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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.

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1,084 231
Bill Murray is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Most Successful Saturday Night Live Alumni
Bill Murray Iron Chef America, SCTV Network 90, Banzai

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2
829 199
Steve Martin is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Most Successful Saturday Night Live Alumni
EthelFey added Steve Martin The Tracey Ullman Show, Biography, Leo & Liz in Beverly Hills

3
876 319
Eddie Murphy is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Most Successful Saturday Night Live Alumni
Eddie Murphy Saturday Night Live, Shrek the Halls, The PJs

4
1,064 252
Will Ferrell is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Most Successful Saturday Night Live Alumni
Will Ferrell Saturday Night Live, Eastbound & Down, Tim and Eric Awesome Show

5
957 257
Tina Fey is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Most Successful Saturday Night Live Alumni
Tina Fey 30 Rock, Saturday Night Live, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

6
897 296
Jimmy Fallon is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Most Successful Saturday Night Live Alumni
Jimmy Fallon 30 Rock, Saturday Night Live, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon

7
708 237
Robert Downey Jr. is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Most Successful Saturday Night Live Alumni
AlanDeanNaldrett added Robert Downey Jr. Ally McBeal, The Twilight Zone, Mussolini: The Untold Story

8
690 227
Dan Aykroyd is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Most Successful Saturday Night Live Alumni
Dan Aykroyd Saturday Night Live, The Real Ghostbusters, Psi Factor: Chronicles of the Paranormal

9
878 293
Adam Sandler is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Most Successful Saturday Night Live Alumni
Adam Sandler Saturday Night Live, Rules of Engagement, Remote Control

10
689 261
Mike Myers is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Most Successful Saturday Night Live Alumni
Mike Myers Saturday Night Live, Bizarre, King of Kensington

11
649 238
Chris Rock is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Most Successful Saturday Night Live Alumni
Chris Rock In Living Color, Everybody Hates Chris, The Chris Rock Show

12
638 255
Chevy Chase is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Most Successful Saturday Night Live Alumni
Chevy Chase Community, Saturday Night Live, The Chevy Chase Show

13
514 257
Billy Crystal is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Most Successful Saturday Night Live Alumni
Billy Crystal Saturday Night Live, Soap, The Critic

14
529 219
Ben Stiller is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Most Successful Saturday Night Live Alumni
AlanDeanNaldrett added Ben Stiller Mr. Show with Bob and David, The Ben Stiller Show, Wish Kids

15
621 265
Kristen Wiig is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Most Successful Saturday Night Live Alumni
Kristen Wiig Saturday Night Live, Bored to Death, The Looney Tunes Show

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647 224
Chris Farley is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Most Successful Saturday Night Live Alumni

17
514 214
Julia Louis-Dreyfus is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Most Successful Saturday Night Live Alumni
Julia Louis-Dreyfus Seinfeld, Saturday Night Live, Veep

18
583 180
Amy Poehler is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Most Successful Saturday Night Live Alumni
Amy Poehler Parks and Recreation, Saturday Night Live, Broad City

19
554 206
John Belushi is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Most Successful Saturday Night Live Alumni
John Belushi Saturday Night Live, The Richard Pryor Show

20
435 243
Dana Carvey is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Most Successful Saturday Night Live Alumni
Dana Carvey Saturday Night Live, The Dana Carvey Show, Blue Thunder

21
431 236
Martin Short is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Most Successful Saturday Night Live Alumni
Martin Short Damages, Merlin, SCTV Channel

22
444 217
David Spade is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Most Successful Saturday Night Live Alumni
David Spade Saturday Night Live, Beavis and Butt-head, Rules of Engagement

23
470 236
Andy Samberg is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Most Successful Saturday Night Live Alumni
Andy Samberg Saturday Night Live, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Freaknik: The Musical

24
414 220
Phil Hartman is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Most Successful Saturday Night Live Alumni
Phil Hartman The Simpsons, Saturday Night Live, The Jetsons

25
319 227
Jim Belushi is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Most Successful Saturday Night Live Alumni
AlanDeanNaldrett added Jim Belushi Hey Arnold!, Aaahh!!! Real Monsters, The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius

26
385 235
Gilda Radner is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Most Successful Saturday Night Live Alumni
Gilda Radner Saturday Night Live, Dr. Zonk and the Zunkins, Music for UNICEF Concert

