Born in Philadelphia in 1958, Kevin Bacon’s career has seen such diversity that it’s widely believed that any current film star can be linked to him in six movies.
Kevin Norwood Bacon was born on 8 July 1958 in Philadelphia. He is one of the six children of architect Edmund Norwood Bacon and elementary school teacher Ruth. They were a close-knit family.
At the age of 16 in 1975, Bacon won a scholarship to the Pennsylvania Governor's School for Arts at Bucknell University. He studied theatre as part of the five-week state-funded arts programme. The following year he moved to New York.
Educated at the prestigious The Circle in The Square Theatre School, where he was the youngest student ever to appear in a production, he left home at 18 to attend the Manning Street Actor's Theatre.
In 1978, he made his screen debut in the infamous John Landis frat-boy comedy 'Animal House' with John Belushi. After winning an Obie for his stage work as a drug-addicted prostitute in 'Forty Deuce', he appeared in such movies as 'Friday the 13th' in 1980 and 'Hero At Large'.
Drawing upon his role in 'Forty Deuce', Bacon portrayed a similarly troubled character in 1982's 'Diner', directed by Barry Levinson.
Departing from such cutting-edge, independent fare, Bacon appeared in 'Footloose' in 1984, breaking into the big-time and becoming a teen icon.
The actor suffered some setbacks with the films that followed, with flops such as 'White Water Summer', 'Quicksilver' and 'Lemon Sky'. On the latter film he met Kyra Sedgwick, whom he later married. After 'Tremors' in 1989 and 'Flatliners' in 1990, Bacon regained his feet in Oliver Stone's 'JFK' in 1991.
Appearing opposite Gary Oldman in 'Murder in The First' in 1995, he won critical plaudits for his harrowing and emaciated portrayal, before starring in 'Apollo 13' the same year.
Bacon appeared in the ensemble piece 'Sleepers' with Robert De Niro and Brad Pitt, and made his directorial debut with 'Losing Chase' in 1996.
Later he was seen in the steamy 'Wild Things' in 1998, as well as 'Mystic River' (2003). Bacon has been devoting time to a band formed with his brother, called The Bacon Brothers, and they enjoy touring low-key venues. They have released six albums so far.
He was given a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2003.
Bacon has continued acting in a wide range of films despite his band, including 'Hollow Man' (2000), 'The Woodsman' (2004), 'Where The Truth Lies' (2005), 'Death Sentence' (2007), 'Frost/Nixon' (2008) and 'My One and Only' in 2009.
He was nominated for an Outstanding Lead Man in a Miniseries or Movie Emmy in 2009 for his part in HBO show 'Taking Chances' (2009). Bacon went on to win the Best Performance by an Actor in a Miniseries or a Motion Picture Made For Television Golden Globe for the same performance in 2010.
Despite these awards, he is one of the best actors to have never won an Oscar, as named by the Guardian newspaper.
One of his most notable roles in recent times was Sebastian Shaw in 'X Men: First Class' in 2011. This was followed by appearances in 'Crazy Stupid Love' the same year and 'Jayne Mansfield's Car' in 2012. Bacon was next seen in 'RIPD' in 2013.
He has been happily married to actress Kyra Sedgwick since 4 September 1988 after they met on the set of Lanson Wilson's play 'Lemon Sky' for CBS. They have two children together with son Travis born in 1989 and daughter Sosie in 1992.