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The Best People Who Hosted SNL In The '80s

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List RulesVote 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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    Tom Hanks is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best People Who Hosted SNL In The '80s
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    Tom Hanks

    The Da Vinci Code, Forrest Gump

    Age64

    BirthplaceConcord, California, United States of America

    Thomas Jeffrey Hanks (born July 9, 1956) is an American actor and filmmaker. Known for both... more on Wikipedia
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    Charlton Heston is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best People Who Hosted SNL In The '80s
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    Charlton Heston

    Ben-Hur, Planet of the Apes

    AgeDec. at 85 (1923-2008)

    BirthplaceEvanston, Illinois, United States of America

    Charlton Heston (born John Charles Carter; October 4, 1923 – April 5, 2008) was an American... more on Wikipedia
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    Dolly Parton is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best People Who Hosted SNL In The '80s
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    Dolly Parton

    The Porter Wagoner Show, Transamerica

    Age74

    BirthplaceTennessee, USA, Sevierville

    Dolly Rebecca Parton (born January 19, 1946) is an American singer, songwriter,... more on Wikipedia
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    Steve Martin is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best People Who Hosted SNL In The '80s
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    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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    Mr. T is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best People Who Hosted SNL In The '80s
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    Mr. T

    The A-Team, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs

    Age68

    BirthplaceChicago, Illinois, United States of America

    Mr. T (born Laurence Tureaud; May 21, 1952) is an American actor, bodyguard, television... more on Wikipedia
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    Candice Bergen is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best People Who Hosted SNL In The '80s
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    Candice Bergen

    Murphy Brown, Gandhi

    Age74

    Candice Patricia Bergen (born May 9, 1946) is an American actress and former fashion model.... more on Wikipedia
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    Tony Danza is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best People Who Hosted SNL In The '80s
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    Tony Danza

    Who's the Boss?, Crash

    Age69

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York, United States of America

    Tony Danza (born April 21, 1951) is an American actor, comedian, singer, television... more on Wikipedia
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    John Candy is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best People Who Hosted SNL In The '80s
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    John Candy

    SCTV, Spaceballs

    AgeDec. at 44 (1950-1994)

    BirthplaceNewmarket, Canada

    John Franklin Candy (October 31, 1950 – March 4, 1994) was a Canadian actor and comedian,... more on Wikipedia
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    Bronson Pinchot is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best People Who Hosted SNL In The '80s
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    Bronson Pinchot

    Beverly Hills Cop, True Romance

    Age61

    BirthplaceNew York City, Manhattan, USA, New York

    Bronson Alcott Pinchot (born May 20, 1959) is an American actor. He is best known for playing... more on Wikipedia
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    Michael Douglas is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best People Who Hosted SNL In The '80s
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    Michael Douglas

    Basic Instinct, Falling Down

    Age76

    BirthplaceNew Brunswick, New Jersey, United States of America

    Michael Kirk Douglas (born September 25, 1944) is an American actor and producer. He has... more on Wikipedia
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    Sigourney Weaver is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best People Who Hosted SNL In The '80s
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    Sigourney Weaver

    Alien, Aliens

    Age70

    BirthplaceNew York City, Manhattan, USA, New York

    Susan Alexandra "Sigourney" Weaver (; born October 8, 1949) is an American actress. Dubbed... more on Wikipedia
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    Jamie Lee Curtis is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best People Who Hosted SNL In The '80s
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    Jamie Lee Curtis

    True Lies, Halloween

    Age61

    BirthplaceSanta Monica, California, United States of America

    Jamie Lee Haden-Guest, Baroness Haden-Guest (née Curtis; born November 22, 1958) is an... more on Wikipedia
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    Ringo Starr is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best People Who Hosted SNL In The '80s
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    Ringo Starr

    George Harrison: Living in the Material World, Thomas & Friends

    Age80

    BirthplaceLiverpool, United Kingdom

    Sir Richard Starkey (born 7 July 1940), known professionally as Ringo Starr, is an English... more on Wikipedia
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    Jeff Bridges is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best People Who Hosted SNL In The '80s
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    Jeff Bridges

