Adam Baldwin

Adam Baldwin

Baldwin at the 2016 WonderCon.
Born (1962-02-27) February 27, 1962
Winnetka, Illinois, U.S.
Occupation Actor
Years active 1980–present
Spouse(s) Ami Julius (m. 1988)
Children 3

Adam Baldwin (born February 27, 1962) is an American actor. He is known for starring in Full Metal Jacket (1987) as Animal Mother, as well as in the television series Firefly and its continuation film Serenity as Jayne Cobb. His roles include Colonel John Casey in Chuck and more recently Mike Slattery in The Last Ship.

Adam is not related to the Baldwin brothers.[1]


Adam Baldwin at Florida Supercon 2013.

Appearing in a large number of films since 1980, Baldwin rose to prominence as the troubled outcast Ricky Linderman in My Bodyguard (1980) and moved on to bigger roles in D.C. Cab (1983), Full Metal Jacket (1987), Predator 2 (1990), Independence Day (1996), The Patriot (2000), and Serenity (2005)—in which he reprises his role as the mercenary Jayne Cobb from the television series Firefly.

His other work includes Radio Flyer (1992), From the Earth to the Moon (1998), The X-Files (Knowle Rohrer), The Cape, Men in Black: The Series, Stargate SG-1, Angel, The Inside, NCIS, and the 2005 remake of The Poseidon Adventure. He also starred in the ABC series Day Break as Chad Shelten in 2006.

Baldwin parodied the Ricky Linderman character in the 2008 film Drillbit Taylor. He is also known for NBC's Chuck, in which he played John Casey, one of the lead characters for the five season run of the show.

In season four of Castle, Baldwin was reunited with former Firefly castmate Nathan Fillion. He played Detective Ethan Slaughter in the 21st episode called "Headhunters" which aired April 16, 2012.[2][3] He returned to Castle in season eight, episode six "Cool Boys".

Baldwin won a SyFy Genre Award in 2006 for Best Supporting Actor/Television for his role as Jayne Cobb in the television series Firefly.[4]

Baldwin was cast as Kal-El/Clark Kent/Superman in Superman: Doomsday, which is based on DC Comics' The Death of Superman. He also voices the character in the massively multiplayer online game DC Universe Online.

Baldwin has a role as a voice actor in the Xbox 360 games Halo 3 and Halo 3: ODST, the latter putting him in the role of Corporal Taylor "Dutch" Miles. Baldwin also appears as a voice actor in Half Life 2: Episode 2 for various resistance soldiers and citizens. Along with his Chuck co-star, Yvonne Strahovski, he also appeared in Mass Effect 2, playing the role of Quarian marine squad leader Kal'Reegar.

Personal life

Baldwin was born in Winnetka, Illinois, and studied at New Trier Township High School East in Winnetka.[5] He has three children with his wife, Ami.[6] He has no relation to the Baldwin brothers.

Politically, he has been a registered Democrat since 1980,[7] but states that he re-examined his views after being given a copy of David Horowitz's book Radical Son.[8] He now considers himself a "small government conservative libertarian",[9] and has contributed to The Huffington Post[10] and Big Hollywood.[11]

He is an avid supporter of Ride 2 Recovery, a bike-riding organization set up for the rehabilitation of wounded veterans. He participated in the 2009 "Don't Mess With Texas Challenge" bike ride.[10][12]

Baldwin is credited with having originated the GamerGate hashtag. His role in GamerGate controversy led to a petition to prevent Baldwin from speaking at the Supanova Pop Culture Expo.[13][14] The convention's management eventually decided after much deliberation and in response to a more successful counter petition that Baldwin's political stance should not affect his guest appearance.[15] In late 2015 Baldwin endorsed Ted Cruz for the 2016 United States presidential election via Twitter.



