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19th Dec '12 7:14:36 PM Antwan
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Phil Hartman (September 24, 1948 -- May 28, 1998) was an immensely talented Canadian-born comedian and actor famous for starring on ''SaturdayNightLive'' from 1986 to 1994 [[hottip:*: considered by many to be the show's second GoldenAge after fumbling around blindly in utter mediocrity from 1980 with Jean Doumanian's cast to nearly getting canceled in 1985 with LorneMichaels' return featuring a disjointed cast of semi-famous people and bizarre writing from writers who didn't know how to work with the cast on making them funny as a unit]], for his guest appearances on ''TheSimpsons'' as incompetent attorney Lionel Hutz (who has a law office at the local mall called "I Can't Believe It's a Law Firm") and washed-up B-movie actor Troy [=McClure=], and for starring as Bill [=McNeal=] on the sitcom ''NewsRadio''.

Hartman has been consistently praised as one of SNL's best performers. His celebrity impressions included FrankSinatra, Charlton Heston, RonaldReagan, Ed [=McMahon=], KirkDouglas, Barbara Bush and BillClinton. His original characters included Eugene the Anal-Retentive Chef and TheUnfrozenCavemanLawyer. His ability to adapt to any performance earned him the nickname "Glue" from co-star AdamSandler.

On May 28, 1998, while he was still sleeping, Hartman was shot to death by his wife Brynn, who was under the influence of drugs and killed herself shortly afterward.

The outpouring of sympathy was immense. Simpsons creator Matt Groening had Hartman's characters Hutz and [=McClure=] retired from the show, and named ''{{Futurama}}'' protagonist Phillip J. Fry in honor of Hartman. ''NewsRadio'' pressed on one more season, this time with his friend Jon Lovitz, before being cancelled, because as his castmates put it, "Phil would've wanted us to."

!!Selected filmography:
* ''PeeWeesBigAdventure'' (1985)
* ''Film/ThreeAmigos'' (1986)
* ''TheBraveLittleToaster'' (1987)
* ''Film/{{Coneheads}}'' (1993)
* ''Film/SoIMarriedAnAxeMurderer'' (1993)
* ''{{Film/Houseguest}}'' (1995)
* ''SgtBilko'' (1996)
* ''Film/JingleAllTheWay'' (1996)
* ''Film/SmallSoldiers'' (1998) - Posthumously released, dedicated to Hartman.
* ''KikisDeliveryService'' (1998) - Also dedicated to Hartman.

!!Tropes applying to Phil Hartman:
* DeadArtistsAreBetter: Has gained greater esteem due to the horrific nature of his death.
* EarlyBirdCameo: On the season 11 episode of ''SNL'' hosted by Paul Reubens (as his manchild character Pee-Wee Herman), Hartman played one of the Pilgrims in the "Pee-Wee Herman Thanksgiving Special" sketch. A year later, when Lorne was trying to fix ''SNL'' after the network threatened to cancel the show due to low ratings and bad reviews, Hartman became one of the new cast members hired.
* HeAlsoDid: He designed the logo for Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young.
* MeanCharacterNiceActor: He played many JerkAss characters (often for laughs), but was one of the gentlest souls around, which makes his sudden murder even more tragic.
* TheUnfrozenCavemanLawyer: TropeNamer.
* WhatCouldHaveBeen: He was going to play Zapp Brannigan on ''{{Futurama}}'', but died before working on it. As mentioned above, Groening gave Fry the first name "Phillip" in honor of Hartman, and BillyWest based his portrayal of Brannigan on Hartman's mannerisms.

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Phil Hartman (September 24, 1948 -- May 28, 1998) was an immensely talented Canadian-born comedian and actor famous for starring on ''SaturdayNightLive'' from 1986 to 1994 [[hottip:*: considered by many to be the show's second GoldenAge after fumbling around blindly in utter mediocrity from 1980 with Jean Doumanian's cast to nearly getting canceled in 1985 with LorneMichaels' return featuring a disjointed cast of semi-famous people and bizarre writing from writers who didn't know how to work with the cast on making them funny as a unit]], for his guest appearances on ''TheSimpsons'' as incompetent attorney Lionel Hutz (who has a law office at the local mall called "I Can't Believe It's a Law Firm") and washed-up B-movie actor Troy [=McClure=], and for starring as Bill [=McNeal=] on the sitcom ''NewsRadio''.

Hartman has been consistently praised as one of SNL's best performers. His celebrity impressions included FrankSinatra, Charlton Heston, RonaldReagan, Ed [=McMahon=], KirkDouglas, Barbara Bush and BillClinton. His original characters included Eugene the Anal-Retentive Chef and TheUnfrozenCavemanLawyer. His ability to adapt to any performance earned him the nickname "Glue" from co-star AdamSandler.

On May 28, 1998, while he was still sleeping, Hartman was shot to death by his wife Brynn, who was under the influence of drugs and killed herself shortly afterward.

