Kevin Bacon

Actor, Director, Musician
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 ... Read more »
Born: 07/07/1958 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA

Filmography

Actor (124)

6 Miranda Drive 2015 (Movie)

Peter (Actor)

Black Mass 2015 (Movie)

Charles McGuire (Actor)

Cop Car 2015 (Movie)

Sheriff Kretzer (Actor)

The Following 2012 - 2015 (TV Show)

Actor

Late Night with Seth Meyers 2014 (Tv Show)

Guest

The 68th Annual Tony Awards 2013 - 2014 (TV Show)

Presenter

The Late Show With David Letterman 2013 - 2014 (Tv Show)

Guest

The Presidents' Gatekeepers 2013 - 2014 (TV Show)

Narrator

2013 CMT Music Awards 2012 - 2013 (TV Show)

Presenter

Conan 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

Hurricane Sandy: Coming Together 2012 - 2013 (TV Show)

Actor

Jimmy Kimmel Live 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

R.I.P.D. 2013 (Movie)

Hayes (Actor)

The 2013 ESPY Awards 2012 - 2013 (TV Show)

Presenter

The Tonight Show With Jay Leno 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

Crazy, Stupid, Love 2011 (Movie)

David Lindhagen (Actor)

Elephant White 2011 (Movie)

(Actor)

Jayne Mansfield's Car 2011 (Movie)

Carroll Caldwell (Actor)

Robot Chicken 2011 (Tv Show)

Voice

Super 2011 (Movie)

Jacques (Actor)

The 68th Annual Golden Globe Awards 2010 - 2011 (TV Show)

Presenter

X-Men: First Class 2011 (Movie)

Sebastian Shaw (Actor)

Bored to Death 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

The 15th Annual Critics' Choice Awards 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Actor

The 61st Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Actor

Black Water Transit 2009 (Movie)

Jimmy Rock (Actor)

Guiding Light 1951 - 2009 (TV Show)

Actor

My One and Only 2009 (Movie)

Dan Deveraux (Actor)

The 14th Annual Critics' Choice Awards 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Actor

The 19th Annual GLAAD Media Awards 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Actor

Frost/Nixon 2008 (Movie)

Jack Brennan (Actor)

The Air I Breathe 2008 (Movie)

Love (Actor)

Death Sentence 2007 (Movie)

Nick Hume (Actor)

Rails & Ties 2007 (Movie)

Tom Stark (Actor)

Loverboy 2006 (Movie)

Marty Stoll (Actor)

20th Independent Spirit Awards 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

Beauty Shop 2005 (Movie)

Jorge (Actor)

Where the Truth Lies 2005 (Movie)

Lanny Morris (Actor)

2004 IFP/Independent Spirit Awards 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

Introducing Graham Norton 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

The Woodsman 2004 (Movie)

Walter Rossworth (Actor)

VH1's 200 Greatest Pop Culture Icons 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

Elvis Lives 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

Mystic River 2003 (Movie)

Sean Devine (Actor)

VH1 Big in 2002 Awards 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

Will & Grace 2002 - 2003 (Tv Show)

Actor

Broadway's Best 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Christmas in Rockefeller Center 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Kevin Bacon: Am I Me? 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Trapped 2002 (Movie)

Joe Hickey (Actor)

Behind the Movies: Animal House 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Jon Bon Jovi 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Patti Labelle: Surviving With Soul 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Ted Nugent: The Motor City Madman 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

6th Annual Blockbuster Entertainment Awards 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Hollow Man 2000 (Movie)

Sebastian Caine (Actor)

Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Men Strike Back 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

My Dog Skip 2000 (Movie)

Jack Morris--Willie's Dad (Actor)

An All-Star Tribute to Johnny Cash 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Joe Eszterhas: The E! True Hollywood Story 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Narrator

Stir of Echoes 1999 (Movie)

Tom Witzky (Actor)

We Married Margo 1999 (Movie)

(Actor)

Weddings of a Lifetime 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Blockbuster Entertainment Awards 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Digging to China 1998 (Movie)

Ricky Troth (Actor)

The 1997 MTV Video Music Awards 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

