Saturday, December 5, 2009

Night of a Thousand Geeks

Sorry it took so long... I started this back in August!

Okay, here's the list... Over 120 actors (and a few directors acting), all linked Kevin-Bacon-style!

The names of actors and movies link to IMDB's credits and cast respectively. No pictures, as this would just clutter everything. Click the link, or do a Google or Wikipedia search.

Bold names denote Oscar winners or nominees. Actors for main or supporting, movies for best picture or nominees.

[The list is not chronological... I started with Bill Pullman and worked outwards. So if it seems that I'm avoiding certain obvious links, it's because they were used elsewhere. Don't worry... your favorites will appear. If not, mention my omission in the comments, and I'll try to work them in later.]

Dune [This is where I stopped. Feel free to continue from here.]

Paul L. Smith

Ray Walston
My Favorite Martian

Christine Ebersole
Richie Rich

John Laroquette
Star Trek III

Christopher Lloyd
Back To The Future

Huey Lewis

Peter Coyote
E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial

Drew Barrymore

Art Carney
Last Action Hero

Danny DeVito
Batman Returns [The first Batman movie on the list.]

Michelle Pfeiffer

Peter O'Toole

Faye Dunaway
The Handmaid's Tale

Robert Duvall
THX 1138

Donald Pleasence
Fantastic Voyage

Edmund O'Brien
Moon Pilot

Tommy Kirk [A member of the Disney bRat Pack, plays a Martian in...]
Pajama Party

Buster Keaton
How To Stuff A Wild Bikini [The first multiple link.]

Dr. Goldfoot and the Bikini Machine

Vincent Price
Edward Scissorhands

Anthony Michael Hall
The Dark Knight [Batman #2]

Michael Caine [a proto-Kevin Bacon]

Nicole Kidman
The Golden Compass

Daniel Craig
Road To Perdition

Tom Hanks

Clint Howard

Wilfred Bromley
The Thing

Kurt Russell [Another Rat Packer]
The Computer Wore Tennis Shoes [Frank Welker, the voice of Scooby Doo and many others, makes a rare appearance in front of the camera]

Cesar Romero
Batman [Batman #3]

Burgess Meredith
Twilight Zone: The Movie

Bill Murray
Ghost Busters

Ernie Hudson
Spacehunter: Adventures in the Forbidden Zone

Michael Ironside
Total Recall

Sharon Stone
Catwoman [Batman #3.5]

Halle Barry
X2 [A Nexus.]

Bryan Singer [No. Really.]
Star Trek: Nemesis

Ron Perlman
Prince Valiant [Yes, they made a recent movie on Prince Valiant. Who knew? And it is not the first. (Holy smokes!)]

Joanna Lumley [Check out THIS.]
The Satanic Rites of Dracula

Peter Cushing
Star Wars

Kenny Baker

Val Kilmer
The Island of Dr. Moreau

Marlon Brando

Marc McClure
Freaky Friday

Dick Van Patten
Soylent Green

Charlton Heston
(Only nominated once, but won for Ben-Hur)
Planet of the Apes

Roddy McDowall

[Oh, crap... got Roddy McDowall confused with Malcolm McDowell!]

[Man... it took some work, but I got it done!]

Bedknobs and Broomsticks

David Tomlinson
The Love Bug

Buddy Hackett

Alfre Woodard
Star Trek: First Contact

Patrick Stewart

Helen Mirren
[Also a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire]
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

Alan Rickman
Galaxy Quest

Sigourney Weaver


John Hurt
Spaceballs [This is where it all started. Towards the end of the movie. Heh.]

Bill Pullman

Independence Day

Jeff Goldblum
[The first multiple link between actors.]
Geena Davis

Beetle Juice

Michael Keaton
Batman [Batman movie #4]

Jack Nicholson
Mars Attacks

Natalie Portman
Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace

Liam Neeson

Batman Begins [Batman movie #5]

Gary Oldman
Fifth Element

Bruce Willis

Samuel L. Jackson
Iron Man

Elf [Ray Harryhausen!]

