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Kevin Bacon

Highest Rated:   95% Apollo 13 (1995)
Lowest Rated:   4% The Darkness (2016)
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Birthplace:   Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Rarely can it be said that an actor is so recognized and of such prominence that a game can be played by connecting him to just about any other celebrity simply through referencing his resumé. Any film buff has most likely participated in a round of Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon, and it's likely that if their opponent was an avid cinephile they came out on the losing end of the match. This should come as no surprise, considering Bacon's extensive and diverse body of work. Born in Philadelphia, PA, in 1958, Bacon received his education at The Circle in the Square (where he became the youngest student to appear in a production) and Manning Street Actor's Theater after leaving home at the age of 18. Two years later, Bacon made his feature debut as the smarmy Chip Diller in director John Landis' beloved frat-house epic Animal House. Following in the next few years with minor roles in such seemingly forgettable films as Hero at Large and Friday the 13th (both 1980), Bacon would re-create his off-Broadway role of a drug-addicted male prostitute in Forty Deuce the same year that he made a memorable appearance as the troubled Timothy Fenwick in Barry Levinson's Diner (1982). Though he had appeared in a few major films and displayed an intriguing range of abilities, it was 1984's Footloose that brought Bacon his breakthrough role. As the big-city boy crusading against the puritanical constraints against dancing imposed by a well-meaning but overbearing fundamentalist minister, Bacon became a teen icon -- an image that, though it propelled him to stardom, would prove difficult to shed. Following Footloose's success with a series of curious failures such as Quicksilver (1986) and White Water Summer (1987), it was on the set of Lemon Sky (also 1987) that Bacon would meet future wife Kyra Sedgwick; the couple exchanged wedding vows the following year. Though he would appear in a few other failed-but-interesting, audience-pleasing thrillers such as Tremors (1989) and Flatliners (1990) in the following years, it was with his role in conspiracy theorist Oliver Stone's JFK (1991) that Bacon found his career revived and began to shed his heartthrob image. Narrowly escaping the Brat Pack trappings of his '80s contemporaries, subsequent roles after JFK may not have all scored direct hits at the box office for Bacon, but audiences were now well aware of his talents and thirsted for more. Bacon would again prove his substantial range in the true story of a brutalized prison inmate opposite Gary Oldman in 1995's Murder in the First. His performance as the disillusioned and broken prisoner, accentuated by his famished and frail skeletal figure, was followed by an equally challenging reality-based role as a member of the troubled Apollo 13 (1995) lunar mission team in director Ron Howard's widely praised film. Proving that he could play sleaze as successfully as slice-of-life, Bacon took a turn for the worse as the sadistic reform-school guard responsible for the rape of a trio of young boys in Sleepers (1996) and as a cop investigating accusations of rape in director John McNaughton's raunchy sex-thriller Wild Things. Bacon's entertaining turn as a receptive father tangled in a mind-bending murder mystery in Stir of Echoes (1999) gained positive reviews, though the intelligent and subtle shocker withered in the shadow of another similarly themed thriller, The Sixth Sense. Though he wasn't visible for the majority of the film, Bacon fell into psychotic territory as the malicious genius consumed by his discovery of the key to invisibility in Paul Verhoeven's sadistic Hollow Man (2000). After an uncredited supporting role in the independent comedy Novocaine, Bacon once again went for the throat in Trapped; and though audiences were generally entertained by the film, it ultimately fell victim to a quick death at the box office due to poor timing (numerous stories of child abductions had been making headlines at the time Trappe

