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Get to Know Daniel Baldwin — Alec Baldwin's Lesser-Known Brother Who Has a Troubled Past

Oyin Balogun
May 07, 2021
08:10 A.M.

Daniel Baldwin is actor Alec Baldwin's younger brother who has had a troubled past with several failed marriages and a battle with drug addiction. Learn about the Baldwin brother's past and where he is today.


Actor Daniel Baldwin is the second of the famous Baldwin brothers. While his brothers have become significantly more famous than him, Daniel has had his time in the spotlight as an actor as well.

Sadly, his career has been jeopardized by his turbulent personal life and his battle with cocaine addiction. Learn more about Daniel and his tumultuous past.

Daniel Baldwin during NBC 2004-2005 Upfront - Arrivals at Radio City Music Hall in New York City | Photo: Getty Images

Daniel Baldwin during NBC 2004-2005 Upfront - Arrivals at Radio City Music Hall in New York City | Photo: Getty Images


Born in October 1960, actor, producer, and director Daniel Baldwin started his acting career in the '80s. His debut in the TV film "Too Good to Be True" set him on a path of fame just like his brothers.

From the start of his acting career till 2005, Daniel was seen in quite a number of movies, including the Baltimore-based cop show "Homicide: Life on the Street," "Attack of the 50 ft. Woman," "Family of Cops," and "Trees Lounge."


Sadly, just when things were supposed to take off even further for him, Daniel's life seemingly spiraled down with a series of unfortunate events, including his turbulent personal life and struggles with addiction.


Daniel has been married three times and is the father of five children by four different women. In 1978, he met his first wife, Cheryl, and in 1984, they welcomed their daughter, Kahlea. That same year, they parted ways, and Kahlea is now all grown-up and a film producer and writer.


After a few years of sobriety, the actor relapsed in 2005. In 2006, he was arrested for possession.

Six years after Daniel Baldwin parted ways with Cheryl, actress Elizabeth Hitchler became his wife. In 1994, they had their daughter, the second of Daniel Baldwin's kids, Alexandra.

However, two years after Alexandra was born, the pair got divorced. That same year, in 1996, Daniel Baldwin's son, Atticus, with his fellow star on "Homicide: Life on the Street," Isabell Hofmann, was born.


The co-stars were said to be in a relationship for well over ten years. After their relationship came to an end, Daniel met his third wife, former British model Joanne in 2006.

Joanne was a chef at the Malibu rehab center in which Daniel was enrolled. A year later, they tied the knot, and in the following years, they had two children, Avis and Finley.

Despite their sweet beginnings, Daniel and Joanne's marriage was a turbulent one. Joanne was also arrested after Daniel alleged that she not only threatened him but their children as well.


He also alleged that she put his sobriety in great peril. In 2011, they announced that they were getting ready for a divorce. However, the proceedings were paused as they tried to work things out.

A year after, they finalized their initial decision to get divorced. In 2014, the actor reportedly became engaged to his girlfriend Robin Sue Hertz Hempel.



Despite the significant uproar and drama caused by Daniel's personal relationship life, his addiction battles affected his life and career even more.

In 1998, he was arrested for possession of cocaine, after which he spent three months in rehabilitation. The years after that saw him fight his addiction hard as he went in and out of rehab over seven times.

After a few years of sobriety, the actor relapsed in 2005. In 2006, he was arrested for possession. The turbulent months soon followed as he struggled to kick his addiction again. Thankfully, he was able to recover in rehab and turn his life around.


Being the second of the famous Baldwin brothers, Daniel's fame is hardly surprising. The Baldwin family is a large clan of many popular figures in the industry, including Daniel Baldwin's brothers, actors Alec, William, and Stephen. Model Hailey Bieber is also a part of the family's newer generation as she is Stephen's daughter.

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