“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.” Adam Baldwin
American actor Adam Baldwin, who is not connected to the famed Baldwin brothers, has built up a prolific career since entering show business in 1980. Making his feature acting debut as the title character in Tony Bill's “My Bodyguard” (1980) shortly after being discovered by the director while in high school, Adam was memorable for his role in Stanley Kubrick's “Full Metal Jacket” (1987), as Garner in “Predator 2” (1990), Tom McLaury in “Wyatt Earp” (1994), Major Mitchell in “Independence Day” (1996), Captain Wilkins in “The Patriot” (2000), Lance Bishop in “Control Factor” (2003, TV), Mike Rogo in “The Poseidon Adventure” (2005, TV) and Carl Herrod in “Gospel Hill” (2008). In the TV series realm, Baldwin made his debut as a regular player in the syndicated series “The Cape” (1996-1997, as Colonel Jack Riles) and went on to have regular roles in the short lived series “The Inside” (2005) and “Day Break” (2006-2007) and the recurring roles in such shows as “The X Files” (2001-2002) and “Angel” (2004). He also received a cult following through his portrayal of Jayne Cobb in the TV series “Firefly” (2002-2003) and the big screen movie “Serenity” (2005). Currently, Baldwin plays agent John Casey in the NBC comedy series “Chuck” (2007-2009).
The father of three, Baldwin is the good friend of actress Jamie Lee Curtis and took part in the 2005 direct-to-video “Molly & Roni's Dance Party” as a favor to her. He has actively supported the charity group Marine Corps/Law Enforcement Foundation that strives to send the children of fallen soldiers and law enforcers to school on scholarships.
Childhood and Family:
Adam Baldwin was born on February 27, 1962, in Chicago, Illinois. His father, William W. Baldwin, served in Kenya during the Mau Mau conflict in the 1950s and was also a writer for the “Chicago Sun Times.” Adam graduated from New Trier Township High School East in Winnetka, Illinois. Other notable graduates from the school include Bruce Dern, Ralph Bellamy, Virginia Madsen, Hugh O'Brien, Ann-Margret, William Christopher, Charlton Heston, Penelope Milford, Rock Hudson, and Liz Phair.
Adam is married to actress Ami Julius. They have three kids. In his free time, Adam loves to mountain bike, play baseball and Frisbee, and go bowling. He enjoys listening to hard rock and is a fan of Led Zeppelin. He is an accomplished golfer and often competes in celebrity golf events. In 1997, he became Celebrity Golf Association Tour's Orlando Classic champion.
Full Metal Jacket
Adam Baldwin was spotted by director Tony Bill while attending high school in Illinois, and was soon cast as the title character in “My Bodyguard” (1980), his feature film debut. Ranked No. 45 on Entertainment Weekly's list of the “50 Best High School Movies,” the movie also starred Chris Makepeace, Matt Dillon, Martin Mull, and Ruth Gordon. He went on to support Donald Sutherland, Mary Tyler Moore and Judd Hirsch in Robert Redford's acclaimed and commercially successful drama “Ordinary People” (also 1980), which won four Oscars, including Best Picture and Best Director. He resurfaced when he portrayed the leading role of Albert Hockenberry in Joel Schumacher's comedy “D.C. Cab” (1983) and supported Aidan Quinn and Daryl Hannah in James Foley's “Reckless” (1984). He made his TV movie debut in “Off Sides” (1984), where he costarred with Tony Randall and Eugene Roche.
Following roles in the TV films “Poison Ivy” (NBC, 1985) and “Welcome Home, Bobby” (CBS, 1986) and the motion pictures “3:15” and “Bad Guys” (both 1986), Baldwin delivered a memorable supporting portrayal of Animal Mother, the M-60 machine gunner of the Lusthog Squad, in the war movie “Full Metal Jacket” (1987), which was directed by Stanley Kubrick. Adapted from the novel “The Short-Timers” by Gustav Hasford, the film earned critical praise and was nominated for an Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay. He kept busy throughout the late 1980s with credits in the independent drama “Hadley's Rebellion” (1987), Eric Red's thriller “Cohen and Tate” (1988, as Tate), Keith Gordon's “The Chocolate War” (1988) and John Irvin's “Next of Kin” (1989, with Patrick Swayze, Liam Neeson and Helen Hunt).
The important supporting role of Garber in “Predator 2” (1990), a sequel to the successful 1987 film “Predator,” became Baldwin's opening work in the 1990s. Starring Gary Busey and Danny Glover, the film received mixed reviews and was considered a bomb in comparison to its predecessor. Roles in such film projects as “Guilty by Suspicion” (1991), “Where the Day Takes You” (1992), Richard Donner's “Radio Flyer” (1992), “Cruel Doubt” (1992, TV), “Eight Hundred Leagues Down the Amazon” (1993) and “Cold Sweat” (1993) followed. He also had a noted supporting role in the Lawrence Kasdan directed biopic “Wyatt Earp” (1994, as Tom McLaury), was cast as Winona Ryder's father in Jocelyn Moorhouse's “How to Make an American Quilt” (1995) and played Major Mitchell in the huge box office hit “Independence Day” (1996, starred Will Smith, Bill Pullman and Jeff Goldblum).
