"Los Angeles is a great place to be when your movie is No 1, or you're nominated for an Oscar, or you have just landed the lead in a new Scorsese film. But you feel that way maybe one month in every five years. For the rest of the time when I'm there I feel like a loser. I feel like I'm surrounded by reminders that I'm not, you know, at the top. Not at the top, top of the top." Kevin Bacon
American musician, director, producer and actor Kevin Bacon gained acclaim for his portrayal of sympathetic detective Sean Devine, playing pitch perfect opposite a grief-stricken performance by Sean Penn, in director Clint Eastwood’s film version Mystic River (2003), in which he netted a Boston Society of Film Critics Award. In 2000, he won a Blockbuster Entertainment Award after playing nasty genius Sebastian Caine in the 2000 Sci-fi hit Hollow Man (2000).
Bacon had already cemented his position as a film star with his former impressive accomplishments. In the drama film Digging to China (1998), his bright portrayal of Ricky Schroth, opposite Evan Rachel Wood, handed him a Giffoni Film Festival Award. He gained even more recognition in 1995 with his starring role of cynical Alcatraz prisoner Henri Young in Murder in the First, costarring Christian Slater and Gary Oldman. Due to his bravura acting, Bacon took home such awards as a Broadcast Film Critics Association Award and a BFCA Award. The same year, he netted a 1995 Screen Actor Guild Award for his brilliant portrayal of astronaut Jack Swigert in director Ron Howard’s acclaimed film Apollo 13. Additionally, Bacon was well-received for playing roles in such films as Barry Levinson's Diner (1982), Herbert Ross’s smash hit Footloose (1984), Oliver Stone's JFK (1991), Rob Reiner's A Few Good Man (1992), The River Wild (1994), Barry Levinson's Sleepers (1996) and the thriller Stir of Echoes (1999).
Bacon’s admirers can also watch him in the recent The Woodsman (2004), Lover boy (2005), the comedy Beauty Shop (2005) and Atom Egoyan’s drama Where the Truth Lies (2005).
On stage, the Philadelphia native actor drew the attention of the public when he was cast as young hustler Rickey in the off-Broadway production of Forty Deuce (1982). With Alan Brown in the director’s chair, Bacon’s stunning performance nabbed the prestigious Obie Award that same year.
Off screen, the 61st of Empire magazine’s “100 Sexiest Stars in Film History” (1995), Bacon received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in front of the Ivar/Cinespace Nightclubs on September 30, 2003, for his great contribution to the showbiz industry. The owner of a dog named Paulie, Bacon spends his life outside the limelight with his wife of seventeen years, actress Kyra Sedgwick, and their two lovely children, son Travis Bacon (born in 1989) and daughter Sosie Ruth Bacon (born in 1992).
Childhood and Family:
In Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Kevin Bacon was born on July 8, 1958. Alongside his five older siblings, Kevin was raised under the guidance of a renowned Philadelphia city planner father, Edmund Bacon, and a schoolteacher, liberal political activist and Park Avenue debutante mother, Ruth Bacon (now deceased). At age 18, however, he decided to leave home to study acting at the Circle in the Square Theater in New York and the Manning Street Actor's Theatre. He was also educated at the Pennsylvania Governor's School for the Arts and once attended the prestigious Julia Reynolds Masterman Laboratory and Demonstration School in Philadelphia, with his brother Michael.
"Kyra is a woman who made all the wrong choices when it comes to being an actress. She got married too young, had a kid and then had another kid." Kevin Bacon on his wife Kyra Sedgwick
Kevin Bacon met and subsequently fell for actress Kyra Sedgwick while they were on the set of the American Playhouse production of Lemon Sky (1987). On September 13, 1988, the couple decided to tie the knot in Conneticut, and they soon welcomed their first child, a son named Travis Bacon, born in 1989. Their daughter, Sosie Ruth Bacon, was born three years later, in March 1992. The family currently resides in Manhattan, where both Bacon and Sedgwick are actively involved in numerous charity and environmental projects.
Departing from his family at age 18, Kevin Bacon began acting lessons before professionally pursuing a career in the entertainment industry. Two years later, he got his first start as a stage actor when he landed a role in his off-Broadway debut titled "Getting Out" by Marsha Norman. Bacon also kicked off his film career when he was cast as the sycophantic Chip Diller in director John Landis' beloved frat-house epic National Lampoon's Animal House, that same year. That was followed by a tiny role in Starting Over (1979), a television movie debut in The Gift (1979) and a television series debut as a regular in the daytime soap "Search for Tomorrow" (1979).
Bacon reappeared on stage in 1980 with his off-Broadway performance in director Joan Micklin Silver’s "Album," (1980), but it was his off-Broadway role of teenage hustler Rickey in Alan Brown's Forty Deuce (1982) that earned him praise and critical appreciation, as well as a 1982 Obie. Shortly after the Obie victory, Bacon made his Broadway debut in the John Byrne production of "The Slab Boys" (1983, costarring Sean Pean and Val Kilmer).
