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Kevin Bacon Facts: Celebrities Who Started On Soaps

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Kevin Bacon is an actor and a musician best known for starring in films such as Diner, Footloose, A Few Good Men, Apollo 13, and Mystic River. He also started his incredible career in the soap world.

Along with his work on soaps and in films, Bacon has appeared on primetime television shows such as City on a Hill, The Following, and I Love Dick. From where he was born and raised to his long-time music career, here are five fast facts you need to know about the actor.

Who Is Kevin Bacon?

Bacon was born on July 8 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where he was also raised. Bacon attended Julia R. Masterman High School and was then awarded a full scholarship to attend the Pennsylvania Governor’s School for the Arts at Bucknell, which officially got him interested in acting. He then left home at 17 to pursue a career in theater in New York City.

Soap Beginnings
After moving to New York and landing a couple of acting jobs, Bacon got parts on two soaps. In 1979, he played Todd Adamson on Search for Tomorrow, and from 1980-1981, he played T.J. Werner on Guiding Light. He replaced T.J. Hargrave in the role, who later was killed in the September 11, 2001, terrorist attack on the World Trade Center.

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Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon
Bacon has inspired a game called “Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon,” which essentially proves that all celebrities have a link to him by no more than six other people. Though Bacon was initially hesitant to accept the game and his involvement, it eventually stuck and he decided to create a networking site called, which links up people with charities.

Bacon Brothers

The handsome actor/musician is a member of The Bacon Brothers, which is a band he started with his older brother, Michael Bacon. They have released seven studio albums and have gone on tour together across the country.

Getting Personal With Kevin Bacon
He met actress Kyra Sedgwick while working on the TV movie Lemon Sky together. The couple got married in 1988 and they have two children together, son Travis and daughter Sosie.

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