Kevin Bacon's best-known movie roles are typically as supporting characters in dramatic films, including playing astronaut Jack Swigert in "Apollo 13," playing Captain Jack Ross in "A Few Good Men," and playing Detective Sean Devine in "Mystic River." He is also known for starring in the musical drama "Footloose." Bacon had critically acclaimed roles in lesser-known comedy films such as "Diner" and "The Big Picture." More recently, he played Richard Nixon's chief of staff John Brennan in "Frost/Nixon."
Early in his career, Bacon experienced success playing a comedic role in Barry Levinson's 1982 film "Diner," an ensemble film about a group of young men figuring out their futures. Two years later, he starred in "Footloose" as a Chicago teenager who moves to a small town where dancing is banned. In the ensuing years, Bacon felt that he was typecast into less serious roles.
In the early 1990s, Bacon made the decision to look for lesser roles in major films with top directors. He began to earn more dramatic roles in blockbuster films such as "A Few Good Men," in which he played a military attorney opposite such stars as Tom Cruise and Jack Nicholson. Bacon eventually worked so often and with so many actors that he became known for the game "Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon," which asserts that anyone who has worked in Hollywood can be linked to Bacon through six or fewer degrees of separation.