Kevin Bacon

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Kevin Bacon

Born

7/8/1958, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (USA)

Birth Name

Kevin Norwood Bacon

Gender

Male
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Biography

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Born in Philadelphia, PA, Kevin Bacon attended both the Julia Reynolds Masterman Laboratory and Demonstration School and the Pennsylvania Governor's School for the Arts before moving on to his movie career. He first appeared in Animal House, but went largely unnoticed until his 1982 role in Diner. He…more

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Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • Kevin Bacon participated in the July 7, 2007 Live Earth concert in New York (actually held in New Jersey); he introduced Melissa Etheridge.

    • On April 22, 2007, the Bacon Brothers played at Carnegie Hall as part of a tribute concert honoring Bruce Springsteen. They played Springsteen's Oscar-winning song Streets of Philadelphia.

    • He didn't enjoy wearing the pressurized space suit for his role as astronaut Jack Swigert in Apollo 13 because it was very heavy and made him sleepy. He also got claustrophobic the first time they put the helmet on him.

    • There are two films with songs by the Bacon Brothers on the soundtrack: "When You Decide You've Stayed Too Long" from 2003's Red Betsy and "Chop Wood (Carry Water)" from 2005's The Woodsman, which Kevin produced and starred in. Kevin also co-wrote the song "Medium Rare" for his 1997 film Telling Lies in America.

    • Kevin spent some time locked in a jail cell in 1994, but it wasn't because of any legal problems. He was playing an Alcatraz inmate for the movie Murder In The First and the producers wanted the actors to know what being imprisoned felt like.

    • Kevin appeared in a television commercial for the Visa Check Card that parodied the "Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon" game. In the commercial, he wants to write a check to buy a book, but the clerk asks for ID and Kevin doesn't have it. So Kevin leaves and comes back with a group of people and says to the clerk, "Okay, I was in a movie with an extra, Eunice, whose hairdresser, Wayne, attended Sunday school with Father O'Neill, who plays racquetball with Dr. Sanjiy, who recently removed the appendix of Kim, who dumped you sophomore year. So you see, we're practically brothers."

    • Kevin and Kyra Sedgwick were in the movie The Woodsman together. They also had a scene together in Murder In The First; it was Kyra's only scene in that movie.

    • Kevin was in a magazine advertisement about climate change. The ad was from the Union of Concerned Scientists. Part of the ad's text was "Six degrees can make a world of difference. Not separation... temperature."

    • On August 27, 2006, Kevin attended the Emmy Awards ceremony with his wife, Kyra Sedgwick; she was nominated in the category of Best Actress in a Drama Series.

    • In 2006, Kevin appeared in a T-shirt advertising campaign for Hanes; the internet ads included a link where viewers could listen to his band's music.

    • Due to his varied roles in a large number of movies, a game was created that honors Kevin Bacon called "Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon." The object of the game is to link any other actor, living or dead, to Kevin Bacon in six steps or less.

    • In 2005, Kevin was nominated for a Teen Choice Award for his role in the movie Beauty Shop in the category "Best Movie Sleazebag".

    • On October 7th, 2005, The Bacon Brothers, Kevin and his brother Michael, performed live at the Benefit Concert for Bancroft NeuroHealth in New Jersey. The proceeds from the benefit went to provide support for services for children and adults with developmental disabilities, brain injuires and neurological difficulties.

    • In his free time, Kevin participates in Riverkeeper, an organization that works to keep the Hudson River clean and preserve New York City's drinking water supply.

    • In 2005, Kevin was nominated for a Chlotrudis Award in the category of "Best Actor" for his role in the movie The Woodsman (2004). The Chlotrudis Society for Independent Film is an American non-profit organization that supports independent and foreign films, honors creative, quality films and encourages movie-goers to view non-mainstream films.

    • In 2004, Kevin received the John Cassavetes Award at the Denver International Film Festival. The award is presented to an American director or actor for "unique vision and maverick sensibility in independent film-making."

    • In 2004, Kevin won a Special Mention for his acting in the film The Woodsman (2004) at the Flanders International Film Festival.

    • In 2005, Kevin received the Copper Wing Tribute Award at the Phoenix Film Festival.

    • In 2001, Kevin won the Blockbuster Entertainment Award for "Favorite Actor - Science Fiction" for his role in the movie Hollow Man (2000).

    • In 2003, Kevin, along with his co-stars Laurence Fishburne, Marcia Gay Harden, Laura Linney, Sean Penn, and Tim Robbins won the Boston Society of Film Critics Award for "Best Ensemble Cast" for the movie Mystic River (2003).

    • In 1996, Kevin was nominated and won the Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for "Best Actor" for the movie Murder In The First (1995).

    • Kevin was awarded the Bronze Gryphon at the Giffoni Film Festival in the category of "Best Actor" for his role in Digging To China (1998).

