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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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samfree added Dec. at 63 (1951-2014)

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Jack Nicholson
Christopher Walken
Walter Cronkite

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Richard Nixon
Jimmy Stewart
John Wayne

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

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Buckwheat
Bill Cosby
James Brown
Tracy Morgan

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age 57

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Clint Eastwood
Andy Kaufman
Matthew McConaughey
Jack Nicholson
Sylvester Stallone

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age 40

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Vincent Price
James Carville
Alan Alda
Al Pacino
 

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Dec. at 50 (1948-1998)

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Frankenstein's Monster
Charlton Hesten
Phil Donahue
Bill Clinton

 

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Dec. at 72 (1933-2005)

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James Cagney
Burt Lancaster
Kirk Douglas

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Bill Clinton
Donald Trump
Dick Cheney
Al Sharpton
Chris Matthews

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Christopher Walken
Al Pacino
Jimmy Stewart

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Sammy Davis Jr.
Muhammad Ali
Mike Tyson

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age 31

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Tracy Morgan
Jay-Z
Drake
Denzel Washington
Sway

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Christopher Walken
William Shatner
Jack Nicholson
Al Pacino
 

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#452 of 1,151 The Best Actors in Film History #696 of 2,003 The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History #186 of 410 The Funniest Stand Up Comedians Of All Time

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Hillary Clinton
Ellen
Angela Merkel
Ruth Bader Ginsburg
Ruth Bader Ginsburg

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age 44

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Barry Gibb
Seinfeld
Neil Young
Adam Sandler
John Travolta

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age 48

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Sarah Palin
Robert De Niro
Barbara Bush

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#46 of 276 The Most Trustworthy Celebrities in the World #145 of 942 The Best Actresses in Film History #25 of 362 The Funniest People of All Time

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Dave Coulier age 59

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Scooby Doo
Statler and Waldorf
Joe Pesci
Richard Pryor
 

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Ed Sullivan
Johnny Mathis
Tony Bennett
Dean Martin

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Sean Connery
Sharon Osbourne
Michael Caine

 

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age 39

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Alan Rickman
John Malkovich
Tom Hiddleston
Michael Caine
 

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Hulk Hogan
Robert DeNiro
Kenny Loggins
Arnold Schwarzenegger

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Dec. at 67 (1942-2009)

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Jack Nicholson
Sammy Davis Jr.
Bugs Bunny
Ted Koppel