The outpouring of sympathy was immense. Simpsons creator Matt Groening had Hartman's characters Hutz and [=McClure=] retired from the show, and named ''{{Futurama}}'' protagonist Phillip J. Fry in honor of Hartman. ''NewsRadio'' pressed on one more season, this time with his friend Jon Lovitz, before being cancelled, because as his castmates put it, "Phil would've wanted us to."

!!Selected filmography:
* ''PeeWeesBigAdventure'' (1985)
* ''Film/ThreeAmigos'' (1986)
* ''TheBraveLittleToaster'' (1987)
* ''Film/{{Coneheads}}'' (1993)
* ''Film/SoIMarriedAnAxeMurderer'' (1993)
* ''{{Film/Houseguest}}'' (1995)
* ''SgtBilko'' (1996)
* ''Film/JingleAllTheWay'' (1996)
* ''Film/SmallSoldiers'' (1998) - Posthumously released, dedicated to Hartman.
* ''KikisDeliveryService'' (1998) - Also dedicated to Hartman.

!!Tropes applying to Phil Hartman:
* DeadArtistsAreBetter: Has gained greater esteem due to the horrific nature of his death.
* EarlyBirdCameo: On the season 11 episode of ''SNL'' hosted by Paul Reubens (as his manchild character Pee-Wee Herman), Hartman played one of the Pilgrims in the "Pee-Wee Herman Thanksgiving Special" sketch. A year later, when Lorne was trying to fix ''SNL'' after the network threatened to cancel the show due to low ratings and bad reviews, Hartman became one of the new cast members hired.
* HeAlsoDid: He designed the logo for Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young.
* MeanCharacterNiceActor: He played many JerkAss characters (often for laughs), but was one of the gentlest souls around, which makes his sudden murder even more tragic.
* TheUnfrozenCavemanLawyer: TropeNamer.
* WhatCouldHaveBeen: He was going to play Zapp Brannigan on ''{{Futurama}}'', but died before working on it. As mentioned above, Groening gave Fry the first name "Phillip" in honor of Hartman, and BillyWest based his portrayal of Brannigan on Hartman's mannerisms.
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4th Dec '12 5:09:28 AM erforce
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* ''{{Coneheads}}'' (1993)
* ''SoIMarriedAnAxeMurderer'' (1993)

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* ''{{Coneheads}}'' ''Film/{{Coneheads}}'' (1993)
* ''SoIMarriedAnAxeMurderer'' ''Film/SoIMarriedAnAxeMurderer'' (1993)



* ''JingleAllTheWay'' (1996)
* ''SmallSoldiers'' (1998) - Posthumously released, dedicated to Hartman.

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* ''JingleAllTheWay'' ''Film/JingleAllTheWay'' (1996)
* ''SmallSoldiers'' ''Film/SmallSoldiers'' (1998) - Posthumously released, dedicated to Hartman.
23rd Oct '12 6:55:28 PM Premonition45
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The outpouring of sympathy was immense. Simpsons creator Matt Groening had Hartman's characters Hutz and [=McClure=] retired from ''TheSimpsons'', named ''{{Futurama}}'' protagonist Phillip J. Fry in honor of Hartman, and ''NewsRadio'' pressed on one more season, this time with his friend Jon Lovitz, before being cancelled, because as his castmates put it, "Phil would've wanted us to."

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The outpouring of sympathy was immense. Simpsons creator Matt Groening had Hartman's characters Hutz and [=McClure=] retired from ''TheSimpsons'', the show, and named ''{{Futurama}}'' protagonist Phillip J. Fry in honor of Hartman, and Hartman. ''NewsRadio'' pressed on one more season, this time with his friend Jon Lovitz, before being cancelled, because as his castmates put it, "Phil would've wanted us to."
9th Sep '12 6:50:44 PM biscuitsngravy
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*EarlyBirdCameo: On the season 11 episode of ''SNL'' hosted by Paul Reubens (as his manchild character Pee-Wee Herman), Hartman played one of the Pilgrims in the "Pee-Wee Herman Thanksgiving Special" sketch. A year later, when Lorne was trying to fix ''SNL'' after the network threatened to cancel the show due to low ratings and bad reviews, Hartman became one of the new cast members hired.
9th Sep '12 6:48:02 PM biscuitsngravy
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Phil Hartman (September 24, 1948 -- May 28, 1998) was an immensely talented Canadian-born comedian and actor famous for starring on ''SaturdayNightLive'' from 1986 to 1994 [[hottip:*: considered by many to be the show's second GoldenAge after fumbling around blindly in mediocrity from 1980 with Jean Doumanian's cast to 1985 with LorneMichaels' return with a disjointed cast and bizarre writing]], for his guest appearances on ''TheSimpsons'' as incompetent attorney Lionel Hutz and washed-up B-movie actor Troy [=McClure=], and for starring as Bill [=McNeal=] on the sitcom ''NewsRadio''.

