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Bill Murray, Ben Stiller and 30 More ‘Saturday Night Live’ Castmembers Who Became Movie and TV Stars

From bees, “wild and crazy” guys and cheeseburger-slinging cooks to “Wayne’s World” hosts, Spartan cheerleaders, “two a-holes,” “Californians” and songs about Chanukah, wishing it was Christmas today, chopping broccoli and a gift in the form of a certain body part in a box, Saturday Night Live has featured multiple memorable sketches over its nearly 50-year history.

And behind the series’ beloved characters and impressions are more than 100 castmembers, a number of whom went on to become household names.

The performers who’ve graced the Studio 8H stage include such stars as Bill Murray, Eddie Murphy, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Billy Crystal, Martin Short, Phil Hartman, Mike Myers, Dana Carvey, Chris Farley, David Spade, Chris Rock, Adam Sandler, Will Ferrell, Molly Shannon, Tracy Morgan, Jimmy Fallon, Maya Rudolph, Seth Meyers, Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, Bill Hader, Andy Samberg, Jason Sudeikis and Kristen Wiig.

And even those castmembers who didn’t have a memorable run on SNL have gone on to great success in film and TV, with Robert Downey Jr., Ben Stiller and Sarah Silverman among the lesser-known SNL alums.

While some castmembers — like Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Martin Short — have had success in both TV and film, others — like Eddie Murphy and Adam Sandler — have focused their post-SNL careers on film. And former “Weekend Update” hosts Jimmy Fallon and Seth Meyers have brought their skills poking fun at current events to their roles as hosts of The Tonight Show and Late Night, respectively.

The Hollywood Reporter takes a look back at 32 former SNL castmembers that have become household names, parlaying their time on the long-running variety show into film and TV stardom.



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