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Sunday, September 18, 2005

Humphrey Bogart, James Cagney, Me, and Kevin Bacon

After last night's post and seeing how many of the AFI's quotes came from Bogart films, I thought I would challenge myself to see if I could link him within 6 degrees of Kevin Bacon. So, here it goes:

Humphrey Bogart was in "African Queen" with Katharine Hepburn who was in "On Golden Pond" with Dabney Coleman who was in "You've Got Mail" with Tom Hanks who was in "Apollo 13" with Kevin Bacon.

Then for something a little more difficult for me, since I don't know his movies that well, I thought I'd try James Cagney. (It gets a bit harder when you are spanning the generations like this.)

Cagney was in "Mister Roberts" with Henry Fonda who was also in "On Golden Pond" and could follow the same route as before. However, I'll go with something else. James Cagney was an uncredited extra in "Mutiny on the Bounty" with Clark Gable who was in "Run Silent, Run Deep" with Burt Lancaster who was in "Field of Dreams" with Frank Waley (who went to my high school) who was in "Broken Arrow" with Christian Slater who was in "Murder in the First" with Kevin Bacon.

One more? Ok. Let's go with... George C. Scott is too easy ("Taps" with Sean Penn who was in "Mystic River" with KB), Jimmy Stewart isn't bad but we could go through "How the West was Won" with Henry Fonda. So how about we try Eminem. Well:

Eminem was in "8Mile" with Britney Murphy who was in "Summer Catch" with Brian Dennehy who was in "Romeo and Juliet" with Paul Rudd who was in "The Object of My Affection" with Jennifer Aniston who was in "Picture Perfect" with Kevin Bacon.

Another one with me, my 9th grade chorus teacher once dated Michael Tucci in college who was Sonny in "Grease" with John Travolta (and I could take it the "Broken Arrow" route but I won't) who was in "Face Off" with Nicholas Cage who was in "Gone in 60 Seconds" with Giovani Ribisi who was in "Saving Private Ryan" with Tom Hanks who was in "Apollo 13" with Kevin Bacon. Or when I saw the play "National Anthems" in London starring Kevin Spacey who was in "Outbreak" with Dustin Hoffman who was in "Sleepers" with Kevin Bacon. Or, not to drag this out, my old boss and friend Mike is friends with Stephen Baldwin, his brother William Baldwin was in "Flatliners" with Kevin Bacon.

If it's someone obscure I may need a little help from IMDB.com but for most well known actors/actresses I can do it. As you can see, I can get a little carried away with it and just keep going on and on.