Kevin Bacon

Kevin Bacon

Highest Rated: 96% Apollo 13 (1995)

Lowest Rated: 3% The Darkness (2016)

Birthday: Jul 8, 1958

Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA

A leading man and character actor so prolific and well-liked that he spawned a game based on his screen ubiquity, Kevin Bacon played a remarkably diverse array of roles in the course of a four-decade career in films and on television, from upstanding leads in "Footloose" (1983),"Tremors" (1990) and "Apollo 13" (1995) to complex, troubled, and even malevolent men in "Diner" (1982), "JFK" (1991), "Mystic River" (2005) and "City on a Hill" (Showtime, 2019- ). Born Kevin Norwood Bacon in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on July 8, 1958, he was the youngest of six children by architect and city planner Edmund Norwood Bacon, whose status as the "father of modern Philadelphia" spurred his son to find his own path to acclaim. He found it at an early age in acting, which he pursued from his elementary school years through high school and at a special five-week theater course at Bucknell University. He left Philadelphia for New York City at the age of 17 to study at the Circle in the Square Theatre School in Greenwich Village, and by 1978, had made his feature film debut as a freshman ROTC soldier in "Animal House." Though a blockbuster, the John Landis comedy did not boost Bacon into stardom, and he returned to New York to work on daytime soap operas and the occasional feature, like 1980s' "Friday the 13th," while also honing his craft on stage. Eventually, he drew critical praise for his theater work, including an OBIE Award for "Forty Deuce" in 1982, which in turn revived his film career. Barry Levinson's "Diner," which paired Bacon with fellow up-and-comers Mickey Rourke, Paul Reiser and Tim Daly, served as the launching pad for his rise to stardom, which took off in earnest when he was cast in "Footloose" as a free-thinking, dance-loving young man in a strict Midwestern town. A major hit with young audiences, it led to starring roles as equally brash young men in unremarkable films like "Quicksilver" (1986) and John Hughes' "She's Having a Baby" (1987). Bacon shrewdly moved away from such projects and invested his time into character-driven roles - an icy killer in "Criminal Law" (1988), an aspiring filmmaker in Christopher Guest's "The Big Picture" (1989), a handyman pitted against subterranean monsters in the cult favorite "Tremors" - which eventually led to a show-stopping turn as a gay hustler connected to the assassination of John F. Kennedy in Oliver Stone's "JFK." The success of that film, and critical praise for his unsympathetic turns in "A Few Good Men" (1992) and "The River Wild" (1994), which reinvigorated his career and led to a prolific run as a leading man in Ron Howard's "Apollo 13," Levinson's "Sleepers" (1996), Clint Eastwood's "Mystic River" and numerous other films. Bacon was so frequently seen on screen in the 1990s and 2000s that he spawned a game called "Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon," which claimed to be able to connect him to any actor via shared or related projects. In the new millennium, Bacon's film roles grew more eclectic and even daring: he was a child kidnapper in "Trapped" (2002), a convicted pedophile in "The Woodsman" (2004), a comically vain hairstylist in "Beauty Shop" (2004), and a grieving vigilante in "Death Sentence" (2007). As the 2000s drew to a close, Bacon was finding more substantive work on television; he earned a Golden Globe as a Marine accompanying the body of a slain soldier to his hometown in the HBO drama "Taking Chance" (2009), and he starred as a former FBI agent on the trail of a serial killer with a devoted cult in "The Following" (Fox, 2013-2015). He also remained a fixture in films, albeit in smaller showcase roles for films like "X-Men: First Class" (2011). When "Following" ran its course, Bacon resumed his busy character actor work on television and film, earning critical praise for flinty roles in "Cop Car" (2015), "Black Mass" (2015) and "Patriots Day" (2016). He returned briefly to comedy as the object of Kathryn Hahn's obsession in the Amazon series "I Love Dick" (2017) before taking on the role of a corrupt FBI agent in the crime series "City on a Hill" for producers Barry Levinson, Tom Fontana, Ben Affleck and Matt Damon.

