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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
1,168 258
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

2
893 227
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
1,156 267
Will Ferrell is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Most Successful Saturday Night Live Alumni
Will Ferrell Saturday Night Live, Eastbound & Down, Tim and Eric Awesome Show

4
946 351
Eddie Murphy is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Most Successful Saturday Night Live Alumni
Eddie Murphy Saturday Night Live, Shrek the Halls, The PJs

5
1,028 283
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
954 337
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
778 265
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
740 244
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
949 308
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
731 283
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
684 260
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
678 271
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
545 274
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
564 239
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

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15
664 282
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

16
691 242
Chris Farley is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Most Successful Saturday Night Live Alumni

17
559 229
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
633 196
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
590 217
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
461 261
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
460 249
Martin Short is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Most Successful Saturday Night Live Alumni
Martin Short Damages, Merlin, SCTV Channel

The Greatest TV Shows Of All Time

22
479 230
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
506 247
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
440 236
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
341 244
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
409 250
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
376 241
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
318 221
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

The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time

29
354 266
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

30
359 198
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
294 248
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
364 228
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
376 216
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
228 181
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
258 173
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

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36
288 247
Jane Curtin is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Most Successful Saturday Night Live Alumni
Jane Curtin Saturday Night Live, 3rd Rock from the Sun, Unforgettable

37
283 199
Molly Shannon is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Most Successful Saturday Night Live Alumni
Molly Shannon Saturday Night Live, Web Therapy, Cracking Up

38
253 274
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
288 244
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
215 197
Kenan Thompson is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Most Successful Saturday Night Live Alumni
AlanDeanNaldrett added Kenan Thompson Saturday Night Live, Kenan & Kel, All That

41
178 244
Gilbert Gottfried is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Most Successful Saturday Night Live Alumni
AlanDeanNaldrett added Gilbert Gottfried Cyberchase, Hollywood Squares, Disney's House of Mouse

42
272 221
Fred Armisen is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Most Successful Saturday Night Live Alumni
Fred Armisen Saturday Night Live, Portlandia, The Looney Tunes Show

The Best Seasons of Saturday Night Live

43
173 207
Janeane Garofalo is listed (or ranked) 43 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

44
249 186
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
176 206
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

46
183 228
Garrett Morris is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Most Successful Saturday Night Live Alumni
AlanDeanNaldrett added Garrett Morris 2 Broke Girls, Martin, Hunter

47
155 187
Randy Quaid is listed (or ranked) 47 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

48
211 191
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
99 210
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
199 180
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