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Phil Hartman
Birth: Sep. 24, 1948
Death: May 28, 1998

Actor, Comedian, Artist. Born Philip Edward Hartmann in Brantford, Ontario, Canada, he was one of eight children. He grew up in Connecticut and Southern California and described himself as a class clown. He joined the comedy group "The Groundlings" in 1975. Hartman's co-wrote the feature film "Pee-Wee's Big Adventure" in 1978 for fellow Groundling, Paul Reubens. Hartman also worked as a graphic artist, designing album covers for Poco's 1978 album "Legend", three albums by the band America, and the logo for Crosby, Stills and Nash. In 1986, Hartman joined the cast of "Saturday Night Live" and stayed for eight seasons. From 1991 to 1998, Hartman also provided the voices for Lionel Hutz and Troy McClure in the animated television series "The Simpsons". Hartman left SNL in 1994 for a role in the ensemble comedy "NewsRadio" in which he played radio newsman Bill McNeal. Hartman also co-starred in several feature films, including "Greedy", "House Guest," "Blind Date," "The Three Amigos," "The Coneheads," "Quick Change," and "So I Married an Axe Murderer." On May 28, 1998 police responded to Hartman's home after a report of shots being fired. Hartman's wife Brynn had barricaded herself in their bedroom where she had already shot Hartman three times while he'd slept. Their two children were evacuated from the house by police. Mrs. Hartman then shot herself. The couple, both dead of gunshot wounds, were found in the master bedroom by police. Toxicology testing later showed Mrs. Hartman had a blood alcohol level of approximately .12 percent as well as evidence of cocaine and anti-depressants. The motive behind the murder/suicide is unknown. After Hartman's death, "The Simpsons" show retired his characters rather than find a replacement voice actor, and "NewsRadio" produced a special episode in which the cast sincerely mourned him via the death of Hartman's character Bill McNeal. Hartman was posthumously nominated for an Emmy Award for his portrayal of McNeal. (bio by: Iola) 
 
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  Brynn Omdahl Hartman (1958 - 1998)*
 
*Calculated relationship

Cause of death: Homicide
 
Burial:
Cremated, Ashes scattered at sea.
Specifically: Ashes Scattered over Santa Catalina's Emerald Bay, California
 
Maintained by: Find A Grave
Record added: Jun 04, 1998
Find A Grave Memorial# 3021
Phil Hartman
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To the late Phil Hartman.
- Brandon Burns
 Added: Nov. 17, 2014
Caption Carl.
- Brandon Burns
 Added: Nov. 17, 2014
May you rest in peace, It's a darn shame how you died.
- Brandon Burns
 Added: Nov. 12, 2014
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