Kevin Bacon made his film debut in the 1978 comedy film ‘National Lampoon's Animal House’ directed by John Landis. The film received universal acclaim upon release and was a phenomenal box office success, grossing over $141.6 million against a budget of $3 million. ‘National Lampoon's Animal House’ is credited with defining the gross-out genre of films. In 1980, he starred as ‘Jack Burrell’ in the independent slasher film ‘Friday the 13th.’ The film had the critics divided with some praising its cinematography and performance while others criticized the movie’s graphic violence. Nevertheless, the film emerged as a massive box office success and amassed over $59.8 million on a budget of $550,000.
He went on to star in films like Diner (1982), Footloose (1984), Quicksilver (1986), She's Having a Baby (1988), and ‘Tremors‘ (1990). In 1992, he starred as ‘Captain Jack Ross’ in the legal drama film ‘A Few Good Men’ directed by Rob Reiner. The film opened to critical acclaim and was a major commercial success. The year 1995 saw the release of the space docudrama film ‘Apollo 13’ where Bacon portrayed the role of ‘Jack Swiger.’ He won a ‘Screen Actors Guild Award’ for his performance in the film. He was next seen in ‘Picture Perfect’ (1997), ‘Stir of Echoes’ (1999), ‘Mystic River’ (2003), ‘Loverboy’ (2005), ‘Death Sentence’ (2007), and ‘My One and Only’ (2009).
In 2010, he played the role of ‘Sebastian Shaw’ in the superhero film ‘X-Men: First Class’ directed by Matthew Vaughn. The film opened to a positive reception and was a box office hit. Bacon grabbed the role of ‘Ryan Hardy’ in the crime thriller television series ‘The Following’ in 2013. He remained a part of the series until it went off-air in 2015. In 2019, he joined the main cast of the crime drama series ‘City on a Hill.’ The series is currently running its third season.
Kevin Bacon was last seen in the 2020 David Koepp-directed American psychological horror film ‘You Should Have Left.’ The film received a mixed response from critics. He will be next seen in the upcoming superhero comedy horror film ‘The Toxic Avenger.’