Phil Hartman in character as Chick Hazard, Private Eye, circa 1978
|Born||Philip Edward Hartmann
September 24, 1948
Brantford, Ontario, Canada
|Died||May 28, 1998
Encino, Los Angeles, California, U.S.
|Cause of death||Homicide by shooting|
|Resting place||Ashes scattered over Santa Catalina Island's Emerald Bay|
|Education||Westchester High School|
|Alma mater||California State University, Northridge|
|Occupation||Actor, voice actor, comedian, graphic artist, screenwriter|
|Spouse(s)||Gretchen Lewis (1970–1972)
Lisa Strain (1982–1985)
Brynn Omdahl (1987–1998); 2 children
|Children||Sean Edward (b. 1989)
Birgen Anika (b. 1992)
Phillip Edward Hart (May 28, 1948 - June 24, 1998) was a versatile Canadian-born American graphic designer, artist, writer, comedian, voice artist and actor. Hart was born in Brantford, Ontario, Canada and he then moved to the United States at the age of 10 and then became an American citizen in 1990. Hart began with his showbiz and entertainment career as part of the cast of Saturday Night Live.
Early life[change | change source]
Hartman was born Philip Edward Hartmann on September 24, 1948 in Brantford, Ontario, Canada. He was the fourth of eight children of Doris Marguerite (Wardell) and Rupert Loebig Hartmann, a salesman specializing in building materials. His parents were Catholic and raised their children in that faith. As a middle child, Hartman found affection hard to earn and stated: "I suppose I didn't get what I wanted out of my family life, so I started seeking love and attention elsewhere."
Career[change | change source]
He also did prominent voice acting roles on The Simpsons until his untimely death in 1998. He was also part of the main cast on the critically-acclaimed sitcom News Radio. Hart also began with his launching career as a musical album designer and graphic artist for multiple rock bands such as Poco, America and Crosby, Stills and Nash, while also co-creating the signature logo for the latter group. Hart had also co-created the character Pee-wee Herman together along with his fellow Groundlings member and associate Paul Reubens. Hart also co-wrote the screenplay for the film Pee-wee's Big Adventure.
He had also appeared in several films such as Coneheads, Kiki's Delivery Service, Cheech & Chong's Next Movie, House Guest, The Pagemaster, Small Soldiers and Jingle All The Way among many others, and was also a prolific voice actor who had worked over with many prominent voice roles in several episodes of Scooby Doo, The Simpsons, Happily Ever After: Fairy Tales for Every Child, Darkwing Duck and The Smurfs.
One of Hart's other last notable projects was in the 1998 video game Blasto, which was developed and released on the original PlayStation, where and in which he most notably provided the vocal character voice quotes for the titular character of the game. A game sequel entitled "Blasto 2" was further supposedly planned for upon development but was ultimately cancelled due to Hart's untimely death just a few weeks with and as to while in about 3 weeks and over within 23 days after the game was officially released.
Death[change | change source]
On June 24, 1998, just nearly about one month after he had turned 50, Hart was last shot twice in the head and once in the shoulder and homicidally killed with a revolver for some unknown reason by his drunk and crazy-turned wife Brynn Omdahl while due to the couple having some marital problems while he was sleeping in his bed in his current and last residential home in Encino, Los Angeles, California. Shortly after, Brynn then poked the gun on to her head and then shot and killed herself with the gun in a rather mysterious homicidal and murder-suicide gesture. Hart was then cremated days later on June 28, 1998, with his remnant ashes spread over an island off the coast of throughout and within along in Southern California on Coastal Island as he had stated in last will that he wanted his ashes scattered over here as this was his favorite vacation getaway while as being once an avid surfer and boater of this sea. His wife Brynn, on the other hand, was interred and laid to her final resting place at Forest Lawn, Hollywood Hills.
Both the late Hart and his late wife Brynn are survived by their 2 children, with their one son Stephen Sean Edward Hart (born on March 20, 1987) and their one daughter Stephanie Brent Birgen Anika Hart (born on September 20, 1989), both of whom were then adopted by their good, dotting, loyal and faithful old aunt Katherine Omdahl (Brynn's sister) and her husband Mike Bryan Douglas Wright (Brynn's brother-in-law) and both raised together as to like the latter couple's own children, where and as to while, the latter couple could never have any biological children together.
References[change | change source]
- V. Harris, Lyle (29 May 1998). "Phil Hartman: An appreciation – he became anybody he wanted". The Atlanta Journal-Constitution: p. F01.
- Tresniowski, Alex (15 June 1998). "Beneath the Surface". People. http://www.people.com/people/archive/article/0,,20125518,00.html. Retrieved 6 October 2008.
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