Happy 53rd Birthday, Kevin Bacon! What's His Finest Onscreen Moment?

On this day in 1958, a baby boy named Kevin Norwood Bacon was born in Philadelphia. Seventeen years later, he would leave home to pursue a career in theater, only to find his way onto the big screen via a role in Animal House. Over thirty years after making that film debut, Bacon has established himself as one of America's most beloved actors (and the subject of one of our favorite parlor games). Now let's celebrate Bacon's birthday the only way we know how -- by pinpointing his finest onscreen moment.

While the actor's most iconic moment onscreen is from his breakout hit Footloose (below), Bacon has played everything from a yuppie slacker (Diner) to a gay, fascist prostitute (JFK) to a fugitive murderer who enjoys whitewater rafting (The River Wild), demonstrating a skilled range uncommon among some of our most gifted, Oscar-decorated actors. And while Bacon has not (yet) earned an Academy Award nomination, his work in A Few Good Men, Sleepers, Apollo 13, Mystic River, The Woodsman and Frost/Nixon has garnered him the kind of respect most performers dream of.

Please join us in wishing Kevin Bacon a happy birthday by sharing your favorite onscreen moment of his in the space below!


  • The Winchester says:

    How can this article talk about the brilliance of Bacon's greatest performance, and nowhere in its' paragraphs is the word "Graboids" to be found?!?!?

  • Winterlynn says:

    Hi BIF! HAPPY B-Day!
    Come see me when you are in Dallas.

  • NP says:

    Screw respect, let's watch _Tremors_.

  • Dimo says:

    White Water Summer! His ultimate A-hole performance.

  • blizzard bound says:

    Kevin sure made those corny moves look slick.
    Funny to see the breakdancing in the middle of that footage.

  • wild things, seriously a serious hardnose corrupt cop you can believe in rather than some of the charictures he has accepted.

  • Kathy says:

    Happy Birthday, KB!!!! Although I love Footloose, I'd have to say that my favorite Kevin Bacon movie is "Taking Chance". What a wonderful, touching, incredible performance!! The movie that FINALLY earned him some Hollywood bling!
    Have to mention also...his band is pretty awesome too! Check out The Bacon Brothers on YT and FB, as well as at baconbros.com.

  • Davon Smith says:

    Many Many Happy returns of the day Kevin Bacon. He got a great life story.