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Kevin Bacon details journey from 'Footloose' guy to family man as he celebrates 65th birthday

Kevin Bacon is celebrating his 65th birthday. Here's a look back at his biggest roles from "Footloose" and "Apollo 13," to his greatest role as a dad of two, and husband to Kyra Sedgwick.

Kevin Bacon is celebrating his 65th birthday.

The actor, who has appeared in some of the biggest films and television shows over the past few decades, first broke into the industry at the age of 17 when he appeared in "National Lampoon's Animal House." 

Since then, Bacon has remained a consistent figure in Hollywood and has worked with so many people in the business, a parlor game called "Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon," was created. In the game, an individual chooses an actor and then connects them to another actor, repeating the process until a connection to Bacon is found. It can often be achieved within six connections.

In celebration of Bacon's birthday, here's a look at his life in the industry to his greatest role of all: a father of two and husband to Kyra Sedgwick. 


Bacon had found success as an actor, starring in movies like "National Lampoon's Animal House" and "Friday the 13th," and was gaining momentum when he was cast in his breakout role in "Footloose," playing new kid in town Ren McCormack.

In the movie, Bacon plays a teenager who moves from Chicago to a small town in Oklahoma. After struggling to make friends in the beginning, Ren forms a little group and learns the town council has banned rock music and dancing within the borders of the town because the reverend's son passed away in a car accident while driving under the influence after a night of dancing.

Throughout the movie, Ren falls for the reverend's daughter Ariel, and together they work toward getting the town council to reverse the ban, ultimately achieving their goal in the end.

"I was really resistant to the whole ‘Footloose’ thing, because I was an idiot. I was young, and I thought, ‘well this is f---ed up, because now I’m not gonna be thought of as a serious actor," he said on "The Howard Stern Show" in 2013. "I wanted to be [Robert] De Niro and [Al] Pacino, I didn't want to be the guy from ‘Footloose.’"

While he was not a fan of the movie in the past, Bacon seems to have warmed up to the film, telling Willie Geist on Today's "Sunday Sitdown" that he has "come around on ‘Footloose’" and called being a part of it "a great gift." One thing Bacon has not come around to: deejays playing the song every time they spot him at a wedding, telling Conan O'Brien he will pay them not to play the song.

The '80s movie has even spurred a reboot starring Julianne Hough, Miles Teller, Kenny Wormald and Dennis Quaid. 

"You kind of wake up and in the morning and go ‘really? I’m old enough to have a remake done already?' But I wish them the best. I hear it's great. I think he's [Craig Brewer] a great director, so I'm looking forward to it," Bacon told Rosie O'Donnell on "The Rosie Show" in October 2011.

Bacon proved he has come to fully embrace his part in the movie, even agreeing to recreate what he called the "angry warehouse dance" scene as his entrance when he was a guest on the "Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon" in 2014. They parodied the movie by saying Fallon had banned dancing from his show, which sends Bacon into a dance fueled fury.

"My idea was much simpler. I thought it would be fun to do something for ‘Footloose,’ but I thought that maybe I would be teaching you how to dance, a la ‘Let’s Hear It For the Boy,'" he explained when he returned to the show in February 2015. "When I got the pitch back from you guys, it was like angry warehouse dance and I thought, ‘oh no I can’t do the angry warehouse dance, that's just too much. It was so elaborate, but your team was so great that I just kind of plugged into it."

He continued, "The night before at about 2 o'clock in the morning, and I'm standing in my kitchen, and I'm trying to remember some of these moves, and I'd seen the thing that you had put together, and I had to go and rent ‘Footloose’ on Netflix, because I didn't have the movie," he said before he got up and reenacted himself trying to remember the dance.

Following his breakthrough role on "Footloose," Bacon continued to star in both critically-acclaimed films and big blockbuster hits. One of his biggest hits after the iconic dance movie was the 1990 horror-science fiction movie, "Tremors," also starring Fred Ward and Michael Gross.

In the movie, Bacon plays Val McKee, a handyman in a small town who finds himself having to band together with the rest of the townspeople to protect themselves against unusual underground creatures that are terrorizing where they live. 

The movie was not a huge success initially; however, it grew in popularity once it was released on VHS. It went on to become a seven-movie franchise, although Bacon only appeared in the first one.

"I had begrudgingly done it," he told Entertainment Weekly in July 2022. "I was broke, I had a kid on the way, and my mom had gotten sick, and I felt like I didn't have a choice — I was like, 'Jesus, this is a movie about underground monsters, how far I've fallen.'"

