William Baldwin:
Hollywood Helps

William Baldwin.

By Irish America Staff
April / May 2002

William “Billy” Baldwin helped comfort New York’s firefighters in the aftermath of September 11. Baldwin, one of the four acting Baldwin brothers, was one of the many Hollywood celebrities who felt they had to do something to help those affected. Baldwin had played a firefighter in the 1991 movie Backdraft and to prepare for the role had ridden with a company of Chicago firefighters. He visited Engine 74 and on another occasion joined New York Knicks basketball star Charlie Ward on a visit to a fire station to console relatives of the fallen. Baldwin appeared on a celebrity edition of “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?” designating the New York Times 9/11 Neediest Fund as his charity of choice. He also hosted “New York Dances” Community Outreach Program which entertained members of the Fire and Police Departments and World Trade Center rescue workers. ♦

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