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15 Celebrities That Are Somehow Connected To Kevin Bacon That Will Make You Scratch Your Head

Celebrities You'd Never Guess You Could Connect In Six Degrees Of Kevin Bacon

Chances are, late some drunken Saturday night, you've found yourself playing the game Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon with a group of friends. Or, if you're a particularly sad individual, by yourself, trying to train your cat to fact check on IMDb.com. If you're unfamiliar with it, the game is based on the "six degrees of separation" theory that everyone can be connected to anyone else in the world by a maximum of six steps - a "friend of a friend of a friend of a friend of a friend of a friend," as it were. In Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon, players try to tie any actor or actress to the ubiquitous Kevin Bacon by citing a movie in which they appeared with someone who was in a movie with someone who was in a movie with someone who was in movie with Bacon - with no more than six links. According to the Oracle of Bacon, there are over 2 MILLION actors who can be connected to Kevin Bacon in this way. Here are some you might find quite surprising.

15 Donald Trump

Before he became the 45th President of the United States, Donald Trump was already a public celebrity known for his business dealings and for his reality TV series The Apprentice. But he also made quite a few cameo appearances in movies from the late '80s to the early '00s, almost always as himself.

The Connection:

Across the Sea of Time (1995): Trump appears in this IMAX movie about the growth of New York City, as told through the eyes of (ironically, given his immigration stance and purported ties to Russia) a Russian immigrant who arrives in the US to trace his ancestor's journey decades earlier. Also in the film is an actor named Victor Steinbach, who plays a pilot.

The Big Picture (1989): Steinbach also had a role in this '80s comedy about a recent film-school graduate who finds out that Hollywood isn't all it's cracked up to be. That grad is played by none other than Kevin Bacon.

14 Barack Obama

Donald Trump isn't the only US President who can be connected to Kevin Bacon. His predecessor, Barack Obama, also is "Bacon adjacent," although he appears to be much less fond of making movie cameos than Trump.

The Connection:

Sand and Sorrow (2007): Obama appears in this documentary about the atrocities in the Darfur region of Sudan, which is narrated (and produced) by George Clooney.

Leatherheads (2008): Clooney stars in (and directs) this romantic comedy revolving around the leather-helmeted players in a 1920s professional football league. Funnyman Mike O'Malley has a featured role.

R.I.P.D. (2013): O'Malley appears in this box office bomb starring Ryan Reynolds and Jeff Bridges as cops from the afterlife rounding up souls unwilling to move on - sort of like Men in Black with ghosts. The movie's villain is played by...Kevin Bacon.

13 Adolf Hitler

Believe it or not, notorious Nazi leader Adolf Hitler has ties to Kevin Bacon, although it takes a longer-than-normal four steps to get there.

The Connection:

Theresienstadt (1944): Hitler makes an appearance in this film, a Nazi propaganda short designed to convince the rest of the world that concentration camps were happy-go-lucky places where prisoners were treated well. Kurt Gerron not only directs the film, but he also acts in it. (Being Jewish, however, he was killed upon completion of filming.)

Man braucht kein Geld (1932): Before his death, Gerron was a prolific filmmaker and actor in Germany, appearing in this comedy featuring a teenage Hedy Lamarr about a rich family trying to regain its wealth.

Love of Three Queens (1954): Lamarr stars in this drama in which she plays three queens in three different time periods. Italian actor Cesare Danova also appears.

Animal House (1978): Danova plays the mayor in this classic frat house comedy featuring...Kevin Bacon.

12 Jared Fogle

Kevin Bacon probably doesn't want to be associated with disgraced Subway spokesman Jared Fogle, but like it or not, Fogle has a "Bacon number" of 2; meaning it takes only two connections to tie him and Kevin Bacon together.

The Connection:

Jack and Jill (2011): Fogle makes a cameo as himself in this comedic abomination in which Adam Sandler plays male and female twins, somehow making a terrible movie all the more worse. An actress named Yvette Rachelle had a small, uncredited part in the film.

Frost/Nixon (2008): Rachelle has another small roll - this time as a Playboy bunny - in what is basically the opposite of Jack and Jill, a dramatic portrayal of the interviews conducted by talk show host David Frost and President Richard Nixon after he resigned following the Watergate scandal. The role of Jack Brennan, a real-life aide to Nixon, was played by...yup, Kevin Bacon.

11 Kanye West

Kanye West is known more as a rapper than as an actor. Heck, he's known more as a reality TV star than as an actor. But he did "act" (as it were) in at least one memorable film scene.

