Kevin Bacon is a renowned actor and musician. He was born as Kevin Norwood Bacon on July 8, 1958 at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to Ruth Hilda and Edmund Norwood Bacon. When he was 16-years old, she became a scholar in the Pennsylvania Governor’s School for the Arts at Bucknell University. He studied theatre through Dr. Glory Van Scott and his experience there hardened his passion for Arts. At 17, he left his home to pursue his career in theatre. He showed in a production at the midtown Manhattan’s Circle in the Square Theatre. His appearance in his debut, National Lampoon’s Animal House did not end up well for him as he hoped that it can bring him fame and success. He returned auditioning on small theatre roles. In 1979, he played as Todd Adamson in the soap, Search for Tomorrow then from 1980 to 1981, he did a role in the Guiding Light.
During the 80’s, he bagged an important role in the slasher film, Friday the 13th. Initially, he did stage work like Getting Out which was performed at the Phoenix Theatre and Flux at the Second Stage Theatre. In 1982, his performance in Forty Deuce gained him an Obie Award. Shortly after, he made his debut in the Broadway through the play, The Slab Boys Trilogy by John Bryne. His performance as Timothy Fenwick in the comedy drama film, Diner made a permanent impression from the critics and moviegoers. Boosted by the attention he got in Diner, he was starred in the box-office film, Footloose in 1984. He received a very positive reviews for his performance in the film and he started to typecast roles that are similar to his roles in Diner and Footloose. In 1988, Kevin was starred in the comedy film, She’s Having a Baby opposite with
. A year after, he also did a starring role in the comedy film, The Big Picture.
In 1990, Kevin has done two successful roles. One is from the monster film, Tremors where he played as Val McKee and the other one was from the sci-fi thriller film, Flatliners where he played as Dave Labraccio. In 1991, he was starred as Dan Hanson, opposite with Lorie Bryer (played by
) in the romantic comedy film, He Said, She Said. In the same year, Kevin started to give up with the idea of bagging a leading man role in any big-budget movies and to become a character actor. After that, he played a gay prostitute role of Willie O’Keefe in the historical and political conspiracy film, JFK by
. In 1992, he acted in the courtroom drama film, A Few Good Men as Captain Jack Ross. Later, he came back in theatre and acted in Michael Greif’s Spike Heels.
He played as Wade in the adventure crime film, The River Wild where he earned a nomination for Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Featured Film at the Golden Globe Award. In 1995, he did the fictitious film, ‘Murder in the First’ and played as a grudging criminal where he won the Broadcast Film Critics’ Association Award. In the same year, Kevin was starred as Jack Swigert in the historical docudrama film, Apollo 13. This film became a blockbuster success. In 1996, he returned in doing black roles in the film, Sleepers. His role here was completely opposite to his character in the romantic comedy film,
. Besides acting, Kevin made his directorial debut in the television film, Losing Chase in 1996. The film received three Golden Globe Awards nominations. In 1998, he played as Ricky Schroth, the mentally challenged son of Lea Schroth in the drama film, Digging to China. He plays as Billy Magic, a DJ in the 1997 drama film, Telling Lies in America. He was also the Executive Producer and played as Detective Ray Duquette in the erotic thriller film, Wild Things in 1998 and later in the supernatural thriller film, Stir of Echoes.
In year 2000, Kevin did an outstanding performance as Sebastian Caine in the horror-thriller film, Hollow Man by
. He played as Walter, a convicted pedophile who returns to Philadelphia after being in jail for 12 years, in the film, The Woodsman. He also acted as Lanny Morris in the erotic thriller film, Where the Truth Lies in 2005. Kevin also donned the role of Lt. Colonel Michael Strobl in the historical drama film, Taking Chance from where he received the Best Actor – Miniseries or Television Film award at the golden Globe and the Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Miniseries or Television Movie at the Screen Actors Guild Award.
Kevin bagged the role of Dr. Klaus Schmidt/Sebastian Shaw in the superhero film, X-Men: First Class in 2011. In 2012, he acted in the play, 8 by Dustin Lance Black. Since January 2013, Kevin plays the role of Ryan Hardy, an ex FBI agent in the drama series, The Following, where he received the Best Actor on Television award at the 39th Saturn Awards.
Kevin was married to
since 1988. Kyra is an actress and his co-star in few films like Murder in the First and Loverboy. They have 2 children namely, Sosie Ruth and Travis Sedgwick.