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Phil Hartman

Phil Hartman

  • Born on
    • September 24th, 1948
  • Died on
    • May 28th, 1998
​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

Filmography

Acting (33 Credits)

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2000Saturday Night Live: The Best of Chris Farley as Various Characters (archive footage) (uncredited)
1998Saturday Night Live: The Best of Dana Carvey
1998Small Soldiers as Phil Fimple
1997The Second Civil War as The President
1996Sgt. Bilko as Major Colin Thorn
1996Jingle All the Way as Ted Maltin
1995Houseguest as Gary Young
1995Stuart Saves His Family as Announcer
1994Greedy as Frank
1994The Pagemaster as Tom Morgan (voice)
1993Coneheads as Marlax
1993CB4 as Virgil Robinson
1993So I Married an Axe Murderer as Ranger John 'Vicky' Johnson
1993Daybreak as Man in Abstinence Commercial
1993Loaded Weapon 1 as Comic Cop
1990Tom and Jerry Kids Show (1990) as Calaboose Cal
1990Quick Change as Hal Edison
1989Fletch Lives as Bly Manager
1989How I Got Into College as Bennedict, SAT Coach
1987The Brave Little Toaster as Air Conditioner / Hanging Lamp (voice)
1987Blind Date as Ted Davis
1987Spaceballs as Dink (voice) (uncredited)
1987Amazon Women on the Moon as Baseball Announcer (segment "Murray in Videoland")
1986Dennis the Menace (1986) as George Wilson
1986Pee-wee's Playhouse
1986Last Resort as Jean-Michel
1986Three Amigos! as Sam
1986Jumpin' Jack Flash as Fred
1985Pee-wee's Big Adventure as Reporter
1982Pandemonium as Reporter
1981The Pee-Wee Herman Show as Kap'n Karl
1980Cheech and Chong's Next Movie as Chick Hazard - Private Eye
1980The Gong Show Movie as Man at Airport with Gun

Himself (1 Credits)

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1998Saturday Night Live: The Best of Phil Hartman as Self / Various Characters

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