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Know Your Meme

Once again, people ‘discover’ this Robert Redford meme is not Zach Galifianakis

Not every white guy with a beard is Zach Galifianakis.


David Britton


Posted on Jul 10, 2019   Updated on May 20, 2021, 8:58 am CDT

In 1972 , Robert Redford starred in a western called Jeremiah Johnson, a film loosely based on real-life mountain man John “Liver Eating” Johnson (yes people really called him that, and you probably don’t want to know why).

The movie was both a box-office and critical success and, in fact, still enjoys a 95% fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

Despite all that, you’re probably most aware of the film because of this GIF of Redford nodding.


It’s been around since 2012 and is probably one of the most well-known reaction memes of all time.

Robert Redford has been nominated for multiple Academy Awards and has won two, including a lifetime achievement award. He’s also the creator of the Sundance Flim Festival, so you’d think people might know who he is, but somehow every few years people “discover” that the man in the meme is not comedian Zach Galifianakis.

Not Robert Redford.

Despite the fact that these men are actually quite different looking, people are still constantly shocked that the meme is of Redford and not Galifianakis. The latest craze seems to have started when Splinter ran an article on July 9 expressing surprise that the meme was of Robert Redford.

Not only did people apparently not know this, they once again thought it was Zach Galifianakis.

Lest you think this is a new phenomenon, check out these YouTube comments from a clip of the movie. Please note they are from four years ago.

youtube robert redford comments

At least a few people had the decency to find the mistake offensive.

The official Sundance Film Festival account even took time to weigh in.

Not knowing actors names or faces is certainly nothing to be ashamed of. Unless you work in Hollywood, you probably have more important things to worry about. But this seems particularly egregious, as Redford is a legendary actor and this has happened multiple times. At this point, it’s starting to get embarrassing.

We’re sure Mr. Redford would agree.



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*First Published: Jul 10, 2019, 12:55 pm CDT