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The Best Celebrity Impersonators Ever 

Kel Varnsen
Updated June 14, 2019 15k votes 3.2k voters 219.5k 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
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samfree added Dec. at 63 (1951-2014)

Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States of America

Notable Impressions:

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Walter Cronkite

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Age: 57

Notable Impressions:

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Andy Kaufman
Matthew McConaughey
Jack Nicholson
Sylvester Stallone

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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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Age: 45

Birthplace: USA, Chicago, Illinois

Notable Impressions: 

Morgan Freeman
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Age: 40

Birthplace: Tulsa, Oklahoma, United States of America

Notable Impressions:

Vincent Price
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Alan Alda
Al Pacino
 

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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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Age: 59

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

Notable Impressions:

Christopher Walken
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Dec. at 72 (1933-2005)

Birthplace: Pittsburgh, USA, Pennsylvania

Notable Impressions: 

James Cagney
Burt Lancaster
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samfree added Age: 57

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

Notable Impressions:

Buckwheat
Bill Cosby
James Brown
Tracy Morgan

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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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Age: 70

Birthplace: Upper East Side, New York City, New York, United States of America

Notable Impressions:

Sammy Davis Jr.
Muhammad Ali
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Age: 44

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

Notable Impressions:

Barry Gibb
Seinfeld
Neil Young
Adam Sandler
John Travolta

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Age: 61

Birthplace: California, United States of America

Notable Impressions: 

Christopher Walken
William Shatner
Jack Nicholson
Al Pacino
 

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Age: 31

Birthplace: Chesapeake, Virginia, United States of America

Notable Impressions:

Tracy Morgan
Jay-Z
Drake
Denzel Washington
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Age: 48

Birthplace: Upper Darby, Pennsylvania, United States of America

Notable Impressions:

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Dave Coulier Age: 59

Birthplace: St. Clair Shores, Michigan, United States of America

Notable Impressions:

Scooby Doo
Statler and Waldorf
Joe Pesci
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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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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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Birthplace: Sea Cliff, New York, United States of America

Notable Impressions: 

Hillary Clinton
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Angela Merkel
Ruth Bader Ginsburg
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Age: 43

Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, USA

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Birthplace: Springburn, United Kingdom

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Dec. at 67 (1942-2009)

Birthplace: New York City, USA, New York

Notable Impressions:

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Bugs Bunny
Ted Koppel

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Age: 39

Birthplace: Hammersmith, London, United Kingdom

Notable Impressions:

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Tom Hiddleston
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Age: 53

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

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