Highest rated movies

Apollo 13
Planes, Trains and Automobiles
National Lampoon's Animal House
The Woodsman
Mystic River




56% 83% One Way A...hole / Fred Sr. (Character) - 2022
34% 21% They/Them Owen Whistler (Character),
Executive Producer
- 2022
50% No Score Yet Space Oddity Unknown (Character) - 2022
No Score Yet No Score Yet Step Into...The Movies With Derek and Julianne Hough Self - 2022
40% 24% You Should Have Left Theo Conroy (Character) - 2020
80% No Score Yet Live in Front of a Studio Audience: 'All in the Family' and 'Good Times' Unknown (Character) - 2019
No Score Yet 24% Story of a Girl Michael (Character) - 2017
80% 86% Patriots Day Special Agent Richard DesLauriers (Character) $31.8M 2016
3% 19% The Darkness Peter Taylor (Character) $10.7M 2016
73% 68% Black Mass FBI Agent Charles McGuire (Character) $62.6M 2015
82% 52% Cop Car Sheriff Kretzer (Character),
Executive Producer
$128.0K 2015
No Score Yet No Score Yet Turn It Up! Unknown (Character) - 2014
12% 38% R.I.P.D. Hayes (Character) $33.6M 2013
No Score Yet No Score Yet Skum Rocks! Unknown (Character) - 2013
35% 40% Jayne Mansfield's Car Carroll Caldwell (Character) $14.4K 2012
79% 78% Crazy, Stupid, Love. David Lindhagen (Character) $84.3M 2011
86% 87% X-Men: First Class Sebastian Shaw (Character) $146.4M 2011
No Score Yet 28% Elephant White Jimmy The Brit (Character) - 2011
49% 56% Super Jacques (Character) $322.2K 2010
37% 37% New York, I Love You Tom (Character) $1.6M 2009
68% 51% My One and Only Dan Devereaux (Character) $2.5M 2009
57% 83% Taking Chance Lt. Col. Mike Strobl (Character) - 2009
No Score Yet 72% Human Family Tree Unknown (Character) - 2009
93% 88% Frost/Nixon Jack Brennan (Character) $18.6M 2008
10% 61% The Air I Breathe Love (Character) $19.5K 2007
34% 58% Rails & Ties Tom Stark (Character) $21.4K 2007
20% 60% Death Sentence Nick Hume (Character) $9.5M 2007
18% 35% Loverboy Marty Stoll (Character),
$29.7K 2005
41% 46% Where the Truth Lies Lanny Morris (Character) $871.5K 2005
38% 62% Beauty Shop Jorge Christophe (Character) $36.3M 2005
89% 76% Forces of Nature Narrator - 2004
No Score Yet 30% Cavedweller Randall Pritchard (Character) - 2004
88% 77% The Woodsman Walter (Character),
Executive Producer
$1.6M 2004
88% 89% Mystic River Sean Devine (Character) $90.1M 2003
17% 48% Trapped Joe Hickey (Character) $6.9M 2002
No Score Yet 80% We Married Margo Self - 2000
26% 28% Hollow Man Sebastian Caine (Character) $73.2M 2000
73% 67% My Dog Skip Jack Morris (Character) $34.1M 2000
67% 70% Stir of Echoes Tom Witzky (Character) $21.1M 1999
43% 74% Digging to China Ricky Schroth (Character) $19.2K 1998
63% 53% Wild Things Sgt. Ray Duquette (Character),
Executive Producer
$29.8M 1998
61% 45% Telling Lies in America Billy Magic (Character) $275.2K 1997
47% 37% Picture Perfect Sam Mayfair (Character) $31.1M 1997
No Score Yet 74% Losing Chase Director - 1996
73% 85% Sleepers Sean Nokes (Character) $53.3M 1996
53% 80% Murder in the First Henri Young (Character) $16.1M 1995
56% 70% Balto Balto (Voice) $11.2M 1995
96% 87% Apollo 13 Jack Swigert (Character) $173.8M 1995
21% 35% The Air Up There Jimmy Dolan (Character) $20.8M 1994
57% 51% The River Wild Wade (Character) $46.5M 1994
83% 89% A Few Good Men Capt. Jack Ross (Character) $141.3M 1992
35% 34% He Said, She Said Dan Hanson (Character) $8.7M 1991
85% 88% JFK Willie O'Keefe (Character) - 1991
33% 35% Queens Logic Dennis (Character) $301.6K 1991
No Score Yet 32% Pyrates Ari (Character) - 1991
88% 75% Tremors Valentine McKee (Character) $15.5M 1990
51% 59% Flatliners David Labraccio (Character) $58.7M 1990
88% 46% The Big Picture Nick Chapman (Character) $33.1K 1989
41% 52% She's Having a Baby Jake Briggs (Character) $14.4M 1988
33% 27% Criminal Law Martin Thiel (Character) $9.1M 1988
60% 41% End of the Line Everett (Character) - 1988
No Score Yet 54% Lemon Sky Alan (Character) - 1987
25% 53% White Water Summer Vic (Character) - 1987
92% 87% Planes, Trains and Automobiles Taxi Racer (Character) $48.2M 1987
13% 38% Quicksilver Jack Casey (Character) $5.6M 1986
52% 71% Footloose Ren McCormack (Character) - 1984
No Score Yet No Score Yet Enormous Changes at the Last Minute Dennis (Character) - 1983
No Score Yet 14% The Demon Murder Case Kenny Miller (Character) - 1983
91% 78% Diner Timothy Fenwick Jr. (Character) - 1982
No Score Yet No Score Yet Forty Deuce Ricky (Character) - 1982
63% 60% Friday the 13th Jack Burrell (Character) $60.5M 1980
91% 89% National Lampoon's Animal House Chip Diller (Character) - 1978


