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The Best Celebrity Impersonators Ever

Updated June 14, 2019 13.4k votes 3.5k voters 231.8k views49 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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    Rich Little

    Age: 82
    770
    280

    BirthplaceOttawa, Ontario, Canada

    Notable Impressions: 

    Richard Nixon
    Jimmy Stewart
    John Wayne

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    Robin Williams

    Dec. at 63 (1951-2014)
    560
    193

    BirthplaceChicago, Illinois, United States of America

    Notable Impressions:

    Jack Nicholson
    Christopher Walken
    Walter Cronkite

  • 3
    508
    195

    BirthplaceMissoula, Montana, USA

    Notable Impressions:

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

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    524
    209

    BirthplaceChicago, Illinois, USA

    Notable Impressions: 

    Morgan Freeman
    Robin Williams
    John Madden

  • 5

    Jim Carrey

    Age: 59
    576
    247

    BirthplaceNewmarket, Canada

    Notable Impressions:

    Clint Eastwood
    Andy Kaufman
    Matthew McConaughey
    Jack Nicholson
    Sylvester Stallone

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    Bill Hader

    Age: 43
    336
    134

    BirthplaceTulsa, Oklahoma, USA

    Notable Impressions:

    Vincent Price
    James Carville
    Alan Alda
    Al Pacino
     

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    Eddie Murphy

    Age: 60
    286
    116

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York, United States of America

    Notable Impressions:

    Buckwheat
    Bill Cosby
    James Brown
    Tracy Morgan

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    Phil Hartman

    Dec. at 49 (1948-1998)
    316
    140

    BirthplaceBrantford, Canada

    Notable Impressions:

    Frankenstein's Monster
    Charlton Hesten
    Phil Donahue
    Bill Clinton

     

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    Frank Gorshin

    Dec. at 72 (1933-2005)
    289
    156

    BirthplacePittsburgh, USA, Pennsylvania

    Notable Impressions: 

    James Cagney
    Burt Lancaster
    Kirk Douglas

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    250
    129

    BirthplaceMelbourne, Florida, United States of America

    Notable Impressions:

    Bill Clinton
    Donald Trump
    Dick Cheney
    Al Sharpton
    Chris Matthews

  • 11
    242
    139

    BirthplaceUpper East Side, New York City, New York, United States of America

    Notable Impressions:

    Sammy Davis Jr.
    Muhammad Ali
    Mike Tyson

  • 12
    219
    122

    BirthplaceVirginia, USA

    Notable Impressions:

    Tracy Morgan
    Jay-Z
    Drake
    Denzel Washington
    Sway

  • 13
    215
    121

    BirthplaceCalifornia, United States of America

    Notable Impressions: 

    Christopher Walken
    William Shatner
    Jack Nicholson
    Al Pacino
     

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    318
    230

    BirthplaceSouth Orange, New Jersey, United States of America

    Notable Impressions:

    Christopher Walken
    Al Pacino
    Jimmy Stewart

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    Kate McKinnon

    Age: 37
    123
    69

    BirthplaceSea Cliff, New York, USA

    Notable Impressions: 

    Hillary Clinton
    Ellen
    Angela Merkel
    Ruth Bader Ginsburg
    Ruth Bader Ginsburg

  • 16

    Tina Fey

    Age: 51
    222
    157

    BirthplaceUpper Darby, Pennsylvania, USA

    Notable Impressions:

    Sarah Palin
    Robert De Niro
    Barbara Bush

  • 17
    297
    237

    BirthplaceNew York City, USA, Bay Ridge, New York

    Notable Impressions:

    Barry Gibb
    Seinfeld
    Neil Young
    Adam Sandler
    John Travolta

  • 18
    204
    154

    BirthplaceIrvine, California, United States of America

    Notable Impressions:

    Robert Goulet
    George W. Bush
    Harry Caray

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    John Byner

    Age: 83
    129
    105

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York, United States of America

    Notable Impressions:

    Ed Sullivan
    Johnny Mathis
    Tony Bennett
    Dean Martin

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    Dave Coulier

    Age: 62
    200
    192

    BirthplaceSt. Clair Shores, Michigan, United States of America

    Notable Impressions:

    Scooby Doo
    Statler and Waldorf
    Joe Pesci
    Richard Pryor
     

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    Josh Robert Thompson

    Age: 46
    89
    82

    BirthplaceCleveland, Ohio, USA

    Notable Impressions:

    Morgan Freeman
    Arnold Schwarzenegger
    Robert DeNiro

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    Fred Travalena

    Dec. at 66 (1942-2009)
    92
    96

    BirthplaceNew York, New York, USA

    Notable Impressions:

    Jack Nicholson
    Sammy Davis Jr.
    Bugs Bunny
    Ted Koppel

  • 23

    BirthplaceHammersmith, London, United Kingdom

    Notable Impressions:

    Alan Rickman
    John Malkovich
    Tom Hiddleston
    Michael Caine
     

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    96
    111

    BirthplaceChicago, Illinois, USA

    Notable Impressions:

    Shaq
    DMX
    Denzel Washington

     

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    83
    94

    BirthplacePassaic, New Jersey, USA

    Notable Impressions: 

    Frank Sinatra
    Andy Rooney
    Robert DeNiro
    Johnny Carson