'Saturday Night Live': All 145 Cast Members Ranked

Our insanely ambitious, ruthlessly exhaustive ranking of every 'SNL' player ever

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54. Lorne Michaels

54. Lorne Michaels

Era: 1975-1980; 1985-present

Mysteriously, there's no "Best of Lorne Michaels" DVD compilation. But the boss is always a welcome presence whenever he shows up, and there aren't many performers (or bosses) you can say that about over the course of a 40-year run. He wrote himself one of the debut season's defining moments, offering the Beatles a check ("three thousand dollars!") to reunite. He had no idea Lennon and McCartney were watching together at the Dakota.

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