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Phil Hartman

​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". Description above from the Wikipedia article Phil Hartman, licensed under CC-BY-SA, full list of contributors on Wikipedia

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Sep 24, 1948 In Brantford, Ontario, Canada
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the series The Six O'Clock Follies 1980-04-24
Latest Project:
Movie The Women of SNL 2010-11-01
Known For
Movie The Women of SNL Various (archive footage) 2010-11-01
Movie Saturday Night Live: The Best of Chris Farley Various Characters (archive footage) (uncredited) 2003-10-26
Movie Saturday Night Live: The Best of Dana Carvey 1999-10-13
Movie Saturday Night Live: A Tribute to Chris Farley 1998-01-01
Movie Saturday Night Live: The Best of Phil Hartman Himself / Various Characters 1998-01-01
Movie Small Soldiers Phil Fimple 1998-07-10
Movie Buster & Chauncey's Silent Night Chauncey 1998-10-13
Movie The Second Civil War The President 1997-03-15
Movie Sgt. Bilko Major Colin Thorn 1996-03-29
Movie Jingle All the Way Ted Maltin 1996-11-21
Movie The Show Formerly Known as the Martin Short Show 1995-05-20
Movie Houseguest Gary Young 1995-01-06
Movie Stuart Saves His Family Announcer 1995-04-12
Movie Greedy Frank 1994-03-04
Movie The Crazysitter The Salesman 1994-12-31
Movie The Pagemaster Tom Morgan (voice) 1994-11-23
Movie CB4 Virgil Robinson 1993-03-12
Movie National Lampoon's Loaded Weapon 1 Comic Cop 1993-02-04
Movie Daybreak Man in Abstinence Commercial 1993-05-08
Movie The Twelve Days of Christmas Hollyberry 1993-12-03
Movie Coneheads Marlax 1993-07-23
Movie Quick Change Hal Edison 1990-07-13
Series Tom & Jerry Kids Show Calaboose Cal 1990-09-08
Movie Fletch Lives Bly Manager 1989-03-17
Movie How I Got Into College Bennedict, SAT Coach 1989-05-19
Movie Saturday Night Live: 15th Anniversary Himself 1989-09-24
Movie Blind Date Ted Davis 1987-03-27
Movie The Brave Little Toaster Air Conditioner / Hanging Lamp (voice) 1987-07-09
Movie Amazon Women on the Moon Baseball Announcer (segment "Murray in Videoland") 1987-09-18
Movie Last Resort Jean-Michel 1986-03-31
Movie ¡Three Amigos! Sam 1986-12-12
Series Pee-wee's Playhouse 1986-09-13
Movie Pee-wee's Big Adventure Reporter 1985-07-26
Movie Pandemonium Reporter 1982-04-01
Series The Six O'Clock Follies 1980-04-24
Movie Cheech & Chong's Next Movie Chick Hazard - Private Eye 1980-07-18
Movie The Gong Show Movie Man at Airport with Gun 1980-05-23