12 Actors You Forgot Were On ‘Saturday Night Live’

Saturday Night Live is celebrating it’s 40th anniversary this year and it’s had some very memorable cast members (Eddie Murphy, Tina Fey, Adam Sandler to name a few) at studio 8H, and then there are some people who are very memorable actors, but we all sort of forgot their brief moments on the sketch comedy. 

1. Robert Downey Jr. (85-86)

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Robert Downey Jr. as suitcase boy, giving a “confrontational monologue”…it’s not all that surprising he lasted only 1 season. But he’s clearly moved on to bigger and better things.

2. Anthony Michael Hall (85-86)

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To this day, Anthony Michael Hall still holds the title for youngest cast member on SNL, having joined when he was only 17-years-old in order to break his “geek” film typecast. He later admit he’d underestimated how competitive the show was. 

3. Gilbert Gottfried (80-81)

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We thought it was impossible to forget that voice, but it was on SNL for a year.

4. Damon Wayans (85-86)

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Wayans is best known for his time on In loving Color, it’s easy to forget the year he spent at SNL.

5. Jenny Slate (09-10)

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You may or may not remember her time on SNL, as it wasn’t that long ago, but you may remember someone dropping the F-bomb on live TV for the first time on this show. That was her.

6. Ben Stiller  (1989)

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His time as a featured player was brief, but this Weekend Update review of Rain Man with SNL legend Mike Meyers was a shining moment. 

7. Billy Crystal (84-85)

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If you’ve been following SNL  since the early days, you might not have forgotten about Billy Crystal and the many characters he portrayed in his 1-season run, but maybe you forgot the time he got Mr. T and Hulk Hogan to crack up on live TV.

8. Julia Louis-Dreyfus (82-85)

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Maybe you’re obsessed with Veep or still haven’t gotten over Seinfeld, either way with such an extensive career, it’s easy to forget Julia’s early days on SNL (though she was the youngest woman ever cast at at 21-years-old).

9. Sarah Silverman (93-94)

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While there aren’t many (if any) videos of Sarah’s stint (she did mainyl write) on SNL 22 years ago, she does say she’s happy that doesn’t define her career.

10. Joan Cusack (85-86)

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Her short time on SNL wasn’t a bump in the road, but actually the spark that ignited her 30+ year career.

11. Rob Riggle (04-05)

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You may not always recognize Rob Riggle by name, but you’ll easily remember him from 21 Jump Street and Step Brothers. During his short time on SNL, he did impressions of Larry the Cable Guy, Toby Keith, and Howard Dean.

12. David Koechner (95-96)

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Before his Anchorman days, he became buddies with Will Ferrell when they were both cast members on this show.


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