The 19th Annual CableACE Awards 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

VH1 97 Fashion Awards 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Wild Things 1998 (Movie)

Ray Duquette (Actor)

Destination Anywhere 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Mad About You 1996 - 1997 (Tv Show)

Actor

Picture Perfect 1997 (Movie)

Sam (Actor)

Telling Lies in America 1997 (Movie)

Duane (Actor)

The 1996 MTV Video Music Awards 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

The 39th Annual Grammy Awards 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

The 54th Annual Golden Globe Awards 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Tom Hanks: Hollywood's Golden Boy 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Forty Deuce 1996 (Movie)

Rickey (Actor)

Sleepers 1996 (Movie)

Nokes (Actor)

The 53rd Annual Golden Globe Awards 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Apollo 13 1995 (Movie)

John L Swigart (Actor)

Balto 1995 (Movie)

of Balto (Voice)

Murder in the First 1995 (Movie)

Henri Young (Actor)

The Making of Apollo 13 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Frasier 1994 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Air Up There 1994 (Movie)

Jimmy Dolan (Actor)

The River Wild 1994 (Movie)

Wade (Actor)

A Few Good Men 1992 (Movie)

Captain Jack Ross (Actor)

He Said, She Said 1991 (Movie)

Dan Hanson (Actor)

J.F.K. 1991 (Movie)

Willie O'Keefe (Actor)

Pyrates 1991 (Movie)

(Actor)

Queens Logic 1991 (Movie)

Dennis (Actor)

Sinatra 75: The Best Is Yet to Come 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

Flatliners 1990 (Movie)

David Labraccio (Actor)

Tremors 1990 (Movie)

Valentine McKee (Actor)

Criminal Law 1989 (Movie)

Martin Thiel (Actor)

The Big Picture 1989 (Movie)

Nick Chapman (Actor)

Lemon Sky 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

She's Having A Baby 1988 (Movie)

Jake Briggs (Actor)

End of the Line 1987 (Movie)

Everett (Actor)

Planes, Trains and Automobiles 1987 (Movie)

Taxi Racer (Actor)

Search For Tomorrow 1951 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

White Water Summer 1987 (Movie)

Vic (Actor)

Quicksilver 1986 (Movie)

Jack Casey (Actor)

Enormous Changes at the Last Minute 1985 (Movie)

Dennis (Actor)

Footloose 1984 (Movie)

Ren MacCormack (Actor)

Mr. Roberts 1983 - 1984 (TV Show)

Actor

Diner 1982 (Movie)

Timothy Fenwick Jr (Actor)

Only When I Laugh 1981 (Movie)

Don (Actor)

Friday the 13th 1980 (Movie)

Jack (Actor)

Hero at Large 1980 (Movie)

2nd Teenager (Actor)

The Gift 1979 - 1980 (TV Show)

Actor

Starting Over 1979 (Movie)

Young Man (Actor)

National Lampoon's Animal House 1978 (Movie)

Chip Diller (Actor)

Cavedweller (TV Show)

Actor

Taking Chance (TV Show)

Actor

The Demon Murder Case (TV Show)

Actor

The List (TV Show)

Actor
Producer (4)

Cop Car 2015 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Loverboy 2006 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Woodsman 2004 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Wild Things 1998 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)
Director (3)

The Closer 2006 - 2007, 2009 (Tv Show)

Director

Loverboy 2006 (Movie)

(Director)

Losing Chase (TV Show)

Director
Music (2)

The Woodsman 2004 (Movie)

("Chop Wood, Carry Water") (Song)

Solo Shuttle 1997 (Movie)

(Music)

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.

