These Saturday Night Live alumni went on to successful TV and film careers after leaving the popular NBC comedy sketch show
SNL Stars Who Made It Big in TV and Film
Since its premiere nearly four decades ago in October 1975, Saturday Night Live has been a fertile breeding ground for great comedic talent. Some of the biggest names in TV and film -- Eddie Murphy, Tina Fey, Will Ferrell, and Robert Downey Jr., to name a few -- got their start on the NBC sketch show. Here's a look at some of the most successful cast members in SNL history.