Year Title Role Notes
1980 My Bodyguard Ricky Linderman
Ordinary People Kevin Stillman
1983 D.C. Cab Albert Hockenberry
1984 Reckless Randy Daniels
1985 Poison Ivy Ike Dimick
1986 3:15 Jeff Hannah
Bad Guys Skip Jackson
1987 Full Metal Jacket Animal Mother
Hadley's Rebellion Bobo McKenzie
1988 Cohen and Tate Tate
Chocolate War, TheThe Chocolate War Carter
1989 Next of Kin Joey Rosselini
1990 Predator 2 Garber
1991 Guilty by Suspicion FBI Agent #1
1992 Where the Day Takes You Officer Black
Radio Flyer The King
1993 Eight Hundred Leagues Down the Amazon Koja
Treacherous Tommy Wright
Bitter Harvest Bobby
1994 Cold Sweat Mitch
Wyatt Earp Tom McLaury
1995 Digital Man Captain West
How to Make an American Quilt Finn's Father
1996 Independence Day Major Mitchell
Lover's Knot John Reed
1997 Starquest II Lee
1998 Gargantua Marine Biologist
2000 Patriot, TheThe Patriot Capt. Wilkins, British Army
Right Temptation, TheThe Right Temptation Captain Wagner
2001 Pursuit of Happiness Chad Harmon
2001 Above & Beyond Peter Clerkin
Jackpot Mel James
Farewell, My Love Jimmy
Double Bang Vinnie Krailes
2002 Keyman, TheThe Keyman Chris Myers / Keyman
2003 Betrayal Det. Mark Winston
2004 Freediver, TheThe Freediver Dr. Viades
Evil Eyes Jeff Stenn
2005 Serenity Jayne Cobb
2006 Thirst, TheThe Thirst Lenny
2008 Gospel Hill Carl Herrod
Drillbit Taylor Disgruntled Bodyguard
2009 Little Fish, Strange Pond aka. Frenemy Tommy
2010 Browncoats: Redemption Phone Operator (uncredited)
2011 InSight Dr. Graham Barrett
2012 War of the Worlds: Goliath Wilson (voice)


Year Title Role Notes
1984 Pigs vs. Freaks Mickey South TV movie
1985 Special Treat Otto Frommer Episode: "Out of Time"
Poison Ivy Ike Dimick TV movie
1986 Welcome Home, Bobby Cleary Biggs TV movie
1991 Murder in High Places TV movie
1992 Cruel Doubt Det. John Taylor TV movie
Deadbolt Alec Danz TV movie
1993 Last Shot, TheThe Last Shot Mark Tullis Jr. TV short
1994 Blind Justice Sgt. Hastings TV movie
1995 Fallen Angels Ralph Episode: "Good Housekeeping"
VR.5 Scott Cooper Episode: "Pilot"
Trade-Off Thomas Hughes TV movie
Sawbones Burt Miller TV movie
Shadow-Ops Dalt TV movie
1996 Smoke Jumpers Don Mackey TV movie
1996–97 Cape, TheThe Cape Col. Jack Riles Main role, 17 episodes
1997 The Visitor Michael O'Ryan 4 episodes
1998 From the Earth to the Moon Fred Haise Episode: "For Miles and Miles"
Gargantua Jack Ellway TV movie
Indiscreet Jeremy Butler TV movie
Outer Limits, TheThe Outer Limits Major James Bowen Episode: "Phobos Rising"
2000 Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde Dr. Jekyll / Mr. Hyde TV movie
Static Shock York (voice) Episode: "Aftershock"
2000–05 Jackie Chan Adventures Finn / Various (voice) Animates series, 48 episodes
2001 Static Shock York (voice) Episode: "Junior"
Zeta Project, TheThe Zeta Project Swen (voice) Episode: "Crime Waves"
2001–02 X-Files, TheThe X-Files Knowle Rohrer 5 episodes
2002 Hyper Sonic Christopher Bannon Video
2002–03 Firefly Jayne Cobb Main role, 14 episodes
2003 Control Factor Lance Bishop TV movie
CSI: Miami De Soto Episode: "Dead Woman Walking"
Gacy John Gacy, Sr. Video
Monster Makers Jay Forrest TV movie
2004 JAG Cmdr. Michael Rainer Episode: "Good Intentions"
What's New, Scooby-Doo? Clint Morris (voice) Animated series, Episode: "The San Franpsycho"
Stargate SG-1 Col. Dave Dixon Episode: "Heroes: Part 1"
Episode: "Heroes: Part 2"
NCIS Cmdr. Michael Rainer Episode: "A Weak Link"
Angel Marcus Hamilton 5 episodes
2005 Molly & Roni's Dance Party School Principal Video
Justice League Hal Jordan / Green Lantern / Various (voice) 3 episodes
Inside, TheThe Inside Special Agent Danny Love Main role, 13 episodes
Poseidon Adventure, TheThe Poseidon Adventure Mike Rogo TV movie
2006 Talk to Me TV series
Bones Special Agent Jamie Kenton Episode: "Two Bodies in the Lab"
Invader Zim Various (voice) Episode: "The Frycook What Came from All That Space"
2006–08 Day Break Chad Shelton Main role, 13 episodes
2007 Sands of Oblivion Jesse Carter TV movie
Superman: Doomsday Superman / Clark Kent / Dark Superman (voice) Video
2007–12 Chuck John Casey Main role, 91 episodes
2008 CSI: NY DHS Agent Brett Dunbar Episode: "Hostage"
Chuck Versus the Webisodes John Casey 5 episodes
2011 Love Bites Hotel Dick Episode: "Modern Plagues"
2011–12 Transformers: Prime Breakdown (voice) Animated series, 2 seasons
2012 Castle Detective Ethan Slaughter Episode: "Headhunter"
Young Justice Parasite (voice) Episode: "Performance"
Leverage Colonel Michael Vance 2 episodes: "The Very Big Bird Job", "The Rundown Job"
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Captain Steven Harris Season 14; 3 episodes
2013 Beware the Batman Rex Mason/Metamorpho (voice) Animated series, 3 episodes
2014–present The Last Ship Commander/Captain Mike Slattery, USN Main role, 36 episodes
2015 Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H. Vance Astro (voice) Animated series, Recurring role
Guardians of the Galaxy Vance Astro (voice) Animated series, recurring role
Castle Ethan Slaughter Episode: "Cool Boys"

