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The Best Celebrity Impersonators Ever 

Kel Varnsen
Updated June 14, 2019 14.5k votes 3.1k voters 216.2k views 49 items

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 Age: 80

Birthplace: Ottawa, Canada

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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samfree added Dec. at 63 (1951-2014)

Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States of America

Notable Impressions:

Jack Nicholson
Christopher Walken
Walter Cronkite

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#42 of 1,148 The Best Actors in Film History #6 of 408 The Funniest Stand Up Comedians Of All Time The Best Ever Robin Williams Movies

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Age: 57

Birthplace: Canada, Newmarket

Notable Impressions:

Clint Eastwood
Andy Kaufman
Matthew McConaughey
Jack Nicholson
Sylvester Stallone

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#168 of 275 The Most Trustworthy Celebrities in the World #77 of 282 The Best (Male) Actors Working Today The Best Jim Carrey Movies

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Age: 63

Birthplace: USA, Montana, Missoula

Notable Impressions:

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

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#45 of 408 The Funniest Stand Up Comedians Of All Time #1,137 of 2,003 The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History Why Did It Take 20 Years For Dana Carvey To Forgive Mike Myers?

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Age: 45

Birthplace: USA, Chicago, Illinois

Notable Impressions: 

Morgan Freeman
Robin Williams
John Madden

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Age: 59

Birthplace: South Orange, New Jersey, United States of America

Notable Impressions:

Christopher Walken
Al Pacino
Jimmy Stewart

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#83 of 122 The Worst Oscar-Winning Actors Ever #24 of 505 The Best TV Actors of All Time The Best Kevin Spacey Movies

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Age: 40

Birthplace: Tulsa, Oklahoma, United States of America

Notable Impressions:

Vincent Price
James Carville
Alan Alda
Al Pacino
 

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#201 of 275 The Most Trustworthy Celebrities in the World #620 of 1,148 The Best Actors in Film History Interesting Facts You May Not Know About Bill Hader

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Dec. at 50 (1948-1998)

Birthplace: Brantford, Canada

Notable Impressions:

Frankenstein's Monster
Charlton Hesten
Phil Donahue
Bill Clinton

 

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#138 of 926 People We Wish Were Still Alive #4 of 96 The Best SNL Cast Members of All Time All the Films You Might Remember Troy McClure From

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Dec. at 72 (1933-2005)

Birthplace: Pittsburgh, USA, Pennsylvania

Notable Impressions: 

James Cagney
Burt Lancaster
Kirk Douglas

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samfree added Age: 57

Birthplace: New York City, USA, New York

Notable Impressions:

Buckwheat
Bill Cosby
James Brown
Tracy Morgan

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#146 of 282 The Best (Male) Actors Working Today #4 of 408 The Funniest Stand Up Comedians Of All Time What The Heck Ever Happened To Eddie Murphy?

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Age: 70

Birthplace: New York City, USA, New York, Upper East Side

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: 63

Birthplace: Melbourne, USA, Florida

Notable Impressions:

Bill Clinton
Donald Trump
Dick Cheney
Al Sharpton
Chris Matthews

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#245 of 362 The Funniest People of All Time #13 of 30 The Best SNL Cast Members of the '00s

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Age: 44

Birthplace: New York City, USA, Bay Ridge, New York

Notable Impressions:

Barry Gibb
Seinfeld
Neil Young
Adam Sandler
John Travolta

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#85 of 275 The Most Trustworthy Celebrities in the World The Best Jimmy Fallon Sketches of His Late Night TV Careerlisted on Musical Guests of the Jay Leno Show

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Age: 61

Birthplace: USA, California, San Francisco

Notable Impressions: 

Christopher Walken
William Shatner
Jack Nicholson
Al Pacino
 

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#452 of 1,148 The Best Actors in Film History #43 of 116 The Best Short Actors

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Age: 31

Birthplace: Chesapeake, Virginia, United States of America

Notable Impressions:

Tracy Morgan
Jay-Z
Drake
Denzel Washington
Sway

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#47 of 145 The Best Hot Ones Guests Ever #19 of 21 21 Real Politicians Vs Their 'SNL' Impressions

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Age: 48

Birthplace: Upper Darby, Pennsylvania, United States of America

Notable Impressions:

Sarah Palin
Robert De Niro
Barbara Bush

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#437 of 586 The Most Beautiful Women Of 2019, Ranked #145 of 942 The Best Actresses in Film History

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Dave Coulier Age: 59

Birthplace: Michigan, USA, St. Clair Shores

Notable Impressions:

Scooby Doo
Statler and Waldorf
Joe Pesci
Richard Pryor
 

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Age: 51

Birthplace: Irvine, California, United States of America

Notable Impressions:

Robert Goulet
George W. Bush
Harry Caray

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#94 of 275 The Most Trustworthy Celebrities in the World #317 of 1,148 The Best Actors in Film History Fun Facts You Didn't Know About Will Ferrell

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Age: 80

Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America

Notable Impressions:

Ed Sullivan
Johnny Mathis
Tony Bennett
Dean Martin

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lbattle added Age: 35

Birthplace: Sea Cliff, New York, United States of America

Notable Impressions: 

Hillary Clinton
Ellen
Angela Merkel
Ruth Bader Ginsburg
Ruth Bader Ginsburg

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#160 of 378 The Best American Actresses Working Today #174 of 184 The Greatest Actresses Who Have Never Won an Oscar (for Acting) All Of Kate McKinnon's SNL Characters

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Age: 43

Birthplace: USA, Chicago, Illinois

Notable Impressions:

Shaq
DMX
Denzel Washington

 

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adam110586 added Age: 56

Birthplace: United Kingdom

Notable Impressions:

Sean Connery
Sharon Osbourne
Michael Caine

 

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#194 of 275 The Most Trustworthy Celebrities in the World #486 of 770 American Public Figures Who Are National Treasures

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Age: 42

Birthplace: Hammersmith, London, United Kingdom

Notable Impressions:

Alan Rickman
John Malkovich
Tom Hiddleston
Michael Caine
 

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#33 of 282 The Best (Male) Actors Working Today #30 of 329 The Greatest Actors Who Have Never Won an Oscar (for Acting) The Best Benedict Cumberbatch Movies

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Dec. at 67 (1942-2009)

Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America

Notable Impressions:

Jack Nicholson
Sammy Davis Jr.
Bugs Bunny
Ted Koppel

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adam110586 added Age: 43

Birthplace: Canada, Delta

Notable Impressions: 

Hulk Hogan
Robert DeNiro
Kenny Loggins
Arnold Schwarzenegger