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Also Known As: Kevin Norwood Bacon Died:
Born: July 8, 1958 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA Profession: actor, director, songwriter, musician, packing clerk at medical book warehouse, waiter

Biography CLOSE THE FULL BIOGRAPHY

Thanks to the sudden celebrity born from his electrifying performance in "Footloose" (1984), actor Kevin Bacon was transformed from a virtual unknown into an unlikely heartthrob who graced the covers of magazines like Teen Beat - something he struggled in vain to live down for the rest of his career. Though he subsequently delivered strong performances in "JFK" (1991), "A Few Good Men" (1992) and "The Woodsman" (2004), Bacon was hounded by "Footloose" fans who recognized nothing else of his career beyond that iconic performance. Always gracious despite the desire to move on - he was known to have bribed DJs at clubs and parties to not play the Kenny Loggins song - the actor had on occasion obliged calls to recreate the famous warehouse dance scene, despite ever-present reservations. He was even more of a good sport with Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon, a parlor game created by three college students in 1994, which claimed that any actor in the history of filmmaking could be connected to him in six links or less. Regardless of the strange trappings of his particular celebrity, Bacon remained a versatile actor capable of turning in exquisite performances in either leading or supporting roles. ...

Thanks to the sudden celebrity born from his electrifying performance in "Footloose" (1984), actor Kevin Bacon was transformed from a virtual unknown into an unlikely heartthrob who graced the covers of magazines like Teen Beat - something he struggled in vain to live down for the rest of his career. Though he subsequently delivered strong performances in "JFK" (1991), "A Few Good Men" (1992) and "The Woodsman" (2004), Bacon was hounded by "Footloose" fans who recognized nothing else of his career beyond that iconic performance. Always gracious despite the desire to move on - he was known to have bribed DJs at clubs and parties to not play the Kenny Loggins song - the actor had on occasion obliged calls to recreate the famous warehouse dance scene, despite ever-present reservations. He was even more of a good sport with Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon, a parlor game created by three college students in 1994, which claimed that any actor in the history of filmmaking could be connected to him in six links or less. Regardless of the strange trappings of his particular celebrity, Bacon remained a versatile actor capable of turning in exquisite performances in either leading or supporting roles.

Filmographyclose complete filmography

DIRECTOR:

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  Loverboy (2005)
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  Losing Chase (1996) Director

CAST: (feature film)

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 6 Miranda Drive (2015)
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 R.I.P.D. (2013)
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 Elephant White (2011)
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 Super (2011)
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 Taking Chance (2009)
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 My One and Only (2009)
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Milestones close milestones