In 1996, Baldwin entered the TV series realm as a regular cast member in the syndicated series “The Cape,” where he starred with Corbin Bernsen and Cameron Bancroft. Featuring a group of NASA astronauts at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida, the show was canceled after one season. After the demise of the series, Baldwin had the recurring role of Michael O'Ryan in “The Visitor” (4 episodes, 1997), guest starred in “From the Earth to the Moon” and “The Outer Limits” (both 1998) and acted in the TV films “Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde” (1999), where he portrayed the dual title role. He briefly revisited the big screen in the science fiction thriller “Starquest II” (1997), where he starred as a character named Lee.
Entering the new millennium, Baldwin was cast as Captain James Wilkins in Emmerich's box office hit “The Patriot” (2000), which starred Mel Gibson as Benjamin Martin. He continued to appear in several other movies in the early 2000s, including “The Right Temptation” (2000), “Pursuit of Happiness” (2001), “Jackpot” (2001), “Double Bang” (2001), “The Keyman” (2002), “Betrayal” (2003), “The Freediver” (2004) and “Evil Eyes” (2004). However, during this period, Baldwin was apparently more focused on his TV work. From 2001 to 2002, he was on the Fox popular show “The X Files,” where he played the recurring role of Knowle Rohrer, and starred as Lance Bishop in the television movie “Control Factor” (2003). He was also cast as Jayne Cobb in the short lived science fiction series “Firefly” (Fox, 2002-2003), played the recurring role of Marcus Hamilton in the Emmy nominated fantasy series “Angel” (5 episodes, 2004), a spin off of the TV series “Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” and guest starred in such shows as “CSI: Miami” (2003), “JAG” (2004), “Stargate SG-1” (2 episodes, 2004), and “Navy NCIS: Naval Criminal Investigative Service” (2004).
After appearing with good friend Jamie Lee Curtis in “Molly & Roni's Dance Party” (2005), Baldwin joined Rachel Nichols, Katie Finneran, Nelsan Ellis, Jay Harrington and Peter Coyote to star in the series “The Inside” (2005). Playing Special Agent Danny Love in the show, he was on the series during its seven episodes run on the Fox network before it was canceled. His voice was also heard in three episodes of “Justice League” (2005) and in the Cartoon Network series “Jackie Chan Adventures,” where he provided the voice of Finn, a gig he held since the show's debut in 2000 to its finale in 2005. 2005 also found the actor starring as Sea Marshal Mike Rogo in the TV film remake of “The Poseidon Adventure” and reprising his TV role of Jayne Cobb in Joss Whedon's “Serenity,” a feature film continuation of the TV series “Firefly.” “Serenity” earned critical acclaim but performed poorly at the box office.
Back to series TV, Adam guest starred in “Bones” and “Invader ZIM” (both 2006) and was cast with Taye Diggs, Moon Bloodgood, Victoria Pratt, Meta Golding and Ramon Rodriguez in the action series “Day Break,” where he portrayed Chad Shelten. Premiering on ABC on November 15, 2006, the series was axed after six episodes. The same year, he also played Lenny in the horror movie “The Thirst,” which was directed by Jeremy Kasten. In September 24, 2007, Baldwin began his role of John Casey in the NBC series “Chuck” (2007-present), which stars Zachary Levi as computer expert Charles “Chuck” Bartowski. Talking about playing his character on the show, Baldwin stated, “It's hard to sell tough and funny and that's what I'm trying to get better at doing and this role affords that opportunity. Plus it's fun. It's silly, it's goofy and then there is this hard edge and then it goes back to silly and goofiness.”
While working on “Chuck,” Baldwin also worked on other projects. He portrayed Jesse Carter in the made-for-TV film “Sands of Oblivion”(2007), Carl Herrod in Giancarlo Esposito's “Gospel Hill” (2008), a dissatisfied bodyguard in Steven Brill's “Drillbit Taylor” (2008) and DHS Agent Brett Dunbar in an episode of “CSI: NY” (2008). In addition, he voiced Clark Kent/Superman in the animated film “Superman/Doomsday” (2007), which was directly released to video on September 18, 2007.
Baldwin will play Mr. Clements in “The Assignment” (2009), a film directed and written by Timothy J. Nelson. He will also work with “Full Metal Jacket” costar Mathew Modine in the movie “Little Fish, Strange Pond” (2009), for director Gregory Dark and screenwriter Robert Dean Klein.