Kevin Bacon is an American actor and an accomplished Hollywood star. He is one of the few who are lucky enough 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 film and television, Kevin Bacon has received several awards and recognition for his work. Here you will find everything you need to know about the Hollywood star.
Kevin Bacon’s Biography
Kevin Norwood Bacon was born on July 8, 1958, in Philadelphia. Kevin’s mother, Ruth Hilda, was a liberal activist and elementary school teacher, while his father, Edmund, was a prominent architect and served for several years as executive director of the Philadelphia City Planning Commission.
Kevin Bacon’s path to the arts began at the age of 16 when he received a full scholarship to attend the Pennsylvania Governor’s School for the Arts at Bucknell University in 1975. 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 of Circle in the Square, a theater school in New York. Although he found work and made his film debut in 1978 in the fraternity comedy National Lampoon’s Animal House, this did not lead to the fame he desired. Kevin Bacon had to return to waiting tables and audition for small theater roles.
In the early ’80s, the success and fame he aspired to began to dribble in. In 1980 he had a prominent role in the film Friday the 13th, and combined this with his early-stage work such as Getting Out, performed at New York’s Phoenix Theater and Flux at Second Stage Theatre, he began to attract the attention of critics. He won an Obie Prize for his role in Forty Deuce in 1982, and not long after that, he made his Broadway debut in Slab Boys with Sean Penn and Val Kilmer. However, it was his appearance in Diner, a Barry Levinson film in which he played Timothy Fenwick, which cemented his place in the hearts of film critics and moviegoers.
As a result of the reception of his work in Diner, he was cast for the box office success Footloose. It was a role that Kevin Bacon had to enroll in high school to prepare for. Unfortunately, the success of the film and his performance led to him being typecast.
However, he managed to shake off his typecasting phase by taking on roles that demonstrated his acting abilities: 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 prosecutor in A Few Good Men.
He starred in The River Wild alongside Meryl Streep and received a Golden Globe for his performance. Kevin Bacon has also appeared in several critically acclaimed projects for which he has received awards.
In 1996, however, he made his debut as a director in the film Losing Chase, which was nominated for three Golden Globe Awards and won one.
Outside the film business, he and his brother Michael Bacon formed a band called The Bacon Brothers. The band has released six albums.
Wife And Kids
Kevin Bacon is married to the award-winning actress Kyra Sedgwick. The couple married on September 4, 1988, and met on the set of the PBS project Lemon Sky.
Kevin Bacon and his wife have two children – Travis, born in 1989, and Sosie Ruth, who is an actress like her parents. Sosie was born on 15 March 1992. The Bacon family currently resides in New York.
Movies And TV Shows
A veteran Hollywood star, Kevin Bacon has appeared in several films and television shows. His most 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 television, he starred in Taking Chance, an HBO production that earned him the Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild awards. He also starred in Guiding Light, Frasier, and starred in the FOX television series The Following.
To date, Kevin has starred in over 70 films and more than 20 television shows. He has also directed several television films and episodes.
Kevin Bacon – Net Worth
Kevin Bacon’s wealth is the result of decades of work in the film business. He has been involved in several commercially successful film projects such as Footloose and Apollo 13, among others. As a result, his net worth is estimated at around $50 million.