Are you familiar with the theory of six degrees of separation? It seems that everyone on Earth is within six social connections of everyone else on Earth. For fun, I'm tracking here the various ways I'm connected to my favorite actor, Ioan Gruffud.

5 degrees

  1. My former coworker Bryan has a 
  2. girlfriend who worked as a personal assistant at conventions for
  3. Ron Perlman, who appeared in Pottersville with
  4. Ian McShane, who appeared in Man and Boy with
  5. Ioan Gruffud.

 

  1. My podcast friends Matt Anderson and Ben De Bono are podcast friends with 
  2. Brady Hardin, who appeared in Logan (as Brady Lovesou) with 
  3. Leo Howard, who appeared in Shorts with 
  4. Jonathan Breck, who appeared in W. with 
  5. Ioan Gruffud.

4 degrees

  1. My podcast friends Matt Anderson and Ben De Bono are podcast friends with 
  2. Jayce O'Neil, who appeared in Sudden Death with
  3. Doug Jones, who appeared in Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer with
  4. Ioan Gruffud.

 

  1. My coworker Mike is the nephew of
  2. Chris Granlund, who produced Isaac Newton: The Last Magician which stars
  3. Jonathan Hyde, who appeared in Titanic with
  4. Ioan Gruffud.

It's easy to do this yourself if you are connected to someone with an IMDb page. At that point, you can use The Oracle of Bacon, which used to calculate connections to Kevin Bacon, but now calculates connections between any two actors with Wikipedia pages.