Alec Baldwin Posts Tribute to Loving Father 36 Years after His Death

In remembrance of his father who died aged 55, Alec Baldwin recalled how the death of a parent affected him “tremendously.”  

Alec’s former high school football coaching father died on April 15, 1983, of lung cancer. Even though his mother is still living, the actor took to Instagram and shared just how “irreplaceable” his father is.

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Today marks the anniversary of my father’s passing: April 15, 1983. My father was a uniquely caring, dedicated, stern, smart and, at times, funny man who served as a public school teacher and coach for 28 years until his death at age 55. Beyond missing those who are no longer with us, beyond wondering where they have gone and how life might have been if they had lived longer, the loss of a parent sets in motion the “orphan clock.” The time when, after both parents are gone, one is an orphan in the world. With no one alive to parent you, which is a wondrous and vital calling. My mother is still alive, but the death of my father effected me tremendously and set me on a course of seeking other men to advise me. To care for me. Mentor me. No one has quite filled that position. A mother, a father, under the best of circumstances, though never perfect ones, are irreplaceable. I miss you, Dad.

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The 61-year-old posted a slideshow with two pictures of his father and captioned a touching tribute where he spoke of his father as a “uniquely caring” and “dedicated” man who helped shape the futures of scholars and athletes for 28 years.

“Beyond missing those who are no longer with us, beyond wondering where they have gone and how life might have been if they had lived longer, the loss of a parent sets in motion the ‘orphan clock,’” Alec wrote.

He referred to parenting as a “wondrous and vital calling” and wrote about how he searched in vain for another who could mentor him and care for him as a father figure would.

As the post came to a close, Alec added, “A mother, a father, under the best of circumstances, though never perfect ones, are irreplaceable. I miss you, Dad.”

The actor’s post came shortly after his wife Hilaria made headlines for drawing attention to her miscarriage.

During her first trimester, Hilaria first shared that she suspected a miscarriage after a scan found the fetus to have a weak heartbeat and that it wasn't growing at the rate it should.

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I want to share with you that I am most likely experiencing a miscarriage. I always promised myself that if I were to get pregnant again, I would share the news with you guys pretty early, even if that means suffering a public loss. I have always been so open with you all about my family, fitness, pregnancies...and I don’t want to keep this from you, just because it isn’t as positive and shiny as the rest. I think it’s important to show the truth...because my job is to help people by being real and open. Furthermore, I have no shame or embarrassment with this experience. I want to be a part of the effort to normalize miscarriage and remove the stigma from it. There is so much secrecy during the first trimester. This works for some, but I personally find it to be exhausting. I’m nauseous, tired, my body is changing. And I have to pretend that everything is just fine—and it truly isn’t. I don’t want to have to pretend anymore. I hope you understand. So, this is what is going on now: the embryo has a heartbeat, but it isn’t strong, and the baby isn’t growing very much. So we wait—and this is hard. So much uncertainty...but the chances are very, very small that this is a viable pregnancy. I have complete confidence that my family and I will get through this, even if the journey is difficult. I am so blessed with my amazing doctor, my dear friends, and my loving family...My husband and my four very healthy babies help me keep it together and have the perspective of how truly beautiful life is, even when it occasionally seems ugly. The luck and gratitude I feel that I am my babies’ mommy, is wonderfully overwhelming and comforting. In your comments, please be kind. I’m feeling a bit fragile and I need support. I’m hoping, that by sharing this, I can contribute to raising awareness about this sensitive topic.

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In wanting to “normalize miscarriage and remove the stigma from it,” Hilaria openly shared her experience.

Almost a week after her touching post, Hilaria shared an update and confirmed that she indeed had a miscarriage as she wrote, “There was no heartbeat today at my scan...so it’s over...but I have some pretty strong and amazing heartbeats right here.”

Along with the post she shared a picture of her with Alec and their other four children, the “heartbeats” she chose to focus on during this challenging time and also thanked her fans for their support.

“I hope this conversation continues to grow and that we stick together through both the beautiful and challenging moments in life. Much love and appreciation to all of you, “ Hilaria ended her emotional update.

The 35-year-old didn’t shy away from transparency as she had to face the next step. In another two updates, which Hilaria shared the following day, she first asked for support as she posted a picture of her and Alec together in the hospital with the caption, “Doing this. Wish me luck.”

About an hour and a half later, Hilaria shared her second update as she informed fans of how the suspected D&C appointment went.

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