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Kevin Bacon, currently chasing serial killers on Fox’s The Following, has been in so many films and TV projects since his debut in 1978's National Lampoon's Animal House that he inspired a national pastime — Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon. The youngest of six kids, Bacon developed an early aptitude for acting while attending the Pennsylvania Governor’s School for the Arts, Manning Street Actor’s Theatre and Circle in the Square Theatre School in New York. He won an OBIE Award for doing The Slab Boys on Broadway in 1983, but it was 1984's Footloose that would forever be his pop culture calling card. He has cranked out endless flicks since including the memorable (his Golden Globe-nominated The River Wild, JFK, Apollo 13, A Few Good Men, Mystic River) and the not so (Trapped, My Dog Skip, Hollow Man). Appearing briefly on Guiding Light, TV has also been good to Bacon with his 2009 TV movie Taking Chance earning him a SAG Award and an Emmy nod. Bacon met Kyra Sedgwick doing a play in 1987 and they married a year later. The couple lost money in Bernie Madoff’s Ponzi scheme, have two children, Sosie and Travis, and occasionally work together (He directed several episodes of her show The Closer). Bacon has released six CDs with his composer brother as the Bacon Brothers Band.