The Connection:

Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues (2013): In this Will Ferrell sequel, West plays a member of the MTV News crew in the classic newscaster rumble scene, battling other rival news teams in a wild throw down that features cameos by celebs like Will Smith, Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, Liam Neeson, and Jim Carrey. (West ends up blown to bits by a ray gun.) David Koechner plays Ferrell's teammate, cowboy sportscaster Champ.

My One and Only (2009): Koechner has a role in this 1950s period comedy about a woman (Renée Zellweger) who leaves her cheating husband and takes her kids across country in search of a man to take care of them. Koechner is one of the eligible men, and the philandering husband is played by...Kevin Bacon.

10 Caitlyn Jenner

When she was known as Bruce, Caitlyn Jenner was a household name long before the Kardashians were a thing. But how does she relate to Kevin  Bacon?

The Connection:

Can't Stop the Music (1980): Riding high off his Gold medal performance at the 1976 Olympics, Bruce Jenner made his film debut in this notoriously bad musical comedy telling the semi-biographical tale of the rise of the disco group the Village People. In it, Jenner plays a naïve lawyer from St. Louis who's thrown into the New York club music scene where the group gets its start. Steve Guttenberg plays a songwriter who writes the Village People's songs.

Diner (1982): Before Guttenberg became known for the Police Academy films, he co-starred in Barry Levinson's Oscar-nominted drama as one of a group of longtime friends, alongside future stars like Mickey Rourke, Daniel Stern, Paul Reiser, Tim Daly, Ellen Barkin and...Kevin Bacon.

9 Lassie

Lassie - America's favorite four-legged canine aside from Scooby Doo, Snoopy, and Brian from Family Guy. She might be man's best friend, but can she find a way to intersect with Kevin Bacon's human filmography?

The Connection:

Lassie Come Home (1943): Fun fact: Female collie "Lassie" was actually originally a male dog named Pal. He (and his innate ability to sense when his owner had fallen down a well) starred in seven Lassie movies in the 1940s and 1950s, including this debut film, featuring a teenage Roddy McDowall as a poor boy whose parents sell his dog - only to have the dog find its way back home from hundreds of miles away.

The Big Picture (1989): McDowall plays a judge in this comedy, which, as previously mentioned, stars one Kevin Bacon - extra crispy!

8 Michael Jackson

The King of Pop was a vegetarian, so how can he relate to Bacon? Well, as we've seen, almost EVERYONE can relate to Bacon.

The Connection:

Moonwalker (1988): In Michael Jackson's vanity project - basically, a loosely tied together series of music videos, concert footage, short films and biographical information -Joe Pesci plays a ridiculous villain named Mr. Big, clad in high heels and sporting a weirdly erect ponytail. (Jackson defeats him by basically turning into a Transformer and blowing him up before he has a chance to use his death ray.)

JFK (1991): In Oliver Stone's historical narrative, Pesci plays real-life pilot David Ferrie, whom New Orleans District Attorney, Jim Garrison (played here by Kevin Coster) suspected was involved with the Kennedy assassination. A (fictional) witness that can help link Ferrie to shooter Lee Harvey Oswald is Willie O'Keefe, played by...Kevin Bacon.

7 Nelson Mandela

Nobel Peace Prize winner and former President of South Africa, Nelson Mandela, spent 27 years in prison for his opposition of the segregationist Apartheid system in his homeland, so you wouldn't think he'd have enough opportunity to be connected to Kevin Bacon, but you'd be wrong!

The Connection:

Malcolm X (1992): Just a couple of years after his release from prison, Mandela had a small role in Spike Lee's biographical film, playing a South African teacher in an epilogue that bridges Malcolm X's life with Mandela's release. In the film, Don Hewitt, known primarily as a stuntman, has a bit part as a "Black Legion Member."

Sleepers (1996): Hewitt has a slightly larger role (well, his character at least has a name) in this star-studded drama featuring Brad Pitt, Dustin Hoffman, Robert De Niro, Minnie Driver, and Jason Patric. Pitt and Patric are two of a group of childhood friends who seek revenge for abuse suffered at the hands of guards at a juvenile detention facility years earlier. One of the guards is played by...Kevin Bacon.

6 Charlie Chaplin

Surely, someone from the silent movie era couldn't have a connection with a modern-day actor like Kevin Bacon, right? Wrong. And don't call me Shirley.

The Connection:

A Countess from Hong Kong (1967): Chaplin wrote and directed this comedy starring Marlon Brando as a US ambassador on board a ship who becomes entangled with a stowaway who turns out to be a Russian countess (Sophia Loren) fleeing her old life. Chaplin makes his final onscreen appearance in two short scenes as an old steward working on the ship. Brando's wife, meanwhile, is played by Tippi Hedren.

