80s The Best SNL Cast Members of the '80s  

Lisa Waugh
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Ah, the legendary '80s of Saturday Night Live. Lorne Michaels left in 1980 and took a chunk of the cast and writers with him. Suffice it to say, things got weird. The show had skyrocketed in the ratings and the cast were now big time stars. Michaels needed a break and the network didn’t like his subs, Al Franken, Tom Davis, and Tom Downey so they decided to meddle. Despite all the drama, there were some truly great SNL cast members in the 1980s, but which memorable members of the '80s Saturday Night Live  cast were the best?

Michaels's replacement, associate producer Jean Doumanian, tried to fix things. She sought talented people on a smaller budget and had just a few months to get the task done but it seemed as though she was set up to fail. Sure, the '80s saw SNL cast standouts with the introduction of Eddie Murphy, Phil Hartman, Mike Myers, Dana Carvey, Jan Hooks, Jon Lovitz, and Nora Dunn. But then there were the low moments… Robert Downey Jr., Anthony Michael Hall, and the f-bomb from Charles Rocket that took down Doumanian’s job at SNL along with his tenure on the show.

Dick Ebersol was brought in to stem the bleeding and save the show. He managed to attract some star talent with the addition of Billy Crystal and Martin Short, but Saturday Night Live was a rollercoaster ride of the good, the bad, and the not funny during this era. Saturday Night Live definitely strayed from the original concept that Michaels had launched, but it did have its moments. It wasn’t really until the return of Michaels in 1985 that things began to slowly turn around. SNL has, and will always have, a reputation as a strange island unto itself.


So how would you rank the rambling cast of the eighties? Let 'er rip! And BTW, you look mahvelous!

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143 28
Phil Hartman is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best SNL Cast Members of the '80s
Died at 50 (1948-1998) - 1986 - 1994 

2
139 31
Dana Carvey is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best SNL Cast Members of the '80s
age 62 - 1986 - 1993

3
143 34
Eddie Murphy is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best SNL Cast Members of the '80s
age 57 - 1980-1984

4
127 33
Mike Myers is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best SNL Cast Members of the '80s
age 54 - 1989 - 1995

5
91 44
Martin Short is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best SNL Cast Members of the '80s
age 68 - 1984 - 1985 

6
87 45
Jon Lovitz is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best SNL Cast Members of the '80s
age 60 - 1985 - 1990

7
85 49
Billy Crystal is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best SNL Cast Members of the '80s
age 67 - 1984 - 1985

8
75 46
Kevin Nealon is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best SNL Cast Members of the '80s
age 64 - 1986 - 1995

9
74 48
Dennis Miller is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best SNL Cast Members of the '80s
age 65 - 1985 - 1991

10
72 52
Jim Belushi is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best SNL Cast Members of the '80s
age 63 - 1983 - 1985

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61 41
Jan Hooks is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best SNL Cast Members of the '80s
Died at 57 (1957-2014) - 1986 - 1991

12
67 49
Joe Piscopo is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best SNL Cast Members of the '80s
age 64 - 1980 - 1984

13
59 55
Julia Louis-Dreyfus is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best SNL Cast Members of the '80s
age 57 - 1982 - 1985 

14
51 53
Victoria Jackson is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best SNL Cast Members of the '80s
age 58 - 1986 - 1992 

15
37 42
Don Novello is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best SNL Cast Members of the '80s
age 75 - 1985 - 1986

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43 53
Damon Wayans is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best SNL Cast Members of the '80s
age 57 - 1985 - 1986

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49 62
Al Franken is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best SNL Cast Members of the '80s
age 66 - 1985 - 1995

18
34 41
Nora Dunn is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best SNL Cast Members of the '80s
age 65 - 1985 - 1990 

19
29 38
Mary Gross is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best SNL Cast Members of the '80s
age 65 - 1981 - 1985 

20
31 41
Christopher Guest is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best SNL Cast Members of the '80s
age 70 - 1984 - 1985

21
35 50
Joan Cusack is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best SNL Cast Members of the '80s
age 55 - 1985 - 1986 

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26 38
Tim Kazurinsky is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best SNL Cast Members of the '80s
age 68 - 1981 - 1984 

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33 53
Robert Downey Jr. is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best SNL Cast Members of the '80s
age 52 - 1985 - 1986

24
20 32
Rich Hall is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best SNL Cast Members of the '80s
age 63 - 1984 - 1985

25
24 39
Harry Shearer is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best SNL Cast Members of the '80s
age 74 - 1984 - 1985

26
35 57
Ben Stiller is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best SNL Cast Members of the '80s
age 52 - 1988 - 1989

27
27 47
Anthony Michael Hall is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best SNL Cast Members of the '80s
age 47 - 1980 - 1981

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24 42
Randy Quaid is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best SNL Cast Members of the '80s
age 67 - 1985 - 1986

29
24 49
Gilbert Gottfried is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best SNL Cast Members of the '80s
age 63 - 1980 - 1981

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15 33
Terry Sweeney is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best SNL Cast Members of the '80s
age 68 - 1985 - 1986

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18 39
A. Whitney Brown is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best SNL Cast Members of the '80s
age 65 - 1986 - 1991

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17 38
Laurie Metcalf is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best SNL Cast Members of the '80s
age 60 - 1980 - 1981

33
14 34
Christine Ebersole is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best SNL Cast Members of the '80s
age 65 - 1981 - 1982

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11 33
Charles Rocket is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best SNL Cast Members of the '80s
Died at 56 (1949-2005) - 1980 - 1981

35
12 35
Robin Duke is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best SNL Cast Members of the '80s
age 64 - 1980 - 1984

36
12 35
Danitra Vance is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best SNL Cast Members of the '80s
Died at 40 (1954-1994) - 1985 - 1986

37
13 37
Brad Hall is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best SNL Cast Members of the '80s
age 60 - 1982 - 1984

38
11 34
Pamela Stephenson is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best SNL Cast Members of the '80s
age 68 - 1984 - 1985 

39
10 33
Gary Kroeger is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best SNL Cast Members of the '80s
age 60 - 1982 - 1985

40
9 35
Tony Rosato is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best SNL Cast Members of the '80s
age 63 - 1980 - 1982

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8 36
Denny Dillon is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best SNL Cast Members of the '80s
age 66 - 1980 - 1981

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7 33
Matthew Laurance is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best SNL Cast Members of the '80s
age 68 - 1980 - 1981

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7 33
Dan Vitale is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best SNL Cast Members of the '80s
1985 - 1986

44
6 30
Ann Risley is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best SNL Cast Members of the '80s
age 68 - 1981 - 1981

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6 30
Emily Prager is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best SNL Cast Members of the '80s
1980 - 1981

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6 33
Gail Matthius is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best SNL Cast Members of the '80s
age 65 - 1980 - 1981 

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6 33
Yvonne Hudson is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best SNL Cast Members of the '80s
age 63 - 1980 - 1981

48
6 35
Patrick Weathers is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best SNL Cast Members of the '80s
age 64 - 1980 - 1981