Kevin Bacon

On this date in 1958, Kevin Bacon was born in Philadelphia, Pa. Bacon was educated at the Circle in the Square theater school in New York City, and, after leaving home at 18, the Manning Street Actor's Theater. At age 20, Bacon debuted as Chip Diller in “Animal House” (1978). Bacon later appeared in a wide range of movies, including “Friday the 13th” (1980), “Diner” (1982), “Footloose” (1984), and “A Few Good Men”(1992). He played atheist character David Labraccio in “Flatliners” (1990). His prolific acting career is the basis for the trivia game “Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon,” in which players try to connect any person who has appeared in a film to Kevin Bacon through six or less degrees of separation. Bacon has also worked as a director, directing his first film, “Losing Chase,” in 1996. He is a member of the band The Bacon Brothers along with his brother, Michael Bacon. Bacon and actress Kyra Sedgwick married in 1988, and have two children, Travis, born in 1989, and Sosie, born in 1992.

In a 2005 interview with The Times of London, Bacon said, “I don’t believe in God.” Along with being a nonbeliever, Bacon is passionate about church-state separation. The Bacon Brothers were featured in the 2008 film “Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Separation of Church and State…But Were Afraid to Ask,” where they performed their song “Children.” The song speaks out about the harm inflicted on children by religious violence, with lyrics such as “Please don’t hurt the children, please lay down the rod / Please don‘t send your bombs in and say you‘re doing the work of God.” “It has to do with God and war and how they get jumbled up sometimes, and how a lot of times it is the children that suffer from the combination of those two things,” Bacon said during a Fox News interview (via au.org blog post Two Thumbs Up!)

“I think there is a puritanical wind that is blowing. I have never seen such a lack of separation between church and state in America.” 

—Kevin Bacon, interviewed by The Times, 2005

Compiled by Sabrina Gaylor and Bonnie Gutsch

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