kevin bacon
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  • Faith: Atheist
  • Career: Actor
  • Birthday:  July 08, 1958

Kevin Bacon is an actor. Known for his character and leading man roles, Bacon has received several accolades, including a Golden Globe Award, a Screen Actors Guild Award and a nomination for a Primetime Emmy Award. Bacon made his film debut in “National Lampoon’s Animal House” before his breakthrough role in “Footloose.” Since then, he’s starred in critically acclaimed movies like “JFK,” “Diner,” “Apollo 13,” “A Few Good Men,” and “Frost/Nixon.” Other notable credits include “Friday the 13th,” “Tremors,” “The River Wild,” “The Woodsman,” “Crazy, Stupid Love,” and “Patriots Day.” He’s also directed the films “Loverboy” and “Losing Chase.”

On TV, Bacon received a Golden Globe Award and a Screen Actors Guild Award for his role as Lt. Col. Michael Strobl in the HBO original film “Taking Chance.” He starred in “The Following” from 2013 to 2015 and played the title role in the Amazon Prime Video series “I Love Dick” from 2016 to 2017 and was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for his work on the show. From 2019 to 2022, Bacon starred in the Showtime series “City on a Hill.” The Guardian named Bacon as one of the best actors to have never received an Academy Award nomination, but in 2003, he received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. His prolific career in various genres has led him to become associated with the concept of interconnectedness among people, as evidenced by the trivia game “Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon.”

Bacon is a brand ambassador for the British mobile network operator EE and has been featured in several company ads. He’s married to fellow actress Kyra Sedgwick. Kevin Bacon was born and raised in a close-knit family in Philadelphia, the youngest of six children. He attended Julia R. Masterman School in the Spring Garden section of Philadelphia for both middle and high school. When he was 16, Bacon won a full state-funded scholarship to the Pennsylvania Governor’s School for the Arts at Bucknell University in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, a five-week arts program where he studied theater under Glory Van Scott, an experience that solidified his passion for the arts.

When he was 17, Bacon left home to pursue a theater career in New York City, where he appeared in a production at the Circle in the Square Theater School. He recalled to Nancy Mills of Cosmopolitan, “I wanted life, man, the real thing. The message I got was, ‘The arts are it. Business is the devil’s work. Art and creative expression are next to godliness.’ Combine that with an immense ego and you wind up with an actor.” His debut in “National Lampoon’s Animal House” didn’t lead to the fame he had sought, so he returned to waiting tables and auditioning for small theater roles.

What religion is Kevin Bacon?

Bacon has spoken out for the separation of church and state and told The Times that he didn’t believe in God. He said, "I think there is a puritanical wind that is blowing. I have never seen such a lack of separation between church and state in America. I don't believe in God, but if I did, I would say that sex is a God-given right.” He’s also said that he’s not anti-religion.

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