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The Most Successful Saturday Night Live Alumni 

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This list of the most successful Saturday Night Live alumni in the show’s history, has been ranked by SNL fans. In the 40+ seasons SNL has been on the air, there have been hundreds of cast members, each comedian bringing laughter into the homes of millions for multiple generations. Every few years cast members leave to pursue their acting, stand-up comedy, producing, and writing careers,making way for new cast members to become the new faces of sketch comedy. Many of the alumni of Saturday Night Live went on to be some of the most famous actors in the business, in movies, television, and theater.

Many comedic actors who are most known for their movies that make hundreds of millions of dollars got their start on SNL, such as Adam Sandler, Will Ferrell, and Eddie Murphy. Other former SNL cast mates went on to create and/or star in some of the most successful television shows, such as Tina Fey’s 30 Rock and Amy Poehler’s Parks and Recreation. Jimmy Fallon is currently a late night host, while Al Franken went on to become a politician.

Which SNL cast members went on to have amazingly successful careers? Whose career simply faded away? Which are the most successful SNL alumni? Of the SNL full cast, there has been a wide range of success. This least features the Saturday Night Live alumni with the most success under their belts, many of which who have (and some who have not) returned to host the show that launched their careers.

 

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Will Ferrell is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Most Successful Saturday Night Live Alumni
Saturday Night Live, Eastbound & Down, Tim and Eric Awesome Show

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Nationality: United States of America

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Bill Murray is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Most Successful Saturday Night Live Alumni
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Birthplace: Wilmette, Illinois, United States of America

Nationality: United States of America

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Adam Sandler is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Most Successful Saturday Night Live Alumni
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Birthplace: New York City, New York

Nationality: United States of America

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Eddie Murphy is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Most Successful Saturday Night Live Alumni
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Birthplace: New York City, New York

Nationality: United States of America

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Tina Fey is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Most Successful Saturday Night Live Alumni
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Birthplace: Upper Darby, Pennsylvania, United States of America

Nationality: United States of America

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Jimmy Fallon is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Most Successful Saturday Night Live Alumni
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Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America

Nationality: United States of America

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Robert Downey Jr. is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Most Successful Saturday Night Live Alumni
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Birthplace: Manhattan, New York City, New York, United States of America

Nationality: United States of America

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Dan Aykroyd is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Most Successful Saturday Night Live Alumni
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Birthplace: Ottawa, Canada

Nationality: United States of America, Canada

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Mike Myers is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Most Successful Saturday Night Live Alumni
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Birthplace: Scarborough, Toronto, Canada

Nationality: Canada, United States of America, United Kingdom, England

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Amy Poehler is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Most Successful Saturday Night Live Alumni
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Birthplace: Newton, Massachusetts, United States of America

Nationality: United States of America

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Chris Farley is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Most Successful Saturday Night Live Alumni
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Birthplace: Madison, Wisconsin, United States of America

Nationality: United States of America

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Chris Rock is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Most Successful Saturday Night Live Alumni
In Living Color, Everybody Hates Chris, The Chris Rock Show

Birthplace: Andrews, USA, South Carolina

Nationality: United States of America

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Chevy Chase is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Most Successful Saturday Night Live Alumni
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Birthplace: Lower Manhattan, New York City, New York, United States of America

Nationality: United States of America

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Kristen Wiig is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Most Successful Saturday Night Live Alumni
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Birthplace: USA, New York, Canandaigua

Nationality: United States of America

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Ben Stiller is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Most Successful Saturday Night Live Alumni
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Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America

Nationality: United States of America

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John Belushi is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Most Successful Saturday Night Live Alumni
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Birthplace: Humboldt Park, Chicago, Illinois, United States of America

Nationality: United States of America

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Julia Louis-Dreyfus is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Most Successful Saturday Night Live Alumni
Seinfeld, Saturday Night Live, Veep

Birthplace: New York City, New York, USA

Nationality: United States of America

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Billy Crystal is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Most Successful Saturday Night Live Alumni
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Birthplace: Upper East Side, New York City, New York, United States of America

Nationality: United States of America

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David Spade is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Most Successful Saturday Night Live Alumni
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Birthplace: Birmingham, Michigan, United States of America

Nationality: United States of America

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Andy Samberg is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Most Successful Saturday Night Live Alumni
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Birthplace: Berkeley, California, United States of America

Nationality: United States of America

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Bill Hader is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Most Successful Saturday Night Live Alumni
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Dana Carvey is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Most Successful Saturday Night Live Alumni
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Phil Hartman is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Most Successful Saturday Night Live Alumni
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Martin Short is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Most Successful Saturday Night Live Alumni
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Nationality: Canada, United States of America

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Tracy Morgan is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Most Successful Saturday Night Live Alumni
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Birthplace: New York City, USA, New York

Nationality: United States of America

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