This A-List Celebrity Came One Grade Point From a NC State Degree

There’s a lot of WPN that doesn’t know that a incredibly recognizable celebrity and North Carolina native attended NC State from 1988-1992. He talked to NC State’s Communications Director about his time in Raleigh in an article back in 2010 posted on NC State University’s website.

Zach Galifianakis has participated in nearly 40 motion pictures and has a estimated net worth of 20 million dollars. He owns a 60-acre farm in Alleghany, North Carolina but currently lives in Los Angeles. He is most famous for his role in the “Hangover” films. Ironcially enough, he calls himself the “one man wolfpack” in one of the movie’s most memorable scenes:

Being a college student is tough, especially in Raleigh. That was definitely the case for Zach Galifianakis who walked away from college in a way no one could have imagined. Galifianakis revealed in the interview that he fell just one grade point short from earning a NC State degree in his very last class.

“My time is so limited, but I’ve definitely thought about finishing it.” -ZG

Zach Galifianakis worked at Raleigh’s Amedeo’s Italian Restaurant during his time in Raleigh. Amedeo’s is home to many of NC State sports fondest memories. A part owner of Amedeo’s told me that Zach’s father, Harry Galifianakis, played football at NC State in 1957. Harry played football along aside founder Amedeo Richard DeAngelis at NC State. Little did they know, one day one of them would open an authentic italian restaurant and the other’s son would eventually work him for there.

Zach Galifianakis also met fellow NC State student and graduate A.D. Miles while at N.C. State. Miles began as a Business major but transitioned to Communications once he realized his passion was in film. Miles is a script writer for television and motion pictures. He worked with late show host Jimmy Fallon for nine years. Miles was the Head Writer for “The Late Night Show with Jimmy Fallon” for four years (2014-2017).

“He is the head writer of Late Night with Jimmy Fallon and I do what I do, and the two of us used to be kids running up and down Hillsborough looking for nothing.”


It’d great to get Zach Galifianakis back in Raleigh for a game. Go Pack!

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