[[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 Norwood Bacon (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.

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

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

* ''Film/AnimalHouse'' (1978)
* ''Film/{{Friday The 13th|1980}}'' (1980)
* ''Film/{{Footloose}}'' (1984)
* ''Film/PlanesTrainsAndAutomobiles'' (1987) -- cameo
* ''Film/{{Flatliners}}'' (1990)
* ''Film/{{Tremors}}'' (1990)
* ''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)
!!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 notes 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 becoming 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 ''Series/TheTonightShow''.
* RealLife/MeanCharacterNiceActor
* OldShame: The first ''Film/{{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[[note]]in a 2015 interview he admitted he'd actually love to return to the character[[/note]], 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''. 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
* 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.