SNL Cast

Thursday, September 29 by Regina Woodard

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The "SNL" cast includes some of the most recognized actors, actresses, and comedians in entertainment. "Saturday Night Live" is one of the most popular television sketch shows on TV, running for a little over 30 years.The show is the creation of executive producer Lorne Michaels and Dick Ebersol. 

Original SNL Cast

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Nearly all of the original "SNL" cast have gone to popular ventures after their "SNL" days. Dan Aykroyd and the late John Belushi for instance have made pop icons of their characters, such as that of Jake and Elwood Blues, who would go on to star in one of the most successful and cult classics of the "Blues Brothers."

Chevy Chase

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Gained prominence as Clark Griswald in the classic "National Lampoon" series; mostly famous for his impression of Gerald Ford and for being the first host of "Weekend Update".

Jane Curtin

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Most closely identified as Mary on the hit show of "3rd Rock from the Sun;" famous for her portrayal of the mother Conehead, as well as being co-anchor with Dan Aykroyd for "Weekend Update."

Bill Murray

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	Iconic funny man in several movie classics such as "Ghostbusters" (with former "SNL" member Aykroyd), "Caddyshack," and "Scrooged." Had several recurring characters on SNL.</p>
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	<strong>Gilda Radner </strong></p>
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Iconic funny woman most remembered for her roles on "SNL." Also appeared with husband Gene Wilder in several movies before succoming to ovarian cancer in the late 80's.

Harry Shearer

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Has since gained prominence as a member of the fake rock group Spinal Tap, as well as the voice fo several characters on "The Simpsons."

Many people associate the young Eddie Murphy and Joe Piscapo as being a part of the original cast, but in actuality, they were both introduced in the second season. 

1985 – 1990/1990- 1995 Casts – Like the original cast members, a good majority of these comedians went on to have characters within television or movies.

Phil Hartman

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First cast in the 1985, Hartman was known for his impressions of Frank Sinatra and Frankenstein on the show. He would later go on to voice several popular reoccurring characters on "The Simpsons," as well as acting as the lead in popular show "News Radio." Sadly, Hartman's life was cut short when he was murdered by his wife before she took her life in the late 1990s.

Dana Carvey

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	Like Hartman, Carvey was known for his impressions, most notably that of George Bush, Sr. Though Carvey's film career petered out, his comedy shows have always been popular.</p>
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	<strong>Mike Meyers </strong></p>
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	Meyers would create popular "SNL" characters of Wayne (with Carvey as Garth) for "Wayne's World," which would go on to spur two popular movies, as well as Linda Ritcher on "Coffee Talk." Meyers would go on to create iconic <a href='http://www.screenjunkies.com/tag/austin-powers/' class='linkify' target='_blank'>Austin Powers</a> and Dr. Evil, as well as voice "Shrek" the orge in the acclaimed series of movies (along with previous "SNL" cast member Eddie Murphy)</p>
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	<strong>Chris Farley</strong></p>
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	Known for his more outrageous characters on the show, Farley (along with cast member David Spade) would go on to star in several movies before his death of a drug overdose.</p>
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	<strong>Adam Sandler </strong></p>
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	Like his cast members, Sandler would also go on to star in several <a href='http://www.screenjunkies.com/tag/classic-movies/' class='linkify' target='_blank'>classic movies</a>, such as "Happy Gilmore" and "Billy Madison."</p>
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