From controversial “SNL” sketches to famous quotes (“No more bell!”), Saturday Night Live produced its share of memorable live TV moments in the years following its first broadcast in 1975. The tenures of some of its actors, however, did not stay as vivid in our memories. For some, their time on the show only lasted one season (or less). For others, subsequent successes overshadowed their SNL runs. For many, it was both. Read on to see 20 former cast members you may have forgotten SNL step.
1 out of 40
Robert Downey Jr.
At only 20, Robert Downey Jr. was relatively inexperienced when he joined 1985-1986. SNL throw away. He never quite found his feet in the series and his first season was also the last.
2 out of 40
Robert Downey Jr.
Obviously, Downey Jr.’s failure to connect with SNL the public was not an omen of things to come. Two Oscar nominations, three Golden Globe Awards and several film franchises later, he is one of the most popular actors in Hollywood.
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3 out of 40
In 1989, at the age of 24, Ben Stiller was hired to cast SNL. It lasted less than a season, however, before leaving and leaving for Los Angeles to pursue a film career.
4 out of 40
Almost a decade will pass before Stiller becomes famous thanks to his main role in There is Something about Mary. Subsequent successes, especially among Meet the parents and Night at the museum franchises, made him a household name.
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5 out of 40
As an actor in SNLIn 1985-1986, the promise of Damon Wayans as an actor is undeniable. However, when he changed a character without getting approval from the producers of the series, his talent couldn’t save him. He was fired, and he said later The Weekender this SNL designer Lorne Michaels “did the right thing”.
6 out of 40
Fortunately, Wayan’s dismissal from SNL did not encourage him to give up the sketches for good. His four season run on the Fox series In living color earned his place as a comedy star and secured a long career as a comic artist.
7 out of 40
Given his flair for pushing the envelope, it’s surprising that Sarah Silverman’s passage on SNL was largely trivial. She only appeared in a handful of sketches, and none of the sketches she wrote have ever been released.
8 out of 40
Since its time SNL, Silverman published three comedy specials, made countless television appearances, directed several of his own programs, played roles in films such as Rock school and Wreck it Ralph, and become a poster child for an acerbic and scoffing comedy.
9 out of 40
Thanks in part to her role as Jodie Dallas in the NBC comedy Soap, Billy Crystal was already well known when he joined the cast of SNL in 1984. His talent for printing made him one of the most successful players in the series, but he left after only one season.
ten out of 40
The Crystal Star continued to rise after SNL. He has since added classic comedies like When Harry meets Sally, City Slickers, Analyze that and Monsters Inc. to her filmography, has hosted the Oscars nine times and won a Tony Award for her solo show, 700 Sundays.
11 out of 40
In 1980 Lorne Michaels had just left SNL, the whole cast left with him, and associate producer Jean Doumanian received the reins. A young comedian by the name of Gilbert Gottfried joined the series for what was, by all accounts, a dismal season. After twelve episodes, Doumanian was replaced and Gottfried was dismissed with several other members of the cast.
12 out of 40
Although his mandate SNL was brief, the possible presence of Gottfried on basic products like The Howard Stern Show and celebrity roasts from Comedy Central established its reputation with an adult audience, while its voice of AladdinIago made him love the youngest, making Gottfried – and his voice – emblematic.
13 out of 40
When Lorne Michaels came back to produce SNL in 1985 he hired all of the new cast members, including Joan Cusack. After the season received low marks, he shot almost everyone, including Joan.
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14 out of 40
Like many others on this list, Cusack recovered well after being fired from SNL. She then won Oscar nominations for her roles in A hard worker and In & Out, and was nominated for an Emmy for her role in Showtime Shameless four times before winning in 2015.
15 out of 40
Randy Quaid had already received an Oscar nomination for his supporting role in 1974 The last detail when he joined the cast of SNLis the unhappy season 1985. He too was released at the end of the season.
16 out of 40
In recent years, Quaid has received more attention for his off-screen exploits, but we will never forget his spotlight as cousin Eddie in National Lampoon Christmas Holidays.
17 out of 40
In 1981, years before becoming famous with Jackie Harris Roseanne, Laurie Metcalf made her SNL start. A writer’s strike forced the series to end immediately after the episode, and when SNL continued, he did it without her.
18 out of 40
Although its time SNL was brief, Metcalf’s success as an actor was anything but. She won three Primetime Emmys for her role on Roseanne, his theater work has won two Tony Awards, and his role in Lady bird earned her an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress.
19 out of 40
During the 1995-1996 SNL season, David Koechner hatched a few memorable recurring characters, including the overly worshiping British fop Fagan, but that was not enough. We didn’t ask him to come back next season.
20 out of 40
Koechner’s passage on SNL was far from sterile, however. He then added more memorable characters to his repertoire, including sports reporter Champ Kind in former cast mate Will Ferrell’s 2004 comedy ensemble. Presenterand street vendor Todd Packer from Office.
21 out of 40
As a member of the cast from 1982 to 1985, Julia Louis-Dreyfus lasted longer SNL than most of the others on this list, but she made no secret of the fact that the show’s competitive and sexist atmosphere at the time made her unhappy.
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22 out of 40
The last year of Louis-Dreyfus SNL coincided with the first and only year of the writer Larry David to write for the show. The two became friends, and five years later, David convinced her to join the cast of the new sitcom he was working on with Jerry Seinfeld. His roles on Seinfeld, The New Adventurold Christine’s, and Veep have resulted in 11 Emmy wins. In 2018, Louis-Dreyfus received the Mark Twain Prize for American humor.
23 out of 40
Rob Riggle’s path to comedy was unconventional. He joined the United States Marines at the age of 19 and was still serving in the Marine Corps Reserve when he landed on the SNL casting in 2004. He was on the show for only one season – but remained with reservations until 2013.
24 out of 40
Shortly after his season SNL, Riggle became a correspondent on The Daily Show and over the years has had great laughs Half brothers, The hangover, The other guys, and 21 Jump Street.
25 out of 40
Right after his main role in the now classic fake documentary of 1984 It’s Spinal Tap, Christopher Guest joined SNL throw away. Like his talented co-stars Billy Crystal and Martin Short, however, it only lasted one season.
26 out of 40
Since then, Guest’s work as a filmmaker has established him as one of the greats in comedy. Movies like Best in Show, A strong wind, and Waiting for Guffman have all left their mark on modern comedy.
27 out of 40
First fame Laverne and Shirley, and later with It’s Spinal Tap, Michael McKean was far from green when he landed a spot on the SNL sunk in 1993.
28 out of 40
After leaving the series in 1995, McKean appeared in SNL and Tap Spinal alum films Christopher Guest Best in Show and A strong wind and garnered critical acclaim for his role as Chuck McGill in AMC You better call Saul.
29 out of 40
Chris Rock honored the SNL scene for three seasons after which he set his sights on joining the cast of In living color. Unfortunately, he only appeared in a handful of episodes before the show was canceled.
30 out of 40
Three years after his departure from SNL, HBO rock comedy special Bring the pain won two Emmy Awards. His later specials and albums earned him Grammys and Emmys constant wins, making Rock one of the most respected and successful comedians of his generation.
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