Alec Baldwin Turns 53: His 7 Best Monologues and One-Liners (Video)
'30 Rock,' 'The Departed,' and 'SNL' are just the beginning of the actor's most memorable work.
Alec Baldwin turned 53 Friday. Over the course of his long career, Baldwin has proven that he can bring the drama and the funny like no one else. In honor of his birthday, here's a look back at some Baldwin's most memorable monologues and one-liners.
The Hunt for Red October (1990)
So much of Baldwin's greatest moments come when his character is correcting the assumptions of someone else. In The Hunt for Red October, Jack Ryan makes a bold move by questioning a general, as only he can.
Glengarry Glen Ross (1992)
Baldwin's abrasive and abusive speech in Glengarry Glen Ross is the stuff of legend, as his character, Blake, walks into a real estate office to announce that everyone has been fired — and that they have one week to regain their jobs.
"Only one things counts in this life. Get them to sign on the line which is dotted," he screams. "ABC. A—always, B-be, C—closing."
Baldwin played an arrogant to the extreme doctor in 1993's Malice, which was penned by Aaron Sorkin. After some questionable actions in the operating room, during a deposition, his character proves he's got God Complex.
The Cooler (2003)
Baldwin's Shelly Kaplow, a Las Vegas casino boss, has no interest in the changing face of the strip — and uses some colorful, offensive (and racist) language to prove his point.
Saturday Night Live
Baldwin is the most prolific SNL host in history, having hosted 16 times. In 2005, he put a Christmas spin on his Glengarry Glen Ross speech.
The Departed (2006)
What's love got to do with it? Baldwin's Capt. George Ellerby was obsessed with getting ahead — and explained to Sullivan (Matt Damon) that marriage is a great way to do just that.
30 Rock (2006-2013)
Pretty much everything Jack Donaghy said was funny, and his conservative politics, huge ego and ruthless business acumen was a gold mine of material for Baldwin to work with.