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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
1,102 234
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
842 204
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
888 323
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
1,088 254
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
970 261
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
906 305
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
720 242
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
700 230
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
893 297
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
697 266
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
654 242
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
646 258
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
518 262
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
535 224
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
628 269
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
657 227
Chris Farley is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Most Successful Saturday Night Live Alumni

17
523 217
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
592 182
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
563 207
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
439 247
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
436 239
Martin Short is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Most Successful Saturday Night Live Alumni
Martin Short Damages, Merlin, SCTV Channel

The Saddest Television Deaths Ever

22
448 221
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
475 239
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
419 225
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
320 232
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
389 238
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
356 227
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
302 212
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
342 186
Jason Sudeikis is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Most Successful Saturday Night Live Alumni
Jason Sudeikis Saturday Night Live, The Cleveland Show, Eastbound & Down

30
339 254
Rob Schneider is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Most Successful Saturday Night Live Alumni
Rob Schneider Men Behaving Badly, Rob, Jancis Robinson's Wine Course

31
281 231
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
340 220
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
346 210
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
215 169
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
245 161
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
265 188
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
272 238
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
241 262
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
271 235
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
167 229
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
196 187
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
238 178
Kevin Nealon is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Most Successful Saturday Night Live Alumni
Kevin Nealon Saturday Night Live, Weeds, Crank Yankers

The Best Seasons of Saturday Night Live

43
161 196
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
176 216
Garrett Morris is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Most Successful Saturday Night Live Alumni
AlanDeanNaldrett added Garrett Morris 2 Broke Girls, Martin, Hunter

45
166 196
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
250 213
Fred Armisen is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Most Successful Saturday Night Live Alumni
Fred Armisen Saturday Night Live, Portlandia, The Looney Tunes Show

47
146 175
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
201 182
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
92 199
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
186 174
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