Meet Adam Baldwin of 'Chuck': Will Palin Replace Reagan?

Today's cuppa: coffee at the hotel during the biannual Television Critics Association Press Tour
On Monday, "Chuck" returns for a new episode after scoring good ratings in its debut last week. But if you think you know all there is to know about geek-turned-spy Chuck Bartowski's (Zachary Levi) loyal protector Col. John Casey and the actor who plays him, I beg to differ.

Below find a syndicated profile I did of Baldwin, and let the learning begin ...

Baldwin brings muscle to 'Chuck'


By Kate O'Hare



From "Full Metal Jacket" to "Independence Day" to "Firefly," Adam Baldwin often plays two-fisted guys with itchy trigger fingers. His character on NBC's spy dramedy "Chuck," which returned for its third season with a two-hour premiere on Sunday, Jan. 10 (it then moved to its regular timeslot on Monday, Jan. 11), isn't a whole lot different.

Colonel (formerly major) John Casey works for the NSA. He's unabashedly patriotic, likes bonsai trees and keeps a photo of Ronald Reagan in his apartment. Or at least he used to have one.

"In regards to Sarah Palin and the speculation that Casey might have a picture of her to update the Reagan photo," says Baldwin , "I think we'll keep Reagan around, if not in photo form then certainly in bust form.

"And if we're going to have a picture of Sarah Palin, then ... that'll never get through. Certainly my character would go for it."

Baldwin has a good sense of humor about his image, one he shares with former "Terminator 2," "The X-Files" and "The Unit" star Robert Patrick, who guest stars on "Chuck" this season as Col. Keller, a figure from Casey's past. ( Baldwin also guest starred in an "X-Files" episode with Patrick.)

Baldwin recalls sitting with Patrick in a golf cart, shuttling back and forth to rehearsals on the Warner Bros. set.

"I said, 'Hey, Patrick, fellow double sci-fi icon.' He said, 'Yes, Adam, fellow double sci-fi, crossover icon.' The guy who was driving us, I think I turned to him at one point and said, 'Did you realize you were driving around two double crossover sci-fi icons?' And he said, 'I-I-I can barely contain myself. I don't know what to say.' He's a big sci-fi fan.

"It was really cool, so we were making that joke all day, 'Oh, double sci-fi icon.' 'Yes, double crossover sci-fi icon.' "


Birthplace: Chicago , on Feb. 27, making him a Pisces (and not related to those other Baldwins, who are from New York 's Long Island )

Movie cred: "My Bodyguard" (1980), "Ordinary People" (1980), "Full Metal Jacket" (1987), "The Chocolate War" (1988), "Predator 2" (1990), "Radio Flyer" (1992), "Treacherous" (1993), "Bitter Harvest" (1993), "Wyatt Earp" (1994), "Digital Man" (1995), "How to Make an American Quilt" (1995), "Independence Day" (1996), "The Patriot" (2000), "Serenity" (2005), "Drillbit Taylor" (2008)

TV cred: "The Cape," "The Visitor," "The Outer Limits," "The X-Files," "Firefly," "Stargate SG-1," "Angel," "Talk to Me," "Jackie Chan Adventures" (voice), "The Inside," "Day Break"



Chuck_Adam_ Baldwin_2.crop.jpgFavorite book: "My favorite book is 'A Conflict of Visions: Ideological Origins of Political Struggles,' by Thomas Sowell. It basically breaks down why you have two main sets of belief systems that people find themselves in, in political conflicts - the constrained vision and the unconstrained vision. The constrained vision is one that understands man as a tragic animal, and the unconstrained vision believes in the perfectibility of man, in Utopian society, which is unattainable and leads to destruction."


Favorite music: "Let's see - Led Zeppelin for sure. I love Yes, Pink Floyd. Pink Floyd's 'Dark Side of the Moon' and 'The Wall' are my two favorite albums. So Pink Floyd is complex, wonderful rock 'n' roll, just great."


Favorite movie: "I'm kind of partial to 'Team America : World Police.' I love Apatow movies; 'Knocked Up' is great. I love 'Juno.' I think that's a wonderful movie. 'Saving Private Ryan,' 'E.T.' Favorite movie I've seen recently? Hmmm, I'm a Clint Eastwood fan, and 'Gran Torino' is hilarious. It's a dark comedy, and he's magnificent."