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  • His A Streetcar Named Desire (1995) (TV) castmate, John Goodman, played Marlon Brando on "Saturday Night Live" (1975).
  • As part of his preparation for The Hunt for Red October (1990), he was trained to drive a Los Angeles-class attack submarine at the New London Submarine Base in Connecticut.
  • Like ex-wife Kim Basinger, he is also a vegetarian.
  • He and his wife Kim Basinger owned a total of eleven dogs, seven cats and a wolf.
  • Is one of only two people with a standing invitation to host "Saturday Night Live" (1975) every year (schedules allowing). The other is Christopher Walken.
  • Turned down the chance to reprise the role of Jack Ryan in Patriot Games (1992) in order to play Stanley Kowalski in a revival of Tennessee Williams's "A Streetcar Named Desire" on Broadway.
  • Received an Honorary Doctorate of Letters from Montclair State University at their 2004 Graduation.
  • Was considered for the role of Batman/Bruce Wayne in Batman (1989).
  • Caused a scandal by leaving an expletive filled voice mail for his daughter Ireland, calling her a "thoughtless little pig", which later was revealed to the media (11 April 2007).
  • Chosen by Empire magazine as one of the 100 Sexiest Stars in film history (#80). (1995)
  • Wrote "Tabloid," an episode of "Law & Order" (1990), based on his own experiences with tabloid reporters.
  • Dated Michelle Pfeiffer, Janine Turner and Ally Sheedy.
  • He is frequently referred to as Irish-American and, although both of his parents have Irish heritage, he is not entirely Irish. His father was half-English and his mother's side is primarily French (only one-quarter Irish).
  • Has impersonated Robert De Niro on "Saturday Night Live" (1975) a few times, and now he will be in The Good Shepherd (2006), which is directed by De Niro.
  • Did a skit on "Saturday Night Live" (1975) in December of 2005 in which he spoofed himself delivering the same speech he did in Glengarry Glen Ross (1992) to a couple of Santa's elves. Only some of the words were changed to imply to the elves rather than salesmen. He slipped though when saying the line, "Always Be Cobbling" instead he said the original line, "Always Be Closing". This made the other cast members break out in laughter on the live show.
  • A fan of novelist James Lee Burke, he owns the rights to a number of books featuring his character Dave Robiceaux. One of these, Heaven's Prisoners (1996), was released in 1996.
  • No relation to actor Adam Baldwin.
  • During the Bill Clinton impeachment trial went on "Late Night with Conan O'Brien" (1993) and said to a cheering audience that the head of the trial, Henry Hyde and his family, should be stoned to death. He later apologized and said it was just a joke.
  • Cousin of actor Joseph Baldwin.
  • Chosen by People magazine as one of the 50 Most Beautiful People in the world. (1990)
  • He was willing to voice his own puppet in Team America: World Police (2004) (despite the movie's unflattering portrait of him and other film stars, but was turned down by producers Matt Stone and Trey Parker, because all of the other celebrities were voiced by impressionists in the film. The role went to impressionist Maurice LaMarche.
  • Was nominated for Broadway's 1992 Tony Award as Best Actor (Play) for playing Stanley Kowalski in a revival of Tennessee Williams's "A Streetcar Named Desire," a performance he recreated in a television version of the same title, A Streetcar Named Desire (1995) (TV).
  • Is only the third person in history to be nominated for both Best Supporting Actor from the Oscars, for The Cooler (2003), and Worst Supporting Actor from the Razzies, for The Cat in the Hat (2003), in the same year.
  • Told brother Stephen Baldwin that doing Bio-Dome (1996) could be the single most career ending decision he could possibly make.
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