Relationships

Edmund Bacon

Father

Michael Bacon Music

Brother
Born in 1949; formerly of the Philadelphia-based folk-rock band Good News; with brother, formed the band The Bacon Brothers and recorded first album in 1997; won an Emmy for scoring the PBS documentary, "The Kennedys" (1992)

Sosie Bacon

Daughter
Born March 15, 1992; mother, Kyra Sedgwick

Travis Bacon

Son
Born June 23, 1989; mother, Kyra Sedgwick

Ruth Holmes

Mother
Park Avenue debutante

Tracy Pollan Music

Companion
Involved in the early 1980s Appeared together in the off-Broadway play "Album" (1980)

Kyra Sedgwick Music

Wife
Met on the set of American Playhouse's production of "Lemon Sky" (1987) Married Sept. 4, 1988 Co-starred in "Pyrates" (1991) Bacon directed Sedgwick in Showtime's "Losing Chase" (1996) PBS series "Finding Your Roots" revealed in March 2012 that Bacon and Sedgwick were distant cousins

EDUCATION

Manning Street Actor's Theatre

Philadelphia , Pennsylvania

Circle in the Square Theater School

New York , New York

Milestones

2012

Starred as a former FBI agent tracking down an escaped serial killer in Kevin Williamson's crime drama "The Following" (Fox)

2011

Portrayed Sebastian Shaw in prequel to "X-Men" film series "X-Men: First Class"

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

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"

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"

2005

Played a rival hair stylist opposite Queen Latifah in comedy "Beauty Shop"

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

Co-starred with Colin Firth as a showbiz duo whose career was ended abruptly amid scandal in Atom Egoyan's "Where the Truth Lies"

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

2003

Co-starred with Sean Penn and Tim Robbins in Clint Eastwood directed "Mystic River"

2002

Portrayed a kidnapper in "Trapped"

2001

Cast in featured role in "Novocaine," starring Steve Martin and Helena Bonham Carter

2000

Played title role in Paul Verhoeven's "Hollow Man"

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"

1999

Lifetime's "Weddings of a Lifetime" included a musical performance from The Bacon Brothers

1998

First credit as executive producer, "Wild Things"; also co-starred with Matt Dillon and Neve Campbell

1997

Performed a song in ABC special "Happy Birthday Elizabeth – A Celebration of Life" honoring Elizabeth Taylor

1997

First song credit ("Medium Rare") in "Telling Lies in America"; also co-starred as a disc jockey

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

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

1995

Formed music group with brother Michael called The Bacon Brothers

1995

Portrayed astronaut Jack Swigart in Ron Howard's "Apollo 13"

1994

Menaced Meryl Streep and family in "The River Wild"

1992

Acted the part of a no-nonsense Marine attorney in Rob Reiner's "A Few Good Men"

1991

First feature with wife Kyra Sedgwick, "Pyrates"

1991

Cast as a journalist opposite Elizabeth Perkins in romantic feature "He Said, She Said"

1990

Played the voice of reason for fellow medical students taking part in a dangerous life-after-death experiment in "Flatliners"

1989

First of three films with Gary Oldman, "Criminal Law"

1989

Portrayed a student filmmaker swallowed into the System in "The Big Picture"

1988

Starred as overly expectant yuppie father in John Hughes' "She's Having a Baby"

1988

Appeared opposite future wife Kyra Sedwick in PBS production of "Lemon Sky"

1984

Cast in breakout film role as Ren McCormick, a city boy who inspires a small town to dance in "Footloose"

1983

Made Broadway debut opposite Sean Penn in "The Slab Boys"

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"

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)

1979

TV-movie debut, "The Gift" (CBS)

1979

Landed regular role of Todd Adamson on CBS daytime soap "Search for Tomorrow" (CBS)

1978

Off-Broadway debut, "Getting Out" by Marsha Norman

1978

Made film acting debut in "National Lampoon's Animal House"

1976

Served apprenticeship at Circle in the Square in NYC

Raised in Philadelphia area

Bonus Trivia

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"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." – Bacon quoted in The New York Times, Sept. 25, 1994

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"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, Jan. 20, 1995

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"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

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"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 the Daily News, Sept. 5, 1999

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"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 The Los Angeles Times, Sept. 11, 1999

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In January 2000, Bacon received the Film Society of Lincoln Center's annual Young Friends of Film Honors.

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An example of how the game "Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon" worked: 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 example gave Leary a "Bacon number" of five. Versions of the game were also available online.

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

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"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

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"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." – Bacon quoted in The New York Times, Feb. 3, 2002

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"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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