He went on to say, however, that once he got on set he had a "magical time" working on it, noting he was impressed by all the "practical effects."

"It was all guys in puppets or people with things on their hands, and wires being pulled," Bacon told the outlet, calling the whole process "ingenious."

A few years after "Tremors" was released, Bacon starred in "A Few Good Men," also starring Tom Cruise, Demi Moore and Jack Nicholson. The movie follows the story of two Marines who are charged with the murder of another Marine in Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, and the lawyers who are trying to clear their names. Bacon plays the prosecutor attached to the case, Marine JAG Corps Captain Jack Ross.


When speaking about his time on the film, he explained getting to work with Nicholson was a big deal for him as he had always looked up to him as an actor. 

During a 2020 appearance on "The Rich Eisen Show," Bacon recalled shooting one particular scene with Nicholson. 

"He'd done the scene a lot of times and knocked it out of the park every single time, and then we had to turn the cameras around, and you had to do the coverage of me reacting, Tom reacting to me reacting, Demi reacting, all of us, and he just kept delivering, even though he was off-camera," Bacon said of Nicholson, who portrayed Col. Nathan R. Jessep. 

He continued, "I remember, his uniform was getting kind of, his jacket was open at that point, his hair was messed up and stuff…but he just crushed it, and I remember thinking to myself, not only is he a great actor, but that kind of professionalism, that kind of generosity from one actor to the rest of the cast, is something I took to heart." 

In 1995, Bacon starred in two movies which earned him a SAG Award nomination, "Murder in the First" and "Apollo 13," the latter of which earned him a win. 

"Apollo 13," also starring Tom Hanks and Bill Paxton, follows the true story of astronauts Jim Lovell, Fred Haise and Jack Swigert, played by Bacon, who are on a mission to land on the moon when one of their oxygen tanks explodes while in space, putting their safe return to Earth at risk.

"We shot on this thing [we dubbed] the 'Vomit Comet,' where we went up over the Gulf of Mexico, and we'd dive and climb over and over to simulate weightlessness," he told Entertainment Weekly in August 2022. "I was smart and took the drugs NASA handed us every day. One day, both Tom and Bill went cowboy and decided, 'We've been up there so many times that we don't really need them.' I will say they weren't puking, but they were not looking good."

While Hanks and Paxton managed not to throw up, the same could not be said for a cameraman. As Bacon told Entertainment Weekly, it was "interesting" getting "thrown up on when it's zero-G is that it hovers there for a while," and he just had to wait for gravity to come back for it to hit him.

In 2009, Bacon starred in "Taking Chance," a movie for HBO – now MAX – which earned him a Golden Globe and SAG Award win, as well as an Emmy Award nomination. 

The movie follows the true story of Lt. Col Michael Strobl, who accompanied the remains of Lance Corporal Chance Phelps -- a Marine who was killed in action during the Iraq War – from Dover Air Force Base to his final resting place in Dubois, Wyoming. He attended the funeral and memorial service, later going on to write a 20-page essay about his experience, which the movie is based on.

"There had been a lot of Iraq movies," Bacon told SFGate in March 2010. "Some of them were fantastic, but nobody went to see them. Obviously, I don't want to make something that nobody is going to go see."

When the movie premiered at Sundance Film Festival in 2010, Bacon told Park City Television that while the movie is "about his [Phelps'] relationship with Chance," it is just as much "about the way people are reacting to him all across the country."

"The actual making of the film was, in its own way, a microcosm of what Michael went through," he told Armchair General in 2009. "As we went from place to place, extras and others would come up and tell me stories about friends or family members serving in Iraq. It wasn’t so much one scene but a combination as we went from location to location."

Other notable films Bacon has been involved with include, "Frost/Nixon," "Mystic River," "X-Men: First Class," "Crazy, Stupid, Love," "Black Mass" and "They/Them."

As a young actor, Bacon got his start on TV with the CBS soap opera "Guiding Light," appearing in 11 episodes from 1980 to 1981. After focusing on his movie career for the next three decades, he made his big return to television in the FOX original series, "The Following."

Bacon stars as retired FBI agent Ryan Hardy who comes out of retirement to track down escaped convict Joe Carroll. Hardy had initially caught Carroll, a notorious serial killer who murdered 14 women, and put him behind bars. 

The show ran for three seasons from 2013 to 2015, with the actor telling The Hollywood Reporter in July 2012 shortly before the show's release, the script had a lot to do with him taking on the role.


