A successful Hollywood actor and musician, Kevin Bacon took a bold step at the age of 17 by leaving the comfort and safety of his home to chase after a theater career in New York City. Through thick and thin, he never gave up on his dream. More than four decades later, he has a lot of accomplishments to boast of including a Blockbuster Entertainment Award, a Boston Society of Film Critics Award, a Critics Choice Movie Award, a Golden Globe Award, a Saturn Award, and two Screen Actors Guild Awards.
For his numerous contributions to the film industry over the years, he also received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2003. In addition to a successful career, Kevin also has a successful marriage. He has been married for more than three decades to the same woman and his career has afforded him all the wealth he needs to live a comfortable and fun-filled life with the love of his life.
Early Life and How He Got Into Entertainment
The youngest of Ruth Hilda and Edmund Norwood Bacon’s six children, Kevin Bacon was born on the 8th of July 1958 in Philadelphia, which is also where he grew up.
His parents are both dead but while they lived, his dad was an architect and a well-known Executive Director of the Philadelphia City Planning Commission while his mom was an elementary school teacher and a liberal activist.
In 1975, the then 16-year-old Kevin Bacon attended the Pennsylvania Governor’s School for the Arts at Bucknell University under a scholarship fully funded by the state for an arts program that ran for five weeks. There, he studied theater under Dr. Glory Van Scott, and as a result of the experience, he gained a passion for acting which became stronger over the years.
Acting Has Been The Major Source of Kevin Bacon’s Net Worth
Kevin Bacon has amassed a net worth considered to be not less than $50 million. From the time he made his debut role in the 1978 comedy film, National Lampoon’s Animal House, he never slowed down in the pursuit of his dream even when the odds were against him. Today, he has grown into an A-list actor, starring in many commercially successful movies and consequently, making millions of dollars.
For someone who has been active as an actor since 1978, Kevin has been a part of several television projects, and much more big-screen works. In the latter, he is known for many commercially successful works like National Lampoon’s Animal House (1978), Friday the 13th (1980), Diner (1982), Footloose (1984), Quicksilver (1986), She’s Having a Baby (1988), Flatliners and Tremors (both 1990).
Some of his notable films include Hollow Man and My Dog Skip (both 2000), Trapped (2002), Mystic River (2003), The Woodsman (2004), Death Sentence (2007), Frost/Nixon (2008), X-Men: First Class, Crazy, Stupid, Love (both 2011), Black Mass (2015), and Patriots Day (2016). In the decade before the 2000s, Bacon portrayed various characters in other successful films like He Said, She Said and JFK (both in 1991), A Few Good Men (1992), The River Wild (1994), Murder in the First and Apollo 13 (both 1995), Sleepers (1996), Wild Things (1998), and Stir of Echoes (1999).
It is hard to tell what he earned from all of these acting gigs but considering that they were box office successes, it is fair to conclude that the amounts were substantial.
Earnings from Endorsements and Advertising Works
For an actor of his caliber, it is absolutely expected that Kevin Bacon has featured in a lot of ads. He earns from this as much as he earns from endorsement deals. The actor has been the commercial spokesperson for the American Egg since 2015.
In addition to that, he has featured in advertising campaigns for EE, the British mobile network operator, and internet service provider.
Music Has Also Bolstered His Earnings
More than being an actor, Kevin Bacon is also a musician and has pursued a professional career thereof. He is a member of The Bacon Brothers band which has been active since 1995. The band has thus far released at least 10 albums, including The Way We Love which was released on the 17th of July 2020.
Given that, and the fact that the Bacon Brothers have embarked on several tours, it is not out of place to conclude that being a musician has contributed to the actor’s net worth in no small manner.
The Actor Has Been Married to Kyra Sedgwick Since 1988
Kevin Bacon has been married to actress Kyra Sedgwick for more than 30 years. Born on August 19, 1965, Kyra is the daughter of Patricia Rosenwald and Henry Dwight Sedgwick V, an educator and a venture capitalist respectively.
When she was 3, her parents’ marriage hit the rocks, resulting in separation and eventually, a divorce when she was 6 years old.
The Couple Met When Kyra Was 12
The first time Kevin and Kyra met was sometime in the 70s. Then, he was doing a play and after the matinee performance, he went to get something to eat at a deli. In the deli was a little 12-year-old girl and her brother, both of whom had just seen the matinee.
Having told her brother initially that she liked the actor (Kevin), he urged her to go and tell him that she liked him. The girl was Kyra, recalled Kevin Bacon when he appeared as a guest on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson on January 13th, 2014.
Kevin who is seven years older than his wife was 19 when they first met and because of the age gap, their relationship did not immediately kick0ff. It was after they met again in 1987 on the set of the TV movie, Lemon Sky, that their journey towards spending the rest of their lives together began. At that point, little Kyra was already a grown 22-year-old lady while Kevin was 29.
Their relationship progressed quickly and convinced that they were a perfect match for each other, the young couple who are both last of six children, got engaged. Kevin popped the question on Christmas Eve and Kyra agreed to marry him.
The following year, precisely on September 4, 1988, they got married and had their first child, a son named Travis Bacon on June 23, 1989. His sister Sosie Bacon was born on March 15, 1992. Both of the couple’s children have also gotten involved in the acting business with Travis also doing well in the music industry.
The Secret of Their Longstanding Marriage
With Hollywood marriages defrosting faster than a cone of ice cream under the heat of the industry, it is becoming rarer to find an A-list couple that has been together for more than ten years. Having beaten the odds, with more than three decades together, Kevin Bacon and Kyra Sedgwick should surely have the right advice as to the secret to a successful marriage.
Kyra Sedgwick confessed that she had no great role models when it comes to healthy marriages but somehow, she was convinced that Kevin was the right person for her. According to her, it was an unquestionable truth of hers.
Once confronted with a question about the longevity of their union, Kevin said: “whatever you do, don’t listen to celebrities on advice on how to stay married. That’s my secret.” His wife gave a similar answer in 2012 when asked by CNN’s Piers Morgan.