|Date of Birth
||5 October 1960
|Place of Birth
||Massapequa, Long Island, New York, USA
The last of the Baldwin siblings to pierce the entertainment industry, Daniel Baldwin, kicked off his acting career at age 28 when he made TV movie debut with Too Good to Be True (1988). A year later, he jumped start to the big screen movie with the unnoticed spot of Vet #1 - Democratic Convention in Born on the Fourth of July (1989). With the help of his more high-status brothers Alec, William and Stephen, Daniel soon launched himself and gathered a reputable resume.
His first brush toward fame arrived when Daniel was recruited as a regular cast in the CBS sitcom Sydney (1990), playing Cheezy, an over-sexed associate of star Valerie Bertinelli. Though the series quickly axed by the network, it helped Daniel further establish his status. Roles began to roll in. In 1991, he landed his first large film role in Harley Davidson and the Marlboro Man, starring Don Johnson, and then teamed up with Dustin Hoffman in Stephen Frears' Hero in the following year. He won the title character of Ned Blessing: The True Story of My Life (1992, TV), but was not cast for the short-lived 1993 series.
Daniel delivered next big breakthrough when he was cast as series' regular wise guy Detective Beau Felton in NBC's courageous Baltimore-based cop show "Homicide: Life on the Street" (1993). Due to his fine performance, Daniel received critical raves from critics. Sadly, he left the show after a two-year run and his character was finally killed off in a powerful two-part episode in 1997.
In addition to the much-talk-about-performance, Daniel impressed many with his good portrayal of Harry Archer, Daryl Hannah's rough husband, in HBO remake of Attack of the 50 Ft. Woman (1993) and as Charles Bronson's son Ben Fein in CBS movie A Family of Cops (1995). He also offered a notable performance as William Stanton, opposite Isabella Hofmann, in NBC's Twisted Desire (1996). Though he enjoyed great success on TV, Daniel had to deal with the box-office disasters that included Car 54, Where Are You? (1994), Lone Justice (1994) and Dead on Sight (1994). He fared better as FBI agent McCafferty in Lee Tamahori's Mulholland Falls (1996) and Jerry in Steve Buscemi's feature directing debut Trees Lounge (1996).
After roles in The Invader (1997), Love Kills (1998), Fallout (1998) and Desert Thunder (1998), Daniel eventually could deliver perhaps his best feature work to date in John Carpenter's Vampires (1998), in which he was cast as James Woods' tough vampire-hunting partner Montoya. Unfortunately, his significant contribution in the film was eclipsed by his much publicized arrest for drug possession in NYC. A recovering substance abuser, Daniel had to undergo treatment one more and completed the personal and professional costs of his fall off the wagon in a People magazine article in October 1998. He continued to take roles in films like Phoenix (1998), The Pandora Project (1998), The Treat (1998), On the Border (1998, TV), Wild Grizzly (1999, TV), Active Stealth (1999), Water Damage (1999) and Water Damage (1999), but none of them gave Daniel much needed boasts.
2000 saw the actor make six movies. He opened the new millennium with a costarring role opposite Kim Coates in the thriller Tunnel (2000), and then appeared in the drama Silver Man (2000), played the supporting role of Robert Freedman in the action Net Worth (2000), made his feature directorial debut in Fall (2000, also starred opposite Michael Madsen and Chad McQueen), played the lead Det. Frank Tompkins in Double Frame (2000) and as Pike in Gamblin' (2000). Daniel also embarked on the small screen with television films Homicide: The Movie (2000) and Killing Moon (2000). Daniel kept on busy in the following years with a dozen of projects under his belt, including the action Ancient Warriors (2001), Stealing Candy (2002), Dynamite (2002), Open House (2003,TV), King of the Ants (2003), Water's Edge (2003), Vegas Vamps (2003), The Real Deal (2004), Irish Eyes (2004), the Mel Gibson-produced Paparazzi (2004), Anonymous Rex (2004, TV) and The Blue Rose (2004).
In 2005, Daniel starred with James Oliver in the John Bevilacqua-directed Boardwalk Poets, was featured in the comedy Shut Up and Shoot!, played Angelo DeFranco in the TV movie adaptation of David France's epic book Our Fathers and supported David Ingram and Perry Mucci in the fantasy Sidekick (2005). Daniel also has three more films still in the productions, comedy The Beach Party at the Threshold of Hell (2006), Final Move (2006) and Searching for Mickey Fish (2006).