KEVIN BACON (Bobby Hayes) 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 School in New York, where he studied until he made his feature film debut as Chip in National Lampoon's Animal House. This led to roles in Diner and Footloose, the latter of which propelled him 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 John Hughes' She's Having a Baby; The Big Picture; Tremors; Flatliners; Oliver Stone's JFK; Rob Reiner's A Few Good Men; The River Wild, for which he received a Golden Globe nomination for Best Supporting Actor; Murder in the First, for which he received a Critics' Choice Movie Award for Best Actor, and SAG and London Film Critics' Circle nominations for Best Supporting Actor; Ron Howard's award-winning Apollo 13; Balto; Barry Levinson's Sleepers, opposite Brad Pitt and Robert De Niro; Picture Perfect, opposite Jennifer Aniston; Telling Lies in America; Wild Things; David Koepp's Stir of Echoes; the sleeper hit My Dog Skip; Hollow Man; Trapped, opposite Charlize Theron; Clint Eastwood's Academy Award - winning and Golden Globe-nominated Mystic River; Beauty Shop; Atom Egoyan's Where the Truth Lies; The Air I Breathe; Death Sentence; Rails & Ties; My One and Only, opposite Renee Zellweger; James Gunn's Super; and Frost/Nixon, which reunited him with Howard. In 2004, Bacon starred in The Woodsman, a compelling drama that premiered to great critical acclaim at the Sundance and Cannes film festivals. Bacon received an Independent Spirit Award nomination for Best Male lead for his role in the film. Most recently, Bacon was seen on the big screen alongside Ryan Gosling and Steve Carell in Crazy, Stupid, Love., and as the villainous Sebastian Shaw in Matthew Vaughn's X-Men: First Class. Up next, Bacon will be seen in Billy Bob Thornton's Jayne Mansfield's Car.
Bacon currently stars in FOX's The Following, his first primetime television series. Bacon plays a former FBI agent who is pressed into service again when serial killer Joe Carroll (James Purefoy) escapes from prison. Carroll has assembled a cult of followers, using the Internet to do his bidding from behind bars.
In 2009, Bacon starred in HBO's Taking Chance, a compelling film based on the true story of Marine Lt. Col. Michael 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 Sundance Film Festival. For his work in the film, Bacon won the Golden Globe and SAG awards for Best Performance by an Actor in a miniseries or made-for-TV movie. In 2010, Bacon appeared in an episode of HBO's 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 his future wife at the time, Kyra Sedgwick, as well as The Gift and the cable film Enormous Changes at the Last Minute.
In 1996, Bacon made his directorial debut with Losing Chase, which starred 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; Mirren won the Golden Globe for her performance. The film was screened at the Sundance Film Festival and the 1996 Toronto International Film Festival. Bacon followed that up by directing his second film, Loverboy, which he also produced and appeared in. The film, based on the acclaimed novel by Victoria Redel, starred Sedgwick and featured appearances by Campbell Scott, Matt Dillon, Marissa Tomei and Oliver Platt. Loverboy had the honor of opening the Gen Art Film Festival in New York City. Bacon's most recent project as director was for several episodes of Sedgwick's hit TNT show The Closer.
In addition to his film and television credits, 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 Loot. Bacon also starred in Theresa Rebeck's comedy Spike Heels. In 2002, he starred in An Almost Holy Picture, the Broadway one-man show written by Heather McDonald. Bacon was most recently seen on stage in the celebrated reading of Oscar winner Dustin Lance Black's play 8 in Los Angeles. The reading was a benefit for the American Foundation for Equal Rights and Broadway Impact to raise funds to overturn California's Proposition 8 which bans same-sex marriage. Bacon starred alongside George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Martin Sheen, Jane Lynch, John C. Reilly and many others.
With his musician brother Michael, Bacon is the other half of The Bacon Brothers, a successful band with a sound that Bacon describes as "Forosoco" (which is the title of their first album) -- folk, rock, soul and