"It's a great script. Kevin Williamson has constructed a very exciting terrifying world with great characters. [It was] a page turner. [I was] dying to know what happens in episode two, and then things just started falling into place. We had Marco Siega, who did a beautiful job directing it, and James Purefoy coming on, to be this beautiful serial killer was just a real feather in everyone's cap."

Bacon's next foray into television was the Amazon original series "I Love Dick," which aired for one season from 2016 to 2017, also starring Kathryn Hahn and Griffin Dunne. Hahn and Dunne play a couple in a failing marriage who move from New York City to Marfa, Texas, where Dunne's character Sylvère lands a research fellowship.

Hahn's character than meets Dick, played by Bacon, one of the sponsors of Sylvère's fellowship, and quickly becomes captivated by him. It leads Hahn's character, Chris, to writing Dick letters detailing her sexual desires. The role ultimately earned Bacon a Golden Globe nomination.

When speaking about his relationship with Hahn while on the Today Show in May 2017, Bacon called Hahn "amazing," and while most people acknowledge her comedic talents, he explained "she also has a tremendous amount of depth" and that he "just felt a great connection with her."

Most recently, Bacon starred in "City on a Hill," a Showtime series which aired for three seasons from 2019 to 2022. 

The show saw the actor return to the role of an FBI agent, however this time instead of hunting down a serial killer, he has partnered with a district attorney to make Boston a safer place.

His character in the show, Jackie, is known for not following the rules, and in the last season is free from the rules previously imposed on him by the FBI, as he is no longer an agent.

When speaking about why he took on the role, he told Newsweek, "I was just knocked out by the character."

"I think that sometimes I really have to go and seek that character out. I mean, there's always a lot of homework to do, but sometimes they just kind of come to me," he told the outlet in August 2022. "In the case of Jackie, I read it and I saw him, I heard him, I knew what he was going to look like, I knew how he was going to move. It all just kind of came to me. It doesn't always happen that way."

A then 29-year-old Bacon met actress Kyra Sedgwick, then 22-years-old, for the first time officially on set of their first movie together, "Lemon Sky," in 1987. However, prior to that meeting, a 12-year-old Sedgwick ran into Bacon in a diner after having just watched him perform in an off-Broadway play.

When they met again all those years later, Bacon explained he "was just immediately in love with her," telling Piers Morgan in 2014 he thought she was "really very beautiful and sexy and aloof," adding "she was just immediately put off by me," something Sedgwick confirmed.

"He definitely wasn’t my type. In fact, I vividly remember looking at his butt when he walked away after we first met and thinking, 'Well, I guess some girls like that,'" she told Redbook in 2008. 

Eventually, Bacon asked her out to dinner and the rest is history. The pair got engaged shortly after they started dating in 1987, and were married in September 1988. A year after tying the knot, they welcomed their first child, Travis, in June 1989, followed by their daughter Sosie in March 1992.

"The proudest accomplishment of my life is my children," he told Closer magazine in May 2017. "Being a parent [means] bringing them up and trying to teach them and have them learn by example to be good, decent, compassionate, hardworking people."

"Our kids are very independent," Bacon added, "My son refused to let me teach him how to ride a bike or how to swim. Those are dangerous things! But both my children were a lot like me when I was a kid — they didn’t really come to us for advice or help."

The couple often post about their relationship, sharing videos of them hanging out in their home, or singing with goats in their barn.



"'Goat Songs' is immensely popular, and I had no idea it would be," Bacon told Entertainment Tonight in March 2021. "During the pandemic there have been some impulsive moves and mine was to get some tiny miniature goats for Kyra as an anniversary present. And I kind of discovered…that I find it very relaxing hanging out with them. Sometimes I’ll go down and bring an instrument, and they don't hate it."


Bacon's daughter Sosie has also gotten in on the action, joining her parents when it comes to singing with the goats. 

Most recently, Bacon and Sosie, known for her recent role in the movie "Smile," starred in a commercial for Hyundai's new IONIQ 6 electric sedan, which played during Super Bowl LVII.

In the commercial, the "13 Reasons Why" actress is annoyed as her dad continues to list all the features the new car comes with, rolling her eyes throughout the commercial as she is shocked "the guy who is internally locked out of his email is going EV."

Fans loved seeing the father-daughter-duo together on screen, with the YouTube comments overflowing with positivity. One commenter wrote, "the daughter steals the show … thunder thief level beauty and charm while the father hams it up … this may be my new favorite commercial."

Since Sosie decided to follow in her famous parents' footsteps and become an actress, Bacon told Closer in May 2017 that they "have this new line of communication," which he thinks is "cool."

"We can talk about acting and the industry, and it’s really fun," Bacon explained. 

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