The 20 Greatest Saturday Night Live Cast Members of All Time

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Saturday Night Live has a knack for picking the best and brightest upcoming comedians to feature. Lorne Michaels‘ comedy institution has bred TV and movie stars, A-list celebs, and even a few musicians (hey, The Lonely Island!). There have been a few missteps over the years and cast members who did not work out or impress. And even some stars today that had short-lived SNL stints before going on to greatness in other ways, like Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Robert Downey Jr., to name a few. But for every bad cast member or funny person that just wasn't cut out for the variety program, there's been a superstar who's stolen the show. Keep reading for the greatest Saturday Night Live cast members of all time (in no particular order)!

1. Chevy Chase (1975-1976)

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The very first “famous” Saturday Night Live cast member was without a doubt Chase. Most of his fame came from the fact that he said his name on the show during ‘Weekend Update' — the iconic “I'm Chevy Chase, and you're not.” He left the show after the very first season to jumpstart his movie career. His career has gone on to mixed results — some absolute classic films, but also a less-than-desirable reputation. He came back into popularity with his stint on NBC's Community, but he was reportedly as difficult as ever to work with on the show.