Whether he's saving a town through the magic of dance, or saving the world from burrowing alien worms, one thing that's undeniable is that Kevin Bacon is completely awesome.
Let's take a look at some of his performances that we love most.
1) Footloose (1984)
The story of a town that outlaws dancing and the teenage hero who would save them all, this has easily remained a favorite for Bacon fans everywhere.
It's cheesy on all the right levels, Kenny Loggins delivers a killer soundtrack as usual, and Bacon absolutely shines in the lead role. It's such a classic it's even referenced in modern blockbusters like Guardians of the Galaxy.
2) A Few Good Men (1992)
A military courtroom drama about two marine cadets who are accused of killing a fellow trainee, Kevin Bacon plays the prosecuting attorney, Capt. Jack Rose.
While not the star of the show, Bacon demonstrates his acting chops in great form here, as he manages to keep up with a loaded cast of Tom Cruise, Jack Nicholson, Demi Moore, and Kiefer Sutherland.
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3) Sleepers (1996)
Receiving top billing even over screen legends Robert De Niro, Dustin Hoffman, and Brad Pitt, Bacon turns in a sinister performance as Nokes, a juvenile detention center guard.
Nokes makes life a living Hell for a group of kids sentenced for a prank gone wrong, and torments them so utterly that years later, they return as men to seek their revenge. Bacon is completely and utterly terrifying in the role, and it holds up well to this day.
4) Tremors (1990)
While Bacon initially felt the film was a career low for him, Tremors has gone on to become a cult classic that more than tripled its box-office gross with sales and rentals. It's even bringing him back for a SyFy Channel remake!
Bacon is both hilarious and awesome as Valentine "Val" McKee, a part-time laborer who has to help defend the town of Perfection against mysterious giant worm monsters that attack from underground. It may be cheesy and low-budget, but it's a great performance in a massively enjoyable movie.
5) Friday the 13th (1980)
One of Bacon's earliest roles, his performance as Jack not only launched his career to wider audiences, but also helped launch one of the most iconic horror franchises of all time.
His performance is solid, but what we all remember is him dying from an arrow through his chest. It's the stuff of horror legends!