About this star

  • Category: Television
  • Unveiled: 26 Aug 2014
  • Address:
    6652 Hollywood Blvd
  • HWOF Popularity:
    Today: 186th
    Monthly Average: 10th
  • Notes: Selected for 2014, Posthumous. The 2,528th Star

Phil Hartman

Next star: James Caan
Previous stretch: Red Skelton


Phil Hartman in character as Chick Hazard, Private Eye, circa 1978

Philip Edward "Phil" Hartman (September 24, 1948 – May 28, 1998; born Hartmann) was a Canadian-American actor, comedian, screenwriter, and graphic artist. Born in Brantford, Ontario, Hartman and his family moved to the United States in 1958. After graduating from California State University, Northridge, with a degree in graphic arts, he designed album covers for bands like Poco and America. Feeling the need for a more creative outlet, Hartman joined the comedy group The Groundlings in 1975 and there helped comedian Paul Reubens develop his character Pee-wee Herman. Hartman co-wrote the screenplay for the film Pee-wee's Big Adventure and made recurring appearances on Reubens' show Pee-wee's Playhouse.

Fact file

  • Born: Philip Edward Hartmann September 24, 1948 Brantford, Ontario, Canada
  • Died: May 28, 1998 (aged 49) Encino, Los Angeles, California, U.S.
  • Cause of death: Homicide by shooting
  • Resting place: Ashes scattered over Santa Catalina Island's Emerald Bay
  • Nationality: Canadian American
  • Education: Westchester High School
  • Alma mater: California State University, Northridge
  • Occupation: Actor, voice actor, comedian, graphic artist, screenwriter
  • Years active: 1975–1998
  • Spouse(s): Gretchen Lewis (1970–1972) Lisa Strain (1982–1985) Brynn Omdahl (1987–1998)
  • Children: 2

Read more about Phil Hartman at Wikipedia or at the Internet Movie Database

In the news

What's on TV Thursday: 'Return to Downton Abbey: A Grand Event' on NBC
LA Times Entertainme, 2019-09-19 03:00:51
What's on TV Thursday Sept. 19: 'Return to Downton Abbey: A Grand Event' on NBC, 'The Last Days of Phil Hartman' on ABC, 'The Paley Center Salutes The Good Place' on NBC.

TV This Week, Aug. 5-11: 'Freaky Friday,' 'Lodge 49' and more
LA Times Entertainme, 2018-08-03 18:10:00
SUNDAY “The History of Comedy” salutes Phil Hartman, John Belushi and other dearly departed funny folks in the new episode “Gone Too Soon.” 7 and 10 p.m. CNN Luke Bryan, Maren Morris, et al., bring the twang in the new special “iHeartCountry Festival.” Candace Cameron Bure and deejay Bobby Bones...

Flashback: Phil Hartman On His Big 'SNL' Break in 1989: 'It Gave Me A Career, Which I Didn't Have!'
Entertainment Tonigh, 2015-02-13 03:54:00
Phil Hartman proved to be one of Saturday Night Live's biggest stars during his eight season run (1986-1994) on the late-night sketch comedy show. And when ET first met the actor in 1989, just three years after his debut, it was clear just how much the show meant to him.

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