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The Best Celebrity Impersonators Ever 

Kel Varnsen
Updated June 14, 2019 14.7k votes 3.2k voters 217.4k 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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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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Age: 57

Birthplace: Canada, Newmarket

Notable Impressions:

Clint Eastwood
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: Chicago, Illinois, USA

Notable Impressions: 

Morgan Freeman
Robin Williams
John Madden

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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: 40

Birthplace: Tulsa, Oklahoma, United States of America

Notable Impressions:

Vincent Price
James Carville
Alan Alda
Al Pacino
 

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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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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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Age: 70

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

Notable Impressions:

Sammy Davis Jr.
Muhammad Ali
Mike Tyson

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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: 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: 58

Birthplace: USA, California, San Francisco

Notable Impressions: 

Christopher Walken
William Shatner
Jack Nicholson
Al Pacino
 

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#452 of 1,139 The Best Actors in Film History #43 of 115 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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Age: 48

Birthplace: Upper Darby, Pennsylvania, United States of America

Notable Impressions:

Sarah Palin
Robert De Niro
Barbara Bush

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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
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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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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Age: 43

Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, USA

Notable Impressions:

Shaq
DMX
Denzel Washington

 

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adam110586 added Age: 56

Birthplace: Springburn, United Kingdom

Notable Impressions:

Sean Connery
Sharon Osbourne
Michael Caine

 

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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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Dec. at 67 (1942-2009)

Birthplace: New York City, USA, New York

Notable Impressions:

Jack Nicholson
Sammy Davis Jr.
Bugs Bunny
Ted Koppel

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adam110586 added Age: 43

Birthplace: Delta, Canada

Notable Impressions: 

Hulk Hogan
Robert DeNiro
Kenny Loggins
Arnold Schwarzenegger