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'The Following' Aired This Week, So Here's a Bunch of Kevin Bacon Photos

'The Following' Aired This Week, So Here's a Bunch of Kevin Bacon Photos

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Kevin Bacon spends his impressive career largely on the big screen, but tonight, the former "Footloose" actor is headed to television.

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Bacon's latest project, "The Following," debuts at 9 p.m. EST on FOX, and stars the actor as an FBI agent tasked with tracking down a serial killer. Though the show hasn't yet hit the airwaves, it's already generating some solid buzz thanks to a thrilling storyline developed by veteran writer Kevin Williamson ("Scream") and, of course, the A-lister stepping into the lead role.

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Tonight's TV debut, though, is just another entry in Bacon's outstanding resume. From his humble beginnings (i.e., getting spanked in 1978's "Animal House") to his award-winning dramatic roles (e.g., "Taking Chance," "Apollo 13," and "Mystic River") Bacon's star has been shining bright for the better part of 30 years. Here's a look back at his time in the spotlight:

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1984

Scene from "Footloose," the movie that made Kevin Bacon a star.

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1984

At the 56th Annual Academy Awards.

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1988

At the Sunset Marquis Hotel, discussing his role in "She's Having a Baby."

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1986

Bowling at the 1st Annual "Second Stage All Star Bowling Classic" at Madison Square Garden.

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1997

Kevin and his brother Michael Bacon performing as the Bacon Brothers during a UNICEF concert at the Beacon Theater in New York City.

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1998

"Wild Things" premiere with co-stars Neve Campbell, Matt Dillon and Denise Richards.

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2000

"Hollow Man" premiere with co-star Elizabeth Shue.

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2003

Posing with wife Kyra Sedgwick after being honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

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2006

Kevin Bacon makes music for the Hanes perfect T commercial.

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2007

Arriving with Sedgwick, who was nominated for her role in "The Closer," and their daughter, Sosie Bacon, for the 64th Annual Golden Globe Awards.

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2009

The Bacon Brothers Posing with Yoko Ono, as they join students from LaGuardia High School in New York, to kick off Wanna Play Music Week.

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2012

"15 Lbs of Kevin Bacon," portrait made from 15 lbs of bacon, by artist Jason Mecier.

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2013

Posing with co-star James Purefoy at the "The Following" world premiere.

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