88% 84% City on a Hill Jackie Rohr (Character) 2019 2021-2022
No Score Yet 5% The View Guest 2014-2015 2019 2022
No Score Yet 44% The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon Guest 2014-2022
No Score Yet 10% Jimmy Kimmel Live! Guest 2013 2020-2022
No Score Yet 24% The Drew Barrymore Show Guest 2021
No Score Yet 50% The Kelly Clarkson Show Guest 2021
No Score Yet 49% Late Night With Seth Meyers Guest 2014-2015 2019 2021
No Score Yet 0% The Talk Guest 2017 2020
No Score Yet 26% The Late Late Show With James Corden Guest 2015-2017 2020
No Score Yet 87% Conan Guest 2013 2015 2019-2020
No Score Yet 45% The Late Show With Stephen Colbert Guest 2019
No Score Yet No Score Yet Close Up With The Hollywood Reporter Guest 2017
No Score Yet No Score Yet Variety Studio: Actors on Actors Guest 2017
87% 72% I Love Dick Dick (Character) 2016-2017
No Score Yet 66% The Chew Guest 2015 2017
No Score Yet 100% The Graham Norton Show Unknown (Guest Star),
2008 2010 2017
No Score Yet 92% Comedy Bang! Bang! Guest 2016
58% 66% The Following Ryan Hardy (Character) 2013-2015
No Score Yet No Score Yet Rachael Ray Guest 2015
No Score Yet 75% Late Show With David Letterman Guest 2014-2015
No Score Yet 100% The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson Guest 2014
No Score Yet 75% The Tonight Show With Jay Leno Guest 2014
No Score Yet No Score Yet Larry King Now Guest 2013
No Score Yet 20% Late Night With Jimmy Fallon Guest 2013
No Score Yet 87% Finding Your Roots Guest 2012
No Score Yet 93% Robot Chicken Unknown (Guest Voice) 2011
83% 85% The Closer Director 2006-2009
No Score Yet 100% The Colbert Report Guest 2008
No Score Yet 88% Will & Grace Kevin Bacon (Guest Star) 2002
No Score Yet 87% Mad About You Himself (Guest Star) 1996
95% 94% Frasier Vic (Guest Voice) 1994
No Score Yet 44% Saturday Night Live Host 1991
55% No Score Yet God, the Devil and Bob Unknown (Guest Voice)