Mary Steenburgen
Back to the Future Part III

Leah Thompson
Howard the Duck

Tim Robbins
War of the Worlds

Tom Cruise

Tom Curry
The Rocky Horror Picture Show

Susan Sarandon

James Marsden

Ray Park
G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra

Rachel Nichols
Star Trek

Eric Bana

Jennifer Connelly
Labyrinth [Jim Henson does not perform in this movie, but Frank Oz does.]

David Bowie
The Man Who Fell To Earth

Rip Torn
Men In Black

Tommy Lee Jones
Batman Forever [Batman movie #6]

Rene Auberjonois
Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country

Christian Slater
Interview with the Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles

Kirsten Dunst

Robin Williams

Dustin Hoffman
Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium

Jason Bateman

Will Smith
Wild Wild West

Salma Hayek
From Dusk Till Dawn

George Clooney
Batman & Robin [Batman movie #7] [All of the Batman movies have been linked. If you want to link the serial from 1943, knock yerself out. I ain't stoppin' ya.]

Arnold Schwarzenegger
Hercules in New York

Arnold Stang

Robert Strauss
Li'l Abner

Jerry Lewis [My favorite link on this entire list. Wish I could have linked Valerie Harper.]
Way Way Out

James Brolin [also in Fantastic Voyage]
Westworld [Michael Crichton had only one appearance, in Andromeda Strain.]

Majel Barrett [She rivals Leonard Nimoy and Mark Lenard for the most variations of Star Trek.]
Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home

William Shatner
Airplane II: The Sequel

Lloyd Bridges

[Crap... had a direct link to Anjelica Huston, but it doesn't exist. Took some work... but here's the patch.]

Honey I Blew Up The Kid

Rick Moranis
Little Shop of Horrors

Steve Martin
The Muppet Movie

Richard Pryor [You could take a shortcut and use Carol Kane to link to Ms. Huston. Here's the scenic route:]
The Wiz

Michael Jackson [Yup, can link to Ms. Huston via Captain EO... patience.]
Men In Black II

Barry Sonnenfeld
Addams Family Values

Anjelica Huston
The Comic Book Kids

Billy Barty
Masters of the Universe

Courtney Cox

Tim Allen
[Galaxy Quest.... CRAP! Already used with Sigourney Weaver. Just a sec...]

The Santa Clause

Peter Boyle
The Adventures of Pluto Nash [Bad movie, great cast]

Rosario Dawson
Sin City


Stan Lee

Tobey Maguire

Don Knotts
The Reluctant Astronaut

Leslie Nielsen
Forbidden Planet [Style point for using a serious role of Mr. Nielsen.]

Robbie the Robot [He plays himself in Forbidden Planet, but since this is a fictional movie, not a documentary, and a major role, it counts.]

Chuck Jones [Yes! My second favorite link on this list.]

Henry Gibson
Gremlins 2: The New Batch

Christopher Lee
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Johnny Depp [Betcha you thought I forgot him, didn'tcha?]
From Hell

Ian Holm
Time Bandits

Sean Connery
Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade

John Rhys-Davies
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
[One of the few fantasy films to be nominated for, let alone win, an Academy Award for Best Picture.]
Cate Blanchett
Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull

Harrison Ford

And thus ends the initial list. Why end it at Harrison Ford? Because once I got going, and found it approaching 122 names, I decided to link all of the Batman movies. Luckily, I was able to splice in the last Batman movie (actually the first) via Kurt Russell, although I had to sacrifice a double (Kurt Russell + John Carpenter = The Thing + Escape From New York) as well as Jamie Lee Curtis (EFNY/Buckaroo Banzai) and John Lithgow (Banzai/Twilight Zone). Actually, it would be slick to link Buckaroo Banzai and its sequel, Big Trouble in Little China via Kurt Russell and Jamie Lee Curtis.

Any corrections, comments, suggestions, criticisms... let me know.

What Do They Have in Common?

Check out the next post and find out!