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The Best People Who Hosted SNL In The '90s

Updated April 3, 2019 4.7k votes 186 voters 2.5k views151 items

List RulesVote up the people who did the best job as hosts of SNL from 1990 through 1999.

The 1990s were a period of transition and change for Saturday Night Live, but they carried through and started the new millennium strong.  Even with over two dozen people hosting multiple times, there were just over 150 different hosts in the '90s. 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 1990 through 1999, ranked from best SNL '90s hosts to worst SNL '90s hosts.

Setting a record for the most times hosting SNL in a decade, actor John Goodman hosted SNL nine times between 1990 and 1999, appearing on the show every year except 1991. Close behind was Alec Baldwin with eight appearances as host - well on his way to being the person who has hosted Saturday Night Live the most times over the years. Many of the "older" cast members returned in the '90s to take on the role of host, including Bill Murray, Norm Macdonald, and Phil Harman.

Just like the seasons and episodes themselves, the Saturday Night Live hosts of the 1990s range from great to grueling. Vote up the actors, musicians, and comedians who did the best job at hosting SNL in the '90s.

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  • Tom Hanks1
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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
  • Steve Martin2
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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
  • Danny DeVito3
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    Danny DeVito

    One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, Batman Returns

    Age75

    BirthplaceNeptune City, New Jersey, United States of America

    Daniel Michael DeVito Jr. (born November 17, 1944) is an American actor, director, producer,... more on Wikipedia
  • Martin Short4
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    Martin Short

    The Martin Short Show, Frankenweenie

    Age70

    BirthplaceHamilton, Canada

    Martin Hayter Short (born March 26, 1950) is a Canadian-American comedian, actor, voice... more on Wikipedia
  • John Goodman5
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    John Goodman

    Monsters, Inc.

    Age68

    BirthplaceSt. Louis, Missouri, United States of America

    John Stephen Goodman (born June 20, 1952) is an American actor and voice artist. Early in his... more on Wikipedia
  • Michael Keaton6
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    Michael Keaton

    Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance), Batman

    Age64

    BirthplaceUSA, Coraopolis, Pennsylvania

    Michael John Douglas (born September 5, 1951), known professionally as Michael Keaton, is an... more on Wikipedia
  • Bill Murray7
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    Bill Murray

    Groundhog Day, Ghostbusters

    Age70

    BirthplaceWilmette, Illinois, United States of America

    William James Murray (born September 21, 1950) is an American actor, voice actor, comedian,... more on Wikipedia
  • Michael J. Fox8
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    Michael J. Fox

    Family Ties, Back to the Future

    Age59

    BirthplaceEdmonton, Canada

    Michael Andrew Fox (born June 9, 1961), known professionally as Michael J. Fox, is a... more on Wikipedia
  • Patrick Stewart9
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    Patrick Stewart

    Star Trek: The Next Generation, X-Men

    Age80

    BirthplaceMirfield, United Kingdom

    Sir Patrick Stewart (born 13 July 1940) is an English actor whose work has included roles on... more on Wikipedia
  • Steve Buscemi10
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    Steve Buscemi

    Fargo, Reservoir Dogs

    Age62

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York, United States of America

    Steven Vincent Buscemi ( boo-SEM-i, Italian: [buʃˈʃɛːmi]; born December 13, 1957) is an... more on Wikipedia
  • Ed O'Neill11
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    Ed O'Neill

    The Bone Collector, Popeye Doyle

    Age74

    BirthplaceYoungstown, Ohio, United States of America

    Edward Leonard O'Neill (born April 12, 1946) is an American actor and comedian. His roles... more on Wikipedia
  • Chris Farley12
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    Chris Farley

    Tommy Boy, Beverly Hills Ninja

    AgeDec. at 33 (1964-1997)

    BirthplaceMadison, Wisconsin, United States of America

    Christopher Crosby Farley (February 15, 1964 – December 18, 1997) was an American actor and... more on Wikipedia
  • Marisa Tomei13
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    Marisa Tomei

    The Wrestler, The Lincoln Lawyer

    Age55

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York, USA

    Marisa Tomei (, Italian: [toˈmɛi]; born December 4, 1964) is an American actress. She is the... more on Wikipedia
  • Christopher Walken14
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    Christopher Walken

    The Deer Hunter, Pulp Fiction

    Age77

    BirthplaceNew York City, USA, New York, Astoria

    Christopher Walken (born Ronald Walken, March 31, 1943) is an American actor, dancer,... more on Wikipedia
  • Dana Carvey15
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    Dana Carvey

    Wayne's World, Saturday Night Live

    Age65

    BirthplaceUSA, Montana, Missoula

    Dana Thomas Carvey (born June 2, 1955) is an American comedian, actor, screenwriter and... more on Wikipedia
  • Woody Harrelson16
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    Woody Harrelson

    No Country for Old Men, Cheers

    Age54

    BirthplaceMidland, Texas, United States of America

    Woodrow Tracy Harrelson (born July 23, 1961) is an American actor and playwright. His breakout... more on Wikipedia
  • Mike Myers17
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    Mike Myers

    Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me, Austin Powers in Goldmember

    Age57

    BirthplaceScarborough, Toronto, Canada

    Michael John Myers (born May 25, 1963) is a Canadian actor, comedian, screenwriter, and... more on Wikipedia
  • Madeline Kahn18
    26
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    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
  • Joe Pesci19
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    Joe Pesci

    Goodfellas, Home Alone

    Age77

    BirthplaceNewark, New Jersey, United States of America

    Joseph Frank Pesci ( PESH-ee, Italian pronunciation: [ˈpeʃːi]; born February 9, 1943) is an... more on Wikipedia
  • Jon Lovitz20
    34
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    Jon Lovitz

    Happiness, Big

    Age63

    BirthplaceLos Angeles, California, United States of America

    Jonathan Michael Lovitz (; born July 21, 1957) is an American comedian, actor, voice actor,... more on Wikipedia
  • George Wendt21
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    George Wendt

    Cheers, Fletch

    Age71

    BirthplaceBeverly, Chicago, Illinois, United States of America

    George Robert Wendt III (born October 17, 1948) is an American actor and comedian. He played... more on Wikipedia
  • Robert Downey Jr.22
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    Robert Downey Jr.

    The Avengers, Iron Man

    Age55

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

    Robert John Downey Jr. (born April 4, 1965) is an American actor, producer and singer. His... more on Wikipedia
  • Brendan Fraser23
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    Brendan Fraser

    The Mummy, The Mummy Returns

    Age51

    BirthplaceUSA, Indianapolis, Indiana

    Brendan James Fraser ( FRAY-zər; born December 3, 1968) is an American-Canadian actor. He is... more on Wikipedia
  • Bob Newhart24
    24
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    Bob Newhart

    Newhart, The Bob Newhart Show

    Age91

    BirthplaceOak Park, Illinois, United States of America

    George Robert Newhart (born September 5, 1929) is an American stand-up comedian and actor,... more on Wikipedia
  • Kevin Bacon25
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    Kevin Bacon

    Footloose, Apollo 13

    Age62

    BirthplacePhiladelphia, Pennsylvania, United States of America

    Kevin Norwood Bacon (born July 8, 1958) is an American actor and musician. His films include... more on Wikipedia