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Six Degrees of...

Updated: May 25, 2020


Ok, so maybe there are more than six, but I am still related to this "Footloose" actor. He is also a director, producer and musician.


Kevin Norwood Bacon was born on 8 July 1958 in Philadelphia, PA, the youngest of 6 children. His mother, Ruth Hilda (nee Holmes) was an elementary school teacher. His father, Edmund Norwood Bacon, was a prominent architect who appeared on the cover of Time Magazine in November 1964.


His movie debut was in the 1978 comedy "National Lampoon's Animal House." However, this was not a breakthrough role and he proceeded to wait tables and audition for smaller roles, working briefly on the soap operas "Search For Tomorrow" and "Guiding Light."


He once thought the 1990 movie "Tremors" would end his career, referring to it as a "stupid movie about killer worms." It does not appear to have hurt his career and is now considered a classic (at least I do). He has appeared in almost 100 movies or TV shows, including Friday the 13th (1980), Flatliners (1990), A Few Good Men (1992), Apollo 13 (1995), Wild Things (1998) and X-Men: First Class (2011).


He married actress Kyra Sedgwick in 1998 and they have two children, Travis and Sosie.


Kevin and his older brother Michael formed a band called The Bacon Brothers. The duo has released a total of nine albums.


When the "Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon", also known as "Bacon's Law" game was created, he initially thought it ridiculed him, but he eventually came to embrace it. As a result, he created SixDegrees.org, a charitable foundation in 2007.


He narrated "The Human Family Tree," a 2009 program on the National Geographic Channel about the efforts of that organization's Genographic Project to establish the genetic interconnectedness of all humans. Kevin and Kyra were featured on Episode 4, Season 1 of Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr.


Here is how I am related to Kevin Bacon:


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