comedians The Best Celebrity Impersonators Ever  

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The best celebrity impressionists ever include some legendary comics and impersonators like Rich Little, Will Jordan, and Will Jordan, along with some modern-day comedians like Jim Carrey, Dana Carvey and, more recently, Jay Pharoah. This list includes some of the masters of comedic impressions and impersonations, but it isn't complete: be sure to add any of your favorite impressionists and impressionist comedians who are missing (and vote for the best).

Doing a truly great impression of someone else takes great skill. It's more than just scrunching up your face and saying "Come on, make my day" and then passing it off as Clint Eastwood. Anyone who can do amazing impressions must be able to pull off physical comedy. It's about getting the gestures, the voice inflection and the attitude of the person just right. On top of that, you've got to be funny. That's a tall order, but several great comedians have found the perfect formula.

Who are the best celeb impersonators? Some of the best impressionists ever are (or were) cast members on 'Saturday Night Live' or other sketch comedy shows. Among them: Phil Hartman, Joe Piscopo, Dana Carvey, Adam Sandler, Will Ferrell, and Darrell Hammond. Tina Fey earns a place of honor on this list for her hilarious, and nearly perfect, impression of Sarah Palin.
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bobbieandsapphi added Rich Little age 79 - Notable Impressions:  Richard NixonJimmy StewartJohn Wayne

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samfree added Robin Williams Died at 63 (1951-2014) - Notable Impressions: Jack NicholsonChristopher WalkenWalter Cronkite

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Jim Carrey age 56 - Notable Impressions: Clint EastwoodAndy KaufmanMatthew McConaugheyJack NicholsonSylvester Stallone

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Frank Caliendo age 44 - Notable Impressions:  Morgan FreemanRobin WilliamsJohn Madden

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Dana Carvey age 62 - Notable Impressions: George H.W. BushRoss PerotDennis MillerJohnny Carson 

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Kevin Spacey age 58 - Notable Impressions: Christopher WalkenAl PacinoJimmy Stewart

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Frank Gorshin Died at 72 (1933-2005) - Notable Impressions:  James CagneyBurt LancasterKirk Douglas

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Phil Hartman Died at 50 (1948-1998) - Notable Impressions: Frankenstein's MonsterCharlton HestenPhil DonahueBill Clinton 

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samfree added Eddie Murphy age 57 - Notable Impressions: BuckwheatBill CosbyJames BrownTracy Morgan

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Bill Hader age 39 - Notable Impressions: Vincent PriceJames CarvilleAlan AldaAl Pacino 

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Darrell Hammond age 62 - Notable Impressions: Bill ClintonDonald TrumpDick CheneyAl SharptonChris Matthews

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Jimmy Fallon age 43 - Notable Impressions: Barry GibbSeinfeldNeil YoungAdam SandlerJohn Travolta

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Billy Crystal age 70 - Notable Impressions: Sammy Davis Jr.Muhammad AliMike Tyson

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Kevin Pollak age 60 - Notable Impressions:  Christopher WalkenWilliam ShatnerJack NicholsonAl Pacino 

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Dave Coulier age 58 - Notable Impressions: Scooby DooStatler and WaldorfJoe PesciRichard Pryor 

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Jay Pharoah age 30 - Notable Impressions:Tracy MorganJay-ZDrakeDenzel WashingtonSway

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Will Ferrell age 50 - Notable Impressions: Robert GouletGeorge W. BushHarry Caray

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Tina Fey age 47 - Notable Impressions:Sarah PalinRobert De NiroBarbara Bush

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John Byner age 79 - Notable Impressions:Ed SullivanJohnny MathisTony BennettDean Martin

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Aries Spears age 42 - Notable Impressions:ShaqDMXDenzel Washington 

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adam110586 added Craig Ferguson age 55 - Notable Impressions:Sean ConnerySharon OsbourneMichael Caine 

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lbattle added Kate McKinnon age 34 - Notable Impressions: Hillary ClintonEllenAngela MerkelRuth Bader GinsburgRuth Bader Ginsburg

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Fred Travalena Died at 67 (1942-2009) - Notable Impressions:Jack NicholsonSammy Davis Jr.Bugs BunnyTed Koppel

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adam110586 added Will Sasso age 42 - Notable Impressions: Hulk HoganRobert DeNiroKenny LogginsArnold Schwarzenegger

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Benedict Cumberbatch age 41 - Notable Impressions: Alan RickmanJohn MalkovichTom HiddlestonMichael Caine 

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preciouskiki added Steve Coogan age 52 - Notable Impressions: Michael CaineRoger MooreLiam Neeson 

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utseb1 added Simon Helberg age 37 - Notable Impressions: Nicolas CageBilly BaldwinBen StillerRobin Williams 

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Ben Stiller age 52 - Notable Impressions:BonoTom CruiseJoaquin Phoenix

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UglyShirts added Josh Robert Thompson age 43 - Notable Impressions:Morgan FreemanArnold SchwarzeneggerRobert DeNiro

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Jay Mohr age 47 - Notable Impressions:Christopher WalkenJoe PesciNorm MacDonaldAdam Sandler 

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Joe Piscopo age 66 - Notable Impressions:  Frank SinatraAndy RooneyRobert DeNiroJohnny Carson

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Nate Allen added Anthony Cumia age 56 - Notable Impressions:Andrew Dice ClayBruce SpringsteenBill Clinton

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Rick LaBeau added David Frye Died at 78 (1933-2011) - Notable Impressions: Kirk DouglasMarlon BrandoLBJ 

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Patrick Laxson added Pablo Francisco age 44 - Notable Impressions:The Moviefone GuyThe Backstreet BoysKeanu ReevesJackie Chan

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adam110586 added Debra Wilson age 55 - Notable Impressions: Whitney HoustonOprahLil Kim

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preciouskiki added Rob Brydon age 52 - Notable Impressions:  Michael CaineMick JaggerTom Jones 

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Danny Marks added Danny Gans Died at 53 (1956-2009) - Notable Impressions: Garth BrooksBilly JoelPeter Faulk 

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Patrick Laxson added Melissa Villasenor Notable Impressions:  Maria BamfordOwen WilsonMickey MousePikachuBjork

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Marilyn Michaels age 75 - Notable Impressions: Elizabeth TaylorEartha KittBarbara StreisandDiana Ross

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Danny Marks added Louise DuArt age 67 - Notable Impressions:  George BurnsJoan RiversCherJudge Judy 

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Danny Marks added Terry Fator age 52 - Notable Impressions:  Michael JacksonElvisCher

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George Kirby Died at 72 (1923-1995) - Notable Impressions:  Archie BunkerRalph KramdenLouis Armstrong

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Craig Shoemaker age 59 - Notable Impressions:  Barney FifeFloyd The BarberAunt BeeAndy Griffith 

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Vaughn Meader Died at 68 (1936-2004) - Notable Impressions: JFKJesus

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Wyatt1 added Craig Gass age 48 - Notable Impressions:  Christopher WalkenTracy MorganAdam Sandler

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Roger Kabler Notable Impressions:  Robert DeNiroRobin WilliamsJohn Travolta 

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Will Jordan age 90 - Notable Impressions: Groucho Marx Bing CrosbyPerry ComoDean MartinJohn Wayne

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Freddie Starr age 75 - Notable Impressions: Mick JaggerRoy OrbisonDean Martin

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Steve Bridges Died at 49 (1963-2012) - Notable Impressions: George W. BushBill ClintonBarack Obama

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stuartsmith176 added Stuart J Smith 47 - Notable Impressions:  Morgan FreemanLiam NeesonDoc from Back to the Future