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Also Known As: Philip Edward Hartmann, Phil E Hartmann, Philip E Hartmann, Phil E Hartman, Philip Hartman Died: May 28, 1998
Born: September 24, 1948 Cause of Death: gunshot wound
Birth Place: Branford, Ontario, CA Profession: comedian, actor, screenwriter, voice actor, graphic designer

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As a comedic character actor virtually without peer, Phil Hartman was revered for his talents as an artist, actor, vocal performer and teacher, while serving as something of a surrogate parent to a wide swath of comedians who were lucky enough to work alongside him. Hartman received national attention for his eight-year stint on "Saturday Night Live" (NBC, 1975- ), where he became famous for over-the-top characters like the Anal Retentive Chef and Unfrozen Caveman Lawyer, as well as his impersonations of Frank Sinatra, Ed McMahon and Bill Clinton; the latter widely considered to be his best. After being labeled "the glue" that held together the cast that brought the show back into prominence in the late 1980s into the next decade, he left in 1994 to star on the hit sitcom, "NewsRadio" (NBC, 1995-99), on which he played a pompous and egocentric news radio host to great comedic effect, as well as continuing to contribute his unique voice to "The Simpson" (Fox, 1989- ), most famously as washed-up infomercial actor Troy McClure. He worked in film and TV for almost two decades, and often mused on his unique celebrity as a household name but not yet a star. Nevertheless, he was grateful for his successes...

As a comedic character actor virtually without peer, Phil Hartman was revered for his talents as an artist, actor, vocal performer and teacher, while serving as something of a surrogate parent to a wide swath of comedians who were lucky enough to work alongside him. Hartman received national attention for his eight-year stint on "Saturday Night Live" (NBC, 1975- ), where he became famous for over-the-top characters like the Anal Retentive Chef and Unfrozen Caveman Lawyer, as well as his impersonations of Frank Sinatra, Ed McMahon and Bill Clinton; the latter widely considered to be his best. After being labeled "the glue" that held together the cast that brought the show back into prominence in the late 1980s into the next decade, he left in 1994 to star on the hit sitcom, "NewsRadio" (NBC, 1995-99), on which he played a pompous and egocentric news radio host to great comedic effect, as well as continuing to contribute his unique voice to "The Simpson" (Fox, 1989- ), most famously as washed-up infomercial actor Troy McClure. He worked in film and TV for almost two decades, and often mused on his unique celebrity as a household name but not yet a star. Nevertheless, he was grateful for his successes and confident that the right role would one day come. Tragically, Hartman was killed in a murder-suicide committed by his wife in 1998, a heinous act that was widely and genuinely mourned throughout Hollywood and beyond.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Kiki's Delivery Service (1998) Voice Of Jiji (Usa Version)
2.
 Small Soldiers (1998) Phil Fimple
3.
 Second Civil War, The (1997) The President
4.
 Jingle All the Way (1996) Ted Maltin
5.
 Sgt. Bilko (1996) Major Thorn
6.
 Crazysitter, The (1995) (Cameo Appearance)
8.
 Houseguest (1995) Gary Young
9.
 Greedy (1994) Frank Mcteague
10.
 Pagemaster, The (1994) Tom Morgan
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1960:
Moved to Los Angeles after growing up in Connecticut
:
Worked as a graphic designer, creating the Crosby, Stills & Nash logo
:
Joined the Groundlings, an L.A. improvisational troupe; worked with Paul Reubens and helped develop Reuben's Pee-wee Herman persona in the 1970s
1980:
Feature film debut as Private Eye Chick Hazard, "Cheech & Chong's Next Movie"
1980:
TV debut in a comedy special, "Top Ten"
1983:
Announcer for syndicated TV game show, "The Pop 'N' Rocker Game"
1985:
First credit as a screenwriter, "Pee-wee's Big Adventure"
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Was regular on NBC's "Saturday Night Live"
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Regular on TV series "Pee-wee's Playhouse" (CBS)
1991:
TV-movie debut, "One Special Victory"
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Provided voices for various recurring characters on the animated series "The Simpsons"
1995:
First starring role in a feature, "Houseguest"
:
Co-starred in the ensemble sitcom "NewsRadio" (NBC)
1998:
Final feature, "Small Soldiers"
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Education

Westchester High School: West Los Angeles , California -
Santa Monica College: Santa Monica , California - 1967 - 1968
California State University, Northridge: Northridge , California - 1972 - 1973

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wife:
Gretchen Lewis. Married briefly in 1970.
wife:
Lisa Strain. Real estate agent. Second wife; married in 1982; divorced c. 1985.
wife:
Brynn Hartman. Model. Third wife; born c. 1958; married in 1987; mother of Sean and Birgen; shot her husband before committing suicide on May 28, 1998.

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father:
Rupert L Hartmann. Salesman. Died in April 1998.
mother:
Doris M Hartmann.
son:
Sean Edward Hartman. Born c. 1989; mother, Brynn Hartman.
daughter:
Birgen Hartman. Born in 1992; mother, Brynn Hartman.
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