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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

    Saturday Night Live, Eastbound & Down

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    NationalityUnited States of America

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  • Bill Murray2
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    Bill Murray

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    NationalityUnited States of America

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  • Adam Sandler3
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    Saturday Night Live, Rules of Engagement

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York, United States of America

    NationalityUnited States of America

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  • Eddie Murphy4
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    Saturday Night Live, Shrek the Halls

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York

    NationalityUnited States of America

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  • Tina Fey5
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    30 Rock, Saturday Night Live

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  • Chris Rock6
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    Chris Rock

    In Living Color, Everybody Hates Chris

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  • Robert Downey Jr.7
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    Robert Downey Jr.

    Ally McBeal, The Twilight Zone

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  • Chris Farley8
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  • Mike Myers9
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    Mike Myers

    Saturday Night Live, Bizarre

    BirthplaceScarborough, Toronto, Canada

    NationalityCanada, United States of America, United Kingdom

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  • Amy Poehler10
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    Amy Poehler

    Parks and Recreation, Saturday Night Live

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    NationalityUnited States of America

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  • Dan Aykroyd11
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    Dan Aykroyd

    Saturday Night Live, The Real Ghostbusters

    BirthplaceOttawa, Canada

    NationalityCanada

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  • Jimmy Fallon12
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    Jimmy Fallon

    30 Rock, Saturday Night Live

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York, United States of America

    NationalityUnited States of America

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  • Julia Louis-Dreyfus13
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    Julia Louis-Dreyfus

    Seinfeld, Saturday Night Live

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York, United States of America

    NationalityUnited States of America,France

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  • Kristen Wiig14
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    Kristen Wiig

    Saturday Night Live, Bored to Death

    BirthplaceCanandaigua, New York, United States of America

    NationalityUnited States of America

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  • Ben Stiller15
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    Ben Stiller

    Mr. Show with Bob and David, The Ben Stiller Show

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York, United States of America

    NationalityUnited States of America

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  • Chevy Chase16
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    Chevy Chase

    Community, Saturday Night Live

    BirthplaceNew York City, USA, New York, Lower Manhattan

    NationalityUnited States of America

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  • John Belushi17
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    John Belushi

    Saturday Night Live, The Richard Pryor Show

    BirthplaceHumboldt Park, Chicago, Illinois, USA

    NationalityUnited States of America

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  • Bill Hader18
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    Bill Hader

    South Park, Saturday Night Live

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  • David Spade19
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    David Spade

    Saturday Night Live, Beavis and Butt-head

    BirthplaceMichigan, Birmingham, USA

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  • Billy Crystal20
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    Saturday Night Live, Soap

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  • Jason Sudeikis21
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    Jason Sudeikis

    Saturday Night Live, The Cleveland Show

    BirthplaceVirginia, United States of America

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    Andy Samberg

    Saturday Night Live, Brooklyn Nine-Nine

    BirthplaceBerkeley, California, United States of America

    NationalityUnited States of America

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  • Tracy Morgan23
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    Tracy Morgan

    30 Rock, The Tracy Morgan Show

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York, United States of America

    NationalityUnited States of America

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  • Phil Hartman24
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    Phil Hartman

    The Simpsons, Saturday Night Live

    BirthplaceBrantford, Canada

    NationalityCanada, United States of America

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  • Maya Rudolph25
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    Up All Night, TV Funhouse

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