Video games

Year Title Role Notes
2003 Kill.switch Archer
2007 Halo 3 Marines
Half-Life 2: Episode Two Citizens
2009 Halo 3: ODST Dutch
2010 Mass Effect 2 Kal'Reegar
2011 DC Universe Online Superman
2013 Injustice: Gods Among Us Hal Jordan / Green Lantern
2015 Code Name: S.T.E.A.M. Henry Fleming
Infinite Crisis Hal Jordan / Green Lantern [16]
Firefly Online Jayne Cobb


  1. Adam Baldwin on IMDB
    No relation to the Baldwin brothers Alec Baldwin, Daniel Baldwin, William Baldwin and Stephen Baldwin, who are from Long Island, New York (Adam is from the Chicago area).
  2. "Keck's Exclusives First Look: Firefly's Nathan Fillion, Adam Baldwin Reunite on Castle". March 27, 2012. Retrieved April 8, 2013.
  3. "Castle, Season 4, Episode 21". Retrieved April 8, 2013.
  4. "SyfyPortal Awards". Archived from the original on November 7, 2006. Retrieved October 8, 2006.
  5. Ryan, Maureen (January 6, 2010). "'Chuck's' Adam Baldwin on John Casey, a man of few words and many bullets". Chicago Tribune. Archived from the original on November 14, 2010. Retrieved November 9, 2010.
  6. Babineau , Jeff (December 15, 1996), Faces of the Game, Orlando Sentinel, retrieved October 29, 2010
  7. "Adam Baldwin Twitter Feed". Retrieved July 13, 2010.
  8. Driscoll, Ed (March 27, 2010). "PJM Political 03/27/10: Full Metal Podcast". Pajamas Media. 8:46. Retrieved October 29, 2010.
  9. "Special Guests – Adam Baldwin & Lorie Byrd". GayPatriot. BlogTalkRadio. October 11, 2010. 8:59. Archived from the original on October 15, 2010. Retrieved October 29, 2010.
  10. 1 2 Baldwin, Adam (May 20, 2009). "Ride 2 Recovery: An Amazing Journey". The Huffington Post. Retrieved April 8, 2013.
  11. "Adam Baldwin -". Archived from the original on June 10, 2010. Retrieved June 15, 2010.
  12. Road 2 Recovery (April 7, 2009). "Road 2 Recovery Don't Mess with Texas Challenge". Retrieved April 8, 2013.
  13. Mann, Effie (January 22, 2015). "There's a petition to keep the Sci-Fi actor who started #Gamergate out of Australia". Daily Life. Retrieved January 22, 2015.
  14. Williams, Tom (January 21, 2015). "Australians Are Trying To Keep Adam Baldwin Away Over #Gamergate". CraveOnline. Retrieved January 22, 2015.
  15. "Australia's Supanova Convention Decides to Keep Firefly's Adam Baldwin as a Guest Despite Outcry". The Mary Sue. February 12, 2015.
  16. Turbine, Inc. Infinite Crisis. Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment. Scene: Credits, Voice Over Talent.

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