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Kevin Bacon

Film and Theater Actor + Musician
Born Jul 8, 1958

Kevin Norwood Bacon is an American film and theater actor and musician whose notable roles include Animal House, Diner, Footloose, Flatliners, Wild Things, A Few Good Men, JFK, The River Wild, Murder in the First, Apollo 13, Hollow Man, Stir of Echoes, Trapped, Mystic River, The Woodsman, Friday the 13th, Death Sentence, Frost/Nixon, X-Men: First Class and Tremors.… Read More

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1958 Birth Born on July 8, 1958.


1975 16 Years Old At 16, in 1975, Bacon won a full scholarship to and attended the Pennsylvania Governor's School for the Arts at Bucknell University, a state-funded five-week arts program at which he studied theater under Dr. Glory Van Scott. … Read More
1978 19 Years Old Bacon's debut in the fraternity comedy National Lampoon's Animal House in 1978 did not lead to the fame for which he had hoped, and Bacon returned to waiting tables and auditioning for small roles in theater. … Read More


1980 21 Years Old In 1980, he had a prominent role in the now iconic slasher film Friday the 13th.
1981 23 Years Old Some of his early stage work included Getting Out performed at New York's Phoenix Theater, and Flux which he did at Second Stage Theatre during their 1981–1982 season.
1982 24 Years Old In 1982, he won an Obie Award for his role in Forty Deuce, and soon after made his Broadway debut in Slab Boys, with then-unknowns Sean Penn and Val Kilmer. … Read More
1984 26 Years Old Bolstered by the attention garnered by his performance in Diner, Bacon starred in the 1984 box-office smash Footloose. … Read More


1988 30 Years Old In 1988, he starred in John Hughes' comedy She's Having a Baby and the following year he was in another comedy called The Big Picture.
1990 32 Years Old In 1990, Bacon had two successful roles. … Read More
1991 33 Years Old By 1991, Bacon began to give up the idea of playing leading men in big-budget films and to remake himself as a character actor. "The only way I was going to be able to work on 'A' projects with really 'A' directors was if I wasn't the guy who was starring", he confided to The New York Times writer Trip Gabriel. "You can't afford to set up a $40 million movie if you don't have your star." … Read More
1994 36 Years Old In 1994, Bacon earned a Golden Globe nomination for his role in The River Wild opposite Meryl Streep. … Read More
1995 37 Years Old His next film, Murder in the First, earned him the Broadcast Film Critic's Association Award in 1995, the same year that he starred in the blockbuster hit Apollo 13.
1996 38 Years Old 1 More Event
Bacon reverted to his trademark dark role once again in Sleepers in 1996. … Read More


1998 40 Years Old As the executive producer of 1998's Wild Things, Bacon reserved a supporting role for himself, and went on to star in Stir of Echoes (directed by David Koepp) in 1999.
2000 42 Years Old In 2000, he appeared in Paul Verhoeven's Hollow Man. … Read More
2004 46 Years Old Bacon was again acclaimed for a dark starring role playing an offending pedophile on parole in the 2004 film The Woodsman; he was nominated best actor receiving the Independent Spirit Award. … Read More


2008 - 2010 2 More Events
2012 54 Years Old In March 2012, Bacon was featured in a performance of Dustin Lance Black's play, '8' — a staged reenactment of the federal trial that overturned California's Prop 8 ban on same-sex marriage — as Attorney Charles J. Cooper. … Read More
2013 55 Years Old 1 More Event
From 2013 to 2015, Bacon starred as Ryan Hardy in the FOX television series The Following.
…  He starred on the Fox television series The Following until its cancellation on May 8th, 2015. … Read More
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