Kevin Bacon

Updated February 21, 2017 | Factmonster Staff

Born in Philadelphia in 1958, Bacon enrolled in New York's prestigious Circle in the Square Theater School at age 17, becoming one the youngest actors ever to gain admission. His first movie break came in 1978, when he was cast as Chip Diller in National Lampoon's Animal House. After that, there was no shortage of movie, stage and television roles for the actor. He won a 1981–1982 Obie Award, the Tony Awards of Off-Broadway theater, for his performances in Forty Deuce and Poor Little Lambs. He also did a stint on the soap Guiding Light from 1980–1981. The versatile character actor has appeared in a wide assortment of films, varying in both quality and genre, proving he has an unlimited acting range and a taste for diversity. His more memorable films include Apollo 13, Top Gun, Sleepers, JFK, Footloose; those filed away under Bad Career Move include Tremors, Pyrates, The Air Up There.

As if his plate weren't already full, Kevin and brother Michael started a soulful rock/folk band in 1994, the Bacon Brothers, and regularly play clubs nationwide. In November 1997, the duo released their debut CD, Forosoco on indie Bluxo Records.

Kevin has been married to actress Kyra Sedgwick since 1988. The couple has two children, Travis and Sosie Ruth.

Chronological Filmography

Wild Things (1998)
Digging To China (1998)
Telling Lies in America (1997)
Destination Anywhere (1997)
Picture Perfect (1997)
Sleepers (1996)
Apollo 13 (1995)
Murder in the First (1995)
The Air Up There (1994)
The River Wild (1994)
A Few Good Men (1992)
He Said, She Said (1991)
JFK (1991)
Pyrates (1991)
Queens Logic (1991)
Flatliners (1990)
Tremors (1990)

The Big Picture (1989)
Criminal Law (1989)
She's Having a Baby (1988)
Planes, Trains & Automobiles (1987)
End of the Line (1987)
White Water Summer (1987)
Quicksilver (1986)
Footloose (1984)
Enormous Changes at the Last Minute (1983)
Diner (1982)
Forty Deuce (1982)
Only When I Laugh (1981)
Friday the 13th (1980)
Hero At Large (1980)
Starting Over (1979)
Animal House (1978)

–Beth Rowen is an editor at Information Please

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