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This list of the most successful Saturday Night Live alumni in the show’s history, has been ranked by SNL fans. In the 40+ seasons SNL has been on the air, there have been hundreds of cast members, each comedian bringing laughter into the homes of millions for multiple generations. Every few years cast members leave to pursue their acting, stand-up comedy, producing, and writing careers,making way for new cast members to become the new faces of sketch comedy. Many of the alumni of Saturday Night Live went on to be some of the most famous actors in the business, in movies, television, and theater.

Many comedic actors who are most known for their movies that make hundreds of millions of dollars got their start on SNL, such as Adam Sandler, Will Ferrell, and Eddie Murphy. Other former SNL cast mates went on to create and/or star in some of the most successful television shows, such as Tina Fey’s 30 Rock and Amy Poehler’s Parks and Recreation. Jimmy Fallon is currently a late night host, while Al Franken went on to become a politician.

Which SNL cast members went on to have amazingly successful careers? Whose career simply faded away? Which are the most successful SNL alumni? Of the SNL full cast, there has been a wide range of success. This least features the Saturday Night Live alumni with the most success under their belts.

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Bill Murray is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Most Successful Saturday Night Live Alumni
Bill Murray Iron Chef America, SCTV Network 90, Banzai

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+ - 790 178
Steve Martin is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Most Successful Saturday Night Live Alumni
Steve Martin The Tracey Ullman Show, Biography, Leo & Liz in Beverly Hills

3
+ - 834 300
Eddie Murphy is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Most Successful Saturday Night Live Alumni
Eddie Murphy Saturday Night Live, Shrek the Halls, The PJs

4
+ - 1,009 234
Will Ferrell is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Most Successful Saturday Night Live Alumni
Will Ferrell Saturday Night Live, Eastbound & Down, Tim and Eric Awesome Show

5
+ - 913 242
Tina Fey is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Most Successful Saturday Night Live Alumni
Tina Fey 30 Rock, Saturday Night Live, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

6
+ - 863 268
Jimmy Fallon is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Most Successful Saturday Night Live Alumni
Jimmy Fallon 30 Rock, Saturday Night Live, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon

7
+ - 654 218
Robert Downey Jr. is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Most Successful Saturday Night Live Alumni
Robert Downey Jr. Ally McBeal, The Twilight Zone, Mussolini: The Untold Story

8
+ - 657 216
Dan Aykroyd is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Most Successful Saturday Night Live Alumni
Dan Aykroyd Saturday Night Live, The Real Ghostbusters, Psi Factor: Chronicles of the Paranormal

9
+ - 830 273
Adam Sandler is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Most Successful Saturday Night Live Alumni
Adam Sandler Saturday Night Live, Rules of Engagement, Remote Control

10
+ - 662 246
Mike Myers is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Most Successful Saturday Night Live Alumni
Mike Myers Saturday Night Live, Bizarre, King of Kensington

11
+ - 624 227
Chris Rock is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Most Successful Saturday Night Live Alumni
Chris Rock In Living Color, Everybody Hates Chris, The Chris Rock Show

12
+ - 622 236
Chevy Chase is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Most Successful Saturday Night Live Alumni
Chevy Chase Community, Saturday Night Live, The Chevy Chase Show

13
+ - 491 246
Billy Crystal is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Most Successful Saturday Night Live Alumni
Billy Crystal Saturday Night Live, Soap, The Critic

14
+ - 508 205
Ben Stiller is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Most Successful Saturday Night Live Alumni
Ben Stiller Mr. Show with Bob and David, The Ben Stiller Show, Wish Kids

15
+ - 584 257
Kristen Wiig is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Most Successful Saturday Night Live Alumni
Kristen Wiig Saturday Night Live, Bored to Death, The Looney Tunes Show

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+ - 615 213
Chris Farley is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Most Successful Saturday Night Live Alumni

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+ - 482 208
Julia Louis-Dreyfus is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Most Successful Saturday Night Live Alumni
Julia Louis-Dreyfus Seinfeld, Saturday Night Live, Veep

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+ - 556 172
Amy Poehler is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Most Successful Saturday Night Live Alumni
Amy Poehler Parks and Recreation, Saturday Night Live, Broad City

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+ - 532 201
John Belushi is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Most Successful Saturday Night Live Alumni
John Belushi Saturday Night Live, The Richard Pryor Show

20
+ - 416 234
Dana Carvey is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Most Successful Saturday Night Live Alumni
Dana Carvey Saturday Night Live, The Dana Carvey Show, Blue Thunder

21
+ - 410 228
Martin Short is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Most Successful Saturday Night Live Alumni
Martin Short Damages, Merlin, SCTV Channel

22
+ - 428 206
David Spade is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Most Successful Saturday Night Live Alumni
David Spade Saturday Night Live, Beavis and Butt-head, Rules of Engagement

