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Philip Edward "Phil" Hartman (September 24, 1948 May 28, 1998) was a Canadian-born comedian and actor famous for starring on ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'' from 1986 to 1994,[[note]]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 Creator/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.[[/note]] for his guest appearances on ''WesternAnimation/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 ''Series/NewsRadio''.

Hartman has been consistently praised as one of SNL's best performers. His memorable celebrity impressions included Music/FrankSinatra, Creator/CharltonHeston, UsefulNotes/RonaldReagan, Ed [=McMahon=], Creator/KirkDouglas, Jim Bakker, Jimmy Swaggart, Barbara Bush, and UsefulNotes/BillClinton (years before Darrell Hammond would also be famous for the impression).[[note]]In fact, a lot of Darrell Hammond's memorable impressions were made famous by Phil Hartman, like UsefulNotes/DonaldTrump, Dick Cheney, and Music/JohnnyCash.[[/note]] His original characters included Eugene the Anal-Retentive Chef (who also appeared as an anal-retentive carpenter and an anal-retentive sportsman) and The Unfrozen Caveman Lawyer. His ability to adapt to any performance and keep the cast working together earned him the nickname "Glue" from co-star Creator/AdamSandler.

Hartman had a strained marital life. Having married twice and divorced both times just a few years later, he eventually wed Brynn Omdahl in 1987. However, his success became intimidating to Brynn, who sought increasing solace in drugs and entered rehab numerous times as Hartman continuously tried to help her break into acting. On May 27, 1998, their marriage reached a breaking point: Hartman and Brynn entered a heated argument over her drug addiction, with Hartman threatening to leave her [[OOCIsSeriousBusiness (something neither of them had previously discussed or even considered)]] if she couldn't remain sober before eventually retiring to bed. That night, Brynn took a combination of cocaine and alcohol, entered her husband's bedroom, and shot him to death just before 3 A.M. on the morning of May 28. Three hours later, she killed herself.

The outpouring of sympathy was immense. ''Simpsons'' creator Creator/MattGroening had Hartman's characters Hutz and [=McClure=] retired from the show (though those two characters did appear in some of the comic book stories), and named ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'' protagonist Phillip J. Fry in honor of Hartman, while Creator/BillyWest took over as the voice of Zapp Brannigan ([[TheOtherMarty who was supposed to be voiced by Hartman]]). ''Series/NewsRadio'' pressed on one more season, this time with his friend Creator/JonLovitz, before being cancelled, because as his castmates put it, "Phil would've wanted us to."
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!!You may remember him from such films as...:
* ''Film/PeeWeesBigAdventure'' (1985)
* ''Film/ThreeAmigos'' (1986)
* ''Film/BlindDate'' (1987)
* ''WesternAnimation/TheBraveLittleToaster'' (1987)
* ''Film/{{Coneheads}}'' (1993)
* ''Film/SoIMarriedAnAxeMurderer'' (1993)
* ''Film/{{Houseguest}}'' (1995)
* ''[[Series/ThePhilSilversShow Sgt. Bilko]]'' (1996)
* ''Film/JingleAllTheWay'' (1996)
* ''Film/SmallSoldiers'' (1998) - Posthumously released, dedicated to Hartman.
* ''Anime/KikisDeliveryService'' (1998) - Also dedicated to Hartman.

!!Phil Hartman provides examples of:
* TheAnnouncer: On ''Pop 'N Rocker Game'' in 1983-84, a rock themed game show hosted by [[Music/ShaNaNa Jon Bauman]]. Phil supposedly auditioned to take over for Johnny Olson on ''Series/ThePriceIsRight'' as well.
* EarlyBirdCameo: On the season 11 episode of ''SNL'' hosted by Creator/PaulReubens (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.
* FamousLastWords: On a technicality, at least. His final movie role before his tragic murder was providing the English voice of [[CatsAreSnarkers Jiji]] for the English dub of Studio Ghibli's ''Anime/KikisDeliveryService''. In the middle of the film, Kiki starts losing contact to hearing Jiji speak to her. The last words that Jiji says before Kiki discovers that she can no longer understand him and Hartman's last words on film are "Kiki, can you hear me?!"
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