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KEVIN BACON (Sebastian Shaw / Dr. Schmidt) is one of the foremost actors of his generation. His talent for balancing starring roles with powerful supporting characters on both film and stage has allowed him to build a varied and critically acclaimed body of work.

With the support of his parents, Bacon left his native Philadelphia to become the youngest student at Circle in the Square Theatre in New York, where he studied until he made his film debut as Chip in National Lampoon's Animal House. This led to roles in Diner and Footloose, the latter propelling Bacon to stardom.

Bacon has proven his talents in a wide range of film genres, from action thrillers to romantic comedies to heavy dramas, and even the occasional musical. Bacon's film credits include She's Having a Baby, The Big Picture, Tremors, Flatliners, JFK, A Few Good Men, The River Wild (Golden Globe® nomination), Murder in the First (Best Actor by The Broadcast Film Critics Association and Best Supporting Actor nominations by The Screen Actors Guild and the London Film Critics Circle), Apollo 13, Balto, Sleepers, Picture Perfect, Telling Lies in America, Wild Things, Stir of Echoes, My Dog Skip, Hollow Man, Trapped, Mystic River (Academy Award and Golden Globe nominations for Best Picture), Beauty Shop, Where the Truth Lies, The Air I Breathe, Death Sentence, Rails & Ties, My One and Only and Frost/Nixon, which reunited him with Apollo 13 director Ron Howard. In 2004 Bacon starred in The Woodsman, a compelling drama that premiered to great critical acclaim at the Sundance and Cannes Film Festivals, and Bacon received an IFP Spirit Award nomination for Best Actor. Up next he will be seen alongside Ryan Gosling and Steve Carell in Crazy Stupid Love.

Bacon starred in Taking Chance, a compelling film based on a true story, in which he portrayed Marine Lieutenant Colonel Mike Strobl, who volunteers to escort the body of a young Marine killed in combat back to his final resting place. The film was also selected to screen in-competition at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival. For his work in Taking Chance, Bacon was awarded the Golden Globe and the SAG Award™ for Best Actor in a mini-series or made for television movie. Also recently on HBO, Bacon appeared in an episode of Bored To Death in which he played a hilariously exaggerated version of himself.

Bacon's other television credits include the American Playhouse version of Lanford Wilson's play Lemon Sky, a production that teamed him with future wife Kyra Sedgwick. Other television credits include the The Gift and the cable film Enormous Changes at the Last Minute.

In 1996, Kevin Bacon made his directorial debut with, Losing Chase starring Kyra Sedgwick, Beau Bridges, and Helen Mirren. Produced for Showtime, Losing Chase was honored with three Golden Globe nominations, including Best Motion Picture made for television, and Mirren won the Golden Globe for her performance. The film debuted on Showtime and was also screened at the Sundance Film Festival and the 1996 Toronto Film Festival. Bacon directed his second film, Loverboy, which he also produced and appears in. Based on the acclaimed novel by Victoria Redel, Loverboy had the honor of opening the Gen Art Film Festival in New York City. Bacon's most recent project as director has been for several episodes of Kyra Sedgwick's hit TNT show The Closer.

Bacon's stage work includes such Off-Broadway productions as Album, Poor Little Lambs, and Getting Out. He made his Broadway debut in 1983 with Sean Penn in Slab Boys, and starred in the 1986 production of Joe Orton's highly touted play Loot. Bacon then starred in Theresa Rebeck's comedy Spike Heels. In 2002, he starred in the Broadway one-man show, An Almost Holy Picture, written by Heather McDonald.

With his musician brother Michael, Kevin is the other half of The Bacon Brothers, a successful band with a sound that Kevin describes as Forosoco (which is the title of their first album) - Folk, Rock, Soul and Country. The band has enjoyed success on the national club circuit, and has recorded six CDs and a concert DVD.

At the 2007 Sundance Film Festival, Bacon launched SixDegrees.org, a web site that builds on the popularity of the "small world phenomenon” to create a charitable social network and inspire giving to charities online. He started the network with celebrities by highlighting their favorite charities, and he encourages everyone to be celebrities for their own causes by joining the Six Degrees movement. To date, the site has succeeded in raising over three and a half million dollars for charities around the world.

Last year, Bacon received the Joel Siegel Award from the Broadcast Film Critics Association in recognition of his outstanding film career and his charitable work with SixDegrees.org. In 2000, the Film Society of Lincoln Center honored Bacon for his extraordinary career in the film industry.

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