Phil Hartman Biography
Phil Hartman was an American man of diverse talents; actor, comedian, voice artist, screenwriter, and expert graphic artist. Originally born in Canada, his family moved to the United States when he was a child. He started out as a graphic artist and later found his way into comedy before ultimately delving into acting.
He was the fourth of his parents’ eight children and he was raised in the Roman Catholic faith. After moving to the US with his family in 1958, he had his high school education at Westchester High School in Los Angeles. For college, he attended California State University, Northridge where he studied graphic arts.
Phil Hartman SNL
His turn on SNL spanned 8 years during which he performed as many as 70 different characters. He became particularly known for his hilariously epic Bill Clinton impressions and comedy sketches. Hartman’s starring and writing roles on SNL earned him 3 Primetime Emmy Award nominations winning the award for Outstanding Writing for a Variety, Music or Comedy Program in 1989 alongside other co-writers.
However, while working on Saturday Night Live, Hartman also held several other acting roles the most notable of which was on the hit animated sitcom The Simpsons (1991-98) starting from its second season.
He voiced different characters and appeared in a total of 52 episodes. Hartman left SNL in 1994 and consequently, he relocated from New York City to Southern California.
In 1995, he joined the cast of the NBC sitcom NewsRadio starring as radio news anchor Bill McNeal. He was on the show for 4 seasons as he passed on before its fifth and final season.
In Addition, Hartman gained much prominence in the 1980s for his brilliant work on Saturday Night Live which earned him a Primetime Emmy Award in 1989. The multitalented star went on to play some iconic characters on a number of hit sitcoms including NewsRadio and The Simpsons.
Phil Hartman Movies and Tv Shows
NewsRadio (TV Show)
- Bill Moves On — 1998
- Jackass Junior High — 1998
- 4:20 — 1998
See all 54 Episodes Bill McNeal 1998
- Small Soldiers (Movie) Phil Fimple 1998
- Buster & Chauncey’s Silent Night (Movie) Chauncey 1998
- The Second Civil War (Movie) The President 1997
- Sgt. Bilko (Movie) Major Thorn 1996
- Jingle All The Way (Movie) Ted Maltin 1996
- Houseguest (Movie) Gary Young 1995
- The Crazysitter (Movie) 1995
- Greedy (Movie) Frank McTeague 1994
- The Pagemaster (Movie) Tom Morgan 1994
- So I Married An Axe Murderer (Movie) Park Ranger “Vickie” 1993
- National Lampoon’s Loaded Weapon 1 (Movie) Comic Cop 1993
- Coneheads (Movie) Marlax 1993
- Cb4 (Movie) Virgil Robinson 1993
- Empty Nest (TV Show)
- Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner — 1991
- Quick Change (Movie) Mr. Edison 1990
- How I Got Into College (Movie) Benedek 1989
- Fletch Lives (Movie) Bly Manager 1989
- Kiki’s Delivery Service (Movie) Jiji the Cat 1989
- Blind Date (Movie) Ted Davis 1987
- The Brave Little Toaster (Movie) Air Conditioner/Hanging Lamp 1987
- Last Resort (Movie) Jean-Michel 1986
- Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure (Movie) Reporter 1985
- Weekend Pass (Movie) Joe Chicago 1984
- My Wife’s Best Friend (Movie) Cab Driver 1952
- Pee-wee Herman (TV Show)
- Sgt. Bilko (TV Show)
Phil Hartman Death
Phil Hartman died on May 28, 1998, in Encino, California. While sleeping in his bedroom on that fateful day, he was shot three times by his wife Brynn who was intoxicated at the time. After committing the heinous act, she drove to a friend’s place to whom she confessed the crime. Together, they went back to the apartment where the friend eventually dialed 911.
Brynn Hartman also called another friend on the phone to whom she also confessed the crime. Before police arrived at the scene, she locked herself in the bedroom and there, she took her own life by shooting herself in the right eye.
Phil Hartman’s death was ruled a homicide. His remains were cremated and his ashes were scattered on Emerald Bay in Santa Catalina Island, Los Angeles, according to his will.
Phil Hartman Age
Philip Edward Hartmann was born on September 24, 1948, in Brantford, Ontario, Canada.
Phil Hartman Wife
Phil Hartman was married thrice during his lifetime. The most significant of his marital unions were with Brynn Omdahl, a former model, and aspiring actress. The couple met on a blind date and after dating for one year, they tied the knot on November 25, 1987. They had 2 children together Sean Edward, born in 1987, and Birgen Hartman, born in 1992.
Unlike her famous husband, Brynn Hartman was unable to make headway in her own showbiz career. She was allegedly intimidated by her husband’s profound success and at some point, Hartman considered quitting his own career just to salvage the marriage. Brynn’s plight was further complicated by the fact that she progressively slid into alcohol and drug dependency which made it even more difficult for her to get acting roles.
Hartman and his wife never got a divorce, however, the marriage ended after 11 years following the tragic death of both parties. After their death, the two Hartman children were eventually raised in Eau Claire, Wisconsin by their mother’s sister Katherine Omdahl and her husband Michael Wright.
Phil Hartman Children
He has only 2 children namely: Birgen Anika Hartman and Sean Edward Hartman