[[caption-width-right:320:Don't make fun of his last name or else.]]

->''“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 George Knipfing (born 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]].

His first role was in ''Film/AnimalHouse'', as the student who says "Thank you sir, may I have another?" According to an interview on the film's DVD release, he couldn't enter the premiere with his castmates because [[SpearCarrier no one recognized him as a cast member]].

{{Trope Namer|s}} for the Bacon Number phenomenon, a.k.a. 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.

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

* ''Film/AnimalHouse'' (1978)
* ''Film/{{Friday The 13th|1980}}'' (1980)
* ''Film/{{Diner}}'' (1982)
* ''Film/{{Footloose}}'' (1984)
* ''Film/PlanesTrainsAndAutomobiles'' (1987) -- cameo
* ''Film/{{Flatliners}}'' (1990)
* ''Film/{{Tremors}}'' (1990)
* ''Film/QueensLogic'' (1991)
* ''Film/{{JFK}}'' (1991)
* ''Film/AFewGoodMen'' (1992)
* ''Film/TheRiverWild'' (1994)
* ''Film/{{Apollo 13}}'' (1995)
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Balto}}'' (1995)
* ''Film/MurderInTheFirst'' (1995)
* ''Film/{{Sleepers}}'' (1996)
* ''Film/WildThings'' (1998)
* ''Film/StirOfEchoes'' (1999)
* ''Film/HollowMan'' (2000)
* ''Film/{{Novocaine}}'' (2001) -- uncredited cameo
* ''Film/MysticRiver'' (2003)
* ''Film/WhereTheTruthLies'' (2005)
* ''Film/FrostNixon'' (2008)
* ''Film/TheAirIBreathe'' (2008)
* ''Film/{{Super}}'' (2010)
* ''Film/XMenFirstClass'' (2011)
* ''Film/CrazyStupidLove'' (2011)
* ''Film/{{RIPD}}'' (2013)
* ''Film/CopCar'' (2015) -- Also executive producer.
* ''Film/BlackMass'' (2015)
* ''Film/PatriotsDay'' (2016)
* ''Film/TourDePharmacy'' (2017)
!!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!!!!]]"
* MaleFrontalNudity: In ''Film/WildThings''. He apparently jokes that he loves doing this, and that he has a clause in all film contracts requiring at least one scene, but that the studios remove it in post production. He also apparently wants to play a naked wizard on Game of Thrones, as seen ''[[http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Creator/KevinBacon?from=Main.KevinBacon here]]''
* OneDegreeOfSeparation
* SixDegreesOfKevinBacon (Bacon Number)