Phil Hartman, Date of Birth, Place of Birth, Date of Death


Phil Hartman

Canadian American actor, comedian, screenwriter, and graphic artist

Date of Birth: 24-Sep-1948

Place of Birth: Brantford, Ontario, Canada

Date of Death: 28-May-1998

Profession: screenwriter, comedian, graphic designer, stage actor, voice actor, television actor, film actor

Nationality: Canada, United States

Zodiac Sign: Libra

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About Phil Hartman

  • Philip Edward Hartmann (September 24, 1948 – May 28, 1998) was a Canadian–American actor, comedian, screenwriter, and graphic designer.
  • Born in Brantford, Ontario, Hartman and his family moved to the United States in 1958.
  • After graduating from California State University, Northridge with a degree in graphic arts, he designed album covers for bands including Poco and America.
  • 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 film Pee-wee's Big Adventure and made recurring appearances as Captain Carl on Reubens's show Pee-wee's Playhouse. In 1986, Hartman 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.
  • Nicknamed 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 voiced various roles on The Simpsons, most notably Lionel Hutz and Troy McClure.
  • He also had roles in the films Houseguest, Sgt.
  • Bilko, Jingle All the Way, Small Soldiers, and the English dub of Kiki's Delivery Service. Hartman divorced twice before he married Brynn Omdahl in 1987, with whom he had two children.
  • Their marriage was troubled by Brynn's drug use and Hartman's emotional distance, which was a factor in his previous marriages ending.
  • On May 28, 1998, Brynn shot and killed Hartman while he slept in their Encino, Los Angeles home, then died by suicide.
  • 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." He was posthumously inducted into Canada's Walk of Fame in 2012 and the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2014.

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