The six degrees of Christopher Boyce
Fans of Kevin Bacon will be well familiar with a phenomenon dubbed The Oracle of Bacon. It’s a trivia game based on the “six degrees of separation” concept, where participants try to link anyone in the film industry to Kevin Bacon in six steps or less.
It’s a fun game to play, and a great time killer if you’ve got nothing better to do than focus on Kevin Bacon as “the center of the entertainment universe.” One day, while trying to link Bacon to Christopher Boyce (like you do) a thought occurred to me: Would it be possible to do the same, substituting Boyce for Bacon?
And so I tested it out – and discovered that, through the existence of the movie The Falcon and the Snowman, I was able to link Christopher Boyce to just about anyone.
Here’s one random example, linking Christopher Boyce to The Twilight Zone creator Rod Serling.
Rod Serling hosted Night Gallery, which starred actor Joel Grey in one episode.
Grey co-starred with Fred Ward in the movie Remo Williams: The Adventure Begins.
Ward co-starred with (guess who?) Kevin Bacon in Tremors.
Bacon co-starred with Sean Penn in Mystic River.
Penn co-starred with Timothy Hutton in The Falcon and the Snowman.
Hutton played Christopher Boyce in the same movie.
Blammo! From Rod Serling to Christopher Boyce in six steps.
Of course, taking the Kevin Bacon route made it easy since he’s worked with everyone in the known universe. So I decided to try it out again, this time omitting the Bacon altogether (an act that’s inadvisable if you’re talking about cooking up tasty dishes). I discovered an even simpler route existed.
Rod Serling created The Twilight Zone.
Actor Jim Hutton starred in one (fabulous) episode of The Twilight Zone.
Hutton’s son is actor Timothy Hutton, who played Christopher Boyce in The Falcon and the Snowman.
As the connections began to come easier, I decided to test myself. What if I were to omit Timothy Hutton and the movie The Falcon and the Snowman altogether? Not such an easy task, you might think. But even that works well. This time, I decided on an even more random celebrity: Stevie Nicks, as suggested by my wife, Jane.
Stevie Nicks appeared in American Horror Story: Coven.
Coven also featured actor Danny Huston.
Huston’s father, John Huston, directed Marlon Brando in Reflections in a Golden Eye.
Brando’s autobiography, Songs My Mother Taught Me, was co-written with Robert Lindsey.
Robert Lindsey was the author of book The Falcon and the Snowman.
I could go on. But there’s not much point playing a game when you’re the only participant. It’s your turn now. What other celebrities or even historical figures can you link to Christopher Boyce in six degrees or less? Leave your comments below!
Vince Font is the co-author and publisher of the book American Sons: The Untold Story of the Falcon and the Snowman, available now from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, IndieBound, and elsewhere. Font also founded Glass Spider Publishing, an independent publisher serving underrepresented authors.