Comedians The Best Celebrity Impersonators Ever  

Kel Varnsen
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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

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Richard Nixon
Jimmy Stewart
John Wayne

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samfree added Robin Williams Died at 63 (1951-2014)

Notable Impressions:

Jack Nicholson
Christopher Walken
Walter Cronkite

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Jim Carrey age 56

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Clint Eastwood
Andy Kaufman
Matthew McConaughey
Jack Nicholson
Sylvester Stallone

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Dana Carvey age 62

Notable Impressions:

George H.W. Bush
Ross Perot
Dennis Miller
Johnny Carson
 

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Frank Caliendo age 44

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Morgan Freeman
Robin Williams
John Madden

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Kevin Spacey age 58

Notable Impressions:

Christopher Walken
Al Pacino
Jimmy Stewart

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Frank Gorshin Died at 72 (1933-2005)

Notable Impressions: 

James Cagney
Burt Lancaster
Kirk Douglas

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Phil Hartman Died at 50 (1948-1998)

Notable Impressions:

Frankenstein's Monster
Charlton Hesten
Phil Donahue
Bill Clinton

 

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Bill Hader age 39

Notable Impressions:

Vincent Price
James Carville
Alan Alda
Al Pacino
 

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samfree added Eddie Murphy age 54

Notable Impressions:

Buckwheat
Bill Cosby
James Brown
Tracy Morgan

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Jimmy Fallon age 43

Notable Impressions:

Barry Gibb
Seinfeld
Neil Young
Adam Sandler
John Travolta

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Darrell Hammond age 62

Notable Impressions:

Bill Clinton
Donald Trump
Dick Cheney
Al Sharpton
Chris Matthews

42 Famous People Rejected by Saturday Night Live

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Billy Crystal age 70

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Sammy Davis Jr.
Muhammad Ali
Mike Tyson

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Kevin Pollak age 60

Notable Impressions: 

Christopher Walken
William Shatner
Jack Nicholson
Al Pacino
 

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Dave Coulier age 58

Notable Impressions:

Scooby Doo
Statler and Waldorf
Joe Pesci
Richard Pryor
 

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Will Ferrell age 48

Notable Impressions:

Robert Goulet
George W. Bush
Harry Caray

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Jay Pharoah age 30

Notable Impressions:

Tracy Morgan
Jay-Z
Drake
Denzel Washington
Sway

The Best Science-Fiction Authors

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Tina Fey age 47

Notable Impressions:

Sarah Palin
Robert De Niro
Barbara Bush

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John Byner age 79

Notable Impressions:

Ed Sullivan
Johnny Mathis
Tony Bennett
Dean Martin

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Notable Impressions:

Sean Connery
Sharon Osbourne
Michael Caine

 

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Aries Spears age 42

Notable Impressions:

Shaq
DMX
Denzel Washington

 

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lbattle added Kate McKinnon age 34

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Hillary Clinton
Ellen
Angela Merkel
Ruth Bader Ginsburg
Ruth Bader Ginsburg

15 Celebrities Who Were Outed

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Fred Travalena Died at 67 (1942-2009)

Notable Impressions:

Jack Nicholson
Sammy Davis Jr.
Bugs Bunny
Ted Koppel

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Benedict Cumberbatch age 41

Notable Impressions:

Alan Rickman
John Malkovich
Tom Hiddleston
Michael Caine
 

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Notable Impressions: 

Hulk Hogan
Robert DeNiro
Kenny Loggins
Arnold Schwarzenegger

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preciouskiki added Steve Coogan age 52

Notable Impressions:

Michael Caine
Roger Moore
Liam Neeson

 

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Ben Stiller age 52

Notable Impressions:

Bono
Tom Cruise
Joaquin Phoenix

15 Famous People Who Went to Med School

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Notable Impressions:

Nicolas Cage
Billy Baldwin
Ben Stiller
Robin Williams
 

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Notable Impressions:

Morgan Freeman
Arnold Schwarzenegger
Robert DeNiro

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Jay Mohr age 47

Notable Impressions:

Christopher Walken
Joe Pesci
Norm MacDonald
Adam Sandler
 

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Rick LaBeau added David Frye Died at 78 (1933-2011)

Notable Impressions: 

Kirk Douglas
Marlon Brando
LBJ
 

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Notable Impressions:

Andrew Dice Clay
Bruce Springsteen
Bill Clinton

The Best Movies That Were Originally Panned by Critics

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Joe Piscopo age 66

Notable Impressions: 

Frank Sinatra
Andy Rooney
Robert DeNiro
Johnny Carson

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Patrick Laxson added Melissa Villasenor

Notable Impressions: 

Maria Bamford
Owen Wilson
Mickey Mouse
Pikachu
Bjork

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adam110586 added Debra Wilson age 55

Notable Impressions: 

Whitney Houston
Oprah
Lil Kim

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Notable Impressions: 

Michael Caine
Mick Jagger
Tom Jones
 

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Danny Marks added Danny Gans Died at 53 (1956-2009)

Notable Impressions:

Garth Brooks
Billy Joel
Peter Faulk

 

The Best Qualities in a Man

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Notable Impressions:

The Moviefone Guy
The Backstreet Boys
Keanu Reeves
Jackie Chan

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Marilyn Michaels age 75

Notable Impressions: 

Elizabeth Taylor
Eartha Kitt
Barbara Streisand
Diana Ross

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Danny Marks added Louise DuArt age 67

Notable Impressions: 

George Burns
Joan Rivers
Cher
Judge Judy
 

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Danny Marks added Terry Fator age 52

Notable Impressions: 

Michael Jackson
Elvis
Cher

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George Kirby Died at 72 (1923-1995)

Notable Impressions: 

Archie Bunker
Ralph Kramden
Louis Armstrong

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Vaughn Meader Died at 68 (1936-2004)

Notable Impressions: 

JFK
Jesus

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Craig Shoemaker age 59

Notable Impressions: 

Barney Fife
Floyd The Barber
Aunt Bee
Andy Griffith
 

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Notable Impressions: 

Christopher Walken
Tracy Morgan
Adam Sandler

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Roger Kabler

Notable Impressions: 

Robert DeNiro
Robin Williams
John Travolta
 

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Will Jordan age 90

Notable Impressions:

Groucho Marx 
Bing Crosby
Perry Como
Dean Martin
John Wayne

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Freddie Starr age 75

Notable Impressions:

Mick Jagger
Roy Orbison
Dean Martin

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Morgan Freeman
Liam Neeson
Doc from Back to the Future

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Steve Bridges Died at 49 (1963-2012)

Notable Impressions:

George W. Bush
Bill Clinton
Barack Obama