Kevin Bacon is an American actor and accomplished Hollywood star. He is one of the lucky few to have a star on Hollywood Boulevard. The actor is famous for his roles in JFK, A Few Good Men, The Following, and Footloose.
A prolific man in both film and television, Kevin Bacon has received various awards and recognition for his work. Here’s all you need to know about the Hollywood star.
Kevin Bacon’s Biography
Kevin Norwood Bacon was born on the 8th of July 1958, in Philadelphia. Kevin’s mother, Ruth Hilda, was a liberal activist and an elementary school teacher while his father, Edmund, was a prominent architect and was an Executive Director of the Philadelphia City Planning Commission for several years.
Kevin Bacon’s journey into the arts started at age 16, in 1975, when he won a full scholarship to attend the Pennsylvania Governor’s School for the Arts at Bucknell University. It was an experience that cemented his passion for the arts.
After his time at Bucknell University, the young actor left home at the age of 17 to pursue a theater career in New York. He appeared in a production at the Circle in the Square, a theater school in New York. Although he found work and made his film debut in the fraternity comedy, National Lampoon’s Animal House in 1978, it did not lead to the fame he wanted. Kevin Bacon had to return to waiting tables and auditioning for small roles in theater.
In the early 80s, the success and fame he sought began to trickle in. In 1980, he had a prominent role in the film, Friday the 13th. Combined with his early-stage work such as Getting Out, performed at New York’s Phoenix Theater and Flux at Second Stage Theatre, he started getting the attention of critics. He won an Obie award in 1982 for his role in Forty Deuce and not long after, made his debut on Broadway in Slab Boys with Sean Penn and Val Kilmer. It was, however, his performance in Diner, a movie by Barry Levinson where he played Timothy Fenwick, that he cemented his place in the heart of film critics and moviegoers.
As a result of the reception of his work on Diner, he got cast in box-office success Footloose. It was a role that Kevin Bacon had to enroll in a high school to prepare for. The success of the movie and his performance, unfortunately, led to him getting typecasted.
However, he was able to shake off his typecasting phase by taking on roles that showed his range of acting skills; taking roles from a medical student experimenting with death in Flatliners to a sexist in He Said, She Said. He played a gay prostitute in Oliver Stone’s JFK and then a prosecuting attorney in A Few Good Men.
He starred in The River Wild alongside Meryl Streep and earned a Golden Globe for his performance. Kevin Bacon further appeared in various critically acclaimed projects raking up awards along the way.
In 1996, however, he made his debut as a film director in the film, Losing Chase, with the film getting nominated for three Golden Globe Awards and winning one.
Outside of filmmaking, he has also formed a band with his brother, Michael Bacon called The Bacon Brothers. The band has released six albums.
Movies And TV Shows
As a veteran Hollywood star, Kevin Bacon has starred in several movies and TV shows. His more notable works include Tremors, JFK, The River Wild, Murder in the First, Flatliners, Loverboy, Hollow Man, Picture Perfect, Mystic River, Frost/Nixon, X-Men: First Class, R.I.P.D, Super, The One I Breathe, Trapped and Crazy, Stupid, Love.
For TV, he’s starred in Taking Chance, an HBO production that earned him a Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild Award. He also appeared in Guiding Light, Frasier and was a lead actor on the FOX TV series, The Following.
So far, Kevin has starred in over 70 movies and more than 20 TV shows. He has also directed several movies and episodes of TV.
Kevin Bacon – Net Worth
Kevin Bacon’s wealth comes from decades of work in the movie-making business. He has starred in multiple commercially successful movie projects like Footloose and Apollo 13, among others. As a result, his net worth is considered to be approximately $50 million.
Wife And Kids
Kevin Bacon is married to award-winning actress, Kyra Sedgwick. The couple got married on the 4th of September, 1988. The couple met on the set of a PBS project, Lemon Sky.
Kevin Bacon and his wife have two children – Travis, who was born in 1989, and Sosie Ruth, who like her parents is an actress. Sosie was born on the 15th of March 1992. The Bacon family presently reside in New York.