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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
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    Will Ferrell

    Saturday Night Live, Eastbound & Down

    BirthplaceIrvine, California, United States of America

    NationalityUnited 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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    Bill Murray

    Iron Chef America, SCTV Network 90

    BirthplaceWilmette, Illinois, United States of America

    NationalityUnited 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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    Adam Sandler

    Saturday Night Live, Rules of Engagement

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York

    NationalityUnited 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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    Eddie Murphy

    Saturday Night Live, Shrek the Halls

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York, United States of America

    NationalityUnited States of America

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    Robert Downey Jr. is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Most Successful Saturday Night Live Alumni
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    Robert Downey Jr.

    Ally McBeal, The Twilight Zone

    BirthplaceManhattan, New York City, New York, United States of America

    NationalityUnited States of America

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    Chris Farley is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Most Successful Saturday Night Live Alumni
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    BirthplaceMadison, Wisconsin, United States of America

    NationalityUnited States of America

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    Tina Fey is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Most Successful Saturday Night Live Alumni
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    Tina Fey

    30 Rock, Saturday Night Live

    BirthplaceUpper Darby, Pennsylvania, United States of America

    NationalityUnited States of America

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    Chris Rock is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Most Successful Saturday Night Live Alumni
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    Chris Rock

    In Living Color, Everybody Hates Chris

    BirthplaceAndrews, South Carolina, United States of America

    NationalityUnited States of America

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    Dan Aykroyd is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Most Successful Saturday Night Live Alumni
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    Dan Aykroyd

    Saturday Night Live, The Real Ghostbusters

    BirthplaceOttawa, Canada

    NationalityCanada

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    Mike Myers is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Most Successful Saturday Night Live Alumni
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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 Poehler is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Most Successful Saturday Night Live Alumni
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    Amy Poehler

    Parks and Recreation, Saturday Night Live

    BirthplaceNewton, Massachusetts, United States of America

    NationalityUnited States of America

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    Julia Louis-Dreyfus is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Most Successful Saturday Night Live Alumni
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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 Wiig is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Most Successful Saturday Night Live Alumni
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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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    Jimmy Fallon is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Most Successful Saturday Night Live Alumni
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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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    Ben Stiller is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Most Successful Saturday Night Live Alumni
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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 Chase is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Most Successful Saturday Night Live Alumni
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    Chevy Chase

    Community, Saturday Night Live

    BirthplaceLower Manhattan, New York City, New York, USA

    NationalityUnited States of America

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    John Belushi is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Most Successful Saturday Night Live Alumni
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    John Belushi

    Saturday Night Live, The Richard Pryor Show

    BirthplaceHumboldt Park, Chicago, Illinois, United States of America

    NationalityUnited States of America

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    Bill Hader is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Most Successful Saturday Night Live Alumni
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    Bill Hader

    South Park, Saturday Night Live

    BirthplaceTulsa, Oklahoma, United States of America

    NationalityUnited 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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    David Spade

    Saturday Night Live, Beavis and Butt-head

    BirthplaceBirmingham, Michigan, United States of America

    NationalityUnited States of America

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    Billy Crystal is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Most Successful Saturday Night Live Alumni
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    Billy Crystal

    Saturday Night Live, Soap

    BirthplaceUpper East Side, New York City, New York, United States of America

    NationalityUnited States of America

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    Jason Sudeikis is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Most Successful Saturday Night Live Alumni
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    Jason Sudeikis

    Saturday Night Live, The Cleveland Show

    BirthplaceUSA, Virginia

    NationalityUnited States of America

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    Andy Samberg is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Most Successful Saturday Night Live Alumni
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    Andy Samberg

    Saturday Night Live, Brooklyn Nine-Nine

    BirthplaceUSA, California, Berkeley

    NationalityUnited States of America

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    Tracy Morgan is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Most Successful Saturday Night Live Alumni
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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 Hartman is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Most Successful Saturday Night Live Alumni
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    Phil Hartman

    The Simpsons, Saturday Night Live

    BirthplaceBrantford, Canada

    NationalityCanada, United States of America

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    Maya Rudolph is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Most Successful Saturday Night Live Alumni
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    Maya Rudolph

    Up All Night, TV Funhouse

    BirthplaceUSA, Florida, Gainesville

    NationalityUnited States of America

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