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Raised in Philadelphia area
1976:
Served apprenticeship at Circle in the Square in NYC
1978:
Off-Broadway debut, "Getting Out" by Marsha Norman
1978:
Made film acting debut in "National Lampoon's Animal House"
1979:
TV-movie debut, "The Gift" (CBS)
1979:
Landed regular role of Todd Adamson on CBS daytime soap "Search for Tomorrow" (CBS)
1980:
Appeared off-Broadway in "Album," directed by Joan Micklin Silver
1980:
Appeared as cast regular Tim Werner on daytime drama "The Guiding Light" (CBS)
1982:
Reprised off-Broadway role of Ricky in film version of Alan Bowne's play "Forty Deuce"
1982:
Gained attention as the confused rich kid with a drinking problem in Barry Levinson's feature directorial debut "Diner"
1983:
Made Broadway debut opposite Sean Penn in "The Slab Boys"
1984:
Cast in breakout film role as Ren McCormick, a city boy who inspires a small town to dance in "Footloose"
1988:
Appeared opposite future wife Kyra Sedwick in PBS production of "Lemon Sky"
1988:
Starred as overly expectant yuppie father in John Hughes' "She's Having a Baby"
1989:
First of three films with Gary Oldman, "Criminal Law"
1989:
Portrayed a student filmmaker swallowed into the System in "The Big Picture"
1990:
Played the voice of reason for fellow medical students taking part in a dangerous life-after-death experiment in "Flatliners"
1991:
Cast as a journalist opposite Elizabeth Perkins in romantic feature "He Said, She Said"
1991:
First feature with wife Kyra Sedgwick, "Pyrates"
1992:
Acted the part of a no-nonsense Marine attorney in Rob Reiner's "A Few Good Men"
1994:
Menaced Meryl Streep and family in "The River Wild"
1995:
Formed music group with brother Michael called The Bacon Brothers
1995:
Portrayed astronaut Jack Swigart in Ron Howard's "Apollo 13"
1995:
Delivered bravura performance as an Alcatraz prisoner who murdered a fellow inmate under extenuating circumstances in Marc Rocco's "Murder in the First"; third film with Oldman, who played his sadistic associate warden
1996:
Directorial debut, "Losing Chase"; premiered on Showtime before receiving a theatrical release; Sedgwick executive produced as well as starred opposite Helen Mirren
1996:
Reteamed with director Levinson for "Sleepers," playing an abusive guard in a boys' reformatory
1997:
First song credit ("Medium Rare") in "Telling Lies in America"; also co-starred as a disc jockey
1997:
Performed a song in ABC special "Happy Birthday Elizabeth ¿ A Celebration of Life" honoring Elizabeth Taylor
1998:
First credit as executive producer, "Wild Things"; also co-starred with Matt Dillon and Neve Campbell
1999:
Lifetime's "Weddings of a Lifetime" included a musical performance from The Bacon Brothers
2000:
The Bacon Brothers played first major NYC concert at the venerable Town Hall
2000:
Played the father of Willie Morris (Frankie Muniz) in "My Dog Skip"
2000:
Played title role in Paul Verhoeven's "Hollow Man"
2001:
Cast in featured role in "Novocaine," starring Steve Martin and Helena Bonham Carter
2002:
Portrayed a kidnapper in "Trapped"
2003:
Co-starred with Sean Penn and Tim Robbins in Clint Eastwood directed "Mystic River"
2004:
Portrayed a pedophile who returns to his hometown after 12 years in prison and attempts to start a new life in "The Woodsman"; film premiered at Sundance; received an Independent Spirit Award nomination for Best Male Lead
2005:
Co-starred with Colin Firth as a showbiz duo whose career was ended abruptly amid scandal in Atom Egoyan's "Where the Truth Lies"
2005:
Directed and co-starred in "Loverboy," about an unsound mother who surrounds her only son with a magical world for two; premiered at Sundance
2005:
Played a rival hair stylist opposite Queen Latifah in comedy "Beauty Shop"
2007:
Played a father out to avenge a gang's attack on his family in thriller "Death Sentence"
2007:
Co-starred in Alison Eastwood's directorial debut "Rails and Ties"
2008:
Co-starred in drama "The Air I Breathe"
2008:
Portrayed Jack Brennan, Richard Nixon's post-presidential Chief of Staff in Peter Morgan's feature adaption of "Frost/Nixon"
2009:
Portrayed 'Desert Storm' war veteran Lieutenant Colonel Michael Strob in HBO Film "Taking Chance"; earned Emmy nomination for Best Actor in a Television Movie
2011:
Portrayed Sebastian Shaw in prequel to "X-Men" film series "X-Men: First Class"
2012:
Starred as a former FBI agent tracking down an escaped serial killer in Kevin Williamson's crime drama "The Following" (Fox)
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Education

Manning Street Actor's Theatre: Philadelphia , Pennsylvania -
Circle in the Square Theater School: New York , New York -

Notes

In January 2000, Bacon was the initial recipient of Film Society of Lincoln Center annual Young Friends of Film Honors.

An example of how "Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon" works: Denis Leary was in "Judgment Night" with Emilio Estevez, who was in "The Breakfast Club" with Judd Nelson, who was in "New Jack City" with Ice-T, who worked with John Lithgow in "Ricochet", who was in "Footloose" with ... Kevin Bacon! (This gives Leary a "Bacon number" of five.) Versions of the game are available online.

The Bacon Brothers' website is located at http://www.baconbros.com.

