetime soap opera Knots Landing. In his early career, Baldwin played both leading and supporting roles in a variety of films such as Tim Burton's Beetlejuice, Mike Nichols' Working Girl, Jonathan Demme's Married to the Mob, and Oliver Stone's Talk Radio. He gained attention for his performances as Jack Ryan in The Hunt for Red October and in Glengarry Glen Ross. Since then he has worked with directors such as Woody Allen in Alice, To Rome with Love and Blue Jasmine, and Martin Scorsese in The Aviator and The Departed. His performance in the drama The Cooler garnered him a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor.