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Phil Hartman
A portrait photo of a man wearing a suit, smiling and looking at the camera.
Born Philip Edward Hartmann
September 24, 1948(1948-09-24)
Brantford, Ontario, Canada
Died May 28, 1998 (aged 49)
Encino, California,
United States
Occupation Actor, voice actor, comedian, graphic artist, screenwriter
Years active 1975–1998
Spouse(s) Gretchen Lewis (1970–unknown)
Lisa Strain (1982–1985)
Brynn Omdahl (1987–1998)

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, and appeared in the films Houseguest, Sgt. Bilko, Jingle All the Way, and Small Soldiers.

Hartman had twice divorced 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."


Early life

A band is on a stage. The drummer sits behind a drumkit at the back. Three guitarists stand, facing away from the camera at the front.
Hartman designed album covers for bands such as Poco.

Hartman was born Philip Edward Hartmann (later dropping the final "n")[1] in Brantford, Ontario, Canada on September 24, 1948.[2][3] He was the fourth of eight children of Doris and Rupert Hartmann. His parents were Roman Catholic, and his father was a salesman specializing in building materials.[2][4][5] As the middle child, Hartman found affection hard to earn. "I suppose I didn't get what I wanted out of my family life," he said, "so I started seeking love and attention elsewhere."[1] His family immigrated to the United States when Hartman was ten, gaining American citizenship in 1990.[6] The family first lived in Connecticut, and moved to the West Coast a few years later. There Hartman attended Westchester High School and frequently acted as the class clown.[1][2][3]

After graduating, Hartman studied art at Santa Monica City College, dropping out in 1969 to become a roadie with a rock band.[1] He returned to school in 1972, this time studying graphic arts at California State University, Northridge. While there he developed his own graphic arts business, which created over 40 album covers for bands including Poco and America, as well as the logo for Crosby, Stills & Nash.[1][7][8] In the late 1970s, he made his first television appearance on an episode of The Dating Game; he won, but was stood up by his date.[8]


Early career (1975–1986)

A smiling man looking down with slicked back hair. He is wearing a suit with a bow tie.
Hartman helped Paul Reubens to develop his character Pee-wee Herman.

Working alone as a graphic artist, Hartman frequently amused himself with "flights of voice fantasies".[8] Eventually he felt he needed a more social outlet and developed this talent by attending evening comedy classes.[3][5] He joined the California-based improvisational comedy group The Groundlings in 1975 at the age of 27—while watching one of the troupe's performances, Hartman impulsively decided to climb on stage and join the cast.[2][8][9] Hartman met comedian Paul Reubens and the two became friends, often collaborating on writing and comedic material. Together they created the character Pee-wee Herman and developed The Pee-wee Herman Show, a stage performance which also aired on HBO in 1981.[8] Hartman played Captain Carl on The Pee-wee Herman Show and returned in the role for the children's show Pee-wee's Playhouse.[8] Reubens and Hartman made cameos in the 1980 film Cheech & Chong's Next Movie.[5][10] Hartman co-wrote the script of the 1985 feature film Pee-wee's Big Adventure and had a cameo as a reporter.[3][7] Although he had considered quitting acting at the age of 36 due to limited opportunities, the success of Pee-wee's Big Adventure brought new possibilities and changed his mind.[11][12] After a creative falling-out with Reubens, Hartman left the Pee-Wee Herman project to pursue other roles.[8][13]

In addition to his work with Reubens, Hartman recorded a number of voice-over roles. These included appearances on The Smurfs, Challenge of the GoBots, The 13 Ghosts of Scooby-Doo and voicing characters Henry Mitchell and George Wilson on Dennis the Menace.[1] Additionally Hartman developed a strong persona providing voice-overs for advertisements.[9]

Saturday Night Live (1986–1994)

After appearing in the 1986 films Jumpin' Jack Flash and ¡Three Amigos!, Hartman joined the cast and writing staff of NBC's variety show Saturday Night Live (SNL).[7] He told the Los Angeles Times, "I wanted to do [SNL] because I wanted to get the exposure that would give me box-office credibility so I can write movies for myself."[12] In his eight seasons with the show Hartman became known for his impressions, and performed as over 70 different characters. These included Frank Sinatra, Ronald Reagan, Ed McMahon, Barbara Bush, Charlton Heston, Phil Donahue and Bill Clinton; the last was often considered his most well-known impression.[7][14]

"As an actor, I felt I couldn't compete. I wasn't as cute as the leading man; I wasn't as brilliant as Robin Williams. The one thing I could do was voices and impersonations and weird characters, an [sic] there was really no call for that. Except on Saturday Night Live."

—Hartman on his acting skills.[1]

Hartman's original Saturday Night Live characters included Eugene, the Anal Retentive Chef and Unfrozen Caveman Lawyer.[1] Hartman first performed his Clinton impression on an episode of The Tonight Show.[15] When he met Clinton in 1993 Hartman remarked, "I guess I owe you a few apologies",[15] adding later that he "sometimes [felt] a twinge of guilt about [his Clinton impression]".[14] Clinton showed good humor and sent Hartman a signed photo with the text: "You're not the president, but you play one on TV. And you're OK, mostly."[14] One of Hartman's more famous sketches as Clinton saw the president visit a McDonald's restaurant and explain his policies by eating other customers' food. The writers told him that he was not eating enough during rehearsals for the sketch – by the end of the live performance, Hartman had eaten so much he could barely speak.[15]

Backstage at SNL, Hartman was called "the Glue", a name coined by Adam Sandler, according to Jay Mohr's book Gasping for Airtime.[16] SNL creator Lorne Michaels explained the reason for the name: "He kind of held the show together. He gave to everybody and demanded very little. He was very low-maintenance."[4] Michaels added that Hartman was "the least appreciated" cast member by commentators outside the show, and praised his ability "to do five or six parts in a show where you're playing support or you're doing remarkable character work".[1] Hartman was nominated for three Emmy Awards for his work on SNL, winning in 1989 for Outstanding Writing for a Variety, Music or Comedy Program.[17]

A man stands on the right dressed in a baseball cap and sweatshirt to resemble President Clinton. He is holding a burger which he has picked up from the women to his left's tray; several other products remain. A man in dark glasses stands behind them.
Hartman appears as Bill Clinton on an episode of Saturday Night Live. In this episode, Clinton visits a McDonald's restaurant, in what is considered one of Hartman's most famous sketches.[15][18]

After his co-stars Jon Lovitz, Dennis Miller, Jan Hooks and Dana Carvey had left, Hartman said he felt "like an athlete who's watched all his World Series teammates get traded off into other directions ... It was hard to watch them leave because I sort of felt we were all part of the team that saved the show."[9] This cast turnover contributed to his leaving the show in 1994.[14] Hartman had originally planned to leave the show in 1991, but Michaels convinced him to stay to raise his profile; his portrayal of Clinton contributed to this goal.[9] Jay Leno offered him the role of his sidekick on The Tonight Show but Hartman opted to stay on SNL.[19][20] NBC persuaded him to stay on SNL by promising him his own comedy–variety show entitled The Phil Show.[14] He planned to "reinvent the variety form" with "a hybrid, very fast-paced, high energy [show] with sketches, impersonations, pet acts, and performers showcasing their talents". Hartman was to be the show's executive producer and head writer.[21] Before production began, however, the network decided that variety shows were too unpopular and scrapped the series. In a 1996 interview, Hartman noted he was glad the show had been scrapped, as he "would've been sweatin' blood each week trying to make it work".[14] In 1998, he admitted he missed working on SNL, but had enjoyed the move from New York City to Southern California.[13]

NewsRadio (1995–1998)

Hartman became one of the stars of the NBC sitcom NewsRadio in 1995, portraying radio news anchor Bill McNeal. He signed up after being attracted by the show's ensemble cast,[22] and joked that he based McNeal on himself with "any ethics and character" removed.[13] Hartman made roughly $50,000 per episode of NewsRadio.[4] Although the show was critically acclaimed, it was never a ratings hit and cancellation was a regular threat. After the completion of the fourth season, Hartman commented, "We seem to have limited appeal. We're on the edge here, not sure we're going to be picked up or not", but added he was "99 percent sure" the series would be renewed for a fifth season.[22] Hartman had publicly lambasted NBC's decision to repeatedly move NewsRadio into different timeslots, but later regretted his comments, saying, "this is a sitcom, for crying out loud, not brain surgery".[13] He also stated that if the sitcom were cancelled "it just will open up other opportunities for me".[22] Although the show was renewed for a fifth season, Hartman died before production began.[23] Ken Tucker praised Hartman's performance as McNeal: "A lesser performer ... would have played him as a variation on The Mary Tyler Moore Show's Ted Baxter, because that's what Bill was, on paper. But Hartman gave infinite variety to Bill's self-centeredness, turning him devious, cowardly, squeamish, and foolishly bold from week to week."[24] Hartman was posthumously nominated for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in Comedy Series in 1998 for his work on NewsRadio, but lost to David Hyde Pierce.[17][25]

Other work

Hartman provided the voices for numerous characters on the Fox animated series The Simpsons, appearing in over 50 episodes.[7] He made his first appearance in the second season episode "Bart Gets Hit by a Car". Although he was originally brought in for a one-time appearance, Hartman enjoyed working on The Simpsons and the staff wrote additional parts for him. He voiced the recurring characters Lionel Hutz and Troy McClure, as well as several one-time and background characters.[26] He often used his McClure voice to entertain the audience between takes while taping episodes of NewsRadio. He remarked, "My favorite fans are Troy McClure fans."[13]

Hartman was popular among the staff of The Simpsons. Showrunners Bill Oakley and Josh Weinstein stated that they enjoyed his work, and used Hartman as much as possible when working on the show. To give Hartman a larger role, they developed the episode "A Fish Called Selma", which focuses on Troy McClure and expands the character's backstory.[27] The Simpsons creator Matt Groening said that he "took [Hartman] for granted because he nailed the joke every time",[7] and that his voice acting could produce "the maximum amount of humor" with any line he was given.[28] Before his death, Hartman had expressed an interest in making a live action film about Troy McClure. Many of The Simpsons production staff expressed enthusiasm for the project and offered to help.[29] Hartman said he was "looking forward to [McClure's] live-action movie, publicizing his Betty Ford appearances".[8]

Hartman's first starring film role came in 1995's Houseguest.[30] Other films included Greedy, Coneheads, Sgt. Bilko, So I Married an Axe Murderer, CB4, Jingle All the Way and Small Soldiers, the last of which was his final theatrically released film.[31][32] Hartman noted, "It's fun coming in as the second or third lead. If the movie or TV show bombs, you aren't to blame."[8] At the same time, he preferred working on television.[9] His other television roles included appearances on episodes of Seinfeld, The John Larroquette Show, The Dana Carvey Show and the HBO TV film The Second Civil War as the President of the United States.[15] He appeared as the kidnapper Randy in the third season cliffhanger finale of 3rd Rock from the Sun—a role written especially for him. He died before filming of the concluding episode could take place. Executive producer Terry Turner decided to recast the part, noting: "I have far too much respect for [Hartman] to try to find some clever way of getting around this real tragedy."[7] Hartman made a considerable amount of money from television advertising,[19] earning $300,000 for a series of four commercials for the soft drink Slice;[20] he also appeared in adverts for McDonalds (as Hugh McAttack) and 1-800-Collect (as Max Jerome).[33]

Hartman wrote a number of screenplays that were never produced.[19] In 1986, Hartman began writing a screenplay for a film entitled Mr. Fix-It,[12] and completed the final draft in 1991. Robert Zemeckis was signed to produce the film, with Gil Bettman hired to direct. Hartman called it "a sort of a merger of horror and comedy, like Beetlejuice and Throw Momma From the Train", adding, "It's an American nightmare about a family torn asunder. They live next to a toxic dump site, their water supply is poisoned, the mother and son go insane and try to murder each other, the father's face is torn off in a terrible disfiguring accident in the first act. It's heavy stuff, but it's got a good message and a positive, upbeat ending." Zemeckis could not secure studio backing, however, and the project collapsed.[34] Another movie idea involving Hartman's Groundlings character Chick Hazard, Private Eye also fell through.[12]

Hartman noted that his standard character is a "jerky guy", and described his usual roles as "the weasel parade",[8] adding, "Throughout my career, I've never been a huge star, but I've made steady progress and that's the way I like it."[14] Ken Tucker summarised Hartman's comedic style: "he could momentarily fool audiences into thinking he was the straight man, but then he'd cock an eyebrow and give his voice an ironic lilt that delivered a punchline like a fast slider—you barely saw it coming until you started laughing."[24]

Personal life

Hartman married Gretchen Lewis in 1970 and they divorced sometime before 1982. He married real estate agent Lisa Strain in 1982 and their marriage lasted three years. Strain told People that Hartman was reclusive off screen and "would disappear emotionally ... he'd be in his own world. That passivity made you crazy."[4] Hartman married former model and aspiring actress Brynn Omdahl (born Vicki Jo Omdahl) in November 1987, having met her on a blind date the previous year.[2][4] Together they had two children, Sean and Birgen Hartman.[4] The marriage had difficulties—Brynn reportedly felt intimidated by her husband's success and was frustrated that she could not find any on her own, although neither party wanted a divorce. Hartman considered retiring to save the marriage.[4] He tried to get Brynn acting roles but she became progressively more reliant on narcotics and alcohol, entering rehab several times.[2] Because of his close friendship with SNL associate Jan Hooks, Brynn joked on occasion that Hooks and Hartman were married "on some other level".[35]


On the evening of May 27, 1998, Brynn Hartman visited the Italian restaurant Buca di Beppo in Los Angeles County, California, with producer and writer Christine Zander, who said she was "in a good frame of mind". After returning to the couple's Encino home, Brynn started a "heated" argument with Hartman, who threatened to leave her if she started using drugs again, and went to bed.[4] While he slept, Brynn entered his bedroom shortly before 3 a.m. with a .38 caliber handgun and fatally shot him twice in the head and once in his side.[4] She was intoxicated, and had recently taken cocaine.[36]

Brynn drove to the home of her friend Ron Douglas and confessed to the murder but initially he did not believe her. The pair drove back to the house in separate cars after which Brynn called another friend and confessed a second time.[4][37] Upon seeing Hartman's body, Douglas called 911 at 6:20 a.m. Police subsequently arrived and escorted Douglas and the Hartmans' two children from the premises. Brynn had locked herself in the bedroom, and committed suicide by shooting herself once in the head.[4][38]

Los Angeles police stated Hartman's death was due to "domestic discord" between the couple.[39] A friend recalled that Brynn allegedly "had trouble controlling her anger ... She got attention by losing her temper."[40] A neighbor of the Hartmans told a CNN reporter that the couple had been experiencing marital problems: "It's been building, but I didn't think it would lead to this."[38] Steve Guttenberg commented that the pair were "a very happy couple, and they always had the appearance of being well-balanced".[38]

Other causes for the incident were later suggested. Before committing the act, Brynn was taking the antidepressant drug Zoloft. A wrongful-death lawsuit was filed in 1999 by Brynn's brother, Gregory Omdahl against the drug's manufacturer, Pfizer, and her child's psychiatrist Arthur Sorosky, who provided samples of Zoloft to Brynn.[41] Hartman's friend and ex-SNL colleague Jon Lovitz has said that his former NewsRadio co-star Andy Dick gave cocaine to Brynn, causing her to relapse and suffer a mental breakdown. Dick claims to have known nothing of her condition.[42] In 2006, Lovitz claimed that Dick had approached him at a restaurant and said, "I put the Phil Hartman hex on you; you're the next one to die." The following year at the Laugh Factory comedy club in Los Angeles, he and Dick had a further altercation over the issue.[43] Dick does not believe he is at fault in relation to Hartman's death.[42]

Brynn's sister Katharine Omdahl and brother-in-law Mike Wright are raising the two Hartman children in Edina, Minnesota. Hartman's will stipulated that each child will receive their inheritance over several years after they turn 25. The total value of Hartman's estate was estimated at $1.23 million.[37] As per Hartman's will, his body was cremated by Forest Lawn Memorial Park and Mortuary in Glendale, California, and his ashes were scattered over Santa Catalina Island's Emerald Bay.[37][44]

Response and legacy

"Clean and unassuming, he had such a casual, no-nonsense way about him. It was that quality that we all find so hilarious, his delightful ability to poke fun at himself and at life with a tongue-in-cheek attitude comparable to, say, Tim Conway or Mel Brooks or Carol Burnett."

Hartman was deeply mourned in Hollywood. NBC executive Don Ohlmeyer said that Hartman "was blessed with a tremendous gift for creating characters that made people laugh. Everyone who had the pleasure of working with Phil knows that he was a man of tremendous warmth, a true professional and a loyal friend."[38] Steve Guttenberg expressed his shock at Hartman's death, and Steve Martin said he was "a deeply funny and very happy person".[38] Matt Groening called him "a master".[7] Dan Snierson of Entertainment Weekly concluded that Hartman was "the last person you'd expect to read about in lurid headlines in your morning paper," and "a decidedly regular guy, beloved by everyone he worked with".[7]

Rehearsals for The Simpsons were canceled on the day of his death, as was that night's performance by The Groundlings.[7] The season five premiere of NewsRadio, "Bill Moves On", finds Hartman's character, Bill McNeal, has died of a heart attack, while the other characters reminisced about his life. Jon Lovitz joined the show in his place from the following episode.[23] A special episode of Saturday Night Live commemorating Hartman's work on the show aired on June 13, 1998.[46] Rather than substituting another voice actor, the writers of The Simpsons retired Hartman's characters,[28] and the season 10 episode "Bart the Mother" (his final appearance on the show) was dedicated to him.[23]

At the time of his death, Hartman was preparing to voice Zapp Brannigan, a character written specifically for him on Groening's second animated series Futurama.[47] After the murder, Futurama's lead character Philip J. Fry was named in Hartman's honor and Billy West took over the role of Brannigan.[47] West later said that he purposefully tweaked Zapp's voice to better match Hartman's intended portrayal.[47] Hartman was also planning to appear with Jon Lovitz in the indie film The Day of Swine and Roses scheduled to begin production in August 1998.[7] and Hartman's brother John Hartmann published the album Flat TV in 2002. The album is a selection of comedy sketches recorded by Hartman in the 1970s which had been kept in storage until their release. Hartmann commented: "I'm putting this out there because I'm dedicating my life to fulfilling his dreams. This [album] is my brother doing what he loved."[48] In 2007 Entertainment Weekly ranked Hartman the eighty-seventh greatest television icon of all time,[49] and Maxim named Hartman the top Saturday Night Live performer of all time.[50]



Year Film Role Notes
1980 The Gong Show Movie Man at airport with gun Credited as "Phil Hartmann"
Cheech & Chong's Next Movie Actor being filmed in the background
1982 Pandemonium Reporter Credited as "Phil Hartmann"
1984 Weekend Pass Joe Chicago
1985 Pee-wee's Big Adventure Reporter
Rodeo Announcer
Also co-wrote screenplay
1986 Last Resort Jean-Michel
Jumpin' Jack Flash Fred Credited as "Phil E. Hartmann"
¡Three Amigos! Sam Credited as "Philip E. Hartmann"
1987 Blind Date Ted Davis
The Brave Little Toaster Air Conditioner
Hanging Lamp
Amazon Women on the Moon Baseball announcer
1989 Fletch Lives Bly Manager
How I Got Into College Bennedict
1990 Quick Change Hal Edison
1993 Loaded Weapon 1 Officer Davis
CB4 Virgil Robinson
Coneheads Marlax
So I Married an Axe Murderer John "Vicky" Johnson
Alcatraz guide
1994 Greedy Frank
The Pagemaster Tom Morgan
1995 The Crazysitter The Salesman
Houseguest Gary Young
Stuart Saves His Family Announcer Uncredited
1996 Sgt. Bilko Major Colin Thorn
Jingle All the Way Ted Maltin
1998 Kiki's Delivery Service Jiji English dub of Japanese film 'Majo no takkyûbin';
posthumously released
Small Soldiers Phil Fimple Posthumously released
Buster & Chauncey's Silent Night Additional voices Posthumously released


Year Series Role Notes
1979 Scooby-Doo and Scrappy-Doo Additional voices
1980 The Six O'Clock Follies Unnamed role
1981 The Pee-wee Herman Show Captain Carl Also writer
The Smurfs Additional voices
1983 The Pop 'N Rocker Game Announcer
1984 Challenge of the GoBots Additional voices
Magnum, P.I. Newsreader Episode 5.4: "The Legacy of Garwood Huddle"
1985 The 13 Ghosts of Scooby-Doo Additional voice Episode 1.9: "It's a Wonderful Scoob"
1986 Dennis the Menace Henry Mitchell
George Wilson
Various characters
Replaced by Maurice LaMarche after the first season.
1986–1987 Pee-wee's Playhouse Captain Carl Series regular; left after season one.
1986–1994 Saturday Night Live Various characters Also writer
Main cast member; appeared in 155 episodes.
1987 DuckTales Sea Captain Episode 1.56: "Scrooge's Pet"
1988 Fantastic Max Additional voices
1990 Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventures Additional voices Episode 1.1: "One Sweet and Sour Chinese Adventure to Go"
On the Television Various characters Episode 1.13: "M. Superior"
TaleSpin Ace London Episode 1.56: "Mach One for the Gipper"
Gravedale High Additional voices
Tiny Toon Adventures Octavius Episode 1.45: "Whale's Tales"
1991 Captain Planet and the Planeteers Russian Ambassador Episode 2.1: "Mind Pollution"; uncredited
Empty Nest Tim Cornell Episode 3.18: "Guess Who's Coming to Dinner?"
Darkwing Duck Paddywhack Episode 1.56: "The Haunting of Mr. Banana Brain"
One Special Victory Mike Rutten TV film
1991–1998 The Simpsons Troy McClure
Lionel Hutz
Various characters
Recurring guest star; appeared in 54 episodes.
"Bart the Mother" aired posthumously
1992 Parker Lewis Can't Lose Phil Diamond Episode 3.9: "Lewis and Son"
1993 Daybreak Man in abstinence commercial TV film; uncredited
Animaniacs Dan Anchorman Episode 1.41: "Broadcast Nusiance"
The Twelve Days of Christmas Additional voice TV film
The Larry Sanders Show Himself Episode 2.4: "The Stalker"
1994 The Critic Adolph Hitmaker
Bernie Wasserman
Professor Blowhard
Episode 1.6: "Eyes on the Prize"
1995 The Show Formerly Known as the Martin Short Show Various characters
The John Larroquette Show Otto Friedling Episode 3.4: "A Moveable Feast"
Night Stand Gunther Johann Episode 1.23: "Illegal Alien Star Search"
1995–1998 NewsRadio Bill McNeal Main cast member; appeared in 75 episodes.
Hartman died between the fourth and fifth seasons.
1996 The Dana Carvey Show Larry King Episode 1.3: "The Mountain Dew Dana Carvey Show"
Caroline in the City Host Episode 2.2: "Caroline and the Letter"; uncredited
The Ren & Stimpy Show Additional voices Episodes 5.2: "Space Dogged/Feud for Sale" and 5.4: "Stimpy's Pet/Ren's Brain"
Seinfeld Man on phone Episode 8.5: "The Package"; uncredited
1996, 1998 3rd Rock from the Sun Phillip
Episodes 1.7: "Lonely Dick" and 3.27: "Eat, Drink, Dick, Mary"
1997 The Second Civil War President of the United States TV film
1999 Happily Ever After: Fairy Tales for Every Child Game show host Episode 6.4: "The Empress's Nightingale"
Final recorded performance; posthumously aired.

