Back in 1994, Kevin Bacon said in an interview that he had either worked with everybody in Hollywood or worked with someone that worked with someone. This created the thought that there weren’t any actors that were only a couple of degrees of separation away from the “Tremors” star. He’s not wrong, either, as almost every major actor in Hollywood has a “Bacon Number” of 1 or 2.
Bacon is the only person himself with a Bacon Number of 0 because he is, after all, Kevin Bacon. So are there any actors that people have heard of that have a Bacon Number that’s higher than 2? There aren’t a whole lot, but there are some surprising names on the list. Here are five actors who are perfect for the “6 Degrees of Kevin Bacon” game.
Robert Downey Jr.
If you take out the fact that Kevin Bacon was part of the “Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special” since it wasn’t made for big screens, then Robert Downey Jr. has a surprising Bacon Number of 4. It sort of makes sense as Downey had spent more than a decade playing Tony Stark without appearing in many other films.
On the other hand, Downey did star in other blockbusters including “Dr. Doolittle” while also being a big star in the 1980s at the same time as Bacon. Downey appeared in the film “Veerasamy” with Venniradai Moorthy. Moorthy was in “Michael Madana Kama Rajan” with Nassar, showing that you have to trace the Downey-Bacon link to India. Nassar was in “Fair Game” with David Andrews, who in turn was in “Apollo 13” with Kevin Bacon. Either way, all roads lead through “Veerasamy”.
For whatever reason, it feels like Matt Damon and Kevin Bacon have been in the same movie together. However, many would be surprised to learn that they haven’t. While his Bacon Number isn’t higher than 2, it’s a shock that it’s not a 1. Damon appeared in “The Good Old Boys” with Tommy Lee Jones, who starred in “JFK” with Kevin Bacon.
There are a couple of other actors that link Damon to Bacon, as well. This includes Terry Kinney, Sean Patrick Thomas, and even Denise Richards and Mike O’Malley. We’re still waiting on that Damon-Bacon collaboration, though.
Jenna Davis is one of the fastest-rising stars in Hollywood thanks to her role as the titular character in the 2022 film “M3GAN” which became a surprise hit with audiences. Prior to her role in the film, Davis had mainly starred on the small screen, making appearances on shows such as “Raven’s Home”, “Vampirina” and “Treehouse Detectives”.
“M3GAN” ended up being her first big screen role, and the official beginning of her link to Kevin Bacon. In “M3GAN’, Davis stars alongside Ronny Chieng. Chieng appeared in “Wish Dragon” with John Cho, who starred in “The Air I Breathe” with Kevin Bacon. That film was released in 2007 and directed by Korean-American Jieho Lee, and also starred Forest Whitaker and Andy Garcia.
No matter how far back in time you go, there’s a good chance that there’s an actor that’s only a couple of degrees away from Kevin Bacon. This includes actors from the silent film era of Hollywood, including the legendary Charlie Chaplin. Known for his comedic styling and unique look, Chaplin’s separation from Bacon is closer than you think.
Chaplin starred in the film “Brother, Can You Spare a Dime?” alongside Gary Cooper. Cooper then starred in “Sergeant York” with June Lockhart. The Bacon Number then ends at 3 as Lockhart appeared in “The Big Picture” with Kevin Bacon. The 1989 comedy/drama starred Bacon as a film school graduate and was directed by Christopher Guest.
Speaking of Hollywood legends that are surprisingly linked to Kevin Bacon, actress Marilyn Monroe has a Bacon Number of just 2. That’s right, despite not appearing in a film for more than 60 years, Marilyn Monroe is just two degrees of separation away from Kevin Bacon. The link starts with the film “Let’s Make It Legal”, which also featured Robert Wagner.
Wagner then starred in “Wild Things” with Kevin Bacon, which was released in 1998. The best part is that there are even more actors than just Wagner that link the two. Jack Lemmon, (“JFK”) and Eli Wallach (“Mystic River”) also have common movies with both Monroe and Bacon.