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Born: July 8, 1958 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA Profession: Cast ...
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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.

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