Video games

Year Game Role
1997 Virtual Springfield Troy McClure
Lionel Hutz
1998 Blasto Captain Blasto


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From Wikiquote

Phil Hartman (24 September 194828 May 1998) was a Canadian-born American graphic artist, writer, actor, voice artist and comedian.


On Saturday Night Live

  • Phil Hartman [singing]:I hide behind these wigs and this make-up, but tonight, I'm gonna let myself shine through. They're gonna see the real Phil Hartman, TONIGHT!
Steve Martin: I wouldn't do that, Phil.
Phil Hartman: Okay.

As Unfrozen Caveman Lawyer

  • Your world frightens and confuses me.
  • Ladies and Gentleman of the jury, I'm just a Caveman. I fell in some ice and later got thawed out by your scientists. Your world frightens and confuses me. Sometimes the honking horns of your traffic make me want to get out of my BMW and run off into the hills or whatever. Sometimes when I get a message on my fax machine, did little demons get inside and type it? I don't know. My primitive mind can't grasp these concepts.


  • [narrating "Sex" by Madonna on tape]: I like my vagina. Sometimes I stare at it in the mirror when I'm undressing, and wonder what it would look like without any hair.

More Unfrozen Caveman Lawyer

  • Unfrozen Caveman Lawyer (slurring): [Aboard airplane] Stewardess, could you get me another drink?
Stewardess: Sorry sir, the head steward said you already had enough.
Unfrozen Caveman Lawyer: But she don't understand, I need this drink. I'm a caveman and I'm frightened by your strange flying machine, so get me another Duccian water pronto.
Stewardess: Sorry sir.
Unfrozen Caveman Lawyer: Listen, I'll sue you and your WHOLE CRUMMY AIRLINE!
  • Judge: Did you hear that, Mr. Cirroc?
Unfrozen Caveman Lawyer: (on cellphone) I'm sorry your honor, I was listening to the magic voices coming out of your modern invention.

On the Simpsons

Lionel Hutz

  • Lionel: Oh no, we've drawn Judge Schneider.
Marge: Is that bad?
Lionel: Well, he's had it in for me ever since I kinda ran over his dog.
Marge: You did?
Lionel: Yeah...if you replace the word "kinda" with "repeatedly" and the word "dog" with "son"...
  • Lionel: And as for your case, don't you worry. I've argued in front of every judge in the state. Often as a lawyer.
  • Lionel: I've been getting a lot of calls about you, Marge. People just love your no-pressure approach.
Marge: Well, you know what we say: the right house for the right person.
Lionel: I'm going to let you in on a little secret. The right house is the house that's for sale. And the right person is anyone.
  • Lionel: Well, I didn't win. Here's your pizza.
Marge: But we did win.
Lionel: That's okay. The box is empty.
  • Lionel: Mrs. Simpson, don't you worry. I watched Matlock in a bar last night; the sound wasn't on, but I think I got the gist of it.

Troy McClure

  • Troy: Hi, I'm Troy McClure. You may remember me from such other nature films as "Earwigs, Ew." and "Man Vs Nature... The Road To Victory".
  • Troy: Hi, I'm Troy McClure. You may remember me from such other medical films as "Mommy, What's On That Man's Face?" and "Alice Doesn't Live Anymore".
  • Troy: Hi, I'm Troy McClure. You may remember me from such educational films as "Two Minus Three Equals Negative Fun" and "Firecrackers: The Silent Killer".
  • Troy: Welcome to the Knowledgeum, I'm Troy McClure. You may remember me from such automated information kiosks as "Welcome to Springfield Airport" and "Where's Nordstrom?" While you're enjoying our Hall of Wonders, your car unfortunately will be subject to repeated break-ins and... [Fades]
Homer: What'd he say? What about my car?
  • Troy: I'm actor Troy McClure. You might remember me from such TV series as "Buck Henderson, Union Buster" and "Troy and Company's Summertime Smile Factory". Today I'm here to tell you about "Spiffy.", the 21st century stain remover. Let's meet the inventor, Dr. Nick Riviera.
Dr Nick: Thank you, Troy. Hi, everybody.
Crowd: Hi, Dr. Nick.

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