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The Four Degrees of Bryan Cranston

Here’s a challenge for Breaking Bad fans with too much time on their hands: Can the show’s versatile star, Bryan Cranston, beat Kevin Bacon at his own game? With a long and varied career as a character actor in long-running television shows like Malcolm in the Middle, Seinfeld, Falcon Crest, and Murder, She Wrote ­– not to mention work in mainstream and indie films from Saving Private Ryan to Little Miss Sunshine — he’s appeared opposite a broad range of talent over the years. (And that doesn’t even count his dozens of appearances as himself on shows like Hollywood Squares.)

Here’s how it works. Let’s say you want to find out how to connect Bryan to Buster Keaton…

First Degree: Bryan Cranston and Lindsay Wagner costar in The Return of the Six-Million-Dollar Man and the Bionic Woman (1987)

Second Degree: Lindsay Wagner and Sidney Chaplin both appeared in Bionic Woman, “The Dijon Caper” episode (1977)

Third Degree: Sidney Chaplin and Charlie Chaplin shared screen time in Countess from Hong Kong (1967)

Fourth Degree: Charlie Chaplin and Buster Keaton appeared in Limelight (1952)

That means it only takes four degrees to get to Keaton. Can you connect the Breaking Bad star to Peter Cushing, Lucy Liu or Michael Caine in four degrees or less? Show us how in the comments below or share some unique Cranston connections of your own devising.

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