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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
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    Will Ferrell

    Saturday Night Live, Eastbound & Down

    BirthplaceUSA, California, Irvine

    NationalityUnited States of America

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  • 2
    Bill Murray
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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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  • 3
    Adam Sandler
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    317

    Adam Sandler

    Saturday Night Live, Rules of Engagement

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York, United States of America

    NationalityUnited States of America

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  • 4
    Eddie Murphy
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    389

    Eddie Murphy

    Saturday Night Live, Shrek the Halls

    BirthplaceNew York City, USA, New York

    NationalityUnited States of America

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  • 5
    Robert Downey Jr.
    855
    354

    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
    694
    272

    BirthplaceMadison, Wisconsin, United States of America

    NationalityUnited States of America

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  • 7
    Tina Fey
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    366

    Tina Fey

    30 Rock, Saturday Night Live

    BirthplaceUpper Darby, Pennsylvania, United States of America

    NationalityUnited States of America

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    Chris Rock
    694
    278

    Chris Rock

    In Living Color, Everybody Hates Chris

    BirthplaceAndrews, South Carolina, United States of America

    NationalityUnited States of America

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  • 9
    Dan Aykroyd
    716
    296

    Dan Aykroyd

    Saturday Night Live, The Real Ghostbusters

    BirthplaceOttawa, Canada

    NationalityUnited States of America, Canada

  • 10
    Mike Myers
    730
    304

    Mike Myers

    Saturday Night Live, Bizarre

    BirthplaceScarborough, Toronto, Canada

    NationalityUnited States of America, United Kingdom, Canada

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  • 11
    Amy Poehler
    713
    220

    Amy Poehler

    Parks and Recreation, Saturday Night Live

    BirthplaceNewton, Massachusetts, United States of America

    NationalityUnited States of America

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  • 12
    Kristen Wiig
    688
    292

    Kristen Wiig

    Saturday Night Live, Bored to Death

    BirthplaceCanandaigua, New York, United States of America

    NationalityUnited States of America

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  • 13
    Jimmy Fallon
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    417

    Jimmy Fallon

    30 Rock, Saturday Night Live

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York, United States of America

    NationalityUnited States of America

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  • 14
    Ben Stiller
    588
    259

    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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  • 15
    Chevy Chase
    652
    340

    Chevy Chase

    Community, Saturday Night Live

    BirthplaceLower Manhattan, New York City, New York, United States of America

    NationalityUnited States of America

  • 16
    Julia Louis-Dreyfus
    643
    240

    Julia Louis-Dreyfus

    Seinfeld, Saturday Night Live

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York, United States of America

    NationalityUnited States of America,France

  • 17
    John Belushi
    570
    233

    John Belushi

    Saturday Night Live, The Richard Pryor Show

    BirthplaceHumboldt Park, Chicago, Illinois, United States of America

    NationalityUnited States of America

  • 18
    Bill Hader
    517
    201

    Bill Hader

    South Park, Saturday Night Live

    BirthplaceUSA, Oklahoma, Tulsa

    NationalityUnited States of America

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  • 19
    David Spade
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    236

    David Spade

    Saturday Night Live, Beavis and Butt-head

    BirthplaceBirmingham, Michigan, United States of America

    NationalityUnited States of America

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  • 20
    Billy Crystal
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    Billy Crystal

    Saturday Night Live, Soap

    BirthplaceUpper East Side, New York City, New York, USA

    NationalityUnited States of America

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    Jason Sudeikis
    395
    203

    Jason Sudeikis

    Saturday Night Live, The Cleveland Show

    BirthplaceUSA, Virginia

    NationalityUnited States of America

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    Andy Samberg
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    264

    Andy Samberg

    Saturday Night Live, Brooklyn Nine-Nine

    BirthplaceBerkeley, California, United States of America

    NationalityUnited States of America

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  • 23
    Tracy Morgan
    365
    238

    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
    419
    237

    Phil Hartman

    The Simpsons, Saturday Night Live

    BirthplaceBrantford, Canada

    NationalityCanada, United States of America

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    Maya Rudolph
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    225

    Maya Rudolph

    Up All Night, TV Funhouse

    BirthplaceGainesville, Florida, United States of America

    NationalityUnited States of America