Alec Baldwin Rushed to Hospital: Sources

911 caller said actor may have taken pills

By Jonathan Dienst and Daniel Macht
|  Thursday, Feb 11, 2010  |  Updated 1:31 PM EDT
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"30 Rock" star Alec Baldwin was rushed to a Manhattan hospital overnight after a caller believed to be his daughter dialed 911 to say she couldn't rouse the actor.

When medics got to Baldwin's Upper West Side apartment, he agreed to go to the hospital where he was treated and released after about an hour, sources told NBC New York.

Sources said it was Baldwin's daughter with ex-wife Kim Basinger, Ireland, who made the call, telling an operator Baldwin was unresponsive. The 911 caller expressed concern that the actor was not responding and speculated about his possibly taking pills, according to sources familiar with the incident.

Baldwin, who is due to co-host the Academy Awards next month, was taken to Lenox Hill Hospital. A spokesman for the actor says Baldwin is fine.

Officials said there was no indication that Baldwin was under the influence of any drugs or alcohol at the time he went to the hospital.

"This was a misunderstanding on one person's part," spokesman Matthew Hiltzik said on Baldwin's behalf. "Alec was quickly released from the hospital, he's completely fine and will be at work today."

Baldwin's daughter was at the center of a controversy during Baldwin's nasty breakup with Basinger in 2007, when an angry voicemail he left regarding the girl was released. In it, Baldwin raged that Ireland was a "rude, thoughtless little pig." Baldwin later apologized and even expressed interest in writing a parenting book.

Although Baldwin has said he may retire from acting, his career is in full swing. In 2009, he starred with Steve Martin and Meryl Streep in the romantic comedy "It's Complicated." He is critically acclaimed for his work in the NBC show "30 Rock" and on March 7, he and Martin are set to host the Oscars.

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