20. Maurice Pitka - 'The Love Guru'
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Mike Myers had a big bomb on his hands with "The Love Guru", in which he played Maurice Pitka, a man aspiring to be the worlds top guru.
The character was not well received, with accusations by Hindu leaders of mocking their religion, and critics blasting the performance.
It took another 14 years before Myers would lead another project, the TV series "The Pentaverate".
19. Cat in the Hat - 'The Cat in the Hat'
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Myers got into some of the most elaborate makeup work of his career to play the Cat in the Hat in the live-action adaptation of Dr. Seuss' classic children's book.
Despite Myers' memorable look and gung-ho performance in the film, reviews were less than stellar and it hardly tore up the box office.
18. Steve Rubell - '54'
Dropping the comedy but keeping the makeup, Myers delivered his first true dramatic performance as Studio 54 co-founder Steve Rubell in the 1998 film "54".
Tampered with in the editing room, and released to poor reviews and a bad showing at the box office, Myers' impressive attempt at bringing a more serious character to life nonetheless sticks out as an example of his acting chops.
17. Ernie Hitchens - 'SNL'
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Ditching his Scottish accent for a British one, Myers played the character Ernie Hitchens on "SNL", a middle-aged man who in one sketch hilariously learned "the art of MASS-age," and in another offered poetry advice to a character played by Sting.
16. Mick Jagger - 'SNL'
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Myers did plenty of impressions on "Saturday Night Live", but maybe none as memorable as Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger, and even ones played the role opposite the real-life artist's bandmate Keith Richards on "Weekend Update".
15. Ken Scarborough - 'The Pentaverate'
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Mike Myers made his big comedy return in the 2022 Netflix series "The Pentaverate", playing multiple characters, including the central characer, Ken Scarborough, a Canatian TV journalist trying to expose an ancient organization controlling world events in order to get his job back.
14. Middle-Aged Man - 'SNL'
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Myers recognized the inherent comedy of middle-aged men by playing the character Ed Miles, Middle-Aged Man a number of "SNL" sketches, helping to solve all kinds of problems in only the way a man between the ages of 40 and 55 knows how.
13. General Ed Fenech - 'Inglourious Basterds'
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Myers made an absolutely delightful appearance in Quentin Tarantino's WWII movies "Inglourious Basterds".
Showing up for just one scene, Myers plays General Ed Fenech, who gives Michael Fassbinder's Archie Hicox his important assignment to infiltrate the Nazis and kill Hitler. Putting on the stuffiest of stuffy British accents, Myers offers the perfect parody of the classic image of the English soldier.
12. Simon - 'SNL'
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Myers hopped into the bathtub on "SNL" to share his simple "drawerings" as the very child-like Simon on "SNL", often letting special guests like Danny DeVito and Macauley Culkin share his tub.
11. Goldmember - 'Austin Powers in Goldmember'
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While the third "Austin Powers" outing, co-starring Beyoncé, may not be the most beloved entry in the spy parody trilogy, Myers' turn as the Dutch supervillain Goldmember has remained one of his most iconic characters.
10. Lank Thompson - 'SNL'
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One of Myers' most memorable "SNL" characters was Lank Thompson, the very handsome host of "I'm a Handsome Actor", who promised to teach all the men out there how to be their handsomest selves, in a hilarious parody of early-'90s stereotypes of masculinity.
9. Charlie MacKenzie - 'So I Married an Axe Murderer'
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In the lead role of the cult comedy "So I Married an Axe Murderer", Myers took on the unusual role of straight man as Charlie.
Sure, he got into makeup to play Charlie's memorable Scottish father Stuart, and contended with the murderous impulses of his bride, but in the main role, Myers proved himself equally adept at holding all the comedy together as a mild-mannered man looking for love.
8. Fat Bastard - ‘Austin Powers’
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Making his debut in the second “Austin Powers” film, Fat Bastard was a morbidly obese Scotsman who served Dr. Evil’s every wish and grew famous for his love of baby back ribs.
7. Dr. Evil - 'Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery'
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Austin Powers may have been the name in the title, but the real star character in the franchise was Myers' villain, Dr. Evil, a maniacal take on classic Bond villains like Blofeld, who tries to hold the fate of the world hostage for $1 million.
6. Dieter - 'SNL'
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With slicked back hair, black turtlenecks and round glasses, Myers brought plenty of laughs as Dieter, the disaffected German host of "Sprokets" on "Saturday Night Live".
Catchphrases like, "Would you like to touch my monkey?" became '90s staples, and at one point Myers was even working on bringing Dieter to the big screen, though the plans never worked out.
5. Shrek - 'Shrek'
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After trying on all sorts of costumes and makeup to create his iconic characters, Myers jumped into the world of animation, doing his Scottish accent to bring to like the CGI ogre Shrek in Dreamworks' smash hit franchise, which spawned numerous sequels and spin-offs.
4. Linda Richman - 'SNL'
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Myers got in drag to play the hilarious Barbra Streisand fan and "Coffee Talk" host, Linda Richman, on "Saturday Night Live".
Based in part on his own mother-in-law, and clad in bright, bejewelled sweaters and big hair, Richman hosted the likes of Madonna, John Travolta and many others, including Streisand herself.
3. Stuart MacKenzie - 'So I Married an Axe Murderer'
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Myers has played a number of Scottish characters over the years, but never more memorably than as Stuart MacKenzie, the father of his own character Charlie in "So I Married an Axe Murderer".
A brusque old man, Stuart took plenty of pride in his homeland, including with his "Scottish Hall of Fame" plastered on the walls of his house.
2. Wayne Campbell - 'Wayne's World'
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In his first true breakout role, Myers took his Wayne Campbell character, who originated in the Canadian comedy series "It's Only Rock and Roll" and later "Saturday Night Live", and turned him into a bona fide movie star in "Wayne's World".
The hilariously quotable comedy, co-starring Dana Carvey as Garth, has remained a touchstone over the decades, and even helped turn Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody" into their signature song around the world.
1. Austin Powers - 'Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery'
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Coming off the success of the "Wayne's World" movies, Myers cemented his status as comedy legend with his James Bond parody "Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery", which did solid numbers at the box office before becoming a sensation, spawning two hit sequels.
As British spy Austin Powers, Myers lampooned '60s style while spouting some of his most memorable catchphrases.