HughE Dillon One-Shot: Kevin Bacon at the Kimmel

The Philly-born actor talked about his career with Carrie Rickey.

The Kimmel Center channeled Inside the Actors Studio Wednesday as Philadelphia-born actor Kevin Bacon made an appearance in Philadelphia for the Kimmel Center’s 10th Anniversary special event, “Clips and Conversation with Kevin Bacon.” Philly film critic Carrie Rickey hosted the event, reflecting on Bacon’s career with a montage of movie clips and a candid discussion with the actor. Later, Bacon tweeted his thanks to Carrie: “it was a lot of fun thanks for being so well prepared. Another LinWin!” Bacon grew up in the Rittenhouse Square area. His mother was a school teacher, and his father was Philly’s city planner for many years. Kevin’s first acting gigs were at Plays & Players. Later he went to NYC to pursue his calling. One of the first gigs he got was as a bit player in 1978’s Animal House. He won the part because he was able to do a “smarmy” face for George Lucas. He spent the money he earned in the movie in 10 days. He returned to NYC and worked on many stage productions. In 1983, he appeared in Barry Levinson’s movie Diner. It was that role that got him noticed. Then in 1984, he starred in Footlose, and his career took off. Bacon has won Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild awards, was nominated for an Emmy, and was named by the Guardian as one of the best actors never to have received an Academy Award nomination. But he does have a trivia game named after him, Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon. Since I was in the audience does that make me one degree from him?