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
80% Patriots Day
  • Richard DesLauriers
2017
No Score Yet Story of a Girl
  • Actor
2017
4% The Darkness
  • Peter Taylor
2016
No Score Yet Turn it up! A celebration of electric guitar
  • Actor
2016
74% Black Mass
  • FBI Agent Charles McGuire
2015
79% Cop Car
  • Executive Producer
  • Sheriff Kretzer
2015
34% Jayne Mansfield's Car
  • Carroll Caldwell
2013
13% R.I.P.D.
  • Hayes
2013
78% Crazy, Stupid, Love.
  • David Lindhagen
2011
86% X-Men: First Class
  • Sebastian Shaw
2011
49% Super
  • Jacques
2011
No Score Yet Elephant White
  • Jimmy the Brit
2011
68% My One and Only
  • Dan Devereaux
2009
50% Taking Chance
  • Lt. Col. Michael Strobl
2009
No Score Yet Human Family Tree
  • Actor
2009
92% Frost/Nixon
  • Jack Brennan
2008
12% The Air I Breathe
  • Love
2008
No Score Yet New Orleans Animal Rescue
  • Narrator
2008
No Score Yet Mister Roberts
  • Actor
2008
34% Rails & Ties
  • Tom Stark
2007
No Score Yet Saving Angelo
  • Actor
2007
20% Death Sentence
  • Nick Hume
2007
No Score Yet The Magic 7
  • Actor
2007
No Score Yet Operation Lysistrata
  • Actor
2006
17% Loverboy
  • Producer
  • Marty
  • Director
2006
41% Where the Truth Lies
  • Lanny Morris
2005
37% Beauty Shop
  • Jorge
2005
No Score Yet Jon Bon Jovi - Destination Anywhere
  • Actor
2005
88% The Woodsman
  • Executive Producer
  • Walter
2004
89% National Geographic: Forces of Nature
  • Narrator
2004
No Score Yet Cavedweller
  • Randall
2004
34% In the Cut
  • John Graham
2003
87% Mystic River
  • Sean Devine
2003
No Score Yet Bacon Brothers - Live: The No Food Jokes Tour
  • Actor
2003
18% Trapped
  • Joe
2002
38% Novocaine
  • Hip movie star [uncredited]
2001
27% Hollow Man
  • Sebastian Caine
2000
73% My Dog Skip
  • Jack Morris
2000
No Score Yet We Married Margo
  • Himself
2000
67% Stir of Echoes
  • Tom Witzky
1999
No Score Yet The Yearbook: An 'Animal House' Reunion
  • Actor
1998
43% Digging to China
  • Ricky
1998
64% Wild Things
  • Executive Producer
  • Ray Duquette
1998
63% Telling Lies in America
  • Billy Magic
1997
48% Picture Perfect
  • Sam
1997
No Score Yet The Directors
  • Actor
1997
No Score Yet Destination Anywhere
  • Actor
1997
74% Sleepers
  • Sean Nokes
1996
50% Balto
  • Balto
1995
95% Apollo 13
  • Jack Swigert
1995
No Score Yet Losing Chase
  • Director
1995
No Score Yet Seemore's Playhouse - Fire Safety
  • Actor
1995
55% The River Wild
  • Wade
1994
50% Murder in the First
  • Henri Young
1994
21% The Air Up There
  • Jimmy Dolan
1994
81% A Few Good Men
  • Capt. Jack Ross
1992
84% JFK
  • Willie O'Keefe
1991
No Score Yet Pyrates
  • Ari
1991
33% He Said, She Said
  • Dan Hanson
1991
38% Queens Logic
  • Dennis
1991
49% Flatliners
  • David Labraccio
1990
85% Tremors
  • Valentine McKee
1990
91% The Big Picture
  • Nick Chapman
1989
33% Criminal Law
  • Martin Thiel
1989
No Score Yet Lemon Sky
  • Alan
1988
34% She's Having a Baby
  • Jake Briggs
1988
92% Planes, Trains and Automobiles
  • Taxi racer
1987
60% End of the Line
  • Everett
1987
29% White Water Summer
  • Vic
1987
15% Quicksilver
  • Jack Casey
1986
53% Footloose
  • Ren McCormack
1984
No Score Yet The Demon Murder Case
  • Actor
1983
91% Diner
  • Timothy Fenwick Jr.
1982
No Score Yet Enormous Changes
  • Actor
1982
50% Only When I Laugh
  • Don
1981
59% Friday the 13th
  • Jack
1980
No Score Yet Hero at Large
  • 2nd Teenager
1980
No Score Yet Starting Over
  • Young Husband
1979
91% National Lampoon's Animal House
  • Chip Diller
1978

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT
No Score Yet Late Show With David Letterman
1993-2015
  • Guest
No Score Yet The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson
2005-2014
  • Guest
No Score Yet Colbert Report
2005-2014
  • Guest
No Score Yet Murder in the First
2016
  • Actor
No Score Yet Finding Your Roots With Henry Louis Gates Jr.
2012
  • Appearing
No Score Yet Frasier
1993-2004
  • Voice of Vic
No Score Yet Jimmy Kimmel Live
2003
  • Guest
No Score Yet The Tonight Show With Jay Leno
1992-2014
  • Guest
71% Bored to Death
2009-2011
  • Himself
No Score Yet The View
1997
  • Guest
No Score Yet Late Night With Jimmy Fallon
2009-2014
  • Guest
No Score Yet The Late Late Show With James Corden
2015
  • Guest
100% I Love Dick
2016
  • Actor
No Score Yet Comedy Bang! Bang!
2012
  • Guest
No Score Yet Last Call With Carson Daly
2007
  • Guest
No Score Yet Late Night With Seth Meyers
2014
  • Guest
55% The Following
2013-2015
  • Ryan Hardy
No Score Yet The Closer
2005-2012
  • Director
No Score Yet The Chew
2011
  • Guest
No Score Yet The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon
2014
  • Guest
No Score Yet Will & Grace
1998-2006
  • Himself
No Score Yet Conan
2010
  • Guest
No Score Yet Saturday Night Live
1975
  • Guest

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