KEVIN BACON Biography - Other artists & entretainers


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Born July 8, 1958, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The youngest of six children of Edmund Bacon, a noted Philadelphia city planner and a schoolteacher mother, Kevin left home at the age of 17 to attend classes at the Manning Street Actor’s Theatre and the Circle in the Square Theater School in New York City. He began his professional acting career off-Broadway in Alan Brown’s Forty Deuce, receiving an Obie award for his performance. His Broadway debut came in 1983, co-starring with Sean Penn and Val Kilmer in the John Byrne play, Slab Boys.


After Broadway, Bacon had a brief stint on the TV soap opera, Guiding Light. He made his Hollywood debut as Chip in National Lampoon’s Animal House (1978). Soon afterward, he gained notice for a fine performance as the hotheaded alcoholic Fenwick in Barry Levinson’s classic ensemble film Diner (1982).


Bacon was launched into mainstream stardom by his lead role in Footloose (1984), a lightweight confection about a city boy who shakes up a small, religious town by dancing. In the 1990s, he had notable roles in Oliver Stone’s JFK (1991), A Few Good Men (1992) with Tom Cruise and Jack Nicholson, Ron Howard’s Apollo 13 (1995), and in Barry Levinson’s Sleepers (1996). Bacon received a Golden Globe nomination for his menacing role in The River Wild (1995) with Meryl Streep. In 1998, Bacon starred in Wild Things, with Neve Campbell and Matt Dillon.


More recent cinematic efforts include the thriller Stir of Echoes (1999) and the family-fare hit My Dog Skip (2000) with Diane Lane and Frankie Muniz. In August 2000, Bacon scored a box office hit with the science-fiction thriller Hollow Man.