    The Big Lebowski, Iron Man

    Age70

    BirthplaceLos Angeles, California, United States of America

    Jeffrey Leon Bridges (born December 4, 1949) is an American actor, singer, and producer. He... more on Wikipedia
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    Joan Rivers is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best People Who Hosted SNL In The '80s
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    Joan Rivers

    Fashion Police, The Joan Rivers Show

    AgeDec. at 81 (1933-2014)

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York

    Joan Alexandra Molinsky (June 8, 1933 – September 4, 2014), known professionally as Joan... more on Wikipedia
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    John Larroquette is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best People Who Hosted SNL In The '80s
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    John Larroquette

    Stripes, Star Trek III: The Search for Spock

    Age72

    BirthplaceNew Orleans, Louisiana, United States of America

    John Bernard Larroquette (born November 25, 1947) is an American actor. His roles include... more on Wikipedia
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    Anjelica Huston is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best People Who Hosted SNL In The '80s
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    Anjelica Huston

    The Royal Tenenbaums, The Addams Family

    Age69

    BirthplaceUSA, California, Santa Monica

    Anjelica Huston (; born July 8, 1951) is an American actress, director, producer, author, and... more on Wikipedia
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    Robin Williams is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best People Who Hosted SNL In The '80s
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    Robin Williams

    Good Will Hunting, Dead Poets Society

    AgeDec. at 63 (1951-2014)

    BirthplaceChicago, Illinois, United States of America

    Robin McLaurin Williams (July 21, 1951 – August 11, 2014) was an American actor and comedian.... more on Wikipedia
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    Kevin Kline is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best People Who Hosted SNL In The '80s
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    Kevin Kline

    A Fish Called Wanda, Cry Freedom

    Age72

    BirthplaceSt. Louis, Missouri, United States of America

    Kevin Delaney Kline (born October 24, 1947) is an American actor and singer. He has won an... more on Wikipedia
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    Louis Gossett, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best People Who Hosted SNL In The '80s
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    Louis Gossett, Jr.

    Enemy Mine, Half-Life 2

    Age84

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York, United States of America

    Louis Cameron Gossett Jr. (born May 27, 1936) is an American actor. He is best known for his... more on Wikipedia
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    Jerry Hall is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best People Who Hosted SNL In The '80s
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    Jerry Hall

    Batman, About Face: Supermodels Then and Now

    Age64

    BirthplaceGonzales, Texas, United States of America

    Jerry Faye Hall (born July 2, 1956) is an American model and actress.
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    Beau Bridges is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best People Who Hosted SNL In The '80s
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    Beau Bridges

    The Descendants, Max Payne

    Age78

    BirthplaceLos Angeles, California, United States of America

    Lloyd Vernet "Beau" Bridges III (born December 9, 1941) is an American actor and director. He... more on Wikipedia
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    Leslie Nielsen is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best People Who Hosted SNL In The '80s
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    Leslie Nielsen

    The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad!, The Naked Gun 2½: The Smell of Fear

    AgeDec. at 84 (1926-2010)

    BirthplaceRegina, Canada

    Leslie William Nielsen (11 February 1926 – 28 November 2010) was a Canadian actor, comedian,... more on Wikipedia
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    Stevie Wonder is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best People Who Hosted SNL In The '80s
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    Stevie Wonder

    Silver Linings Playbook, Die Hard

    Age70

    BirthplaceSaginaw, Michigan, United States of America

    Stevland Hardaway Morris (born May 13, 1950), better known by his stage name Stevie Wonder, is... more on Wikipedia
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    Valerie Bertinelli is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best People Who Hosted SNL In The '80s
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    Valerie Bertinelli

    Hot in Cleveland, One Day at a Time

    Age60

    BirthplaceWilmington, Delaware, USA

    Valerie Anne Bertinelli (born April 23, 1960) is an American actress and television... more on Wikipedia
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