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Phil Hartman

Born: 1948-09-24 - Died: 1998-05-20
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Death Summary: Hartman was 49 years old when he was murdered by his wife Brynn Hartman while he slept in their home in Encino, Los Angeles County, California. She shot him twice in the head and also in the side.

After murdering Phil, Brynn went to the home of her friend Ron Douglas and told him what she had done. They then both drove back to the Hartman residence where Douglas called the authorities. The police escorted the Hartmans' two children away from the house and Brynn went the bedroom and shot herself in the head.

Brynn was high on cocaine, had been drinking and had been taking the antidepressant Zoloft. The marriage had been troubled, due to Brynn’s addictions and her frustration at her lack of media success. The two had a heated argument the night of their deaths. Brynn’s brother later sued Zoloft manufacturer Pfizer, as well as the doctor who gave her samples of it.

Who was Phil Hartman : Phil Hartman (born Philip Edward Hartmann) was a Canadian-American comedic actor who was best known for his work on Saturday Night Live, NewsRadio and The Simpsons.

Emigrating from Canada as a child, Hartman attended California State University, Northridge, earning a degree in graphic arts. Originally starting out as a professional graphic artist, designing albums covers for bands like Poco, Hartman moved into comedy with the improvisational group The Groundlings in 1975. He met Paul Reubens there and helped create his character Pee-wee Herman, while co-starring in the character’s shows The Pee-wee Herman Show and Pee-wee’s Playhouse (as Captain Carl) and co-writing the film Pee-wee’s Big Adventure.

Hartman joined the cast of NBC’s Saturday Night Live in 1986, staying for eight seasons, and performing many impressions including President Bill Clinton and Frank Sinatra. He became one of the show’s most popular cast members ever, both on and off the set, earning the nickname “the Glue” because, according to creator Lorne Michaels: “he kind of held the show together”. After leaving in 1994 he originally planned to star in his own variety show but instead opted to star in the sitcom News Radio as anchor Bill McNeal. He received an Emmy nomination for the role.

Hartman also became known for voicing Troy McClure, Lionel Hutz and other one time characters on The Simpsons, appearing in over 50 episodes. He also starred in a number of films including Small Soldiers, Jingle All the Way, Sgt. Bilko and Houseguest. Other TV appearances included episodes of Seinfeld, The Larry Sanders Show, 3rd Rock from the Sun and the President in the TV film The Second Civil War.

After his death, Bill McNeal was killed off and Hartman was replaced on NewsRadio by his friend Jon Lovitz. The show was soon cancelled. Hartman had also been due to voice Zapp Brannigan on Futurama, he was replaced by Billy West.

Entertainment Weekly’s Dan Snierson stated 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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  1. Alex Says:

    His was also the voice of Troy McClure and Lionel Hutz on The Simpsons. A true legend, and one of the funniest guys ever to have lived.

  2. Taling Delaney Says:

    I remember Phil in CB4–he was truly TOO funny. I cannot fathom the idea of something like this happening to him. It boggles the mind. All of the true artiste, gone! RIP.

  3. Sonya Says:

    I really liked him with Sinbad in the movie ” Houseguest.” I’ve always found him comical.

  4. ray meneley Says:

    he played also in the movie beetle juice

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  6. Jon Foreman Says:

    Your work lives on and right now I am enjoying your protrayal of Captain Carl on Pee Wee’s Playhouse. Phil was a very talented person and I truly admired his sensibility and ability to be absurd and hysterically funny at the same time. Rest in peace Phil Hartman.

  7. Daniel Van Ness Says:

    We can always remember him as the original voice portrayer for Troy McClure and Lionel Hutz on ‘The Simpsons’ along with other characters that he voice throughout all of the episodes.

  8. Elizabeth Breeding Says:

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  10. "Chip, Chip Douglas" Says:

    Yes, a truly funny man, Mr Hartman remains one of my TOP comedians of all time among, John Cleese & Bill Murray to name a few. Thanks!!!!!

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