Basic Bio

Birth name: Phillip Edward Hartmann

Professional name: Phil Hartman (obviously)

Also credited as: Phil Hartmann, Phillip E. Hartmann, or sometimes just "Hartmann" (like on some of his artwork).

Nicknames: The Glue (given by fellow SNL cast member Jan Hooks, because she felt he held the show together); The Sultan of Smarm (due to his knack for playing smarmy characters such as Bill McNeal and Lionel Hutz).

Height: 5 ft. 11 in.

Hair: Brown

Eyes: Green/hazel

Birth: September 24, 1948. Brantford, Ontario, Canada (though he largely grew up in, and loved, California, and moved back here after his run on Saturday Night Live).

Death: May 28, 1998. Encino, California, United States.

Family: Sibling of seven, father of two.

A Phew Phast Phil Phacts:

  • Majored in graphic design in college, and designed album covers and logos for many musicians, including: Poco (the horse from the "Legend" cover); Crosby, Stills, and Nash; America (painted the cover of "America's Greatest Hits: History"). He was credited as Phil Hartmann in his art (his "Hartmann" signature can be seen on some of the pieces).

  • Became a U.S. Citizen in the early 1990s.

  • Raised Catholic, he recited The Lord's Prayer before every taping of Saturday Night Live to relax himself.

  • Was originally signed on to play the role of Zapp Brannigan in the Matt Groening-created animated series "Futurama." Following Phil's passing, the role went to Billy West. West also plays the show's main character, Phillip J. Fry, who was named in honor of Phil.

  • Helped create Paul Rubens' character, Pee-Wee Herman when the two worked in the improv performance group The Groundlings together. He co-wrote the film, "Pee-Wee's Big Adventure" at Rubens' request. Phil also played Cap'n Carl on the "Pee-Wee's Playhouse" series.

  • He also met Jon Lovitz at The Groundlings. Hartman and Lovitz became best friends and worked together on SNL. Lovitz joined the cast of NewsRadio after Phil's untimely death in order to help them wrap up the series.