Currently alive, at 62 years of age.
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1955 – born – October 8th, in Tampa, Florida.
1973 – Darrell graduated from Melbourne High School in Melbourne, Florida, where he was a star athelete who lettered in both Football and Baseball. He then attended Brevard Community College and University of Florida at Gainesville where he majored in broadcasting.
1970’s-1990’s – After completing college, Hammond moved to New York City where he lived for several years before joining the cast of SNL. He married his wife, Elizabeth in 1986 but the death of a close personal friend of his in the early 1990s led to a relapse of drug and alcohol abuse. They divorced around 1992 and remarried in 1997. They have a daughter named Mia who was born in 1998.
1989 – Hammond gained fame for his impersonations of Elmer Fudd and other Looney Tunes characters in the comedy single "Wappin’." The song was so popular with Dr. Demento listeners.
1995 – After joining the SNL cast in September, Hammond also turned up on television in 3rd Rock From the Sun and performed stand-up for Comedy Central’s Premium Blend. The versatile comic also followed the lead of numerous SNL cast members before him in shooting for the big screen in such efforts as Blues Brothers 2000 (1998) and with voice work in The King and I (1999).
-Principally an impressionist, he became famous for his impressions of Arnold Schwarzenegger, Ted Koppel, Bill O’Reilly, Regis Philbin, Jack Perkins, Dick Cheney, Colin Powell, Donald Rumsfeld, Dr. Phil, Jesse Jackson, Phil Donahue, Don Imus, Jay Leno, Bob Costas, Tim Russert, Jimmy Carter, Dan Rather, Geraldo Rivera, Richard Dreyfuss, Tony Soprano, Rudy Giuliani, Al Gore, and on one occasion, George W. Bush. Although he does many impressions, he is best known for his segments impersonating Sean Connery, Bill Clinton, Chris Matthews from Hardball, and more recently Donald Trump and John McCain. When veteran announcer Don Pardo is unavailable, Hammond fills in to introduce the cast, with a spot-on Pardo impersonation. In the film Epic Movie, he parodies Johnny Depp’s role as Captain Jack Sparrow from Pirates of the Caribbean. On several occasions his fake moustaches seem to fall off, examples of this can be seen in the Ludacris episode as well as the Ian McKellen/Kylie Minogue episode (both of which were covered up by ad-libs referring to Hammond’s mustache coming undone).
2007 – In the summer, Hammond made his Broadway theatre debut, playing the role of Vice Principal Douglas Panch in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee.
2008 – He has made more SNL appearances, by far, than any other cast member in its entire history, and, as of the October 25, 2008 (episode hosted by Jon Hamm) Darrel Hammond has exactly 100 celebrity impersonations.