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“Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon” is a game that has stumped and entertained movie fans for nearly two decades. With Google launching a bacon number search feature we want to know – can you find someone with a higher number than six?

A variation of the six degrees of separation theory, the game spawns from the actor’s assertion that he has worked with everyone in Hollywood – or someone who’s worked with them. Starting out as a student game at Albright College, the craze has given birth to a book deal, a parody commercial (starring the man himself) and many frustrated teenagers. The game takes the idea that every actor has worked with Bacon, or someone who worked with someone who worked with someone who worked with someone who worked with someone who worked with someone who worked with Kevin Bacon.

Google launches six degrees of Kevin BaconGoogle had made the fun time-waster easier than ever with a new feature of the search engine. To find out any actor’s degrees of seperation simply search their name followed by the term “bacon number.” For example, to find out how many actors separate the legend and Johnny Depp simply Google “Johnny Depp bacon number” (he’s a two).

The staff of Hypable got straight to work on trying to beat the search engine, but our attempts bore no fruit. After finding out that Barack Obama has a bacon number of two, only three degrees separate Bacon from Rolf Harris, and Rhianna is only three actors away from him, we realized that beating the system was harder than we first thought.

We even searched actors from some of Hypable’s fandoms, hoping that stars with relatively new-found fame may be harder to match. Alas, our efforts were in vain as every single one of our searches resulted in a bacon number of no more than three. Harry Potter stars Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint and Emma Watson all have a bacon number of two, while The Hunger Games‘ Jennifer Lawrence got a meager one (having worked with the legendary actor on X Men: First Class). Twilight stars Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart may no longer share a bed, but they DO share a bacon number of two. In television, Glee‘s Darren Criss, Doctor Who‘s Matt Smith, Sherlock‘s Benedict Cumberbatch and Game Of Thrones actor Kit Harrington also have only two degrees of separation from the Footloose star.

With that in mind, we decided to put the challenge to you, our readers. Can you find an actor who has more than six degrees of Kevin Bacon? Share any interesting, funny or victorious results in the comments below. Winners earn a virtual slap on the back and self-satisfaction!

  • Erika H

    WOW, this is difficult. Took me forever to even get THREE degrees (Karen Gillan). Great procrastinating tool, though.

  • Caitlin

    I personally have a bacon number of 3. I used to act in commercials, and I once acted in one with Dave “Squatch” Ward, who was the bus driver on the old Disney channel show “So Weird”. He also was in the movie “Lone Hero” (2002) with Garry Chalk, and Garry Chalk was in the movie “Trapped” with Kevin Bacon. :-)

    • http://Hypable.com/ James Bean

      I also have a Bacon number of three. I was in three episodes of Glee with Lea Michelle, who was in New York I Love You with Sarah Jessica Parker who was in Footloose with Kevin Bacon.

      • http://twitter.com/RyanHBP Ryan Floyd

        You’re actually a 2, because Matthew Morrison was in Taking Chance with kevin Bacon.

    • doug

      thats pretty awesome

  • BlueBronze

    This is so fun and incredibly difficult. I thought TJ Thyne from Bones would at least be three away, but he’s a two as well. I can’t even find anyone above 3, much less 6.

  • http://twitter.com/SofMarie93 Sofia Thomas

    Heck, I can’t find anyone above two!

  • http://twitter.com/Echoreyn Echoreyn of Athens

    Wow, I bet it’d be nearly impossible to find someone with a Bacon number higher than 6. I’ve hardly been in anything, and even I have a Bacon number of 5 since I’ve acted with someone who once worked with Starkid’s Devin Lytle. :)

  • Guest

    Found a 4.
    Justin Bieber.

  • Arial

    Ok, thinking this is a scam. I looked at a lot of old actors and they got a lot of 2′s. So I started looking into voice actors and looked up Kristin Fairlie who plays the voice of Little Bear and it gave her a 2, saying that she had a role in “Jesus Henry Christ” with Michael Sheen and Michael Sheen and Kevin Bacon were in Frost/Nixon. Well I looked at Kristin’s resume on IMDb and that movie isn’t on there, and I looked at the cast for that movie and she isn’t listed. And their isn’t another Kristin Fairlie out there. So I think it’s just making a lot of s@&? up.

