Kevin Bacon

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Kevin Bacon at San Diego Comic-Con (2014)

Kevin Norwood Bacon (born July 8, 1958 in Philadelphia ) is an American actor , director and producer as well as musician and, among other things, Golden Globe prize winner.



After graduating from the Julia Reynolds Masterman Laboratory , Bacon left Philadelphia, Philadelphia, in 1975 and moved to New York City to become an actor. After a short basic training at various academies, he first appeared on stage at the age of seventeen in the Circle In the Square Theater , which he left at the age of 18. In 1978 he made his screen debut in the comedy I believe a horse kicks me .

After appearing in Friday the 13th , American Diner and the Broadway -Stück Slab Boys (with Sean Penn ) Bacon succeeded with the dance movie Footloose 1984 breakthrough.

The Big Picture was a failure, but Bacon's work was discovered by Ron Underwood , with whom he made Tremors (1990). After the success of this blockbuster , Bacon got a lot of film offers: Flatliners , Born in Queens , typical! , JFK - Dallas and Pirates Crime Scene .

In the following years, Bacon played mainly theater on various New York stages and roles in smaller film productions to counteract his image as a teenage idol.

In 1992, Oliver Stone made him a comeback by casting him for his political thriller JFK - Tatort Dallas . The rather minor role of a homosexual witness in the Garrison trial earned Bacon a lot of critical acclaim and a reputation for being an excellent character actor.

With A Matter of Honor , Apollo 13 , Sleepers and Hollow Man - Invisible Danger , he was able to record further successes. In 1996 he made his directorial debut with Losing Chase , for which he received three Golden Globe nominations. In 2003 he starred in Clint Eastwood's critically acclaimed drama Mystic River , and a year later he took on the role of a released pedophile in The Woodsman . In 2009, he starred in the true-event televised film Taking Chance . For the role of Lieutenant Colonel bringing the body of a US soldier from Iraq to his family, he received his first Emmy nomination in 2009 and the Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild Award in 2010 .

Bacon is also active as a musician. Together with his brother Michael he plays in the band The Bacon Brothers , with whom he has already released six albums and a live CD and DVD.

Private life

Bacon lives in New York City with his wife, actress Kyra Sedgwick , and their children. They met in 1987 during the TV production Lemon Sky and have been married since 1988. Both children (Travis and Sosie Bacon ) are also actors and musicians. Bacon's nephew is singer Justin Nozuka .

Filmography (selection)

Kevin Bacon (April 2010)

As an actor

As a director

  • 1996: Farewell to Chase (Losing Chase)
  • 2005: Loverboy
  • 2006–2009: The Closer (TV series, 4 episodes)

As a producer

  • 1998: Wild Things
  • 2004: The Woodsman
  • 2005: Loverboy


  • 1991: A Little Vicious (Narrator)
  • 1994: New York Skyride (Narrator)
  • 2003: Imagine New York (as himself)
  • 2004: Natural Disasters: Forces of Nature (Narrator)
  • 2008: Saving Angelo as Brent


Together with his brother Michael Bacon in the band The Bacon Brothers :

  • 1997: Forosoco
  • 1999: Getting There
  • 2001: Can't Complain
  • 2003: No Food Jokes Tour (CD / DVD)
  • 2005: White Knuckles
  • 2008: New Years After Kevin
  • 2012: Philadelphia Road - The Best Of


In addition, Bacon was nominated for numerous other awards, which he did not win.


  • Bacon is the namesake of the so-called Bacon number , which is calculated through his collaboration with other actors in film productions. Based on the hypothesis of the Six Degrees of Separation , one also speaks of the Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon . The number is the length of the shortest chain of actors who play together in a film, from Kevin Bacon. This makes Bacon the only actor to have a KBZ of 0.
  • The song Tastes like Kevin Bacon by the band Iwrestledabearonce was inspired by him.

Web links

Commons : Kevin Bacon  - Collection of Images, Videos and Audio Files

Individual evidence

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  2. Report on Kevin Bacon , September 25, 1994
  3. Golden Globes, USA (1997) , January 19, 1997
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