Google will now calculate an actor’s Bacon number for you

Kevin Bacon

Everyone knows about Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon by now. In case you’re not everyone, here’s how it works. The theory is that everyone in the world (well, actors at least) is separated by no more than six other actors from Kevin Bacon. The number of degrees of separation of that actor from Kevin Bacon gives you that actor’s ‘Bacon number’. So if the actor is in a movie with Kevin Bacon, their Bacon number is 1; if the actor appears in a movie with someone who’s been in a movie with Kevin Bacon, their Bacon number is 2; and so on.

Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon has become a party game for film nerds but now Google has ruined it for everyone who has a smartphone. All you now have to do is type “Bacon number” followed by the actor’s name and Google will not only tell you the Bacon number of that person, it’ll also tell you how it worked out that number.

As a test, I typed in the names of some this ere blog’s favourite actors. Here are their Bacon numbers according to Google – turns out they’re all twos, apart from Audrey Fleurot:

  • Ali Larter: 2
    Ali Larter and Bruce McGill appeared in Obsessed
    Bruce McGill and Kevin Bacon appeared in National Lampoon’s Animal House
  • Joanna Page: 2
    Joanna Page and January Jones appeared in Love Actually
    January Jones and Kevin Bacon appeared in X-Men: First Class
  • David Tennant: 2
    David Tennant and James McAvoy appeared in Bright Young Things
    James McAvoy and Kevin Bacon appeared in X-Men: First Class.
  • Richard Armitage: 2
    Richard Armitage and Elijah Wood appeared in The Hobbit: Part 1
    Elijah Wood and Kevin Bacon appeared in Beyond All Boundaries.
  • Amber Heard: 2
    Amber Heard and Emma Stone appeared in Zombieland
    Emma Stone and Kevin Bacon appeared in Crazy, Stupid, Love.
  • Scarlett Johansson: 2
    Scarlett Johansson and Bill Murray appeared in Lost in Translation
    Bill Murray and Kevin Bacon appeared in Wild Things.
  • Audrey Fleurot: 3
    Audrey Fleurot and Omar Sy appeared in Intouchables
    Omar Sy and Robert De Niro appeared in Micmacs
    Robert De Niro and Kevin Bacon appeared in Sleepers.

Give it a try with some of your favourites and let us know the answers below.




  • Toby O'Brien

    Since I didn't receive any credit for extra work on “The Deadliest Season” (but I got six to nine good close-ups) I knew the app wouldn't work for me.� But my bacon number is 2 – Meryl Streep was in that movie and she was with Kevin Bacon in “The River Wild”.

    I tried it with several names but couldn't get more than three at�first�- even Rin Tin Tin worked.� But there were two blips:

    It wouldn't recognize Ed Begley, Sr., only his son.

    I typed in Charley Chase, the silent movie actor, and got a porn actor by that name.� At least he was good for 4 steps.� (One of those links was an Ashley Jensen, but based on that movie's title, I doubt it's the same one.)

  • Toby O'Brien

    Since I didn't receive any credit for extra work on “The Deadliest Season” (but I got six to nine good close-ups) I knew the app wouldn't work for me.� But my bacon number is 2 – Meryl Streep was in that movie and she was with Kevin Bacon in “The River Wild”.

    I tried it with several names but couldn't get more than three at�first�- even Rin Tin Tin worked.� But there were two blips:

    It wouldn't recognize Ed Begley, Sr., only his son.

    I typed in Charley Chase, the silent movie actor, and got a porn actor by that name.� At least he was good for 4 steps.� (One of those links was an Ashley Jensen, but based on that movie's title, I doubt it's the same one.)

  • Toby O'Brien

    Since I didn't receive any credit for extra work on “The Deadliest Season” (but I got six to nine good close-ups) I knew the app wouldn't work for me.� But my bacon number is 2 – Meryl Streep was in that movie and she was with Kevin Bacon in “The River Wild”.

    I tried it with several names but couldn't get more than three at�first�- even Rin Tin Tin worked.� But there were two blips:

    It wouldn't recognize Ed Begley, Sr., only his son.

    I typed in Charley Chase, the silent movie actor, and got a porn actor by that name.� At least he was good for 4 steps.� (One of those links was an Ashley Jensen, but based on that movie's title, I doubt it's the same one.)

  • Robin Parker

    Thought trying some old/obscure British comedy actors would work, but no. Robin Askwith is a 2; even Esme Cannon (little old lady from Carry on Cruising) & good old William Hartnell are 3s. And from old Hollywood, Fatty Arbuckle is a 3 and Chaplin a 2! Dammit, is anyone still a 6?

  • Lisa Rullsenberg

    Even Douglas Henshall is a 2 in terms of Kevin Bacon:�Douglas Henshall�and�Elizabeth McGovern�appeared in�The Man with Rain in His Shoes.Elizabeth McGovern�and�Kevin Bacon�appeared in�She's Having a Baby.

  • Wayne

    It does cheat. I tried Omar Sy and I'm pretty sure Robert De NiroI in Micmacs

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