Phil Hartman

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Hartman in 1978

Phil Hartman (born September 24, 1948 - May 28, 1998) was a Canadian-American graphic designer, artist, writer, comedian, voice artist, and actor. He was born in Brantford, Ontario. He moved to the United States when he was ten and became a US citizen in 1990.

Hartman began his entertainment career on the cast of Saturday Night Live. Hartman also did voices on The Simpsons until 1998. He was also in the main cast of the critically-acclaimed sitcom NewsRadio. He began his career as an album designer/artist for multiple rock bands such as Poco, America, and Crosby, Stills, and Nash, also creating the logo for the latter group. He co-created the character Pee-wee Herman with fellow Groundlings member Paul Reubens. Hartman wrote the screenplay for the film Pee-wee's Big Adventure. Hartman appeared in films such as Coneheads, Kiki's Delivery Service, Cheech & Chong's Next Movie, HouseGuest, The Pagemaster, Small Soldiers, and Jingle All the Way among many others. He was a prolific voice actor who appeared in episodes of Scooby-Doo, The Simpsons, Happily Ever After: Fairy Tales for Every Child, Darkwing Duck, and The Smurfs.

On May 28, 1998 in Encino, Los Angeles, while he slept in his bed, Hartman was shot and killed with a revolver by his wife Brynn. She then killed herself with the gun; a murder-suicide. Hartman was cremated days later, with his ashes spread over an island off the coast of Southern California.

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