Just like so many of his Saturday Night Live colleagues, Phil Edward Hartman was born a Canadian. September 24, 1948, in Brantford, Ontario a comedic genius stepped onto the Earth for the first time. He was born in a large family, the fourth child out of eight. Although born in Canada, he spent a lot of his childhood years in Connecticut and Southern California.
Hartman’s initial career choice wasn't too funny. He went to Cal State University, in order to become a graphic designer. Hartman would actually design album covers for some large bands, like Crosby, Sills and Nash.
Spontaneously, Hartman joined an improv group The Groundlings, which included Jon Lovitz and Paul Reubens, who he would work with in the future. Hartman next played Captain Carl on Reuben's Pee Wee's Playhouse and helped write the movie.
In 1986, Hartman made a career move that would change his life: he joined the cast of Saturday Night Live. His many memorable roles, such as President Bill Clinton and Frank Sinatra made him famous. After a long and successful run on Saturday Night Live, he found it be too stressful, and decided to leave.
Hartman would next have memorable roles in The Simpsons, and small roles in movies such as Jingle All the Way, but his most important career move would be his role in the NBC sitcom NewsRadio. Hartman played a radio anchor Bill McNeal, and would continue this until one night on May 27th, 1998.
Brynn Hartman, Phil's 3rd wife, and mother of his two children shot Phil three times. After the police came, responding to the gunshots, Brynn shot herself while they were taking the children from the house.
Phil Hartman's many fans will always miss him.
Nickname: The Sultan of Smarm Glue
Won an Emmy for his writing on SNL
Hartman was originally going to do the voice of of Zapp Brannigan
"I started doing Clinton and then I was on the cover of TV Guide. I became ... a household name... I didn't have to look for work any more. Work came to me"
"I recently made a list of all the characters and voices I've done. It came to 99," Hartman said to an interviewer in 1992.
On Politically Incorrect:
"I agree. It's an extraordinary tool if it's used properly. You know. I mean, originally, the Internet was formed so that scientists could share research from around the world, correct? And then what we've seen and witnessed is the commercialization of the Internet, but what you do with it depends on the individual.
You put a computer in front of one person, they create the Space Shuttle. You put it in front of another person they play Doom for five years."
Actor - filmography
Saturday Night Live: Presidential Bash 2000
(2000) (TV) (archive footage) .... Bill Clinton/Ronald Reagan/Jack Kemp/Ted Kennedy/Tom Foley
Saturday Night Live Christmas
(1999) (V) .... Various
Saturday Night Live: 25th Anniversary
(1999) (TV) .... Himself (archive footage)
Saturday Night Live: The Best of Dana Carvey
(1999) (TV) .... Ed McMahon/Pat
(1998) (VG) .... Blasto
Saturday Night Live: Game Show Parodies
(1998) (V) .... Himself/Dysfunctional
Family Feud dad/Various
Saturday Night Live: The Best of Chris Farley
(1998) (TV) .... Burt
Saturday Night Live: The Best of Phil Hartman
(1998) (TV) .... Himself/Admiral
Stockdale/Bill Clinton/Barbara Bush/Ronald Regan/Andy Griffith/Gene the Anal
Retentive Chef/Johnny O'Connor/XG-7000/Frank Sinatra/Norfolk/Jesus/Various
Buster & Chauncey's Silent Night
(1998) (V) (voice) .... Additional Voices
Kiki's Delivery Service
(1998) (V) (voice) .... Jiji
(1998) .... Phil Fimple
The Simpsons: Virtual Springfield
(1997) (VG) (voice) .... Additional Voices
The Second Civil War
