The term “Bacon Number” comes from a popular bar game based upon the theory of the Six Degrees of Separation and Hollywood actor, Kevin Bacon. It comes from the idea that anyone that has appeared in a film production associated with the traditional Hollywood film industry can be linked to Kevin Bacon through six connections. There are a few different premises to the game. The most popular is to try and find someone that has appeared in a traditional film that has the furthest connection from Kevin Bacon. There are currently 3 people listed in the IMDB.com database that are linked to Kevin Bacon in 9 steps and this seems to be the furthest connection from him that is known. There are many obscure films and a few actors & actresses from the very early days of film that aren’t able to be linked to Kevin Bacon.
Be sure to check out our Bacon Number Calculator resources! These tools will help you find out the Bacon Number for any actor you could think of as well as how many people are connected by each number of steps. It also has info on how many people are connected to Kevin by each amount of steps. Take a shot at the Kevin Bacon game and see what the highest degrees of Kevin Bacon you can come up with is!