    • Guest

      If you look under Kristin Fairlie’s bio on IMDb “Jesus Henry Christ” is there. It is in the second to last line under the title Mini Biography. Not a scam.

    • gcw07

      On her Wikipedia page, it lists “Jesus Henry Christ” on there. From the sound of it, it was just a small cameo so she wouldn’t be listed in the credits on IMDB. Now the accuracy of both Wikipedia and IMDB isn’t exactly stellar, but it seems correct.

    • SpiritWitch120

      What Google said: “The ‘Bacon Number’ feature is based on Google’s Knowledge Graph, which is our ‘map’ of real-world people, entities, and the connections between them,” Soleimani said in an e-mail. “For most celebrities and some public figures, the feature will return their Bacon Number based on the connections in the Knowledge Graph. Our team is constantly working to make search smarter, and features like the Bacon Number equip our users with ways to explore and discover more.”

    • http://twitter.com/AStychInTyme A Stych In Tyme

      IMDB is like Wikipedia, and not wholly reliable. It will list movies that actors were never in and will often skip over other resume peices.

  • Katie

    Type “Kevin Bacon Bacon Number.” I laughed too hard at the dreadfully predictable result.

    • Glaciusx

      LOL, that was great.

  • Eliza

    We found a 4 – the tennis player Andy Murray!

    • Christina

      I just found a 5 – Venus Williams

  • Laura Jones

    highest i can get is Justin Bieber at 4

  • SpiritWitch120

    William Rufus Shafter

    Bacon number: 7!!

    I’m pretty sure that’s the highest you can get but who knows.

    • http://twitter.com/TheVeronicaDuff Veronica Duff

      I was going to say him, too! I haven’t found any others with higher numbers.

    • https://twitter.com/#!/HarriSargeant Harri Sargeant

      Wow! Have yourself a virtual pat on the back!

    • this doesnt count, he was in like two things a long time ago that nobody’s ever heard of

      • SpiritWitch120

        You need to calm down, it’s just a game.

  • showtuna

    HE NEVER WORKED WITH MARY KATE WILES. WHAT NOW GOOGLE.

  • Azeem

    I tried Chris Martin from Coldplay and I got a 3! Thank you so much Harri, this is the best pass time game EVER!

  • http://www.facebook.com/isak.kohaly Isak Kohaly

    This is so hard. Even the Queen’s number is 2!

    • http://twitter.com/lynziferg Lindsey F

      Well ya now that she’s performed with James Bond.

  • sacha

    Okay couldn’t find one for Danny Tamberelli (one of the Pete and Pete actors from back in the day) so take THAT google!

  • http://www.facebook.com/ashyancy Ashley Yancy

    Even Walt DIsney has a 3! lol

  • theaterr

    Sierra Boggess is a 4

  • Rice

    Emma Hiddleston, sister of Tom Hiddleston (Loki in the Avengers) doesn’t even have a bacon number! Shouldn’t she be a 3 since she was in Unrelated with her brother and her brother has a 2? Meh.

  • Alexandream

    If you go to “The Oracle of Bacon” you get an interesting analysis…as of a year ago apparently there are 204 people with a bacon number of 7, and only 32 with an 8. It also makes the case that Sean Connery would be a better ‘center’ to find these numbers.

  • CliveRogan

    When I found out even Tommy Wiseau has a bacon number of three I decided to abandon the persuit. Too many actors work in the same stuff!

  • isenhobbitz

    Did anyone else try chris evans and get nothing?

    • jakers1790

      Yep! No clue why

    • Eva Keylon

      I got nothing but it should be at the most a three.
      Chris Evans and Jesdica Alba appeared in The Fantastic Four.
      Jessica Alba and Steve Carell appeared in Knocked Up.
      Steve Carell and Kevin Bacon appeared in Crazy, Stupid, Love..

