Phil Hartman would have been 65 years old today. The Canadian American actor died at age 49 just over 15 years ago. According to WebProNews on Sept. 24, he was famous for his hilarious characters on Saturday Night Live during its heyday in the late 1980s.
He won our hearts portraying a randy Bill Clinton on “Saturday Night Live” and a sarcastic but lovable grouch on NewsRadio; his unmistakable voice made us laugh from the moment one of his characters appeared on “The Simpsons”.
Phil Hartman was shot and killed by his wife Brynn Omdahl, who struggled with drug abuse and took her own life hours later on May 28,1998. His many characters were memorable and Hartman was literally cut down in his prime. We can only imagine kind of laughter he could have brought the world over the past 15 years.
Phil Hartman was born in Ontario, Canada and worked with Paul Reubens on his Pee-we Herman character with the Groundlings in 1975. Hartman appeared on "Pee-Wee's Playhouse" and co-wrote the screenplay for "Pee-Wee's Big Adventure." He played many great characters on Saturday Night Live in the late 80s. In 1995 he joined the cast of "NewsRadio." He played news anchor Bill McNeal for the first four seasons, but died in 1998 before the start of the fifth.
Happy birthday Phil, we miss you.
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