23
+ - 452 224
Andy Samberg is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Most Successful Saturday Night Live Alumni
Andy Samberg Saturday Night Live, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Freaknik: The Musical

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+ - 400 212
Phil Hartman is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Most Successful Saturday Night Live Alumni
Phil Hartman The Simpsons, Saturday Night Live, The Jetsons

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+ - 314 213
Jim Belushi is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Most Successful Saturday Night Live Alumni
Jim Belushi Hey Arnold!, Aaahh!!! Real Monsters, The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius

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+ - 370 231
Gilda Radner is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Most Successful Saturday Night Live Alumni
Gilda Radner Saturday Night Live, Dr. Zonk and the Zunkins, Music for UNICEF Concert

27
+ - 293 196
Jon Lovitz is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Most Successful Saturday Night Live Alumni
Jon Lovitz NewsRadio, The Critic, Foley Square

28
+ - 327 236
Rob Schneider is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Most Successful Saturday Night Live Alumni
Rob Schneider Men Behaving Badly, Rob, Jancis Robinson's Wine Course

29
+ - 333 218
Maya Rudolph is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Most Successful Saturday Night Live Alumni
Maya Rudolph Up All Night, TV Funhouse, City of Angels

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+ - 318 177
Jason Sudeikis is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Most Successful Saturday Night Live Alumni
Jason Sudeikis Saturday Night Live, The Cleveland Show, Eastbound & Down

31
+ - 269 216
Sarah Silverman is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Most Successful Saturday Night Live Alumni
Sarah Silverman Bob's Burgers, Mr. Show with Bob and David, Greg the Bunny

32
+ - 319 212
Tracy Morgan is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Most Successful Saturday Night Live Alumni
Tracy Morgan 30 Rock, The Tracy Morgan Show, Where My Dogs At?

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+ - 321 200
Bill Hader is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Most Successful Saturday Night Live Alumni
Bill Hader South Park, Saturday Night Live, The Mindy Project

34
+ - 203 162
Joan Cusack is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Most Successful Saturday Night Live Alumni
Joan Cusack Shameless, Max & Ruby, Wayside

35
+ - 232 157
Damon Wayans is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Most Successful Saturday Night Live Alumni
Damon Wayans Saturday Night Live, In Living Color, My Wife and Kids

36
+ - 259 229
Jane Curtin is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Most Successful Saturday Night Live Alumni
Jane Curtin Saturday Night Live, 3rd Rock from the Sun, Unforgettable

37
+ - 256 182
Molly Shannon is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Most Successful Saturday Night Live Alumni
Molly Shannon Saturday Night Live, Web Therapy, Cracking Up

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+ - 232 252
Dennis Miller is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Most Successful Saturday Night Live Alumni
Dennis Miller Monday Night Football, Dennis Miller Live, Dennis Miller Live

39
+ - 163 216
Gilbert Gottfried is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Most Successful Saturday Night Live Alumni
Gilbert Gottfried Cyberchase, Hollywood Squares, Disney's House of Mouse

40
+ - 259 226
Norm Macdonald is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Most Successful Saturday Night Live Alumni
Norm Macdonald The Norm Show, Celebrity Jeopardy!, A Minute with Stan Hooper

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+ - 192 179
Kenan Thompson is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Most Successful Saturday Night Live Alumni
Kenan Thompson Saturday Night Live, Kenan & Kel, All That

42
+ - 163 184
Chris Elliott is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Most Successful Saturday Night Live Alumni
Chris Elliott Get a Life, Late Night with David Letterman, The Naked Truth

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+ - 154 189
Janeane Garofalo is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Most Successful Saturday Night Live Alumni
Janeane Garofalo 24, The Larry Sanders Show, Mr. Show with Bob and David

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+ - 172 209
Garrett Morris is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Most Successful Saturday Night Live Alumni
Garrett Morris 2 Broke Girls, Martin, Hunter

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+ - 142 168
Randy Quaid is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Most Successful Saturday Night Live Alumni
Randy Quaid A Streetcar Named Desire, Category 7: The End of the World, National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation 2

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+ - 196 176
Tim Meadows is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Most Successful Saturday Night Live Alumni
Tim Meadows Marry Me, Glory Daze, The Michael Richards Show

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+ - 224 174
Kevin Nealon is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Most Successful Saturday Night Live Alumni
Kevin Nealon Saturday Night Live, Weeds, Crank Yankers

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+ - 235 208
Fred Armisen is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Most Successful Saturday Night Live Alumni
Fred Armisen Saturday Night Live, Portlandia, The Looney Tunes Show

49
+ - 83 192
Christopher Guest is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Most Successful Saturday Night Live Alumni
Christopher Guest Family Tree, Saturday Night Live with Howard Cosell

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+ - 175 169
Will Forte is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Most Successful Saturday Night Live Alumni
Will Forte Saturday Night Live, The Cleveland Show, Gravity Falls