By this definition, there is at least one IMDb actor with an infinite Bacon number, Fred Ott[?]. He acted in only two films and is the only actor in each of them, disproving the Theory of Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon that everyone who has ever appeared in any movie has a finite Bacon number. (Thomas Edison would be another example, if you count his appearance in a film).
However, the majority of actors do have a Bacon number of 2 or 3. The higher the Bacon number of an actor, the less connected they are to other actors. Using the actor with the highest known finite Bacon number (10), William Rufus Shafter as the centre of the acting universe instead of Bacon, we can find seven actors with a Rufus Shafter number of 16.
The Bacon number is an application of the same idea as the Erdos number in Mathematics to the movie industry. Remarkably, Paul Erdos himself has a Bacon number of 4, due to his appearance as himself in the 1993 film N Is a Number.
Notably, Bacon is not the most linkable actor (he is the 1161st most linkable actor). That honour goes to Christopher Lee, with 99.991% of movie actors having a Lee number <= 6 (not counting those with Lee numbers of infinity). By comparison, only 99.975% of movie actors have a Bacon number <= 6.
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But note: according to the Oracle of Bacon at Virginia,