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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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Notable Impressions: 

Richard Nixon
Jimmy Stewart
John Wayne

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samfree added Dec. at 63 (1951-2014)

Notable Impressions:

Jack Nicholson
Christopher Walken
Walter Cronkite

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age 63

Notable Impressions:

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

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age 45

Notable Impressions: 

Morgan Freeman
Robin Williams
John Madden

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age 57

Notable Impressions:

Clint Eastwood
Andy Kaufman
Matthew McConaughey
Jack Nicholson
Sylvester Stallone

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Dec. at 72 (1933-2005)

Notable Impressions: 

James Cagney
Burt Lancaster
Kirk Douglas

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Dec. at 50 (1948-1998)

Notable Impressions:

Frankenstein's Monster
Charlton Hesten
Phil Donahue
Bill Clinton

 

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age 59

Notable Impressions:

Christopher Walken
Al Pacino
Jimmy Stewart

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age 37

Notable Impressions:

Vincent Price
James Carville
Alan Alda
Al Pacino
 

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Notable Impressions:

Buckwheat
Bill Cosby
James Brown
Tracy Morgan

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age 63

Notable Impressions:

Bill Clinton
Donald Trump
Dick Cheney
Al Sharpton
Chris Matthews

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age 70

Notable Impressions:

Sammy Davis Jr.
Muhammad Ali
Mike Tyson

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age 44

Notable Impressions:

Barry Gibb
Seinfeld
Neil Young
Adam Sandler
John Travolta

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age 61

Notable Impressions: 

Christopher Walken
William Shatner
Jack Nicholson
Al Pacino
 

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age 31

Notable Impressions:

Tracy Morgan
Jay-Z
Drake
Denzel Washington
Sway

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age 45

Notable Impressions:

Sarah Palin
Robert De Niro
Barbara Bush

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age 59

Notable Impressions:

Scooby Doo
Statler and Waldorf
Joe Pesci
Richard Pryor
 

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age 51

Notable Impressions:

Robert Goulet
George W. Bush
Harry Caray

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age 80

Notable Impressions:

Ed Sullivan
Johnny Mathis
Tony Bennett
Dean Martin

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Notable Impressions: 

Hillary Clinton
Ellen
Angela Merkel
Ruth Bader Ginsburg
Ruth Bader Ginsburg

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age 43

Notable Impressions:

Shaq
DMX
Denzel Washington

 

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Notable Impressions:

Sean Connery
Sharon Osbourne
Michael Caine

 

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Dec. at 67 (1942-2009)

Notable Impressions:

Jack Nicholson
Sammy Davis Jr.
Bugs Bunny
Ted Koppel

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age 42

Notable Impressions:

Alan Rickman
John Malkovich
Tom Hiddleston
Michael Caine
 

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Notable Impressions: 

Hulk Hogan
Robert DeNiro
Kenny Loggins
Arnold Schwarzenegger