    • Argus_07

      Try typing Chris Evan (weird, despite Google gives the result as Chris Evans). Another weird one, James Stewart. Have to type in Jimmy Stewart despite Google’s result as James Stewart.

    • Brianna Lofton

      It didnt work for me either but:
      Chris Evans and Mark Ruffalo appeared in Avengers.
      Mark Ruffalo and Kevin Bacon appeared in In The Cut.

  • http://twitter.com/akacj7 Caroline J.

    Snooki’s only 3… that’s as good as i got before i gave up.

  • Delena

    Even Charlie Chaplin has a Bacon number of two!!

  • Delena

    It’s insane! Multiple actors from the silent era have Bacon numbers of 2 and 3!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=17127641 Laura Jurgensmeyer

    There were quite a few that didn’t have any results, but besides that, four was the highest I could get. I got annoyed and quit, lol.

    • BritishHobo

      Yeah I had a few that I’m sure would have quite a high number, but they’re all so obscure (obscure as in having done one single show, which was crap, not obscure as in ‘I’m awesomely cultured for knowing who they are’) that Google just doesn’t have any results for them.

  • alyssavanskyock

    Bruno Gunn who plays Brutus in Catching Fire doesn’t have a Bacon number.

    • paroe829

      Well, he’ll be in Catching Fire with Jennifer Lawrence and Jennifer Lawrence was in X-Men: First Class with Kevin Bacon making Bruno Gunn’s Bacon number 2.

  • paroe829

    Igor Morozov has a bacon number of 10!

    • http://www.hypable.com/ Louie Schuth

      We have a winner.

    • itsmekendallc

      Though still high, his bacon number is now 8

  • xoxoKellyLee

    That’s interesting. I put in Joey Richter from Starkid and it just didn’t give any answer.

  • http://www.facebook.com/clare.welford Clare Welford

    google won’t give Chris Evans a bacon number :(

  • RumbleroarLuna

    I checked before I read the rest of the article, and I tried Darren Criss. I came back to comment, and of course, being Hypable, he was already tried. Chris Colfer also had two, and Daniel Radcliffe. Joey Richter doesn’t have one, but assumedly it’d be three, since Darren is two. I just tried Gregg Sulkin too, figuring maybe since he was on Disney and not that big it wouldn’t be huge, but his is two.

  • Jenn

    Robert Axelrod has no Bacon Number. Not sure if voice actors count though.

  • Samuel

    I couldn’t find any with more than two and I was typing in some pretty obscure/new actors.

  • http://twitter.com/Shaftsword Shaft Almasy

    I managed to break it with three actresses after only 7 tries. I guess the real point though is to get it at 7 or more which didn’t happen unfortunately.

  • Samuel

    Oh my god, the Queen of England’s Bacon Number is 2!

  • Katie

    I have a bacon number of 4, and my acting experience is rather small. This is officially impossible. xD

  • Cari Simpson

    I stumped it with Maisie Williams from Game of Thrones which makes no sense when Sean Bean is a 2 and both are/were on GoT

    • Melissa

      A lot of the GoT actors don’t have results atm. Sophie Turner, Jack Gleeson, Maisie, Emilia Clarke… :/

  • http://twitter.com/winebeerWA Wine Beer Washington

    I am finding lots of actors with out a bacon number at all. Try Skip Martin from Guess Who is coming to dinner and Lili Marshall from Snow falling on Cedars.

  • Zoë Melissa

    if you look up adam scott. No Bacon number shows up.

  • pook

    No bacon number for Mike Rowe…

  • 7Starrchasers

    Anyone else addicted to this “game”

  • Rachel

    3 is the highest I’ve gotten! Lebron James is a 3…

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Nathan-Belles/554690490 Nathan Belles

    Patrick Leahy has a bacon number of 2, but google doesn’t show a number for him.

  • julia

    ariana grande has a bacon number of infinity!

  • Gratefulboop

    I knew Kevin when he was a young teenager. His mother Ruth and I taught at the same school in Philadelphia from 1968-1971.

  • drivenCrazy

    William Rufus was not an actor.Historical documentaries don’t count.
    There are 7 actors who are 9…and all in the same film.

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