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Philip Edward "Phil" Hartman  (September 24, 1948 – May 28, 1998) was a Canadian-born American actor, comedian, screenwriter, and graphic artist. Born in Brantford, Ontario, Hartman and his family immigrated to the United States when he was ten. After graduating from California State University, Northridge with a degree in graphic arts, he designed album covers for bands like Poco and America. Feeling the need for a more creative outlet, Hartman joined the comedy group The Groundlings in 1975 and there helped comedian Paul Reubens develop his character Pee-wee Herman. Hartman co-wrote the screenplay for the film Pee-wee's Big Adventure and made recurring appearances on Reubens' show Pee-wee's Playhouse.

Hartman became well-known in the late 1980s when he joined the sketch comedy show Saturday Night Live. He won fame for his impressions, particularly of President Bill Clinton, and stayed on the show for eight seasons. Called "the Glue" for his ability to hold the show together and help other cast members, Hartman won a Primetime Emmy Award for his SNL work in 1989. In 1995, after scrapping plans for his own variety show, he starred as Bill McNeal in the NBC sitcom NewsRadio. He also had frequent roles on The Simpsons as Lionel Hutz, Troy McClure and others, and appeared in the films Houseguest, Sgt. Bilko, Jingle All the Way, and Small Soldiers.

Hartman had been divorced twice before he married Brynn (née Omdahl) in 1987; the couple had two children together. However, their marriage was fractured, due in part to Brynn's drug use. On May 28, 1998, Brynn shot and killed her husband while he slept in their Encino, Los Angeles, home, then committed suicide several hours later. In the weeks following his death, Hartman was celebrated in a wave of tributes. Dan Snierson of Entertainment Weekly opined that Hartman was "the last person you'd expect to read about in lurid headlines in your morning paper...a decidedly regular guy, beloved by everyone he worked with".

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​From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

Philip Edward "Phil" Hartman  (September 24, 1948 – May 28, 1998) was a Canadian-born American actor, comedian, screenwriter, and graphic artist. Born in Brantford, Ontario, Hartman and his family immigrated to the United States when he was ten. After graduating from California State University, Northridge with a degree in graphic arts, he designed album covers for bands like Poco and America. Feeling the need for a more creative outlet, Hartman joined the comedy group The Groundlings in 1975 and there helped comedian Paul Reubens develop his character Pee-wee Herman. Hartman co-wrote the screenplay for the film Pee-wee's Big Adventure and made recurring appearances on Reubens' show Pee-wee's Playhouse.

Hartman became well-known in the late 1980s when he joined the sketch comedy show Saturday Night Live. He won fame for his impressions, particularly of President Bill Clinton, and stayed on the show for eight seasons. Called "the Glue" for his ability to hold the show together and help other cast members, Hartman won a Primetime Emmy Award for his SNL work in 1989. In 1995, after scrapping plans for his own variety show, he starred as Bill McNeal in the NBC sitcom NewsRadio. He also had frequent roles on The Simpsons as Lionel Hutz, Troy McClure and others, and appeared in the films Houseguest, Sgt. Bilko, Jingle All the Way, and Small Soldiers.

Hartman had been divorced twice before he married Brynn (née Omdahl) in 1987; the couple had two children together. However, their marriage was fractured, due in part to Brynn's drug use. On May 28, 1998, Brynn shot and killed her husband while he slept in their Encino, Los Angeles, home, then committed suicide several hours later. In the weeks following his death, Hartman was celebrated in a wave of tributes. Dan Snierson of Entertainment Weekly opined that Hartman was "the last person you'd expect to read about in lurid headlines in your morning paper...a decidedly regular guy, beloved by everyone he worked with".

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Personal Info

Known For Acting

Gender Male

Known Credits 64

Birthday 1948-09-24

Day of Death 1998-05-28

Place of Birth Brantford, Ontario, Canada

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Acting TV ShowsMovies

2010 The Women of SNL as Various (archive footage)
2003 Saturday Night Live: The Best of Chris Farley as Various Characters (archive footage) (uncredited)
2000 Saturday Night Live: A Tribute to Chris Farley
1999 Saturday Night Live: The Best of Dana Carvey
1999 The Simpsons: Too Hot For TV
1998 Buster & Chauncey's Silent Night as Chauncey
1998 Small Soldiers as Phil Fimple
1998 Saturday Night Live: The Best of Phil Hartman as Himself / Various Characters
1997 The Second Civil War as The President
1996 Jingle All the Way as Ted Maltin
1996 The Rosie O'Donnell Show (1 episode)
1996 Sgt. Bilko as Major Colin Thorn
1995 Night Stand with Dick Dietrick (1 episode)
1995 The Show Formerly Known as the Martin Short Show
1995 Stuart Saves His Family as Announcer
1995 NewsRadio (98 episodes) as Bill McNeal
1995 Houseguest as Gary Young
1994 The Crazysitter as The Salesman
1994 The Making of Dr. Seuss' 'How the Grinch Stole Christmas!' as Himself / Host
1994 The Pagemaster as Tom Morgan (voice)
1994 Greedy as Frank
1994 The Critic (1 episode)
1993 The Twelve Days of Christmas as Hollyberry
1993 So I Married an Axe Murderer as Ranger John 'Vicky' Johnson - Alcatraz Guide
1993 Coneheads as Marlax
1993 CB4 as Virgil Robinson
1993 National Lampoon's Loaded Weapon 1 as Comic Cop
1991 Darkwing Duck (1 episode)
1991 The Ren & Stimpy Show (1 episode)
1990 Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventures (1 episode)
1990 Tiny Toon Adventures (1 episode)
1990 Gravedale High (13 episodes)
1990 Tom & Jerry Kids Show (195 episodes) as Calaboose Cal
1990 Quick Change as Hal Edison
1989 The Simpsons (530 episodes) as Troy McClure (56 episodes)
1989 Saturday Night Live: 15th Anniversary as Himself
1989 How I Got Into College as Bennedict, SAT Coach
1989 Fletch Lives as Bly Manager
1987 DuckTales (1 episode)
1987 Amazon Women on the Moon as Baseball Announcer (segment "Murray in Videoland")
1987 The Brave Little Toaster as Air Conditioner / Hanging Lamp (voice)
1987 Spaceballs as Dink (voice) (uncredited)
1987 Blind Date as Ted Davis
1986 ¡Three Amigos! as Sam
1986 Jumpin' Jack Flash as Fred, 1st National Bank
1986 Dennis the Menace (52 episodes) as George Wilson
1986 Pee-wee's Playhouse (46 episodes)
1986 Last Resort as Jean-Michel
1985 The 13 Ghosts of Scooby-Doo (13 episodes)
1985 Our Time (2 episodes)
1984 Challenge of the GoBots (66 episodes)
1984 The New Scooby-Doo Mysteries (1 episode) as Igor (voice)
1984 Weekend Pass as Joe Chicago
1982 Pandemonium as Reporter
1981 The Pee-wee Herman Show as Kap'n Karl
1980 Magnum, P.I. (1 episode)
1980 Skateboard Madness as Narrator (voice)
1980 Cheech & Chong's Next Movie as Chick Hazard - Private Eye
1980 The Gong Show Movie as Man at Airport with Gun
1980 The Six O'Clock Follies (6 episodes)
1978 Stunt Rock as TV Prop Man
1975 Saturday Night Live (1 episode) as Church Lady Announcer (155 episodes) as Various
1962 The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson (3 episodes)

Writing

1998 Saturday Night Live: The Best of Phil Hartman Writer
1985 Pee-wee's Big Adventure Writer
1975 Saturday Night Live (770 episodes)Writer

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