comedians The Best Celebrity Impersonators Ever  

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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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bobbieandsapphi added Rich Little age 78 - Notable Impressions:  Richard NixonJimmy StewartJohn Wayne

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samfree added Robin Williams Died at 63 (1951-2014) - Notable Impressions: Jack NicholsonChristopher WalkenWalter Cronkite

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Frank Caliendo age 43 - Notable Impressions:  Morgan FreemanRobin WilliamsJohn Madden

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Jim Carrey age 55 - Notable Impressions: Clint EastwoodAndy KaufmanMatthew McConaugheyJack NicholsonSylvester Stallone

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Dana Carvey age 61 - Notable Impressions: George H.W. BushRoss PerotDennis MillerJohnny Carson 

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Kevin Spacey age 57 - Notable Impressions: Christopher WalkenAl PacinoJimmy Stewart

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Frank Gorshin Died at 72 (1933-2005) - Notable Impressions:  James CagneyBurt LancasterKirk Douglas

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Phil Hartman Died at 50 (1948-1998) - Notable Impressions: Frankenstein's MonsterCharlton HestenPhil DonahueBill Clinton 

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samfree added Eddie Murphy age 56 - Notable Impressions: BuckwheatBill CosbyJames BrownTracy Morgan

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Darrell Hammond age 61 - Notable Impressions: Bill ClintonDonald TrumpDick CheneyAl SharptonChris Matthews

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Jimmy Fallon age 42 - Notable Impressions: Barry GibbSeinfeldNeil YoungAdam SandlerJohn Travolta

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Bill Hader age 38 - Notable Impressions: Vincent PriceJames CarvilleAlan AldaAl Pacino 

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Kevin Pollak age 59 - Notable Impressions:  Christopher WalkenWilliam ShatnerJack NicholsonAl Pacino 

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Billy Crystal age 69 - Notable Impressions: Sammy Davis Jr.Muhammad AliMike Tyson

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Dave Coulier age 57 - Notable Impressions: Scooby DooStatler and WaldorfJoe PesciRichard Pryor 

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Tina Fey age 46 - Notable Impressions:Sarah PalinRobert De NiroBarbara Bush

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Jay Pharoah age 29 - Notable Impressions:Tracy MorganJay-ZDrakeDenzel WashingtonSway

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Will Ferrell age 49 - Notable Impressions: Robert GouletGeorge W. BushHarry Caray

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John Byner age 78 - Notable Impressions:Ed SullivanJohnny MathisTony BennettDean Martin

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Aries Spears age 42 - Notable Impressions:ShaqDMXDenzel Washington 

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adam110586 added Craig Ferguson age 54 - Notable Impressions:Sean ConnerySharon OsbourneMichael Caine 

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Fred Travalena Died at 67 (1942-2009) - Notable Impressions:Jack NicholsonSammy Davis Jr.Bugs BunnyTed Koppel

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adam110586 added Will Sasso age 41 - Notable Impressions: Hulk HoganRobert DeNiroKenny LogginsArnold Schwarzenegger

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lbattle added Kate McKinnon age 33 - Notable Impressions: Hillary ClintonEllenAngela MerkelRuth Bader GinsburgRuth Bader Ginsburg

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Benedict Cumberbatch age 40 - Notable Impressions: Alan RickmanJohn MalkovichTom HiddlestonMichael Caine 

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utseb1 added Simon Helberg age 36 - Notable Impressions: Nicolas CageBilly BaldwinBen StillerRobin Williams 

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UglyShirts added Josh Robert Thompson age 42 - Notable Impressions:Morgan FreemanArnold SchwarzeneggerRobert DeNiro

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Jay Mohr age 46 - Notable Impressions:Christopher WalkenJoe PesciNorm MacDonaldAdam Sandler 

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preciouskiki added Steve Coogan age 51 - Notable Impressions: Michael CaineRoger MooreLiam Neeson 

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Ben Stiller age 51 - Notable Impressions:BonoTom CruiseJoaquin Phoenix

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Nate Allen added Anthony Cumia age 55 - Notable Impressions:Andrew Dice ClayBruce SpringsteenBill Clinton

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Joe Piscopo age 65 - Notable Impressions:  Frank SinatraAndy RooneyRobert DeNiroJohnny Carson

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Rick LaBeau added David Frye Died at 78 (1933-2011) - Notable Impressions: Kirk DouglasMarlon BrandoLBJ 

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Patrick Laxson added Pablo Francisco age 43 - Notable Impressions:The Moviefone GuyThe Backstreet BoysKeanu ReevesJackie Chan

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Patrick Laxson added Melissa Villasenor Notable Impressions:  Maria BamfordOwen WilsonMickey MousePikachuBjork

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adam110586 added Debra Wilson age 54 - Notable Impressions: Whitney HoustonOprahLil Kim

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Danny Marks added Danny Gans Died at 53 (1956-2009) - Notable Impressions: Garth BrooksBilly JoelPeter Faulk 

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preciouskiki added Rob Brydon age 51 - Notable Impressions:  Michael CaineMick JaggerTom Jones 

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Marilyn Michaels age 72 - Notable Impressions: Elizabeth TaylorEartha KittBarbara StreisandDiana Ross

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Danny Marks added Louise DuArt age 66 - Notable Impressions:  George BurnsJoan RiversCherJudge Judy 

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Danny Marks added Terry Fator age 51 - Notable Impressions:  Michael JacksonElvisCher

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George Kirby Died at 72 (1923-1995) - Notable Impressions:  Archie BunkerRalph KramdenLouis Armstrong

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Craig Shoemaker age 58 - Notable Impressions:  Barney FifeFloyd The BarberAunt BeeAndy Griffith 

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Vaughn Meader Died at 68 (1936-2004) - Notable Impressions: JFKJesus

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Wyatt1 added Craig Gass age 47 - Notable Impressions:  Christopher WalkenTracy MorganAdam Sandler

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Roger Kabler Notable Impressions:  Robert DeNiroRobin WilliamsJohn Travolta 

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Will Jordan age 88 - Notable Impressions: Groucho Marx Bing CrosbyPerry ComoDean MartinJohn Wayne

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Freddie Starr age 74 - Notable Impressions: Mick JaggerRoy OrbisonDean Martin

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Steve Bridges Died at 49 (1963-2012) - Notable Impressions: George W. BushBill ClintonBarack Obama

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stuartsmith176 added Stuart J Smith 47 - Notable Impressions:  Morgan FreemanLiam NeesonDoc from Back to the Future