Top 15 actor-inspired memes

Famous memes inspired by famous actors. Here are 15 of them!

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Here are the 15 most famous memes inspired by actors. Take a look and you might be surprised!

It’s impossible in this day and era to not recognize most memes. Especially when they are inspired by movie actors. Be it on purpose or accidentally.

Most likely, you know all of them. But in case you don’t, we have collected the 15 most famous and timeless memes. Those are to stay for generations to come. Here they are:

1. Sean Bean: “One does not simply…”

Sean Bean as Boromir in the Lord of The Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001). At the ‘Council of Elrond’ he stated that one cannot simply walk into Mordor. The meme kicked off around 2004-2006, and has been widely used ever since.

Sean Bean Boromir lord of the rings One does not simply walk into mordor meme
Sean Bean.

2. Leonardo DiCaprio memes

Leonardo’s relatable facial expressions have given rise to many memes. One of these is when he plays Calvin Candie in Django Unchained (2012). It’s used as a laughing response when benefiting from a situation.

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Leonardo DiCaprio (image by

3. Nicholas Cage: “You don’t say!”

Peter Loew (Nicholas Cage) during a scene in Vampire’s Kiss (1988), is freaking out at the thought of turning into a vampire. The snapshot was taken out of context, and it’s been used as a sarcastic response to obvious statements (similar to “Captain Obvious”).

Nicholas cage peter loew vampires kiss you don't say meme
Nicholas Cage.

4. Rowan Atkinson (Mr. Bean): “If you know what I mean”

Our beloved Mr. Bean (Rowan Atkinson), is famous for communicating in his “silent” ways. In this picture, he makes one of his iconic grimaces that is later used as a sexual remark.

Rowan Atkinson Mr. Bean if you know what I mean meme
Rowan Atkinson.

5. Gene Wilder: *condescending Wonka

This one is based on Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory (1979). Despite its age, the perfectly captured expression of Gene Wilder as Willy Wonka. Rage comics have made a big boom with this one.

Gene wilder willy wonka chocolate factory condescending wonka meme
Gene Wilder.

6. Morgan Freeman: “He’s right! You know…”

Everyone loves Morgan Freeman for his quotes and his deep and reassuring voice. Just looking at the image, you can already hear him. Do I need to say more?

Morgan Freeman hes right you know meme
Morgan Freeman.

7. Charles Robinson: “That’s a penis!”

Charles Robinson as the Bank President in How I Met Your Mother, in Season 2 Episode 6. He is presented with the Hammond Druthers project which leaves him shocked. The mockup resembles male genitalia, and the Bank President calls out on it. You can imagine how many times this meme has been used on sex-related topics.

Charles Robinson.

8. Keanu Reeves: *sad Keanu, *short Keanu

Keanu Reeves has been constantly in the meme spotlight, especially after the release of Cyberpunk 2077 and the John Wick trilogy. Generally, Keanu is loved by most people for his gentle personality and his incredible movies. As such, his popularity is increasing along with the creation of memes.

9. Ewan McGregor: “Hello there!”

Who doesn’t know Obi-Wan Kenobi from the Star Wars trilogy? It isn’t a surprise that a simple “Hello” was enough to give birth to such a famous meme.

Ewan McGregor.

10. Itatí Cantoral: *stares in Spanish

IItatí is the least known actor on this list due to soap operas not being famous in all countries However, her dramatic facial expressions turning into memes, are something else. Whether you know her name or not, you definitely have seen her face at least once.

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11. Tobey Maguire: Bully Maguire

Perhaps the most used meme between 2020-2022. Most people love Tobey Maguire for his unforgettable role in the Spider-Man trilogy. However, he is loved even more for his evil alter ego. Bully Maguire is not just fun to watch, but his ability to seamlessly integrate into any video you’d like to make fun of. Be it The Avengers, Star Wars, Batman, or any movie you can think of. He can turn into a hilarious parody by his presence. There’s not a single person stronger than Bully Maguire. And he can easily make anyone cry. Even Thanos.

Tobey Maguire Bully Maguire spiderman meme
Tobey Maguire.

12. Laurence Fishburne: “What if I told you…”

The reception of the Matrix trilogy was otherworldly back in the early 2000s, despite the big flop following the 4th installment. There was no surprise that famous memes would be born out of those movies. The most prominent of those was Keanu Reeves (Neo) flipping Agent Smith (Hugo Weaving) The second one is Morpheus explaining the blue and red pill to Neo.

Laurence Fishburne Morpheus the matrix what if I tod you meme
Laurence Fishburne (image by

13. J.K. Simmons: “You serious?!”

Not the most well-known actor, but he was a likable character despite his a**hole behavior. Maybe because he puts Peter Parker so many times out of his comfort zone, and he always cracks us up. Love him or hate him, J.K. Simons did land his role as J.J. Jameson so well that he became a reaction meme.

J.K. Simmons J.J. Jameson you serious spiderman meme
J.K. Simmons.

14. Benedict Cumberbatch: “Dormammu! I’ve come to bargain.”

Benedict is well known for his talent in every movie he’s ever been to, most notably for his role as ‘Dr. Stranger’ in The Avengers and Dr. Strange (2016). His unquestionable talent managed to reach an even wider audience. But it was his encounter with Dormammu that turned him into a timeless meme. His ability to defeat an omnipotent being by just being persistent and pricky, was what granted him this fame.

Benedict Cumberbatch Dr. Strange the avengers meme Dormammu! I've come to bargain
Benedict Cumberbatch.

15. Josh Brolin (Thanos): “Perfectly balanced, as all things should be…”

Thanos might have been one of the most merciless villains in any superhero movie. Despite that, nobody can deny Josh Brolin’s ability to precisely portray Thanos. Thanos was a warlord widely known throughout the whole universe for his brutal methods. However, after so many wars and clashes throughout his lifetime, he became tremendously wise. This accumulated wisdom allowed him to land a few, but very impactful quotes in the MCU. Those turned into the memes we see, and made him even more popular.

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Josh Brolin.

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