    • In 1995, Kevin was nominated for a Golden Globe Award in the category of "Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role" for his role in the movie The River Wild (1994).

    • In 2005, Kevin was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award in the category of "Best Male Lead" for his role in the movie, The Woodsman (2004).

    • In 2001, Kevin was nominated for an MTV Movie Award in the category of "Best Villain" for the movie Hollow Man (2000).

    • Kevin shared a nomination for "Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture" by the Screen Actors Guild for the movie Mystic River, 2003, with cast members: Laurence Fishburne, Marcia Gay Harden, Laura Linney, Sean Penn, and Tim Robbins.

    • Kevin was nominated for a SAG Award for "Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role" for Murder In The First, 1995.

    • On September 30, 2003, Kevin received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, located at 6356 Hollywood Boulevard.

    • Kevin and his wife Kyra Sedgwick have two children: a son, Travis, born in June, 1989 and a daughter, Sosie, born in March 1992.

    • Kevin met his future wife, actress Kyra Sedgwick, while filming Lemon Sky in which they both starred.

    • Kevin has been married to actress Kyra Sedgwick since September 3, 1988.

    • He and his brother Michael formed a band in 1994 called The Bacon Brothers. They play country-folk music, and as of 2005, have released five albums.

    • Kevin studied at the Manning St. Actor's Theatre.

    • Kevin's height is 5'11".

  • Quotes

    • Kevin Bacon: I joke that my epitaph will be, 'No Oscars, but at least he had a game named after him.'

    • (about the Six Degrees game)
      Kevin Bacon: I thought it was definitely going to go the way of eight-track cassettes and pet rocks. But it's a concept that has sort of hung around in the Zeitgeist.

    • Kevin Bacon: I worked with kids quite a bit in kind of rough situations, between Sleepers and The River Wild. Just I've been in situations that have been kind of difficult for kids, and what I like to do is make it as clear as possible to them that I am not that guy, and they are not that person. That we are actors and we're going to pretend together. That we are going to be colleagues and roll up our sleeves and act off of each other.

    • (about filming Apollo 13 in a NASA flight simulator)
      Kevin Bacon: I don't know if you've ever been in a plane that's diving toward the earth, on purpose. But you know, it's a strange thing to want to go and do over 600 times.

    • (about his brief nude scene in "Wild Things")
      Kevin Bacon: I have a "no full frontal nudity" clause in my contract, and I was a producer on the movie, so in theory I could have sued myself.

    • (about the Bacon Brothers)
      Kevin Bacon: I don't care what we play, they're gonna start screaming, "Footloose! Footloose!"

    • (about filming "Murder In The First" with his friend Gary Oldman)
      Kevin Bacon: You know, when somebody's thrown a bucket of cold water on you, and he's beating you with a blackjack, and the blood is flying, it helps if the person wielding the blackjack is someone you trust. It lets you fly.

    • (about the 1998 film Wild Things)
      Kevin Bacon: I figured, "Hey, I get the scene where I videotape [Neve Campbell and Denise Richards] making out in a pool." But when I got to work that night, they shot me holding the camera and making ogling faces without the girls even being around. They sent me home and then filmed the girls. I was like, "You're kidding!"

    • Kevin Bacon: Somebody once asked me if I changed my name for acting. What kind of an idiot would want to suffer a lifetime of food jokes? And every article ever written about me says something about "sizzling Bacon" or "out of the frying pan" or "bringing home the Bacon."

    • Kevin Bacon: I think of myself more as a workhorse actor. It will be hot and cold and up and down, but no one will kick me out of the business.

    • Kevin: I've heard people say you have to love the characters you play. I don't feel that way. I've played a lot of people that I don't love at all. What's important to me is to try to make them real.

    • Kevin Bacon: I don't believe it when I hear an actor complaining about how famous he is and how he's really just a shy person, you know? That's a giant load of ****. Actors desperately want to be seen. Otherwise, why not be a dentist? That said, when it comes to walking into the drugstore to buy some Preparation H, it would be nice to be invisible.

SUBMIT REVIEW
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    7.0
    Kevin Bacon is not my favorite actor, but there is no denying his longevity and success. The man is ageless for one thing. The guy is 50 and yet perpetually boyish.

    He's had some great roles. Footloose, Animal House, A Few Good Men, Apollo 13. He's also had a bunch of pretty bad roles. But he just keeps churning out the movies, which I respect.
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    9.0
    Kevin Bacon is a true actor. The man has been in so many films that it is almost unbelievable. Have you ever heard of the game of "Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon?" Anyhow, you really believe that he got into acting because he loves it for what it is. You'll never see him in any tabloids and you won't hear any gossip about him. In his roles, you sense more realism than many other actor's who are considered more talented than he. Of all of his roles in all of his movies, my favorite has to be "Flatliners."moreless