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Kevin Bacon

Kevin BaconBorn: 8-Jul-1958
Birthplace: Philadelphia, PA

Gender: Male
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Actor, Musician
Party Affiliation: Democratic

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: Everybody cut Footloose

After high school, Kevin Bacon worked Philadelphia's Manning Street Actor's Theatre, and from there to New York's Circle-in-the-Square Theater School. In his first film role, he was "Chip" in Animal House, being spanked as part of his initiation. During filming, though, to keep the characters in character, Bacon and the other actors playing straight-laced college kids were not allowed to fraternize with fraternity brothers John Belushi, Tim Matheson, Tom Hulce et al., even off camera.

He worked on soap operas Search for Tomorrow and The Guiding Light in the late 70s and early 80s, and died early in the original Friday the 13th (1980). He won an Obie in 1982, for his off-Broadway role as a drug-addicted male prostitute in Forty Deuce. He played the same role in the film, opposite Orson Bean. For discerning audiences, Bacon's breakthrough came as the rich kid with a drinking problem in Barry Levinson's Diner (1982), with Steve Guttenberg, Daniel Stern, and Mickey Rourke. But it was Footloose two years later where Bacon caught America's attention, as the slick-stepping city kid stuck in a small-town high school where dancing is forbidden. Bacon has been almost ubiquitous in movies ever since. In his spare time, Bacon fancies himself an interior decorator. He is also involved with Riverkeeper, an environmental organization working to clean up the Hudson River and preserve New York City's supply of drinking water. And he plays guitar with his older brother Michael, calling themselves "The Bacon Brothers" (notable for a cover of Kenny Loggins' theme song from Footloose).

When the play Six Degrees of Separation (which Bacon has never appeared in) became famous, three intoxicated college students had a clever idea, and "Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon" evolved into a drinking game, and something of a national pastime. To play, choose an actor at random, and determine their smallest possible "Bacon number." If the actor has worked with Kevin Bacon, his or her Bacon number is 1); if they've only worked with someone who worked with Bacon, their Bacon number is 2, and so on. Bacon has made so many movies, almost everyone involved in Hollywood can be connected to him within six hops. When the game's inventors wrote their book, Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon, Bacon wrote the introduction.

Father: Edmund Bacon (Philadelphia city planner, b. 1910, d. 2005)
Mother: Ruth Bacon (teacher, political activist, d.)
Brother: Michael Bacon (musician)
Girlfriend: Tracy Pollan (actress, cohabited 1979-87)
Wife: Kyra Sedgwick (actress, m. 3-Sep-1988, one son, one daughter)
Son: Travis Bacon (b. 1989)
Daughter: Sosie Ruth Bacon (b. Mar-1992)

    High School: Kent School, Kent, CT (1976)

    The Bacon Brothers
    Al Franken for Senate
    Golden Globe 2010, Best Actor for Taking Chance
    Hollywood Walk of Fame 6356 Hollywood Blvd
    Endorsement of Hanesbrands Hanes underwear (2007)
    Endorsement of Visa
    Endorsement of Google Google TV (2010)
    Endorsement of Logitech Google TV (2010)
    Risk Factors: Smoking

    The Guiding Light Tim Werner (1980-81)
    Search for Tomorrow Todd Adamson (1979)

    Loverboy (24-Jan-2005)
    Losing Chase (18-Aug-1996)

    Patriots Day (17-Nov-2016)
    The Darkness (13-May-2016)
    Black Mass (4-Sep-2015)
    Cop Car (24-Jan-2015)
    R.I.P.D. (17-Jul-2013)
    Jayne Mansfield's Car (13-Feb-2012)
    Crazy, Stupid, Love (28-Jul-2011) · David Lindhagen
    X-Men: First Class (1-Jun-2011) · Sebastian Shaw
    Elephant White (17-May-2011) · Jimmy
    Super (10-Sep-2010) · Jacques
    My One and Only (12-Feb-2009) · Dan Devereaux
    Taking Chance (16-Jan-2009) · Lt. Col. Mike Strobl
    Frost/Nixon (15-Oct-2008)
    Rails & Ties (1-Sep-2007)
    Death Sentence (20-May-2007)
    The Air I Breathe (8-Feb-2007) · Love
    Where the Truth Lies (13-May-2005)
    Beauty Shop (30-Mar-2005)
    Loverboy (24-Jan-2005) · Marty
    Cavedweller (4-May-2004)
    The Woodsman (19-Jan-2004)
    Mystic River (23-May-2003)
    Trapped (20-Sep-2002) · Hickey
    Hollow Man (2-Aug-2000) · Sebastian Caine
    We Married Margo (25-Jan-2000) · Himself
    My Dog Skip (8-Jan-2000)
    Stir of Echoes (28-Jul-1999)
    Wild Things (20-Mar-1998) · Ray Duquette
    Digging to China (23-Jan-1998)
    Telling Lies in America (2-Aug-1997) · Billy Magic
    Destination Anywhere (16-Jun-1997)
    Picture Perfect (17-Apr-1997) · Sam
    Sleepers (18-Oct-1996) · Nokes
    Balto (22-Dec-1995) · Balto [VOICE]
    Apollo 13 (30-Jun-1995) · Jack Swigert
    Murder in the First (20-Jan-1995) · Henri Young
    The River Wild (30-Sep-1994) · Wade
    The Air Up There (7-Jan-1994)
    A Few Good Men (11-Dec-1992)
    JFK (20-Dec-1991) · Willie O'Keefe
    Pyrates (May-1991)
    He Said, She Said (22-Feb-1991) · Dan Hanson
    Queens Logic (1-Feb-1991)
    Flatliners (10-Aug-1990) · Labraccio
    Tremors (19-Jan-1990) · Valentine McKee
    The Big Picture (15-Sep-1989)
    Criminal Law (15-Sep-1988) · Martin Thiel
    She's Having a Baby (5-Feb-1988) · Jake Briggs
    Lemon Sky (Jan-1988) · Alan
    Planes, Trains, & Automobiles (25-Nov-1987)
    End of the Line (28-Aug-1987) · Everett
    White Water Summer (Jul-1987) · Vic
    Quicksilver (14-Feb-1986)
    Footloose (17-Feb-1984) · Ren
    Enormous Changes at the Last Minute (13-Sep-1983)
    The Demon Murder Case (6-Mar-1983)
    Forty Deuce (17-Nov-1982)
    Diner (5-Mar-1982) · Fenwick
    Only When I Laugh (13-Sep-1981)
    Hero at Large (5-Jun-1980)
    Friday the 13th (10-May-1980) · Jack
    Starting Over (5-Oct-1979)
    Animal House (28-Jul-1978) · Chip Diller

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