"I've come to understand that all this [audience and critical approval] plays a more important role than I was willing to accept. I had a lot of years when I was in total denial about it. I'd say, 'I don't care about the press. All I want to do is do my work.' I realize it IS important to me, the way a movie is received and the way people perceive me, and all those little things I'm saying are nightmarish. They're really important to me, too."---Kevin Bacon in The New York Times, September 25, 1994.

"I was tired of making movies nobody was seeing. It was hurting my feelings. It was hurting my career. So I started looking for things that people will see."---Bacon to USA Today, January 20, 1995.

"I learned that I'll never do it again in 20 days. I like to be able to stop and think about each scene because the littlest things end up being incredibly important. But I did learn a lot; I learned about editing, I learned about coverage, I learned a tremendous amount about directing actors. You'd think that would be the thing I'd know the best, but I certainly learned from that experience.

Of all the aspects of filmmaking, post was the total mystery for me. When they showed me the first cut, I was just kind of wiped out by it. I felt like, 'Okay, well there it is, but I don't have a clue how to fix this,' and the editors said, 'Well, let's start with the first scene.' We went into the first scene and I went, 'Okay, I get it.' And then I ended up really loving it as a process, because that's your final rewrite. It's a cliche, but it's the truth.'" --Bacon on what he learned from his first directing experience, quoted in DGA Magazine, March-April 1996.

"I wanted to be a serious actor, but when 'Footloose' took off, there was this opportunity to really work it and use that success. A lot of other people were able to really cash in on it. And although they became pop stars eventually they were recognized as very good actors. But I was so resistant to the whole thing that I sort of sabotaged my own career. Because it didn't feel right to me to cash in on that kind of success.

I don't mean to hold that up as somehow heroic of me. It was really fear. I was really just terrified of being in L.A., afraid of finding my way around in a car, finding an apartment, making friends, meeting girls. But being so far away from Hollywood that early hurt me career-wise."---Bacon to Denis Hamill in Daily News, September 5, 1999.

"I believe you need a little bit of danger and butterflies in your creative life.

Not that I don't love making movies, but they don't give me butterflies anymore except maybe opening weekends. It's pretty nice to be up there on stage (playing music) and to get that sense of 'anything can happen.' And hand-in-hand with that goes the adrenaline rush."--Bacon on his passion for performing with his band to Los Angeles Times, September 11, 1999.

"The casting director came to my acting school and said they were looking for some kids to be in this movie, so I went and had this whirlwind experience. Afterwards, I came back to New York and was waiting on tables again. I had to ask for the night off to go to the premiere."---Bacon on making his feature debut in "Animal House" to Empire, June 2000.

"Being in front of an audience is an essential part of the creative performer's life. Movies don't give me butterflies. They don't put me on the edge. You have to have some kind of danger."---Kevin Bacon quoted in The New York Times, February 3, 2002.

"I was living on my sister's couch and I couldn't get an agent, couldn't get anyone to open their doors for me. I wanted to work so badly, and it seemed like every time I managed to get a job, it didn't lead to the next one. Okay, times have changed since then, but I still remember those days so clearly. It's like I just got here..."---Bacon quoted to Biography, September 2002.

Companions close complete companion listing

companion:
Tracy Pollan. Actor. Involved in the early 1980s.
wife:
Kyra Sedgwick. Actor. Married in September 1988; met on the set of the PBS "American Playhouse" production of "Lemon Sky" (1987); starred opposite each other in the feature "Pyrates" (1991); directed by Bacon in "Losing Chase" (1996).

Family close complete family listing

father:
Edmund Bacon. City planner. Raised as a Shaker.
mother:
Ruth Holmes. Teacher, liberal political activist. Park Avenue debutante; deceased.
brother:
Michael Bacon. Musician. Born c. 1949; with brother formed the band The Bacon Brothers; recorded first album in 1997; formerly of the Philadelphia-based folk-rock band Good News; won an Emmy for scoring PBS documentary, "The Kennedys" (1992).
son:
Travis Bacon. Born in June 1989; mother, Kyra Sedgwick.
daughter:
Sosie Ruth Bacon. Born in March 1992; mother, Kyra Sedgwick.
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