(1997) (TV) .... The President
Jingle All the Way
(1996) .... Ted Maltin
(1996) .... Major Colin Thorn, IG Team Armour Branch
(1995) (voice) .... SIR (1992-1996)
(1995) .... The Salesman
Stuart Saves His Family
(1995) .... Announcer
(1995) TV Series .... Bill McNeal (1995-1998)
[Houseguest (1995) .... Gary Young
(1994) .... Frank
(1994) (voice) .... Tom Morgan
So I Married an Axe Murderer
(1993) .... John Johnson 'Vicky', Alcatraz Guide
(1993) .... Marlax
(1993) .... Virgil Robinson
(1993) (TV) (uncredited) .... Man in Abstinence commercial
Loaded Weapon 1
(1993) .... Comic Cop
One Special Victory
(1990) TV Series (voice)
(1990) TV Series (voice) .... Additional Voices
(1990) .... Mr. Edison
(1989) .... Bly Manager
How I Got Into College
(1989) .... Bennedict, SAT Coach
(1989) TV Series (voice) .... Lionel Hutz, Troy McClure, Moses,
Additional Voices (1991-1998)
(1988) TV Series (voice) .... Additional Voices
Amazon Women on the Moon
(1987) .... Baseball Announcer ("Murray in
The Brave Little Toaster
(1987) (voice) .... Air Conditioner/Hanging Lamp
(1987) .... Ted Davis
Dennis the Menace
(1986) TV Series (voice) .... Henry Mitchell/George Wilson/Ruff
(1986) TV Series .... Captain Carl (1986-1987)
(1986) .... Jean-Michel
... aka She Knew No Other Way (1986)
(1986) (as Philip E. Hartman) .... Sam
Jumpin' Jack Flash
(1986) (as Phil E. Hartmann) .... Fred
Saturday Night Live
(1975) TV Series .... Himself (1986-1994)
The 13 Ghosts of Scooby-Doo
(1985) TV Series (voice)
(1985) TV Series .... Himself
Pee-wee's Big Adventure
(1985) .... Reporter
Challenge of the GoBots
(1984) TV Series (voice) .... Additional Voices
s (1984) .... Joe Chicago
(1982) .... Reporter
(1981) TV Series (voice) .... Additional Voices
Dennis the Menace in Mayday for Mother
(1981) (TV) .... Henry/Ruff
The Pee-wee Herman Show
(1981) (TV) .... Kap'n Karl
(1980) .... Narrator
The Gong Show Movie
Scooby and Scrappy-Doo
(1979) TV Series (voice) .... Additional Voices
Writer - filmography
Pee-wee's Big Adventure
TV guest appearances
(1989) playing "Lionel Hutz/Troy McClure (multiple appearances)"
3rd Rock from the Sun
(1996) playing "Randy" in episode: "Eat, Drink, Mary"(episode #
(1989) playing "Lionel Hutz" 1998
(1989) playing "Troy McClure" 1998
(1989) playing "Bill Clinton"(voice) in episode: "Treehouse of Horror
VII" (episode # 8.1) 10/27/1996
3rd Rock from the Sun
(1996) playing "Phillip" in episode: "Lonely Dick" (episode # 1.7)
The Dana Carvey Show
(1996) playing "Larry King" 1996
The John Larroquette Show
(1993) playing "Otto Friedling" in episode: "Moveable
Feast, A" (episode # 3.4) 11/4/1995
(1995) playing "Gunter Johann" in episode: "Illegal Alien Star Search"
(1994) playing "Adolph Hitmaker, Bernie Wasserman, Prof.
Blowhard"(voice) in episode: "Eyes on the Prize" (episode # 1.6) 3/2/1994
The Howard Stern Show
(1994) playing "Himself"
(1993) playing "Dan Anchorman"(voice) in episode: "Broadcast
Nusiance" (episode # 1.41) 11/15/1993
The Larry Sanders Show
(1992) playing "Himself" in episode: "Stalker, The" (episode #
(1989) playing "Smooth Jimmy Apollo"(voice) in episode: "Lisa the
Greek" (episode # 3.14) 1/23/1992
The Dennis Miller Show
(1992) playing "Himself"
(1988) playing "Tim Cornell" in episode: "Guess Who's Coming to
Dinner?" (episode # 3.18) 2/16/1991
(1990) playing "Ace London"(voice) in episode: "Mach One for the Gipper"
(episode # 1.56) 2/11/1991
The Ren and Stimpy Show
(1991) playing "Announcer On Russian filmreel" in
episode: "Spaced Out?"
(1991) playing "Paddywhack"(voice) in episode: "Haunting of Mr
Banana Brain, The"
Tiny Toon Adventures
(1990) playing "Octavius"(voice) in episode: "Whale's Tales"