Who Is Kevin Bacon?
Kevin Bacon was born on July 8, 1958, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. His film career started with 1978's National Lampoon's Animal House, but it was 1984's Footloose that made him a pop culture icon. He has cranked out endless flicks since, and, in 2013, transitioned into full-time television star with the eerie crime series The Following. Bacon is married to actress Kyra Sedgwick.
Urban planner/architect Edmund Bacon and his wife, Ruth Hilda Holmes, a teacher and social activist, welcomed their youngest child of six, Kevin Norwood Bacon, on July 8, 1958, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Having an acting calling at a young age, Bacon attended the Pennsylvania Governor's School for the Arts, the Manning Street Actor's Theatre in Philadelphia and the Circle in the Square Theatre School in New York City's Greenwich Village.
Everybody Cut 'Footloose'
Kevin Bacon busted into movies as an ROTC soldier and fraternity pledge in the 1978 comedy National Lampoon's Animal House. Film roles rushed in for the actor after that, as did a Broadway role in The Slab Boys in 1983, which earned him an OBIE Award. Then came a part with which the actor would forever be associated: as rebellious city teen Ren McCormack, who wages war against a small town for banning rock music and dancing, in the 1980s classic Footloose. Bacon will always be remembered for his character's over-the-top dance scenes.
Six Degrees of ...
After Footloose came many mediocre movies for Bacon until Oliver Stone's 1991 historic piece, JFK, in which he played a gay hustler. Then came the 1994 thriller The River Wild, also starring Meryl Streep, which garnered Bacon a Golden Globe nod. Suddenly, the actor found himself in a slew of memorable movies, co-starring with what seemed like everyone in Hollywood: Apollo 13 with Tom Hanks, A Few Good Men with Jack Nicholson and Tom Cruise, and Mystic River with Sean Penn and Tim Robbins. In fact, Bacon became so prevalent that a game was made about his career entitled "Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon," the challenge of which is to link the actor to any other star in the fewest connections. (The performer also began an online nonprofit venture capitalizing on the name, Six Degrees.org.)
Moving to the Small Screen
Between flicks in 1981, Kevin Bacon had television stints on the soap opera Guiding Light. In 2009, his portrayal of a U.S. Marine who returns the remains of a fallen solder in the TV movie Taking Chance won him a Screen Actor's Guild Award and an Emmy Award nomination. Bacon has gone full-steam ahead on the small screen, playing Ryan Hardy, a former FBI agent trying to recapture a sociopath with a cult of groupies, on the TV series The Following, which ran 2013 until 2015.
Bacon's next TV role was playing an artist-cowboy who becomes the mutual infatuation for a husband and wife in the offbeat comedy I Love Dick. In 2017, after the first full season aired on Amazon, the actor scored the third Golden Globe nomination of his career.
'X-Men: First Class' & 'Tremors Return'
Bacon took on the role of villain Sebastian Shaw in X-Men: First Class (2011).
In June 2017, Variety confirmed that Syfy is planning a TV reboot of Tremors with Bacon set to reprise his role. “This is the only character I’ve played that I’ve ever thought about revisiting,” Bacon told Variety. “I just got to thinking, where would this guy end up after 25 years?
Life with Kyra Sedgwick
Whether on the big screen or the tube, there's been one constant in Bacon's life, his wife, actress Kyra Sedgwick. The two met while doing American Playhouse's production of Lemon Sky in 1987, and married the following year. Bacon even directed Sedgwick on occasion, including several episodes of her series The Closer. This long-standing celebrity couple has raised two kids together and overcome major challenges, including losing a significant amount of money to Bernie Madoff's Ponzi scheme.
The Bacon Brothers Band
When not acting or spending time with his family, this celeb makes folk-rock music with his brother Michael Bacon, an Emmy Award-winning composer. Their band, the Bacon Brothers, had released six records by early 2013. This outlet fits Bacon's innovative side in ways acting doesn't. "I don't create the movies I'm in," he told Billboard.com in 2012. "When it comes to music, it's my clothes, it's my guitar, it's my voice, it's my song."
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