- Associated Press - Saturday, January 2, 2016

EAST HAMPTON, N.Y. (AP) - Actor Alec Baldwin and director Richard Linklater have braved the chilly waters off New York’s Long Island at separate polar bear plunges on New Year’s Day.

Newsday (https://nwsdy.li/1Tvs34w ) reports that Baldwin dived into the Atlantic Ocean on Friday to benefit an East Hampton rehabilitation facility. Linklater took part in a nearby plunge benefiting the East Hampton Food Pantry.

Baldwin is a Long Island native and a regular at glitzy charity events on the island’s East End.

The Texas-based Linklater was vacationing in the area and decided to join the plunge. He said it was “really cool, so many people coming out for a good reason.”

Baldwin has starred in numerous films as well as the NBC show “30 Rock.”

Linklater’s films include “Dazed and Confused,” ”School of Rock” and “Boyhood.”

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This story has been corrected to show that Baldwin and Linklater participated in separate polar plunges, not the same one.

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Information from: Newsday, https://www.newsday.com

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