Wook Kim
April 03, 2007 AT 12:00 PM EDT

Happy 49th birthday, Alec Baldwin! In your long-ish and mostly distinguished career — which, according to IMdB, began in 1980 on the sudser The Hospital — you’ve played a frontier hero (The Alamo: Thirteen Days to Glory), a televangelist (Great Balls of Fire), a CIA analyst (The Hunt for Red October), and a Boston cop (The Departed). But I think we can all agree that your absolute best performance was as the ruthless real-estate salesman in 1992’s Glengarry Glen Ross — seven mesmerizing minutes of predatory menace and alpha-male ruthlessness. (Clip not necessarily very funny… but awesome nonetheless!)

And, of course, you continue impress us with your comic brilliance on 30 Rock.

UPDATE: As commenters below have reminded us: a) Baldwin’s soap debut was actually called The Doctors, and b) the Glengarry clip, which is generously larded with vintage David Mamet profanities, is totally NSFW. Unless you work in an office like the one in the clip.

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