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The Best People Who Hosted SNL In The '70s

Updated April 3, 2019 10.0k votes 382 voters 1.9k views64 items

List RulesVote up the people who did the best job as hosts of SNL from 1975 through 1979.

Saturday Night Live might not have started out a hit but as the 1970s slipped past, SNL cemented itself into the TV viewing habits of the masses.  Even though Saturday Night Live didn't start until halfway through the decade, there were still plenty of '70s SNL hosts. If you can't remember everybody who got to open the show, then refresh your memory with this list of the people who were hosts from 1975 through 1979, ranked from best SNL '70s hosts to worst SNL '70s hosts.

In those early years, SNL hosts were often comedians, though they did get actors and actresses such as Carrie Fisher, Peter Boyle, and Candice Bergen. One of the people who took on the role of host the most often in the '70s was actor Buck Henry, who hosted ten times in five years. Chevy Chase, a former cast member and Weekend Update anchor, returned in 1978 to host the show.

Just like the seasons and episodes themselves, the Saturday Night Live hosts of the 1970s range from great to grueling. Vote up the actors, musicians, and comedians who did the best job at hosting SNL in the '70s.

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    George Carlin
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    9

    George Carlin

    Dogma, Cars

    AgeDec. at 71 (1937-2008)

    BirthplaceManhattan, New York City, New York, USA

    George Denis Patrick Carlin (May 12, 1937 – June 22, 2008) was an American stand-up comedian,... more on Wikipedia
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    Steve Martin
    460
    12

    Steve Martin

    The Jerk, ¡Three Amigos!

    Age75

    BirthplaceWaco, Texas, United States of America

    Stephen Glenn Martin (born August 14, 1945) is an American actor, comedian, writer, filmmaker,... more on Wikipedia
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    Ricky Nelson
    453
    23

    Ricky Nelson

    The Adventures of Ozzie & Harriet, Rio Bravo

    AgeDec. at 45 (1940-1985)

    BirthplaceTeaneck, New Jersey, United States of America

    Eric Hilliard Nelson (May 8, 1940 – December 31, 1985) was an American pop star, musician, and... more on Wikipedia
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    Chevy Chase
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    197

    Chevy Chase

    Christmas Vacation, Caddyshack

    Age77

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

    Cornelius Crane "Chevy" Chase (; born October 8, 1943) is an American comedian, actor and... more on Wikipedia
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    Lily Tomlin
    153
    200

    Lily Tomlin

    I Heart Huckabees, Nine to Five

    Age81

    BirthplaceDetroit, Michigan, USA

    Mary Jean "Lily" Tomlin (born September 1, 1939) is an American actress, comedian, writer,... more on Wikipedia
  • 6
    Madeline Kahn
    130
    191

    Madeline Kahn

    Young Frankenstein, Blazing Saddles

    AgeDec. at 57 (1942-1999)

    BirthplaceBoston, Massachusetts, United States of America

    Madeline Gail Kahn (born Madeline Gail Wolfson; September 29, 1942 – December 3, 1999) was an... more on Wikipedia
  • 7
    Richard Pryor
    133
    201

    Richard Pryor

    Richard Pryor: Live in Concert, Richard Pryor: Live on the Sunset Strip

    AgeDec. at 65 (1940-2005)

    BirthplacePeoria, Illinois, United States of America

    Richard Franklin Lennox Thomas Pryor (December 1, 1940 – December 10, 2005) was an American... more on Wikipedia
  • 8
    Buck Henry
    130
    202

    Buck Henry

    The Graduate, Heaven Can Wait

    Age89

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York, United States of America

    Henry Zuckerman (December 9, 1930 – January 8, 2020), credited as Buck Henry, was an American... more on Wikipedia
  • 9
    Rob Reiner
    132
    205

    Rob Reiner

    The Wolf of Wall Street, This Is Spinal Tap

    Age73

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York, United States of America

    Robert Reiner (born March 6, 1947) is an American actor and filmmaker. As an actor, Reiner... more on Wikipedia
  • 10
    Kris Kristofferson
    95
    170

    Kris Kristofferson

    Blade II, Blade

    Age84

    BirthplaceBrownsville, Texas, United States of America

    Kristoffer Kristofferson (born June 22, 1936) is an American singer-songwriter and actor.... more on Wikipedia
  • 11
    Maureen Stapleton
    111
    198

