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The Best People Who Hosted SNL In The '80s  

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List Rules Vote up the people who did the best job as hosts of SNL from 1980 through 1989.

The 1980s started out rough for Saturday Night Live, but they rode the decade through and celebrated their 15th anniversary in before the '80s ended.  Even with over a dozen hosts appearing multiple times, there were over 150 hosts in the '80s. 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 1980 through 1989, ranked from best SNL '80s hosts to worst SNL '80s hosts.

One of the people who took on the role of host the most often in the '80s was actor Danny DeVito, who hosted four times and tied with comedian and frequent host Steve Martin for most times hosting SNL in the 1980s. Tom Hanks was close behind, hosting Saturday Night Live three times that decade and even using his monologue in the 15th-anniversary episode to hint about upcoming changes to the opening act.

Just like the seasons and episodes themselves, the Saturday Night Live hosts of the 1980s range from great to grueling. Vote up the actors, musicians, and comedians who did the best job at hosting SNL in the '80s.

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John Goodman is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best People Who Hosted SNL In The '80s
Monsters, Inc., Roseanne
John Stephen Goodman is an American actor who is known for his comedic and dramatic roles. Early in his career, he was best known for playing Dan Conner on the television series Roseanne, for ...more
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Jamie Lee Curtis is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best People Who Hosted SNL In The '80s
True Lies, Halloween, A Fish Called Wanda
Jamie Lee Curtis, Lady Haden-Guest is an American actress and author. She made her film debut in 1978 by starring as Laurie Strode in John Carpenter's Halloween. A big hit, the film established ...more
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Don Rickles is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best People Who Hosted SNL In The '80s
Toy Story, Toy Story 3, Toy Story 2
Donald Jay "Don" Rickles (May 8, 1926 – April 6, 2017) was an American stand-up comedian and actor. A frequent guest on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson, he acted in comedic and ...more
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Billy Crystal is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best People Who Hosted SNL In The '80s
Monsters, Inc, Monsters University
William Edward "Billy" Crystal is an American actor, singer, writer, producer, director, comedian, and television host. He gained prominence in the 1970s for playing Jodie Dallas on ...more
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Martin Short is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best People Who Hosted SNL In The '80s
The Martin Short Show, Frankenweenie, Mars Attacks!
Martin Hayter Short, CM is an Canadian-American actor, comedian, writer, singer and producer. He is best known for his comedy work, particularly on the TV programs SCTV and Saturday Night Live. ...more
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John Malkovich is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best People Who Hosted SNL In The '80s
Empire of the Sun, Dangerous Liaisons, Being John Malkovich
John Gavin Malkovich is an American actor, director, producer, and fashion designer. He has appeared in more than 70 motion pictures. For his roles in Places in the Heart and In the Line of ...more
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Mr. T is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best People Who Hosted SNL In The '80s
The A-Team, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, Rocky III
Mr. T is an American actor known for his roles as B. A. Baracus in the 1980s television series The A-Team, as boxer Clubber Lang in the 1982 film Rocky III, and for his appearances as a ...more
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Candice Bergen is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best People Who Hosted SNL In The '80s
Murphy Brown, Gandhi, Miss Congeniality
Candice Patricia Bergen is an American actress and former fashion model. For her role as the title character on the CBS sitcom Murphy Brown, she won five Emmy Awards and two Golden Globe Awards ...more
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Bernadette Peters is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best People Who Hosted SNL In The '80s
Anastasia, The Jerk, Annie
Bernadette Peters is an American actress, singer and children's book author. Over the course of a career that has spanned five decades, she has starred in musical theatre, films and television, ...more
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Buck Henry is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best People Who Hosted SNL In The '80s
The Graduate, Heaven Can Wait, What's Up
Henry Zuckerman, credited as Buck Henry, is an American actor, writer, film director, and television director. He has been nominated for an Academy Award twice, in 1968 for Best Adapted ...more
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Burt Reynolds is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best People Who Hosted SNL In The '80s
Boogie Nights, Evening Shade, Deliverance
Burton Leon Reynolds Jr. was an American actor, director and producer. He first rose to prominence starring in television series such as Gunsmoke and Dan August. His breakout film role was as ...more