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Phil Hartman (September 24, 1948 -- May 28, 1998) was an immensely talented Canadian-born comedian and actor famous for starring on ''SaturdayNightLive'' from 1986 to 1994 [[hottip:*: considered by many to be the show's second GoldenAge after fumbling around blindly in utter mediocrity from 1980 with Jean Doumanian's cast to nearly getting canceled in 1985 with LorneMichaels' return with featuring a disjointed cast of semi-famous people and bizarre writing]], writing from writers who didn't know how to work with the cast on making them funny as a unit]], for his guest appearances on ''TheSimpsons'' as incompetent attorney Lionel Hutz (who has a law office at the local mall called "I Can't Believe It's a Law Firm") and washed-up B-movie actor Troy [=McClure=], and for starring as Bill [=McNeal=] on the sitcom ''NewsRadio''.
28th Aug '12 10:02:46 AM Premonition45
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* DeadArtistsAreBetter: Has gained greater esteem due to the horrific nature of his death.



* WhatCouldHaveBeen: He was going to play Zapp Brannigan on ''{{Futurama}}'', but died before working on it. As mentioned above, Groening gave Fry the first name "Phillip" in honor of Hartman, and BillyWest based his portrayal of Brannigan on Hartman's mannerisms.
* TheWoobie: Has probably gained permanent woobie status due to the horrific nature of his death.

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* WhatCouldHaveBeen: He was going to play Zapp Brannigan on ''{{Futurama}}'', but died before working on it. As mentioned above, Groening gave Fry the first name "Phillip" in honor of Hartman, and BillyWest based his portrayal of Brannigan on Hartman's mannerisms.
* TheWoobie: Has probably gained permanent woobie status due to the horrific nature of his death.
mannerisms.
27th Aug '12 5:21:53 PM Drcynic24
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* WhatCouldHaveBeen: He was going to play Zapp Brannigan on ''{{Futurama}}'', but died before working on it. As mentioned above, Groening gave Fry the first name "Phillip" in honor of Hartman, and BillyWest based his portrayal of Brannigan on Hartman's mannerisms.

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* WhatCouldHaveBeen: He was going to play Zapp Brannigan on ''{{Futurama}}'', but died before working on it. As mentioned above, Groening gave Fry the first name "Phillip" in honor of Hartman, and BillyWest based his portrayal of Brannigan on Hartman's mannerisms.mannerisms.
* TheWoobie: Has probably gained permanent woobie status due to the horrific nature of his death.
28th May '12 9:24:34 AM Premonition45
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The outpouring of sympathy was immense. Simpsons creator Matt Groening had Hartman's characters Hutz and [=McClure=] retired from ''TheSimpsons'', named ''{{Futurama}}'' protagonist Phillip J. Fry in honor of Hartman, and had BillyWest play Zapp Brannigan (who was originally supposed to be played by Hartman) as if Hartman were actually voicing him. ''NewsRadio'' pressed on one more season, this time with his friend Jon Lovitz, before being cancelled, because as his castmates put it, "Phil would've wanted us to."

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The outpouring of sympathy was immense. Simpsons creator Matt Groening had Hartman's characters Hutz and [=McClure=] retired from ''TheSimpsons'', named ''{{Futurama}}'' protagonist Phillip J. Fry in honor of Hartman, and had BillyWest play Zapp Brannigan (who was originally supposed to be played by Hartman) as if Hartman were actually voicing him. ''NewsRadio'' pressed on one more season, this time with his friend Jon Lovitz, before being cancelled, because as his castmates put it, "Phil would've wanted us to."
19th May '12 11:54:22 AM CherryDarling
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* MeanCharacterNiceActor: He played many JerkAss characters, but was one of the gentlest souls around, which makes his sudden murder even more tragic.

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* MeanCharacterNiceActor: He played many JerkAss characters, characters (often for laughs), but was one of the gentlest souls around, which makes his sudden murder even more tragic.
19th May '12 11:53:19 AM CherryDarling
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The outpouring of sympathy was immense. Simpsons creator Matt Groening had Hartman's characters Hutz and [=McClure=] retired from the show, and also named ''{{Futurama}}'' protagonist Phillip J. Fry in honor of Hartman. ''NewsRadio'' pressed on one more season, this time with his friend Jon Lovitz, before being cancelled, because as his castmates put it, "Phil would've wanted us to.".

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The outpouring of sympathy was immense. Simpsons creator Matt Groening had Hartman's characters Hutz and [=McClure=] retired from the show, and also ''TheSimpsons'', named ''{{Futurama}}'' protagonist Phillip J. Fry in honor of Hartman.Hartman, and had BillyWest play Zapp Brannigan (who was originally supposed to be played by Hartman) as if Hartman were actually voicing him. ''NewsRadio'' pressed on one more season, this time with his friend Jon Lovitz, before being cancelled, because as his castmates put it, "Phil would've wanted us to.".
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