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13 Worldly Alec Baldwin Facts That Prove He’s A National Treasure

Find out about the life and times of the man by watching One Night Only: Alec Baldwin, premiering Sunday, July 9, only on Spike!

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3. He knows how to steer a submarine.

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While filming The Hunt for Red October, the Navy gave Baldwin and his costars unprecedented access to and training for their submarines.

According to CIA records, this was because they were convinced the film would have a similar cultural impact as Top Gun.

4. He almost went to law school.

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Baldwin went to George Washington University, majoring in political science with the goal of eventually attending law school. However, midway through, he transferred to New York University's Tisch School of the Arts to study drama.

8. And he's a pretty huge philanthropist. The Alec Baldwin Foundation gives away between $2–4 million each year.

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In the mid-2000s, he signed one TV commercial deal for $15 million and gave the entire amount to charity (which came to around $14.1 million after deductions and taxes). That's a bit more than just pocket change!

11. He was in consideration for Tim Burton's Batman.

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Of course, both worked together on Beetlejuice, only for the role to go to his co-star Michael Keaton.

He was also first choice to play Luke Wilson's role of Frank Vitchard in Anchorman.

12. His family literally came over on the Mayflower.

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Albeit, his - *deep breath* - first cousin seven times removed's husband's second great-grandfather was one of the pilgrims who landed at Plymouth Rock

Baldwin is related to John Howland, who was a "manservant and executive assistant for Governor John Carver".

Celebrate the career of Alec Baldwin with his friends, family, and colleagues when One Night Only: Alec Baldwin premieres Sunday, July 9, on Spike.