Jayne Mansfield's Car (2012): A whopping 45 years after A Countess from Hong Kong, veteran actress, Hedren, was cast in this Billy Bob Thornton period drama as the matriarch of a Southern family during the 1960s. Her scenes were actually cut, but her character's death spurs the movie's plot, which gathers members of her extended family for the funeral, causing tensions to arise. Her sons are played by Thornton, Robert Patrick and...Kevin Bacon.

5 Vanilla Ice

How "cool" would it be to link '90s rapper Vanilla Ice to Kevin Bacon? Cool as ice, of course.

The Connection:

The Ridiculous 6 (2015): It's not surprising that Vanilla Ice (real name: Robert Van Winkle) hasn't been in too many movies, but what is surprising is that one of the movies is a Western (granted, a spoof of one, starring Adam Sandler) in which he plays famed author...Mark Twain? What the what?! In the film, Sandler's "Ridiculous 6" posse consists of him and his five half-brothers, of which Luke Wilson is one.

Telling Lies in America (1997): Wilson has a role in this semi-autographical tale written by Joe Eszterhas, of Basic Instinct and Flashdance fame. In it, Brad Renfro stars as a teen immigrant in the 1960s who befriends a radio DJ he idolizes, only to realize his life isn't all it's cracked up to be. The DJ is played by...Kevin Bacon.

4 Marilyn Monroe

Considering her relatively short life and career, there aren't many ways to connect Marilyn Monroe to Kevin Bacon, but rest assured, it can be done!

The Connection:

The Misfits (1961): Monroe stars in this classic John Huston film (written by the equally legendary Arthur Miller) as a recent divorcee who begins a relationship with an over-the-hill cowboy, played by Clark Gable. (It would be the last completed film for both Monroe, who died a year after it came out, and Gable, who died 10 days after filming completed.) In the movie, Kevin McCarthy plays Monroe's inattentive ex-husband.

Hero at Large (1980): McCarthy has a role in this comedy starring John Ritter as a struggling actor who gains fame after stopping a robbery while wearing a superhero costume. It features one of the earliest screen appearances by a young Kevin Bacon, whose role is referred to only as "2nd teenager."

3 John Holmes

Famed pornographic actor John Holmes was the inspiration for two feature films - Boogie Nights, with Mark Wahlberg, and Wonderland, with Val Kilmer - but both came out after his death, so is there a way to connect his X-rated career to that of Kevin Bacon?

The Connection:

Carnal Knowledge (1970) / Sex and the Single Vampire (1970) / Kama Sutra '71 (1970) / Big Beaver Splits the Scene (1971): The key to linking Holmes to Bacon is an actor named John Dullaghan, who had small parts (no pun intended) in both mainstream films and pornographic films (the latter early in his career and mostly uncredited). In fact, he appeared in FOUR of Holmes' pics in the early '70s.

Apollo 13 (1995): Dullaghan had a bit part as a reporter in Ron Howard's film about the ill-fated Apollo 13 mission, with one of the astronauts played by...Kevin Bacon.

2 Smosh

Smosh is a comedic duo comprised of Ian Hecox and Anthony Padilla that is one of the most popular acts on YouTube. Can their online fame somehow intersect with Kevin Bacon's offline fame? I think you know what the answer is.

The Connection:

The Angry Birds Movie (2016): Hecox and Padilla provided voices for two minor characters; birds Bubbles and Hal, respectively - in this animated film based on the popular video game. Another bird, the gargantuan Terence, is voiced by Oscar winner Sean Penn, of all people.

Mystic River (2003): Penn won an Academy Award for Best Actor for his role in this Clint Eastwood drama as a man desperately trying to find out who killed his teenage daughter. A cop investigating the case is his childhood friend, played by...Kevin Bacon.

1 Salvador Dali

Salvador Dali was an infamously eccentric surrealist painter. How can his offbeat career cross paths with Kevin Bacon's more conventional one?

The Connection:

Screen Test #1 (1965): Between 1964 and 1966, avant-garde artist Andy Warhol shot several hundred short film portraits, called "screen shots," of a variety of celebrities, artists, and general Warhol-y folks, including Dali and legendary musician Lou Reed.

Blue in the Face (1995): Reed appears as "Man with Strange Glasses" in this star-studded comedy about Brooklyn residents who frequent a smoke shop, including one played by Giancarlo Esposito.

Enormous Changes at the Last Minute (1983): Prolific actor Esposito had an early role in this anthology of three stories, the last of which revolves around a recently divorced woman whose fling with a taxi driver results in a pregnancy. The cab driver? Kevin Bacon.

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