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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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Dec. at 63 (1951-2014)

Notable Impressions:

Jack Nicholson
Christopher Walken
Walter Cronkite

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age 80

Notable Impressions: 

Richard Nixon
Jimmy Stewart
John Wayne

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#121 of 362 The Funniest People of All Time #140 of 868 Celebrity Death Pool 2016

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age 45

Notable Impressions: 

Morgan Freeman
Robin Williams
John Madden

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age 57

Notable Impressions:

Buckwheat
Bill Cosby
James Brown
Tracy Morgan

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age 57

Notable Impressions:

Clint Eastwood
Andy Kaufman
Matthew McConaughey
Jack Nicholson
Sylvester Stallone

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age 40

Notable Impressions:

Vincent Price
James Carville
Alan Alda
Al Pacino
 

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Dec. at 50 (1948-1998)

Notable Impressions:

Frankenstein's Monster
Charlton Hesten
Phil Donahue
Bill Clinton

 

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Dec. at 72 (1933-2005)

Notable Impressions: 

James Cagney
Burt Lancaster
Kirk Douglas

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age 63

Notable Impressions:

Bill Clinton
Donald Trump
Dick Cheney
Al Sharpton
Chris Matthews

More Darrell Hammond 

#244 of 362 The Funniest People of All Time #14 of 30 The Best SNL Cast Members of the '00s

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age 59

Notable Impressions:

Christopher Walken
Al Pacino
Jimmy Stewart

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age 70

Notable Impressions:

Sammy Davis Jr.
Muhammad Ali
Mike Tyson

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#44 of 408 The Funniest Stand Up Comedians Of All Time #33 of 96 The Best SNL Cast Members of All Time

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age 35

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Hillary Clinton
Ellen
Angela Merkel
Ruth Bader Ginsburg
Ruth Bader Ginsburg

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age 31

Notable Impressions:

Tracy Morgan
Jay-Z
Drake
Denzel Washington
Sway

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#48 of 144 The Best Hot Ones Guests Ever #19 of 21 21 Real Politicians Vs Their 'SNL' Impressions

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age 61

Notable Impressions: 

Christopher Walken
William Shatner
Jack Nicholson
Al Pacino
 

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#449 of 1,149 The Best Actors in Film History #43 of 116 The Best Short Actors

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age 44

Notable Impressions:

Barry Gibb
Seinfeld
Neil Young
Adam Sandler
John Travolta

More Jimmy Fallon 

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age 48

Notable Impressions:

Sarah Palin
Robert De Niro
Barbara Bush

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#444 of 556 The Most Beautiful Women Of 2019, Ranked #144 of 942 The Best Actresses in Film History

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age 51

Notable Impressions:

Robert Goulet
George W. Bush
Harry Caray

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Dave Coulier
age 59

Notable Impressions:

Scooby Doo
Statler and Waldorf
Joe Pesci
Richard Pryor
 

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age 80

Notable Impressions:

Ed Sullivan
Johnny Mathis
Tony Bennett
Dean Martin

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age 56

Notable Impressions:

Sean Connery
Sharon Osbourne
Michael Caine

 

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#194 of 275 The Most Trustworthy Celebrities in the World #489 of 770 American Public Figures Who Are National Treasures

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age 43

Notable Impressions:

Shaq
DMX
Denzel Washington

 

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age 39

Notable Impressions:

Alan Rickman
John Malkovich
Tom Hiddleston
Michael Caine
 

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age 43

Notable Impressions: 

Hulk Hogan
Robert DeNiro
Kenny Loggins
Arnold Schwarzenegger

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Dec. at 67 (1942-2009)

Notable Impressions:

Jack Nicholson
Sammy Davis Jr.
Bugs Bunny
Ted Koppel