27
350 224
Maya Rudolph is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Most Successful Saturday Night Live Alumni
Maya Rudolph Up All Night, TV Funhouse, City of Angels

28
300 206
Jon Lovitz is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Most Successful Saturday Night Live Alumni
wiabux added Jon Lovitz NewsRadio, The Critic, Foley Square

29
334 248
Rob Schneider is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Most Successful Saturday Night Live Alumni
Rob Schneider Men Behaving Badly, Rob, Jancis Robinson's Wine Course

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30
335 183
Jason Sudeikis is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Most Successful Saturday Night Live Alumni
Jason Sudeikis Saturday Night Live, The Cleveland Show, Eastbound & Down

31
279 223
Sarah Silverman is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Most Successful Saturday Night Live Alumni
AlanDeanNaldrett added Sarah Silverman Bob's Burgers, Mr. Show with Bob and David, Greg the Bunny

32
336 217
Tracy Morgan is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Most Successful Saturday Night Live Alumni
Tracy Morgan 30 Rock, The Tracy Morgan Show, Where My Dogs At?

33
339 207
Bill Hader is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Most Successful Saturday Night Live Alumni
Bill Hader South Park, Saturday Night Live, The Mindy Project

34
213 167
Joan Cusack is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Most Successful Saturday Night Live Alumni
AlanDeanNaldrett added Joan Cusack Shameless, Max & Ruby, Wayside

35
242 160
Damon Wayans is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Most Successful Saturday Night Live Alumni
AlanDeanNaldrett added Damon Wayans Saturday Night Live, In Living Color, My Wife and Kids

36
263 186
Molly Shannon is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Most Successful Saturday Night Live Alumni
Molly Shannon Saturday Night Live, Web Therapy, Cracking Up

37
270 237
Jane Curtin is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Most Successful Saturday Night Live Alumni
Jane Curtin Saturday Night Live, 3rd Rock from the Sun, Unforgettable

38
236 261
Dennis Miller is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Most Successful Saturday Night Live Alumni
Dennis Miller Monday Night Football, Dennis Miller Live, Dennis Miller Live

39
265 234
Norm Macdonald is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Most Successful Saturday Night Live Alumni
Norm Macdonald The Norm Show, Celebrity Jeopardy!, A Minute with Stan Hooper

40
165 227
Gilbert Gottfried is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Most Successful Saturday Night Live Alumni
AlanDeanNaldrett added Gilbert Gottfried Cyberchase, Hollywood Squares, Disney's House of Mouse

41
195 185
Kenan Thompson is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Most Successful Saturday Night Live Alumni
AlanDeanNaldrett added Kenan Thompson Saturday Night Live, Kenan & Kel, All That

42
160 195
Janeane Garofalo is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Most Successful Saturday Night Live Alumni
AlanDeanNaldrett added Janeane Garofalo 24, The Larry Sanders Show, Mr. Show with Bob and David

43
176 213
Garrett Morris is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Most Successful Saturday Night Live Alumni
AlanDeanNaldrett added Garrett Morris 2 Broke Girls, Martin, Hunter

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233 176
Kevin Nealon is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Most Successful Saturday Night Live Alumni
Kevin Nealon Saturday Night Live, Weeds, Crank Yankers

45
165 193
Chris Elliott is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Most Successful Saturday Night Live Alumni
AlanDeanNaldrett added Chris Elliott Get a Life, Late Night with David Letterman, The Naked Truth

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145 173
Randy Quaid is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Most Successful Saturday Night Live Alumni
AlanDeanNaldrett added Randy Quaid A Streetcar Named Desire, Category 7: The End of the World, National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation 2

47
246 212
Fred Armisen is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Most Successful Saturday Night Live Alumni
Fred Armisen Saturday Night Live, Portlandia, The Looney Tunes Show

48
200 180
Tim Meadows is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Most Successful Saturday Night Live Alumni
Tim Meadows Marry Me, Glory Daze, The Michael Richards Show

49
89 197
Christopher Guest is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Most Successful Saturday Night Live Alumni
AlanDeanNaldrett added Christopher Guest Family Tree, Saturday Night Live with Howard Cosell

50
182 172
Will Forte is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Most Successful Saturday Night Live Alumni
Will Forte Saturday Night Live, The Cleveland Show, Gravity Falls