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Profile of the Day: Kevin Bacon

Happy birthday to Kevin Bacon! Today the actor turns 61.

Profile of the Day: Kevin Bacon

Image: Kevin Bacon / Gage Skidmore, Wikimedia Commons (CC BY-SA 2.0)

Kevin Norwood Bacon was born on July 8, 1958 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to Edmund Norwood Bacon, a prominent architect, and Ruth Hilda Holmes, a teacher and activist. The youngest of six children, Bacon left home at the age of 17 to pursue an acting career full time.

In 1984, Bacon skyrocketed to fame after starring in the box-office hit Footloose. Since rising to stardom, Bacon has starred in a wide variety of films and television shows across a wide range of genres. His prolific career has made him the focus of the popular game “Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon,” where players attempt to connect Bacon with another celebrity in just six steps.

Fun fact: Bacon is related to his wife, Kyra Sedgwick – they are 9th cousins twice removed!

What’s your favorite Kevin Bacon film?

Explore Kevin Bacon’s family tree on Geni and discover how many degrees away you are from the star.

View Kevin Bacon’s Geni Profile


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