In the early 1980s, he also landed small parts in such unremarkable films as Friday the 13th (1980) and Hero at Large (1980), was cast as series’ regular Tim Werner in on the CBS daytime drama "The Guiding Light" (1980) and appeared as Don in Only When I Laugh (1981). In the following year, audiences began to notice Bacon’s potential for his good portrayal of the hotheaded alcoholic Timothy Fenwick in Barry Levinson's feature directorial debut Diner (1982). Also in 1982, Bacon reprised his stage role of drug-addicted male prostitute Rickey in director Paul Morissey’s Forty Deuce.
After Enormous Changes at the Last Minute (1983), Bacon’s breakthrough role arrived when director Herbert Ross cast him in the lead role of dancing rebel Ren McCormack in his popular musical movie Footloose (1984). As soon as the film became a hit, the actor made a reputation for himself as a teen icon and became a household name.
More roles in films knocked on his door in the following years, but fortune was not in his hands as Bacon struggled with several big screen duds during the end of the 1980s, including Quicksilver (1986), White Water Summer (1987), End of the Line (1987), She's Having a Baby (1988), Tremors (1989) and Flatliners (1990). In 1991, Bacon reached celebrity status again with his role in Oliver Stone's JFK and then continued with his notable role as down-to-earth Marine lawyer Capt. Jack Ross in Rob Reiner's A Few Good Man (1992, opposite Jack Nicholson and Tom Cruise). Bacon nabbed a Golden Globe nomination for his ominous role in 1994’s The River Wild, with Meryl Streep.
The performer gained even more recognition when he played the role of embittered and broken Alcatraz prisoner Henri Young in Marc Rocco's Murder in the First (1995, costarring with Christian Slater and Gary Oldman). His bravura acting handed him a 1995 Broadcast Film Critics Association and a 1996 BFCA for Best Actor. Bacon turned the heads of film critics once more with his work in director Ron Howard’s widely praise film Apollo 13 (1995). Portraying one of the Apollo 13 lunar mission team members, Jack Swigert, he took home a Screen Actor Guild for Outstanding Ensemble Performance in a Motion Picture in 1995.
From 1996 -1999, Bacon added six wide screen films to his resume. He first delivered a good performance as Sean Nokes in Barry Levinson's Sleepers (1996), costarred with Jennifer Anniston in the comedy-romance Picture Perfect (1997) and played disc jockey Billy Magic in Telling Lies in America (1997). In 1998, Bacon won a Bronze Gryphon for Best Actor at the Giffoni Film Festival due to his bright portrayal of Ricky Schroth in Timothy Hutton’s drama Digging to China, alongside Evan Rachel Wood. He then played a cop in director John McNaughton's raunchy sex-thriller Wild Things (1998, also served as an executive producer) and received critical raves after portraying sympathetic father Tom in the horror film Stir of Echoes (1999).
Bacon kept busy with his film projects in the new millennium. He portrayed the father of Frankie Muniz’ character in the family-fare hit My Dog Skip (2000) before scoring a blockbuster hit with Paul Verhoeven's sadistic Hollow Man (2000). Portraying megalomaniacal scientist Sebastian Caine, Bacon picked up a Blockbuster Entertainment Award for Favorite Actor - Science Fiction in 2001. Afterwards, he made a cameo appearance in the thriller Novocaine (2001, starring Helena Bonham Carter and Steve Martin), and portrayed hijacker Joe Hickey in Luis Mandoki’s thriller Trapped (2002).
In 2003, Bacon teamed up with Sean Pean for Clint Eastwood’s big screen adaptation of Dennis Lehane’s novel, Mystic River. Delivering an impressive turn as compassionate detective Sean Devine, Bacon again added to his accomplishments a Boston Society of Film Critics Award for Best Ensemble Cast in 2003. Following his success, he had an unaccredited part in Jane Campion thriller In the Cut (2003) before starring in the emotional drama The Woodsman (2004, costarring with his wife). He was again seen with actress-wife Sedgwick in Anne Meredith-scripted Cavedweller (2004), as well as directed and starred in the drama/romance Lover boy (2005). Also in 2005, Bacon was featured as Jorge in Bille Woodruff’s comedy Beauty Shop (2005, starring Queen Latifah and Alicia Silverstone) and starred with Colin Firth in director Atom Egoyan’s drama Where the Truth Lies (2005).
Already an accomplished star, Bacon broke into the music industry with the Bacon Brothers, a rhythm and blues band formed in 1994 with his brother Michael. The group performed in New York coffee houses and clubs, and on a number of television shows like The Rosie O'Donnell Show, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and at Elizabeth Taylor's 65th birthday celebration. Additionally, The Bacon Brothers launched the albums Forosoco (1997), Getting There (1999), Can't Complain (2001) and Live (2003)
- Boston Society of Film Critics: Best Ensemble Cast, Mystic River, 2003
- Blockbuster Entertainment: Favorite Actor - Science Fiction, Hollow Man, 2001
- Giffoni Film Festival: Bronze Gryphon for Best Actor, Digging to China, 1997
- BFCA: Best Actor, Murder in the First, 1996
- Broadcast Film Critics Association: Best Actor, Murder in the First, 1995
- Screen Actors Guild: Outstanding Ensemble Performance in a Motion Picture, Apollo 13, 1995
- Obie: Performance, Forty Deuce and Poor Little Lambs, 1982