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->''“Any idiot can get laid when they're famous. That's easy. It's getting laid when you're not famous that takes some talent.”''
-->-- '''Kevin Bacon'''

Kevin Bacon (July 8, 1958-) is a name you will hear not because [[JustForPun breakfast is]] [[IncrediblyLamePun being served]], but because he has been a film actor since the 1970s. Known for being in a lot of famous films, but seldom the lead role, unfortunately. [[EnsembleDarkhorse This may make him even more famous]]. Doesn't stop [[LastNameBasis Mr. B]][[AwesomeMcCoolname acon]] from snatching a few leads, though.

His first role was in ''Film/AnimalHouse'', as the source of the quote "Thank you sir, may I have another?" According to an interview on the film's DVD release, he wasn't able to get into the premiere with the other actors because [[SpearCarrier no one recognized him as a cast member]].

TropeNamer for the [[SixDegreesOfKevinBacon Bacon Number]] phenomenon, aka SixDegreesOfKevinBacon, a mathematical calculation of a celebrity's closeness to Kevin Bacon. Regarding the popularity of this, he's said that people like to meet him to reduce their "Bacon Number" to one, misunderstanding that they have to be in a movie with him for that. He seems to be a pretty good sport about it, given that he's expressed a fear that his obituary will read "[[NeverLiveItDown Inspired a game]], [[HeAlsoDid also acted]]."

As of 2013, he is starring in the serial killer drama ''Series/TheFollowing''.

Bacon has been married to Creator/KyraSedgwick, star of ''Series/TheCloser'', since 1988; they have two children. Unfortunately, Bacon and Sedgwick were victims of scam artist Bernie Madoff.

And no, he is not an example of BaconAddiction, despite how much we wish he was.

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!!Some of the films he has appeared in includes:

* ''Film/AnimalHouse'' (1978)
* ''Film/FridayThe13th1980'' (1980)
* ''Film/{{Footloose}}'' (1984)
* ''Film/PlanesTrainsAndAutomobiles'' (1987)
* ''Film/ShesHavingABaby'' (1988)
* ''Film/{{Flatliners}}'' (1990)
* ''Film/{{Tremors}}'' (1990)
* ''Film/AFewGoodMen'' (1992)
* ''Film/TheRiverWild'' (1994)
* ''Film/{{Apollo 13}}'' (1995)
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Balto}}'' (1995)
* ''Film/MurderInTheFirst'' (1995)
* ''Film/WildThings'' (1998)
* ''Film/StirOfEchoes'' (1999)
* ''Film/HollowMan'' (2000)
* ''Film/{{Novocaine}}'' (2001) - An uncredited cameo.
* ''Film/MysticRiver'' (2003)
* ''[[Film/FrostNixon Frost/Nixon]]'' (2008)
* ''Film/{{Super}}'' (2010)
* ''Film/XMenFirstClass'' (2011)
* ''Film/CrazyStupidLove'' (2011)
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!!Tropes associated with this actor:
%%No, seriously. Don't put "Everythings Better With Bacon" here. It's not an example.
* CloudCuckoolander: Just peep this meta [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BP5QZNhGsF4 Logitech commercial]] where he plays a rabid Kevin Bacon fan. Hearing him imitate his own accent from ''Tremors'' is something to behold.
** His Funny Or Die sketch: "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3qZY1zHrqx8&feature=related YOU JUST GOT BACOOOOOOON'D!!!!]]"
* IAmNotLeonardNimoy/ IAmNotSpock: A rare case where both are averted. He's had some famous parts but none of them have been so iconic that it eclipsed the man's career and likewise he plays so many types of characters so well that you buy him in each part and don't just see Kevin Bacon. However, on the DVD commentary for Footloose, Bacon noted that when attending weddings or other DJ'd social events, he'd have to slip the DJ $20 to avoid having to dance for the partygoers and being a one-man SpotlightStealingSquad.
** He's also shown to be a good sport about it, however, as demonstrated in the above sketches as well as in [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3T2FpCDlyNg this]] appearance on ''TheTonightShow''.
* RealLife/MeanCharacterNiceActor
* OldShame: The first ''{{Tremors}}'' movie was this at first. (Before the film's release, Bacon had a public breakdown in which he ranted to anyone who approached that his career was over because he was starring in a "stupid movie about killer worms".) He's since lost this attitude, especially given that Tremors is now seen as something of a classic (and has an 89% "fresh" rating on Rotten Tomatoes"), but it was his embarrassment at being in a "stupid worm movie" that kept him out of any of the sequels.
* MaleFrontalNudity: In ''Film/WildThings''.
* OneDegreeOfSeparation
* PlayingAgainstType: Has played so many different archetypes that his exact performer persona is difficult to pinpoint. He's done everything from [[LargeHam hamming]] in light-hearted comedies (''Beauty Shop'') to going to dark places few actors can go (''The Woodsman'')
* SixDegreesOfKevinBacon (Bacon Number)
* TypeCasting: Averted. See PlayingAgainstType above.
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