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The Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon

Updated on September 11, 2012

Kevin Bacon is the center of the universe

I'm sure you either have played or heard of the game "The Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon" at some point or another. For those who haven't, the game is simple: connect Kevin Bacon to other actors or actresses in six steps or less. Connecting Bacon to other actors or actresses can either be achieved by either by movies or shows they have been in with him or directors that have either worked with him or other actors. For an example of a new actor or actress, let's use Tom Hardy whose career is beginning to bloom which I can connect him to Bacon in 3 steps:

Tom Hardy was in The Dark Knight Rises with Morgan Freeman

Morgan Freeman was in Se7en with Brad Pitt

Brad Pitt was in the film Sleepers with Kevin Bacon.

Simple. The game was invented in 1994 by three college students who were watching Footloose during a snowstorm and followed up watching the film The Air Up There. The students began to speculate how many films Kevin Bacon has been in and the actors/actresses that he has worked with in his career. Pretty soon, the students began talking about with other classmates and the game took off as others began throwing names to them trying to find the links between them and Bacon.

The students ended up writing to Jon Stewart and appeared both on The Daily Show and The Howard Stern Show with Kevin Bacon as a guest explaining the rules. Bacon initially stated he disliked the game as he thought that it was poking fun at him, but he eventually began to warm up to the game. He even appeared in a Visa commercial as himself trying to buy a book at a store with a check. The clerk needs some identification but Bacon doesn't seem to have it. He ends up going around town grabbing strangers and bringing them into the store with him playing the Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon connecting all of the people to him and the clerk, basically ending the commercial saying "We're pretty much family."

So if you are bored with friends or want to be the fun at a party, try this game out even if you are not a film buff. This game is a real fun way of talking about movies with friends. Try it you may surprise yourself. My mom thinks it's hilarious that I can do this game fairly easy since I am a huge film buff. Not to toot my own horn, I have not been stumped yet. If anyone wants to shoot me a name and see if I can come up with six or less links to them and Bacon, feel free.


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      Mark 5 years ago from Alabama,USA

      That could be a very fun game to do while nice hub man

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      Thefilmguy24 5 years ago

      @ Alecia Murphy...I agree that he is so low profile. What I like about him besides his great acting, is his choices in roles. He not only just do movies, also does shows as well it seems. I don't know if have heard or seen the previews, but Kevin Bacon has a new show on Fox starting January 2013 called "The Following." Basically the show is about Bacon playing a washed up FBI Agent that is called back when a serial killer that he caught escapes prison and begins to communicate with other serial killers through a special technology to create new killers. It looks like a good show and it's created by the guy that wrote the "Scream" films, "Dawson's Creek" and "The Vampire Diaries."

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      Alecia Murphy 5 years ago from Wilmington, North Carolina

      Kevin Bacon has to have the most awesome last name in history! But in addition to that, it is easy to think about him being connected to everyone in Hollywood. It's amazing that he's so low profile but iconic enough to have his own game. Didn't know it was created by college students but it makes sense thinking about it! Cool hub!

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      Thefilmguy24 5 years ago

      Thanks for commenting. Yeah it is a fun game. I didn't know the origin either until a few years ago when I looked it up. The three college students ended up writing a book called "Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon." The commercial is hilarious and genius as Bacon really pokes fun at himself which is great since it shows that he does have a sense of humor.

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      Domenick Dicce 5 years ago

      That is a fun game. I have not played it in years and never knew the origin. Fun article. If you are interested here is the commercial on youtube. I decided to watch it again after reading your article.