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      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 has 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, 2019-2022 ). 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 Frost/Nixon Planes, Trains and Automobiles
      Diner
      The Toxic Avenger National Lampoon's Animal House Mystic River
      The Woodsman

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      Filmography

      Movies

      Credit
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Beverly Hills Cop: Axel F Captain Grant (Character) - 2024
      75% 35% Leave the World Behind Danny (Character) - 2023
      No Score Yet No Score Yet MaXXXine Unknown (Character) - 2023
      91% No Score Yet The Toxic Avenger Bob Garbinger (Character) - 2023
      56% 67% Space Oddity Jeff McAllister (Character) - 2022
      94% 81% The Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special Self - 2022
      53% 63% One Way A...hole / Fred Sr. (Character) - 2022
      33% 25% They/Them Owen Whistler (Character),
      Executive Producer
      - 2022
      No Score Yet No Score Yet North Star Dr. Owen Broderick (Character) - 2022
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Step Into...The Movies With Derek and Julianne Hough Self - 2022
      40% 26% 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 32% 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% 53% 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% 41% 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
      50% 56% Super Jacques (Character) $322.2K 2010
      37% 37% New York, I Love You Tom (Character) $1.6M 2009
      69% 50% 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% 36% Loverboy Marty Stoll (Character),
      Director,
      Producer
      $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
      89% 89% Mystic River Sean Devine (Character) $90.1M 2003
      17% 48% Trapped Joe Hickey (Character) $6.9M 2002
      No Score Yet 81% We Married Margo Self - 2000
      26% 28% Hollow Man Sebastian Caine (Character) $73.2M 2000
      73% 68% My Dog Skip Jack Morris (Character) $34.1M 2000
      68% 70% Stir of Echoes Tom Witzky (Character) $21.1M 1999
      43% 73% Digging to China Ricky Schroth (Character) $19.2K 1998
      64% 54% 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
      54% 79% 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
      63% 52% The River Wild Wade (Character) $46.5M 1994
      84% 89% A Few Good Men Capt. Jack Ross (Character) $141.3M 1992
      33% 34% He Said, She Said Dan Hanson (Character) $8.7M 1991
      84% 88% JFK Willie O'Keefe (Character) - 1991
      30% 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
      50% 59% Flatliners David Labraccio (Character) $58.7M 1990
      88% 46% The Big Picture Nick Chapman (Character) $33.1K 1989
      44% 51% 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
      55% 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
      92% 77% Diner Timothy Fenwick Jr. (Character) - 1982
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Forty Deuce Ricky (Character) - 1982
      66% 60% Friday the 13th Jack Burrell (Character) $60.5M 1980
      91% 89% National Lampoon's Animal House Chip Diller (Character) - 1978

      TV

      Credit
      No Score Yet 62% The Kelly Clarkson Show Guest 2021 2023
      No Score Yet 19% The Late Late Show With James Corden Guest 2015-2017 2020 2023
      No Score Yet 44% The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon Guest 2014-2023
      No Score Yet 36% Jimmy Kimmel Live! Guest 2013 2020-2023
      88% 86% City on a Hill Jackie Rohr (Character) 2019 2021-2022
      No Score Yet 10% The View Guest 2014-2015 2019 2022
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Josh Gates Tonight Guest 2021
      No Score Yet 31% The Drew Barrymore Show Guest 2021
      No Score Yet 61% Late Night With Seth Meyers Guest 2014-2015 2019 2021
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Talk Guest 2017 2020
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Conan Guest 2013 2015 2019-2020
      No Score Yet 48% 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% 73% I Love Dick Dick (Character) 2016-2017
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Chew Guest 2015 2017
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Graham Norton Show Unknown (Guest Star),
      Guest
      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 2010 2013-2015
      100% 90% Late Show With David Letterman Guest 2014-2015
      No Score Yet 100% The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson Guest 2014
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Tonight Show With Jay Leno Guest 2014
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Larry King Now Guest 2013
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Late Night With Jimmy Fallon Guest 2013
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Finding Your Roots Guest 2012
      No Score Yet 92% Robot Chicken Unknown (Guest Voice) 2011
      83% 85% The Closer Director 2006-2009
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Colbert Report Guest 2008
      No Score Yet 88% Will & Grace Kevin Bacon (Guest Star) 2002
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Mad About You Himself (Guest Star) 1996
      95% 94% Frasier Vic (Guest Voice) 1994
      No Score Yet 58% Saturday Night Live Host 1991
      55% No Score Yet God, the Devil and Bob Unknown (Guest Voice)