Kevin Bacon’s 15 Best Roles

Kevin Bacon has racked up over 100 film and TV credits since 1978. Here are some of our favorite highlights.

Kevin Bacon’s Best Roles

National Lampoon’s Animal House (1978)

Bacon was a 19-year-old drama school student when he was cast as the Chip Diller fraternity pawn in the loud comedy. Chip was a prude outcast; Bacon admits he didn’t quite fit the loud costars either John Belushi and bruce McGill on the Oregon Plateau.

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Friday 13 (1980)

Bloody fun! The low-budget slasher film turned into a box office hit that led to a dozen sequels and spin-offs. Bacon plays one of the camp counselors who inevitably falls victim to hockey-mask-wearing slasher Jason Voorhees.

dinner (1982)

He’s one of five friends from Baltimore to go through the transition to adulthood in this bittersweet comedy set in the late 1950s. Bacon recently reunited with his co-stars Tim Daly, Paul Reiser and Steve Guttenberg to mark the film’s 40th anniversary. “It was awesome,” he says.

Free from all ties (1984)

“It’s probably the number one movie fans want to talk to me about,” Bacon says of this Gen X favorite with a classic soundtrack. Indeed, he rose to stardom as an uprooted city teenager who asks a small town to lift its no-dancing rule. Get rid of your blues and everyone will be free!

Tremors (1990)

In this cult horror classic, he and Fred Hall are tinkerers leading the battle against giant, deadly killer worms. They were verses, yes, but this film had “legs”, spawning six sequels. Alas, Bacon wasn’t in any of them.

jfk (1991)

Pierre Oliviercontroversial drama about the assassination of the president John F Kennedy garnered eight Oscar nominations. Bacon played against type as a male prostitute who supplies a district attorney (Kevin Costner) with crucial information.

some good men (1992)

Can you handle the truth about this iconic court drama? To M Cruise is the attorney defending two Marines charged with murder; Bacon is the arrogant prosecutor in charge of the case. “He’s basically a good Marine,” he says of his character.

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The wild river (1994)

Him and co-star John C. Reilly terrorize Meryl steep and his family on a white-water rafting trip – and Bacon got a Golden Globe for the trouble. Based on his grim work here, he jokes that “there could be a Six Degrees of actors I’ve killed!”

Apollo 13 (1995)

Houston, we have no problem! You probably remember Bacon playing a real astronaut Jack Swigert in this intense smash from the director Ron Howard about the unfortunate lunar mission of the same name.

the mystical river (2003)

Bacon says he is “very proud” of his work in this Clint Eastwood–directed drama, in which three friends from Boston attempt to come to terms with a traumatic incident from their childhood. Co-stars Sean Penn and Tim Robin picked up Oscars for their roles.

Take the risk (2009)

Bacon won a Golden Globe and earned his first and only Emmy nomination for his performance in this HBO film, about a Marine who volunteers to escort the body of a young soldier killed in action back to his town. native.

X-Men: First Class (2011)

It’s Bacon who does a German accent to portray supervillain Sebastian Shaw, a mutant with the ability to absorb energy and turn it into his own strength, in this eye-catching comic book adaptation.

What follows (2013-15)

His first role on network television? As a tormented former FBI agent recruited to hunt down his longtime nemesis, a notorious serial killer (james Pure Foy) who just escaped from death row. The Fox thriller aired for three seasons.

city ​​on a hill (2019– )

Although Bacon has played Boston natives and federal agents in the past, he says the fast-talking, hard-living, vice-prone Jackie Rohr “is a different kind of character.” (And it’s not just because of the mustache.)

Spatial oddity (2022)

This quirky indie directed by his wife Kyra sedgwick– recently premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival. “It’s about a young man who wants to make a one-way trip to Mars,” Bacon explains. “It’s funny, romantic and has a serious message about climate change.”

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