    Maureen Stapleton

    Cocoon, Reds

    AgeDec. at 81 (1925-2006)

    BirthplaceUSA, New York, Troy

    Lois Maureen Stapleton (June 21, 1925 – March 13, 2006) was an American actress in film,... more on Wikipedia
  • 12
    Richard Dreyfuss
    85
    186

    Richard Dreyfuss

    Jaws, Close Encounters of the Third Kind

    Age72

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York, United States of America

    Richard Stephen Dreyfuss (; né Dreyfus; born October 29, 1947) is an American actor best known... more on Wikipedia
  • 13
    Dyan Cannon
    62
    152

    Dyan Cannon

    Revenge of the Pink Panther, Heaven Can Wait

    Age83

    BirthplaceTacoma, Washington, United States of America

    Dyan Cannon (born Samille Diane Friesen; January 4, 1937) is an American actress, director,... more on Wikipedia
  • 14
    Elliott Gould
    54
    179

    Elliott Gould

    American History X, Ocean's Eleven

    Age82

    BirthplaceNew York City, USA, New York

    Elliott Gould (born Elliott Goldstein; August 29, 1938) is an American actor. He began acting... more on Wikipedia
  • 15
    Carrie Fisher
    37
    151

    Carrie Fisher

    Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope, Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back

    Age63

    BirthplaceBeverly Hills, Los Angeles, California, United States of America

    Carrie Frances Fisher (October 21, 1956 – December 27, 2016) was an American actress, writer,... more on Wikipedia
  • 16
    Mary Kay Place
    31
    120

    Mary Kay Place

    Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman

    Age73

    BirthplaceTulsa, Oklahoma, USA

    Mary Kay Place (born September 23, 1947) is an American actress, singer, director, and... more on Wikipedia
  • 17
    Dick Cavett
    33
    134

    Dick Cavett

    Forrest Gump, Beetlejuice

    Age83

    BirthplaceGibbon, Nebraska, United States of America

    Richard Alva Cavett (; born November 19, 1936) is an American television personality, comedian... more on Wikipedia
  • 18
    Eric Idle
    33
    171

    Eric Idle

    Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Life of Brian

    Age77

    BirthplaceSouth Shields, United Kingdom

    Eric Idle (born 29 March 1943) is an English comedian, actor, voice actor, author,... more on Wikipedia
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    Paul Simon
    20
    109

    Paul Simon

    Forrest Gump, The Royal Tenenbaums

    Age78

    BirthplaceNewark, New Jersey, United States of America

    Paul Frederic Simon (born October 13, 1941) is an American singer-songwriter and actor.... more on Wikipedia
  • 20
    Candice Bergen
    20
    119

    Candice Bergen

    Murphy Brown, Gandhi

    Age74

    BirthplaceLos Angeles, Beverly Hills, California, United States of America

    Candice Patricia Bergen (born May 9, 1946) is an American actress and former fashion model.... more on Wikipedia
  • 21
    Bill Russell
    20
    128

    Bill Russell

    Your Best Shot, College Basketball's 10 Greatest Teams

    Age86

    BirthplaceWest Monroe, USA, Louisiana

    William Felton Russell (born February 12, 1934) is an American retired professional basketball... more on Wikipedia
  • 22
    Michael Palin
    22
    146

    Michael Palin

    Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Life of Brian

    Age77

    BirthplaceBroomhill, United Kingdom

    Sir Michael Edward Palin, (; born 5 May 1943), is an English comedian, actor, writer and... more on Wikipedia
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    Walter Matthau
    17
    109

    Walter Matthau

    The Odd Couple, Charade

    AgeDec. at 80 (1920-2000)

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York, United States of America

    Walter Matthau (; born Walter John Matthow; October 1, 1920 – July 1, 2000) was an American... more on Wikipedia
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    Martin Sheen
    9
    66

    Martin Sheen

    Apocalypse Now, The Departed

    Age80

    BirthplaceDayton, Ohio, United States of America

    Ramón Gerardo Antonio Estévez (born August 3, 1940), known professionally as Martin Sheen, is... more on Wikipedia
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    Howard Hesseman
    16
    118

    Howard Hesseman

    This Is Spinal Tap, Flight of the Navigator

    Age80

    BirthplaceOregon, USA, Lebanon

    Howard Hesseman (born February 27, 1940) is an American actor best known for playing DJ Dr.... more on Wikipedia