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Carl Weathers is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best People Who Hosted SNL In The '80s
Predator, Rocky I, II & IV
Carl Weathers is an American actor and former professional football player. He is best known for portraying Apollo Creed in the Rocky series of films, Dillon in Predator, Chubbs Peterson in ...more
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Dave Thomas is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best People Who Hosted SNL In The '80s
Stripes, Brother Bear, Rat Race
David William "Dave" Thomas is a Canadian comedian, actor and television writer. He is best known for portraying Doug McKenzie on SCTV as well as in the film Strange Brew, which he
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Demi Moore is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best People Who Hosted SNL In The '80s
Ghost, A Few Good Men, The Hunchback of Notre Dame. Mr. Brooks
Demi Guynes, known professionally as Demi Moore, is an American actress, filmmaker, former songwriter, and model. Moore dropped out of high school at age 16 to pursue an acting career, and ...more
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Ellen Burstyn is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best People Who Hosted SNL In The '80s
Interstellar, Requiem for a Dream, The Exorcist
Ellen Burstyn is an American actress. Her career began in theatre during the late 1950s, and over the next decade included several films and television series. Burstyn's performance in the ...more
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Paula Prentiss is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best People Who Hosted SNL In The '80s
The Parallax View, Catch-22, The Stepford Wives
Paula Prentiss is an American actress best known for her film roles in Where the Boys Are, Man's Favorite Sport?, The Stepford Wives, What's New Pussycat?, The Black Marble, and The Parallax
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Roy Scheider is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best People Who Hosted SNL In The '80s
Jaws, The French Connection, 2010
Roy Richard Scheider was an American actor and amateur boxer. He was best known for his leading roles as Police Chief Martin C. Brody in the first two Jaws movies, choreographer and film ...more
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Steve Guttenberg is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best People Who Hosted SNL In The '80s
Police Academy, Police Academy 2: Their First Assignment, Short Circuit
Steven Robert "Steve" Guttenberg is an American actor and comedian. He became well known during the 1980s starting with his breakthrough role in 1984's Police Academy and subsequent ...more
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Walter Payton is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best People Who Hosted SNL In The '80s
Walter Jerry Payton was an American football running back who played for the Chicago Bears of the National Football League for thirteen seasons. Walter Payton was known around the NFL as ...more
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Wayne Gretzky is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best People Who Hosted SNL In The '80s
D2: The Mighty Ducks, ProStars, King's Ransom
Wayne Douglas Gretzky, CC is a Canadian former professional ice hockey player and former head coach. He played 20 seasons in the National Hockey League for four teams from 1979 to 1999. ...more
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William Shatner is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best People Who Hosted SNL In The '80s
Star Trek, Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home
William Shatner is a Canadian actor, singer, author, producer, director, spokesman, and comedian. He gained worldwide fame and became a cultural icon for his portrayal of James T. Kirk, Captain ...more
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Dolly Parton is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best People Who Hosted SNL In The '80s
The Porter Wagoner Show, Transamerica, Moulin Rouge!
Dolly Rebecca Parton is an American singer-songwriter, instrumentalist, actress, author, and philanthropist, known primarily for her work in country music. Her career began as a child performer ...more
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John Lithgow is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best People Who Hosted SNL In The '80s
Interstellar, 3rd Rock from the Sun, Shrek
John Arthur Lithgow is an American actor, musician, and author. Lithgow has received acclaim and many accolades in his career including two Tony Awards, five Emmy Awards, two Golden Globe ...more
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Michael Keaton is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best People Who Hosted SNL In The '80s
Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance), Batman, Batman Returns
Michael John Douglas, better known by his stage name Michael Keaton, is an American actor, producer, director and comedian. He is currently a visiting scholar at Carnegie Mellon University. ...more
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Tim Curry is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best People Who Hosted SNL In The '80s
The Rocky Horror Picture Show, The Hunt for Red October, The Wild Thornberrys
Timothy James "Tim" Curry is an English actor, singer, and composer, known for his work in a diverse range of theatre, film, and television productions, often portraying villainous ...more