Why, after all these years, do we still love and adore Kevin Bacon? I think the reasons are actually too numerous to list. But I am going to give it shot.
Kevin Norwood Bacon was welcomed on July 8, 1958, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to urban planner/architect Edmund Bacon and his wife, Ruth Hilda Holmes, a teacher and social activist. The youngest child of six, Kevin felt a ‘call’ to acting at a young age, and he attended the Pennsylvania Governor’s School for the Arts, the Manning Street Actor’s Theatre in Philadelphia and then onto the Circle in the Square Theatre School in New York City’s Greenwich Village. Yes. Kevin will be 57 years old this July. Practically unbelievable since he looks as though he has barely aged a day since 1984.
Kevin’s film career started with 1978’s National Lampoon’s Animal House, but it was 1984’s Footloose that made him a pop culture icon. Ren McCormack. For anyone even close to my demographic, we all remember Ren. His somewhat brooding nature, the white t-shirt and jeans… his smile. That angry, dark dance and gymnastics routine in the train yard. Ahhhhhhh. The stuff dreams are made of. Back to my list of why we love him.
1. Married (happily) to Kyra Sedgewick since 1988 and they have raised two children together.
2. A huge animal advocate, and Kevin’s idea of a family vacation is to take their two children to New Orleans to volunteer to participate in public service. “One of things we did was a day of work for a New Orleans animal shelter that was a sort of make shift shelter after Katrina.” Kevin and his family have a few rescue dogs of their own!
3. Kevin’s charity work. In 2007, Bacon launched SixDegrees.org, an organization that utilizes ‘six degrees of separation’ to grow charitable social networks by enlisting the help and ‘star power’ of celebrities. “If you take me out of it, I find six degrees to be a beautiful concept that we should try to live by,” Kevin said. “It’s about compassion and responsibility for everyone on the planet.”
4. Wow. While slightly outdated, in the early 2000’s, it was speculated that Kevin Bacon had a supporting role in 27 percent of American made movies since 1982.
5. Still completely relevant and captivating 37 years after his acting ‘debut’. If you haven’t had a chance, you must do a binge-watch of Kevin’s show “The Following”. As Entertainment Weekly Ken Tucker so eloquently states, “…both Bacon and Purefoy (Joe Carroll) are so intensely earnest, The Following quickly supersedes its patent Silence of the Lambs setup”.
Kevin Bacon truly does stand the test of time. He remains a sexy icon of the 80’s, 90’s and today. Regardless of whether you choose to continue to love him for his endless list of film and TV performances, or maybe you are a new fan and admire his selfless charity work and desire to give back… or perhaps the dreams of Ren McCormack are just too good to let go of. No matter. Just enjoy.